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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.

Airs weekdays at 9am on WJCT 89.9FM.
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What Rulings from Two Appeals Courts this Week Could Mean for the Affordable Care Act Save Jax Libraries Campaign Speaking…
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Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie The Legal Implications of the Monroe County Same-Sex Marriage Ruling New Music from Electro Lounge Host David…
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President Barack Obama: Evidence Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit by Missile from Rebel Controlled Area of Ukraine Fighting Childhood Hunger in…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Artist Series’ 9th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience Imperfect: The Five Faces of…
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The Recent Rise in Shootings, and the Potential Effects of Crime on the City’s Image WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Rear…
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​​Atlantic Beach City Commission Holds First Vote on Human Rights Ordinance Former Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida CEO Dawn…
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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown on the City’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget The Cummer Museum Reaches Deal to Display Painting Involved in…
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Circuit Judge Strikes Down State Congressional District Maps Over Gerrymandering Dreams Come True Benefit Concerts Walmart Guerrilla Artist Brendan O’Connell…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Stroke Prevention and Recovery Clinton Health Matters Initiative CEO Rain Henderson
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New Poll Shows Broad Public Support for Immigration Reform in Florida Ramallah Club of Jacksonville President Sammy Batteh Pop Culture…
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President Obama Endorses Paid Maternity Leave for Working Families Baptist Health’s Plans to Decrease Risk of Infectious Diseases Preparing for…
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New Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough What to Plant in Your Garden this Summer Travel Expert Amy West on…
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Understanding the Rise of ISIS and the Situation in Iraq The Origins of Chikungunya Fever Commentator Jay Solomon First Coast Sports…
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​​Media Roundtable Week in Review Baptist Health Looks to New Scrubs Technology to Reduce Risk of Disease Starship Farragut 2nd…
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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Florida’s Water Issues – Infrastructure and Environmental Concerns UNF Professor Working to Set…
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Examining the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Emmylou Harris United Way of Northeast Florida CEO Michele Braun…
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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti on Single Gender Education and More First Coast Success Profiles Willard Payne…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review New Surgical Procedures to Treat Receding Gums Local Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First…
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Duval County Public School Board Member Jason Fischer on Self Defense and Student Discipline Local Female Business Owners Make List…
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Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate and Former State GOP Party Chairman Lenny Curry Going Green Series: Consumers Against Toxic Apparel Campaign Coming…
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New Pew Research Study Shows Extreme Polarization in American Politics Deemable Tech Radio Special Canary in the Coalmine and An…
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Religious Groups Take New Stance on Same-Sex Marriage 9 in 15 Initiative to Elect More Women to the City Council…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Mario Butler Celebrity Charity Weekend Shrek The Musical on…
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Medical Marijuana Growers Begin Plans in Florida After the Signing of “Charlotte’s Web” Bill WJCT CEO Michael Boylan First Coast…
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Jacksonville City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Bill Bishop Laudonniere Luncheon – A Celebration & 450th Commemoration of Fort Caroline World…
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Lack of Diversity Among Jacksonville’s Circuit Judges Raises Concerns St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Marks the 50th Anniversary of Largest…
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Councilman Robin Lumb on Issues of Code Enforcement in Jacksonville’s Springfield Area Author Charlie Cobb, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed:…
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Guest Host Dan Leveton Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Operation Footlocker Military Brat…
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Guest Host Fred Matthews Climate Change and the 2014 Gubernatorial Race “Wishing Well” Program to Help Nonprofits Promote Themselves Local…
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Guest Host Karen Feagins Commuter Rail in Florida Primal Grill Host and Author Steven Raichlen Going Green: Refreshing Your Existing Landscape…
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Guest Host Karen Feagins President Obama Takes Executive Action on Student Loan Debt Relief United Way 2014 Summer Youth Employment…
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Guest Host Mike Miller Save Our Sons Forum Aims to Stop Violence in Jacksonville Authors Bob and Patience Mason on…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists ElderSource Farm to Family Mobile Farmers Market
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Examining the Controversy Around the Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Camp JADA Educates Kids about Diabetes Boaters Skip Day Around…
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JEA Reacts to New EPA Standards for Power Plants Romance Author Brenda Jackson Girls Rock Jacksonville Camp
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Feeding Northeast Florida Opens New Food Distribution Center in Jacksonville Author Debbie Powers, Meeting Her Match: The Story of a Female…
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Public Trust Group Sues JAXPORT Over Reports on the Environmental Impact of River Dredging New Treatment for Those Suffering Chronic…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists JaxReady – Preparing for Hurricane Season Pop Culture…
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Jacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford on the Extension of the Gas Tax New Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Conductor Courtney Lewis…
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First Coast Congressional District the Center of State Redistricting Lawsuit How Did One Spark’s Top Voted Make Out Financially? Questions…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Downtown Business Owners Concerned About the Jazz Festival’s…
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Mayor Alvin Brown and Attorney Wayne Hogan on the City of Jacksonville’s “Waterproof Jax” Program and More Gateway Community Services…
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Florida Impacts in the Federal Climate Change Report Jameis Winston and Issues with Sports Culture at Universities OneJax Humanitarian Awards…
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The Latest on the Marissa Alexander Case and Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Author Steve Berry, The Lincoln Myth The French…
