County Health Rankings

The healthiest county in Florida is St. Johns, while Duval lags way behind.

That’s according to a study released last week measuring the overall health in almost every county in the United States.

The report, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, breaks down the numbers into two categories: health factors and health outcomes. Both lists show St. Johns County is the healthiest in Florida.

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As the latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise opens in theaters this week, First Coast Connect pop culture philosophy contributor Nicolas Michaud has thoughts about the portrayal of science in the series of films.

Based on the hugely popular series of books by Michael Crichton, Jurassic World once again brings dinosaurs back to life on the silver screen.

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The film "Fifty Shades of Grey" was a box office hit this Valentine's Day weekend. First Coast Connect pop culture philosophy contributor Nicolas Michaud says the story might not be the healthiest expression of love and romance.

"Fifty Shades of Grey," a film based on the book by E.L. James, opened in theaters this Valentine’s Day weekend. The book series has been hugely popular, having sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. 

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

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With the new film The Maze Runner opening this weekend, First Coast Connect pop culture philosophy contributor Nicolas Michaud has thoughts on the portrayal of men and women in popular media.

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What are the Planet of the Apes films really about? It’s a question on the mind of First Coast Connect contributor Nick Michaud as the latest installment in the series is about to hit theaters.

In 1968, the Planet of the Apes shocked audiences. An astronaut (Charlton Heston), stranded on a strange world, finds himself imprisoned by talking apes. Our hero fights valiantly to free himself and the other human slaves.


Not so long ago Disney villains were truly terrifying. At the top of that list was, of course, Maleficent.

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When you think of The Players Championship Tournament, the first words that come to mind might be green, birdie or bunker, not the design of the course as it relates to tourism, the media, and the cultural identity of the First Coast.

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When people with opposing views come to the table, it can often be a bitter battle to prove superiority instead of a respectful conversation.

Commentary: Does Captain America Still Matter?

Apr 4, 2014
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With the new Captain America movie opening this weekend, pop culture philosopher Nicolas Michaud stopped by First Coast Connect to talk about whether the Cap is still a relevant hero.

Commentary: Why Is '300' Awesome?

Mar 7, 2014

The new film 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to 2006 hit 300, promises to be another riveting and awe inspiring adventure.

A Classic Hero, But Is Hercules A Role Model?

Jan 10, 2014
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As far as heroes go, “Hercules” probably ranks among the top of our “awesome guys” list.

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It may be one of the most popular book series and most anticipated movies of the year, but one expert says the real world may resemble the world of Panem more than we realize. 

Florida State College of Jacksonville philosophy professor Nicolas Michaud joined Melissa Ross Thursday on First Coast Connect to discuss the second movie in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, which comes out Friday.

From AI (artificial intelligence) to genetically modified food, the themes and plot of the classic Mary Shelley book Frankenstein and the many versions of it can be applied to modern life.

FSCJ's Nicolas Michaud is the editor of Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth, an in-depth exploration of how the Frankenstein story informs our lives.