Holocaust

One Spark

Thursday on First Coast Connect we discussed the future of the One Spark crowdfunding festival with Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:01).  

We commemorated the local observance of World Holocaust Remembrance Day by speaking with second-generation Holocaust survivor Naomi Chase (26:51) .

It’s National Donate Life Month, and we heard about the upcoming annual Katie Ride for Life with Mayo Clinic transplant specialist Dr. Martin Mai and Katie Caples Foundation spokeswoman Amy Reese (37:19).

Generation W’s Rise and Shine conference is Friday at UNF. We spoke with spokeswoman Angela Spears and speaker and CEO of T3-The Think Tank Gay Gaddis (46:00).        

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Andrea Wallace about current and upcoming development projects (01:11).   

As we approach International Holocaust Memorial Day we spoke with local third-generation Holocaust survivor Dana Rogozinski (28:03).  

We learned about the upcoming Generation Works project with Generation W founder Donna Orender and Kristi Branden, Chief Development Officer at Hubbard House (36:25).

We met Duval County teachers Stephanie Bellino and Will Smith. They are finalists for the annual EDDY awards along with Zak Champagne who is with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.      


Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Gerard Hammink from FEMA and Adrienne Laneave about what help is still available to those who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma (01:06).

We heard about the highly acclaimed movie “The Florida Project” with co-producer and Jacksonville native Kevin Chinoy (25:10).     

Jewish Family and Community Services Executive Director Colleen Rodriguez told us about a new Holocaust memorial to commemorate the organization’s 100th anniversary in Jacksonville (35:56).

Star Daniel Austin and choreographer Curtis Williams talked about the upcoming Theatre Jacksonville production of Grey Gardens (46:00). 

  

Thursday on First Coast Connect, 4th District medical examiner Dr. Valerie Rao and Lt. Mark Rowley, quality improvement officer with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, talked about how the opioid epidemic is straining their offices. We also spoke by phone with Abe Gol about an upcoming NOVA episode dealing with the discovery of tunnels in Lithuania used by Jews to escape the Nazi’s during the Holocaust, and Niki Brunson and Dana Miller, organizers of Saturday’s Melanin Market and Parade in Jacksonville.  

  

Public Domain

An exhibit telling the story of Holocaust victim Anne Frank opens Friday at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History.

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A Duval County middle-school teacher is going beyond required curriculum to make sure her students have a deep understanding of the Holocaust.

“We’re trying to make better human beings here,” said Caroline Lee, a seventh-grade English-language arts teacher at Darnell Cookman.

Our Friday Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We were also joined by Stacy Goldring and Molly Kushner about the upcoming “Voices of the Second Gen” that explores the experiences of second generation Holocaust survivors. In observance of Veterans Day, we wrapped up our series of segments during Jacksonville’s Week of Valor by hearing from Operation New Uniform founder and Executive Director Justin Justice and local veteran Sheenah Thrasher-Zamora. Jacksonville native and comic book creator Zack Kaplan also joined the show to talk about his new comic “Eclipse.” 


Pennsylvania Primary

Five states will cast votes Tuesday in what’s known as the “Amtrak primary.”

Voters go to the polls in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.

The contests are expected to help the two 2016 presidential front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, rack up even wider leads in their parties’ crucial delegates counts. The Pennsylvania primary in particular is being closely watched.

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the public radio program The Takeaway, is a Pennsylvania native.

We speak with Zwillich about Tuesday's primaries and what the outcome will likely mean for the 2016 race.


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This May marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Clay County’s Oakleaf High School is hosting the county’s first-ever remembrance ceremony tonight. Students are encouraged to attend to learn about the Nazi regime’s massacre that killed almost 11 million people — including 6 million Jews.

Peter Haden

Florida State College at Jacksonville will become a new partner for preparing educators to teach about the Holocaust.

Courtesy of Vardi Kahana

A powerful photography exhibit focused on several members of one family who survived the Holocaust is being shown exclusively in Jacksonville.

Amelia Tillman

A Tallahassee middle school student’s history project will soon be available for study by scholars from all over the world as it joins the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

“I had to do a history fair project for sixth grade because it was  required and we had to pick a time in history that was a turning point  that made something change in history," said Amoreena Tillman a student at Cobb Middle School.