Mal Jones from The Lyricist LIVE speaking at a TEDxJacksonville event.

TEDxJacksonville is returning to Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host David Cawton, reporter for The Jacksonville Daily Record. Ahead of Wednesday’s Downtown Investment Authority meeting he spoke with DIA Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Visit Jacksonville President Michael Corrigan. The DIA will be evaluating three submitted proposals for a new convention center (01:28).    

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly media roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Timothy Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal (01:12). We heard about the upcoming TEDxJacksonville event with director Sabeen Perwaiz and Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, or “Dr. Q,” who will be one of the speakers (35:04). We head a preview of this weekend’s China Cat Sunflower Festival with organizers Christina Parrish and Brenda Walker. Christina’s daughter, Hadley Parrish-Cotton, will perform at the festival and gave us an in-studio musical preview (43:37).   


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the future of Jacksonville’s waterways with City Council President Lori Boyer and Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace. Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation & Empowerment co-President Geneva Pittman, former ICARE President Pastor Bruce Havens and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth discussed a dispute between the organization and Mayor Lenny Curry, and local authors Brenda Jackson and V. Brooks Dunbar joined the show to talk about Saturday’s Jax Book Fest at the Main Library.   


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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: 

  • Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; 
  • Julie Delegal, Folio Weekly writer;
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor;
  • and Jacksonville blogger Fred Matthews.

Topics include Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign stop in Jacksonville this week, confirmed cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through mosquito bites in Florida, and more.

National Parks

In 2011, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, a $75,000 award given each year to one American writer.

Woods won the prize with his unique proposal to spend one year in the national parks, which celebrate their centennial this year.

Throughout 2012, he visited one park a month, starting with a sunrise in Acadia National Park in Maine, and ending with a sunset in Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.

Woods shares his experiences in his new book, "Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks."

The book not only explores the parks, but also family, the legacies we inherit, and the ones we leave behind.

Mark Woods joins us to discuss the book and the future of the National Park Service.

Juvenile Diversion

Every year, police arrest more than 2,000 juveniles in Duval County. Nearly half are under the age of 15.

Some are arrested for serious offensives but many get in trouble due to bad influences and immaturity, and this contact with the criminal justice system can affect their lives for years afterwards.

This has led to a strong focus in recent  years on juvenile diversion programs to give them a chance to clean their record. In Duval County, four of these programs serve more than 1,200 children each year.

Tess Duvall, education, children and families reporter for the Florida Times-Union, has been taking an in-depth look into these program and their effectiveness for a series of articles running in the paper this week. She joins us to discuss them.


You won’t need a ticket to watch next month’s TEDxJacksonville talks. The day-long conference will be streamed via the TEDx Talks YouTube channel.

TEDxJacksonville Executive Producer Sabeen Perwaiz says it’s a first for everyone involved.

Duval County Public Schools may adopt uniforms for all elementary and middle school students next year. The uniforms would be mandatory for all students in each school, but each school would also be able to pick the color and clothing of the uniforms. We speak with UNF psychology professor and child psychologist Dr. Gabe Ybarra, who recently studied the impacts of uniforms on students' behavior and academic performance.

Downtown Vision, Inc.

With the Jacksonville city elections less than two weeks away, the issues affecting our community are on the forefront of many residents’ minds.

TEDxJacksonville is hosting a conference this weekend at Hemming Park showing TED talks that highlight innovations and best practices to overcoming challenges like the ones faced in Jacksonville. At least one city councilwoman and five city council candidates will be in attendance.

Beach erosion, the Duval County School Board, and JAXPORT are in the headlines today.

You’ve probably heard of TED talks, those global conferences that feature speakers from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design. On a smaller, regional scale, there are independently-organized TEDx events.

One is planned for here in Jacksonville at WJCT, with a theme of “connecting currents.”

Hosted by Al Letson, creator and host of State of the Re:Union, the event promises to offer awe-inspiring presentations from a diverse selection of industry leaders and artists. 


The forecast calls for rain this weekend, but that doesn't mean there aren't a host of options for getting out of the house and out of the rain.