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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.
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Jacksonville, FL

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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

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English

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100 Festival Park Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 549-2937


Episodes

1/16/19: Coast Guard Family Affected by Government Shutdown; Florida’s Film Industry; Beaches Go Gre

1/16/2019
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Wednesday marks day 26 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. More than 40,000 active-duty Coast Guard members missed their scheduled paycheck Tuesday , as the only military branch to work without pay during the government shutdown.

Duration:00:52:54

1/15/19: Jacksonville's Mayoral Race; Moveable Feast; Anti-Bullying play; Turntable Tuesday

1/15/2019
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Jacksonville’s March 19 unitary election mayoral race between current Mayor Lenny Curry , City Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche and some lesser known candidates is drawing alot of attention.

Duration:00:52:55

1/14/19: Mayoral Candidate Anna Lopez Brosche; PBS’s The Swamp; Cole Pepper

1/14/2019
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After months of speculation about whether she’d run, At-Large City Councilwoman and past Council President Anna Lopez Brosche entered Jacksonville’s Mayoral race to challenge incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry - a fellow Republican – on Friday. At her campaign kickoff event, Brosche called for more transparency in city government, a stronger focus on public safety and an end to what she says is bullying and cronyism at City Hall. Councilwoman Brosche joined us to explain why. Editor's Note: WJCT...

Duration:00:52:54

1/11/19: Roundtable On Race For Mayor; Winter SongBook Showcase

1/11/2019
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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including: The Jacksonville Mayoral race, which now includes City Councilwoman and former City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche . Amendment Four - which restores the right to vote to felons- going into effect. How the government shutdown – now on day 21 – is effecting our area Our panelists were: Mark Woods of The Florida Times-Union David...

Duration:00:52:55

1/10/19: Affordable Housing; Judy Woodruff; Empowered Kitchen; Kerry Speckman

1/10/2019
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It's getting harder to find an affordable place to live in Florida. A growing population, stagnant wages and deep federal cuts have made the problem all the more acute. A new study shows Jacksonville is one of the worst offenders when it comes to landlords discriminating against low-income people. And right now, the partial government shutdown is making things worse. We spoke to Anne Ray , Manager of the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse at the University of Florida's Shimberg Center for...

Duration:00:52:55

1/9/19: President Trump’s Address; Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Learning from Within: Stories

1/9/2019
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As the government shutdown drags on, President Trump delivered his first prime-time Oval Office address to the nation last night, where he described the situation at the Mexican border as a “humanitarian crisis.” In their response, Democrats criticized the president for asking taxpayers to pay for a wall he had long said Mexico would fund. They also accused him of fearmongering and lying about the true situation at the border. UNF Political Science Professor Matt Corrigan joined us to...

Duration:00:52:55

1/8/19: Amendment 4; Reading for Renewal; Jason Tetlak

1/8/2019
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Tuesday morning, Floridians with a felony conviction became eligible to get their voting rights back under Amendment 4, which was approved in November. We spoke to Ben Frazier, President of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville , and local attorney John M. Philips of the Law Offices of John M. Philips about how the process was going, and what all these new voters - there could be more than a million – could mean for future elections. Reading for Renewal First Coast Connect Book Club leader...

Duration:00:52:55

1/7/19: School Safety; Medical Marijuana; Cole Pepper

1/7/2019
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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission submitted its report to the state last week. It’s more than 400 pages long, and goes into detail about what led to the February 14, 2018 tragedy – and what could be done to prevent a school shooting in the future.

Duration:00:52:57

1/4/19: Media Roundtable; Influencer Marketing

1/4/2019
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For this week’s First Coast Connect Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including: A controversial new recommendation to arm teachers in Florida classrooms . Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s attack on potential challenge Anna Brosche before she even files to run. And the rising use of medical marijuana in Florida. Our panelists were: Dan Scanlan of The Florida Times-Union Sherry McGill , editor of Jax Lookout Shelton Hull , columnist...

Duration:00:52:55

1/3/19: Local Leaders On Climate Change; Art Attack; First Coast Tourism

1/3/2019
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Has this unusually warm winter weather got you thinking about climate change? Well, you’re not alone. Activists around the world and in the United States are emphasizing the need to take bold steps to reduce carbon emissions to fight the dangerous effects of a warming planet. Here in Florida, several local leaders around the state are taking action and investing in clean energy solutions to protect their communities. Chris Castro , Director of the Office of Sustainability & Resilience for...

