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Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is a one-hour call-in program featuring 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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First Coast Connect | 05/07/15

State Legislature Session Public Television Stations CEO Pat Butler WJCT’s Relax Radio Around Town with Kerry Speckman

First Coast Connect | 05/05/15

STEM2 Hub Stroke Awareness Month Author Mark Ribowsky, Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars: The Fast LIfe and Sudden Death of Lynyrd…

First Coast Connect | 04/22/15

Foreclosures on the First Coast Author and Cardiologist Dr. Timothy Patrick, “Invest in Yourself: A Cardiologist’s Narrative for Heart Health” Mee…

First Coast Connect | 04/21/15

“State of the Re:Union” Host Al Letson on the Show’s Peabody Award Win First Coast Connect Book Club: “Dreaming in…

First Coast Connect | 04/16/15

Darkness to Light Coalition Parkinson’s Symposium 5 & Dime Theatre Presents “John Coffey Refuses to Save the World” Around Town…

First Coast Connect | 04/07/15

Economic and Cultural Impact of One Spark Proton Cancer Therapy Stage Aurora Presents “The Color Purple”

First Coast Connect | 04/06/15

Jacksonville University and Arlington Katie Ride for Life Cole Pepper “Electro Lounge” Host David Luckin

First Coast Connect | 04/02/15

Bill Bishop National Foot Care Month Amelia Island Community Theatre Presents “Inherit The Wind” Around Town with Kerry Speckman

First Coast Connect | 03/18/15

Bill Bishop Jacksonville History Museum Author Walt Brinker, “Roadside Survival” Winner Of WJCT’s The Square

First Coast Connect | 03/09/15

New UNF Poll Reveals Jacksonville Voters are Uncertain, Undecided as Election 2015 Looms Generation W Speaker and CNN Correspondent Kelly…

First Coast Connect | 03/06/15

Discussing the Week’s Biggest News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists One Spark 2015 Recruiting Volunteers Riverside Arts Market…

First Coast Connect | 03/05/15

How Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Could Lead to an Adoption Boom The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Presents International Lecturer Vito Di…

First Coast Connect | 03/04/15

St. Johns River Deepening Forum Community Education Summit Generation W Theatre Jacksonville Presents “The Miracle Worker”

First Coast Connect | 03/03/15

Groundwork Jacksonville iStart Jax 2015 Startup Weekend 27th Annual UNF Great American Jazz Series Electro Lounge Host David Luckin

First Coast Connect| 02/27/15

Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Northeast Florida Vegfest Red Moon Theatre Festival

First Coast Connect | 02/26/15

Advocates Push for State Legislation to Keep Juvenile Arrest Records Confidential Author and Speaker Kim Skinner Douglas Anderson School of…

First Coast Connect | 02/25/15

Northeast Florida Environmental Summit – Human Health and the Environment Going Green: Greenscape of Jacksonville African American World War II…

First Coast Connect | 02/24/15

The Debate Over Offshore Oil Drilling on Jacksonville’s Coast Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast Connect Book Club…

First Coast Connect | 02/23/15

Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate Omega Allen First Coast Success Profiles Generation W Founder Donna Orender Sports Wrap Up with Cole Pepper

First Coast Connect | 02/20/15

Discussing the Week’s Biggest News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Commentator Jay Solomon on Black History Month

First Coast Connect | 02/19/15

Downtown Investment Authority Unveils Ambitious Plan for Redeveloping Jacksonville’s Urban Core JASMYN to Offer Expanded Capacity and Services “3 Squares”…

First Coast Connect | 02/17/15

The Controversy Surrounding Common Core The Region’s First Compressed Natural Gas Station Opens Lisa Whelchel and Clancy Cauble, Starring in…

First Coast Connect | 02/16/15

JCCI Launches “Re-Think Aging” Initiative to Discover Ways to Make Northeast Florida Age-Friendly “Still Alice” and Alzheimer’s Awareness Cultural Council…

First Coast Connect | 02/13/15

Media Roundtable Week in Review Pop Culture Philosophy Contributor Nick Michaud on “Fifty Shades of Grey” Dating Advice from Local…

First Coast Connect | 02/11/15

Efforts by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center to Advance the Rights of Girls and Young Women Unconventional Solutions to Climate…

First Coast Connect | 02/10/15

Southern Poverty Law Center Founder and Author Morris Dees on “Justice for All in a Changing America” Individualized Medicine Going…

First Coast Connect | 02/09/15

The FCC Announces Stance and Proposal on Net Neutrality Aortic Aneurysm Awareness and Prevention Hemming Park Launches Fitness in the…

