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Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard about Saturday’s History Revealed walking tour of Confederate Statues and the history of Jacksonville’s racial past with #TakeEmDownJax co-founder Kris Kiernan, historian and author Tim Gilmore and Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (01:05).

 

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Thursday First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk. She was joined by local historian Jim Crooks and attorney Earl Johnson Jr. to talk about the 50th anniversary of Consolidation in Jacksonville (01:38).

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Thursday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Darcy Richardson. The Jacksonville resident is the Reform Party candidate for Governor (01:16).

Related: Florida Gubernatorial Nominees Announce Their Running Mates

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with bestselling author Craig Unger. He’s written the book House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia. The book looks into Trump’s alleged long history connecting his real estate dealings with the Russians (1:00).     

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard a review of Wednesday night’s GOP governor’s race debate with Director of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute Rick Mullaney and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:28).

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon who discussed their annual report The State of Downtown and the progress made the past few years in redevelopment projects (01:05).  

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke to Eastside Environmental Council founder and CEO Wynetta Wright and development manager Teena Anderson about their work to cleanup their neighborhood from contaminants and prevent discharge of pollutants into the St. Johns River (01:06).

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL5), about some of the issues he’s working on in Washington. We also discussed the primary challenge against him by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (01:16).

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF political science and public administration Assistant Professor Josh Gellers and MOSH planetarium director Eddie Whisler about this weekend’s Earth Day (01:08).   

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Brian Teeple discussed the Elevate Northeast Florida regional development strategy (33:56).  

And Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up this week (46:00).

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Basma Alawee from the Florida Immigrant Coalition on recent national news regarding immigrants and what they are doing to help refugees in Florida (01:13).

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured:

 

Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library

Adonnia Toler, Ritz Museum Administrator and Curator

Christa Sylla, director of Culture Moves101 Nan Nkama, Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Hope McMath, former Cummer Museum director and founder of Yellow House (30:53).   

Phase 8 Theatre Company founder JaMario Stills and actress Myles Para told us about their upcoming presentation of the play Noises Off (46:00).

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the upcoming events in Jacksonville (48:02).   

       

 

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck about his investigation into how visitors to Baker Correctional Institution are treated (01:02).

Ahead of his appearance in Jacksonville next week we heard from legendary Disney and Pixar animator Floyd Norman (27:46).

With World Glaucoma Week just ending we heard about some new treatments for sufferers with Florida Eye Specialists Dr. Kathryn Friedl and patient Carol Matthews (38:30).

Ahead of this weekend’s A Brush With Nature event at the Jacksonville Arboretum we spoke with painter Randy Pitts and Board Chair Patty Miller.

Kerry Speckman told us what’s coming up this weekend and next week in the world of entertainment.  (46:00)    

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Dr. Madeline Joseph, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at UF College of Medicine Jacksonville, who is looking at bullying as a public health issue (01:15).   

This month’s edition of First Coast Success featured Jacksonville University President Tim Cost (26:54).  

Our latest Art Attack roundtable featured (32:26):

  • Lee Hamby of the 5 and Dime Theatre
  • Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library
  • Robert Arleigh White, Vice President for Development at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History
  • Suzanne Hudson Smith, Development Director at the Florida Theatre
  • Ryan Ali, Director of Development for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

We heard about Saturday morning’s MOOVE-IT 5K beginning at the Cowford Chophouse with race organizer Nicole White and Jamie Rosseland and Michelle Lasky from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up in March around Jacksonville (46:00).   

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida professor Matt Corrigan and UNF students Ryan McDonagh and Todd Higginbotham about a new UNF study on how to get more millennials to move to downtown Jacksonville (01:14).   

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby of Five and Dime Theatre, Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library, Jamario Stills from Phase 8 Theater Company, Alicia Somers, VP at Regions Bank and Katie McCaughan of Jacksonville Dance Theatre (31:42).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming to the Jacksonville area in February (46:00). 


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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local attorney Obi Umunna and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs about how to empower young black voters (01:13).

Our premiere edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby from the 5 and Dime Theatre, Arts and Culture Developer Shawana Brooks from the Jacksonville Public Library, arts advocate Diane Brunet Garcia and Keith Marks, who hosts the WJCT music program Avant Radio (31:39).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up this weekend and later in January (46:00).


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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke about the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment in the workplace with attorney Elizabeth Bowen and Dr. Brooks Dunbar, the consultant and business coach for Jacksonville’s Center for Confidence. (01:17).  

Attorney Wayne Hogan told us about an annual list of the most dangerous toys on the market (34:41).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some upcoming events while the Big Orange Chorus performed live in-studio (46:00).   


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