Duration:00:52:54

1/2/19: A Look At 2019’s Top Stories; National Blood Donor Month; Starship Reef

1/2/2019
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First Coast Connect kicked off 2019 with a look at what’s in store for Jacksonville in 2019 - including everything from local and state politics, to business trends, to food and pop culture. Timothy Gibbons , Editor-in-Chief, Jacksonville Business Journal ; A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics ; Lauren Titus , Editor, Edible Northeast Florida magazine; and Joey O’Hern of The Coastal joined us to discuss what to expect. National Blood Donor Month January is National Blood Donor Month, which is...

Duration:00:52:55

12/21/18: Media Roundtable Year in Review; Phase Eight Theater Company

12/21/2018
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For this week’s First Coast Connect Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest local stories of 2018, including: Police have investigated 100 murders in Jacksonville so far this year The controversy over the idea of selling JEA and the appointment of its new CEO Possible challengers to Mayor Lenny Curry in Jacksonville’s mayoral race Our panelists were: Shelton Hull , Columnist at Folio Weekly David Cawton , Reporter with the Jacksonville Daily Record John Burr,...

Duration:00:52:56

12/20/18: Volunteers in Medicine; Gymnastics; Yemen Blues

12/20/2018
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According to new data by the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 2.7 million people in Florida lacked health insurance at some point in 2017. Going without health insurance either by choice or because you simply can’t afford it can have life-threatening consequences. On the First Coast, getting access to care can be just as difficult as in other parts of the state. Volunteers in Medicine is helping the working uninsured get often lifesaving health care. Joining us with a closer look was: Jennifer...

Duration:00:52:53

12/19/18: Northeast Florida’s Opioid Crisis; Good Budget Habits; Vacationing in Russia

12/19/2018
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The CDC recently released a report naming fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, as the deadliest drug in America.

Duration:00:52:54

12/18/18: Jaguars Naturalization Ceremony; Once a Soldier; Eating Disorders; Shopping Small

12/18/2018
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Sixty-five immigrants became US citizens during halftime at Sunday’s Jaguars game , when the team hosted a naturalization ceremony - the first ever during an NFL game, according to the team. Of course Jaguars owner Shad Khan is himself a naturalized U.S. citizen, and he was front and center for the ceremony. In a political era where immigration has become a very contentious subject- the ceremony made quite an impact. Judge Marcia Morales Howard , who administered the naturalization oath of...

Duration:00:52:53

12/17/18: Safety Lawsuit Against Duval Schools; Andrew Gillum’s Impact; Cole Pepper

12/17/2018
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The lawsuit against Duval County Public Schools for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds has been refiled, after the initial one was rejected on technical grounds. Local parents are arguing that the school system has gone outside the law in placing armed assistants on school campus who are not sworn police officers. We spoke to Patti Brigham , president of the League of Women Voters of Florida , former Duval County School Board member Scott Shine, and Wendy Hughes , the CEO of...

Duration:00:52:52

12/14/18: Media Roundtable; Soweto Gospel Choir

12/14/2018
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In this week’s First Coast Connect Media Roundtable our panel of journalists looked at: Two fatal police-involved shootings in Jacksonville. Possible delays to the implementation of Amendment Four, which restores voting rights to felons. Other local news making headlines this week. Our guests were: Dan Scanlan , a reporter with The Florida Times-Union Tennika Hughes , an anchor with Action News Jax Radio host Angela Spears of Angela Spears Communications A.G. Gancarski , a reporter with...

Duration:00:52:56

12/13/2018: The Changing Face of Jacksonville; Dangerous Toys; 'A Christmas Story'

12/13/2018
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Jacksonville is in the midst of a demographic shift, which is putting it on pace to become a minority-majority city, according to our Florida Times-Union news partner. Jacksonville and Columbus, Ohio are the largest American cities that are still majority white, according to the T-U. But that is about to change. So what’s that mean for Duval County? Charles Griggs , WJCT contributor and board member and Mario Decunto , past chairman of Mayor Lenny Curry 's Hispanic American Advisory Board...

Duration:00:52:54

12/12/2018: Tessa Duvall, The World's Largest Coloring Book Party, 'He is Born' Live Performance

12/12/2018
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The Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duval has spent the last 20 months investigating youth homicides in Duval County - which are second only to Miami-Dade County - in terms of the number of children arrested in cases of murder and manslaughter here in Florida. She joined us to share some of the findings from ‘ When Kids Kill ,’ her special report on youth homicide in Duval County, and take listener calls. Coming Wednesday: pic.twitter.com/se2lfv3liQ — Tessa Duvall (@TessaDuvall) December...

Duration:00:52:54

12/11/2018: Aaron Bowman; Moveable Feast; 'How The Big Band Stole Christmas'

12/11/2018
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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman was our guest Tuesday on First Coast Connect where he discussed a wide range of topics and took listener calls.

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