First Coast Connect | 02/06/15

Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

First Coast Connect | 02/05/15

The Push to Improve Early Learning Programs on the First Coast Generation W Debuts “Generation Works” Day of Service The…

First Coast Connect | 02/04/15

Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate Bill Bishop Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project to Commemorate African History in St. Augustine Northeast…

First Coast Connect | 02/03/15

The State of Jacksonville’s Infrastructure After a Section of Liberty Street Collapses into the St. Johns River “Go Red For…

First Coast Connect | 02/02/15

Seventh Annual Urban Education Symposium Aims to Help First Coast Teachers Effectively Teach Young Black Men New UF Health Birthing…

First Coast Connect | 01/30/15

Media Roundtable Week in Review Riverside Fine Arts Presents Contemporary Violinist Daniel D. And Urban Instrumentalists

First Coast Connect | 01/29/15

Ron Davis Discusses the New Documentary 3 1/2 Minutes About His Son Jordan Davis and Michael Dunn Psychologist and Author…

First Coast Connect | 01/28/15

FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau on the School’s 50th Anniversary, President Obama’s Call for Free Community College and More Going…

First Coast Connect | 01/27/15

Florida Legislators Debate Laws Allowing Guns on Public College and University Campuses Comedian and Animal Rescue Advocate Elayne Boosler “Florida’s…

First Coast Connect | 01/26/15

Point in Time Count to Explore Homeless Conditions in Northeast Florida First Coast Success Profiles Nina Waters Sports Wrap Up…

First Coast Connect | 01/23/15

Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast…

First Coast Connect | 01/22/15

Legal Battles Between Craft Breweries, Big Beer Distributors and the State Comes to a Head Teen Trendsetters Mentoring Program Actor,…

First Coast Connect | 01/21/15

Analysis of President Obama’s State of the Union Address State Climatologist David Zierden on Unconventional Solutions to Climate Change and…

First Coast Connect | 01/20/15

Diverse Coalition of Conservative, Liberal and Business Groups Launch “Floridians for Solar Choice” Ballot Initiative Stickley Furniture Historian Mike Danial…

First Coast Connect | 01/19/15

State of the Re:Union Host Al Letson on the Current State of Race Relations in the US First Coast Sports…

First Coast Connect | 01/15/15

Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner and Dr. Parvez Ahmed on Growing Anti-Islam and Anti-Semitic Sentiments in Europe WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Hemming…

First Coast Connect | 01/14/15

State Representative Janet Adkins on Jacksonville’s Police and Fire Pension Fund Going Green: North Florida School of Special Education’s Berry…

First Coast Connect | 01/13/15

St. Johns Riverkeeper, City Hall, JAX Chamber and JaxPort Form Unlikely Coalition to Remove Putnam County Dam “A Taste of…

First Coast Connect | 01/12/15

The Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks in Paris Advanced Care Planning Expert Dr. Bud Hammes First Coast Sports Wrap Up…

First Coast Connect | 01/09/15

Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Commentator Jay Solomon on the Future of the…

First Coast Connect | 01/08/15

Local Churches Merge with Hopes of Bridging Racial Divide Hal Urban, Character Education Author and Lecturer Around Town with Kerry…

First Coast Connect | 01/07/15

What Changes Could Be Coming to Cuba as the United States Reopens Diplomatic Talks Local Think Tank Working to Give…

First Coast Connect | 01/06/15

As Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Across the State, Northeast Florida Counties Cancel Courthouse Weddings Author Eben Alexander, The Map of Heaven Ripley’s…

First Coast Connect | 01/05/15

Economic Outlook for 2015 The Role of Whistleblowers in Reporting Fraud Against the Government First Coast Sports Wrap Up with…

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Discussing the 2014’s Biggest News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalits Book Blogger Stacey Goldring on Little Known Holiday…

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Jeb Bush Announces Exploration of 2016 Presidential Bid WJCT CEO Michael Boylan St. Vincent’s Healthcare Mary Awards St. Augustine Ballet’s…

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Local Change Agent Chevara Orrin on the Legacy of Her Father, Civil Rights Icon James Bevel, and the Current State…

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U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Florida Prisons Following Inmate Deaths Food Historian and Marketing Expert Jeff Spear on Holiday…

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Councilman Warren Jones and Operation Save Our Sons Director Rev. John Guns on Shootings in Northwest Jacksonville and Across the Country…

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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Riverside Fine Arts

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Jacksonville City Council Passes Amended Pension Reform Legislation Toy Recalls and Child Safety During the Holidays Around Town with Kerry…

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Jacksonville Groups Protest Grand Jury Decisions in Missouri and New York Challenge Enterprises Ladies Group Home for Disabled Adults Artists…