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School Desegregation in Jacksonville 60 Years After Brown vs. Board of Education ​Examining the Results of the Indian Election Chevarra…
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Discussing the Week’s Top News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists There For You: Painting the New Face of…
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Foreclosures and the State of the Housing Market in Florida WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Clara White Mission’s “Miracle on Ashley…
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A Look at First Coast Jobs as Jacksonville Makes Forbes List of Top Cities to Find Employment New UNF Research…
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Examining the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Sectarian Prayer in Government Meetings J​acksonville Symphony Orchestra Conductor Fabio Mechetti’s Final Performance…
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The Business of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationally Recognized Aging Specialist Dr. Bill Thomas Journalist Wes Moore, Coming Back Premiering this Week on WJCT-TV…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review How One Local Mother of Quadruplets Will Celebrate Mother’s Day Jacksonville Filmmakers Produce Documentary About…
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Updates in the Florida Governor’s Race and the Controversy Around Charlie Crist’s Recent Comments About Racism and the Republican Party…
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What Last Week’s Botched Execution in Oklahoma Could Mean for Lethal Injection in Florida Child Mental Health ​Awareness Day A…
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Looking at Which Major Bills Were Passed During the State Legislative Session Public Service Recognition Week: Nonprofit Organizations Local Author…
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Mental Health Efforts in Jacksonville Consumer Protection Expert Clark Howard Public Service Recognition Week: Local Government Workers Matt Rapp, Executive…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Emmy-Winning Journalist Armen Keteyian Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
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Guest Host Karen Feagins The Results of a ​Study Examining School Choice and How Charter and Public Schools Differ Stroke…
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Examining the Warrantless Phone Search Cases Currently Before the US Supreme Court World Golf Hall of Fame’s “Honoring the Legacy:…
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Special Guest Host Charlene Shirk DCF Northeast Regional Director David Abramowitz on the Incident at Kona Skate Park and State…
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What Aereo vs. Supreme Court Could Mean for the Future of TV First Coast Success Profiles Dottie Dorion Grammy-Winning Musician…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Jobs Report for the First Coast First Coast No More Homeless Pets Mega Adoption Event…
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Community Hospice’s Caregiver Expo 2014 Local Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast Connect Book Club Around Town with…
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United for Care’s Efforts to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida Edward Waters College President Nat Glover Going Green Series: Green…
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JTA CEO Nathaniel Ford and Board Chairman Ed Burr on the City’s Gas Tax, the Future of Transportation and More…
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How Former Governor Jeb Bush’s Recent Statements on Illegal Immigration Could Affect His Political Future Civil Discourse Discussion Series at…
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Discussing the Week’s News with Our Roundtable of Top Local Journalists HEAL Foundation Zoo Walk for Autism Jacksonville Jewish Food…
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The Outcome of One Spark 2014 and What’s Next WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Cummer Museum Guest Speaker Charles Birnbaum, President…
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New Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Executive Director Tony Allegretti Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling PFLAG of Jacksonville (Parents,…
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As the Last Round of FCAT Testing Begins, What’s Ahead for Florida’s Education System? New American Red Cross of North…
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PTSD and Issues Facing Veterans Women’s Center of Jacksonville Speaker Series Guest Audrey Moran Author Ben Ross, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl…
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First Coast Connect On the Go at One Spark! Live from the MOCA Jacksonville Auditorium Discussing the Week’s Top News…
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First Coast Connect On the Go at One Spark! Live from the MOCA Jacksonville Auditorium One Spark and the Community…
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Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first 10 minutes of this broadcast are not available. We apologize for the inconvenience. First…
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Climate Change and Florida Distracted Driving Awareness Month Commentator Jay Solomon on One Spark Tech Tuesday: The Drive Electric Rally
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Business Leaders Look to Help Establish Jacksonville’s Identity Non-Profits Collaborate to Turn Springfield’s Armory into The ARTery Art Hub Gator…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Pop Culture Philosophy: Does Captain America Still Matter? Belle of the Boulevard Swamp Radio
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2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey Congenital Heart Disease Guardian Ad Litem Stage Aurora Presents Raisin in the Sun Around Town with…
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City Councilwoman Denise Lee on Neighborhood Cleanup and Addressing “Human Blight” National Child Abuse Prevention Month Child Food Allergies WJCT’s Blues…
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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Vitti Postpones Open Enrollment Proposal Katie Ride for Life Christian McBride Trio Tech Tuesday: Contributor…
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Status of the Affordable Care Act in Florida as Enrollment Deadline is Reached First Coast Success Profiles Kathryn Murphy Jacksonville…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review Steampunk Artist Jim Smith Civil Brute Performs
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University Student Groups Urge State Legislature to Pass Bills for Increased Funding, In-State Tuition Rates for Children of Undocumented Immigrants…
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Local Pastors Call for State Attorney Angela Corey to Offer Marissa Alexander a Plea Deal Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter Hedrick Smith,…
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New UNF Polls Show Public Opinion on the Governor’s Race, State Politics and Higher Education Authors Ronald Cotton and Jennifer…
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The Warning Shot Bill Moves Through the Florida Legislature Restaurant Expansion on the First Coast St. Augustine Aquarium Comes to…
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Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first minute of this program is not available. We apologize for the inconvenience.  Discussing the Week’s…
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Visit Jacksonville CEO Paul Astleford on the Economic Impact of Tourism WJCT CEO Michael Boylan Beneath the Waves Film Festival…
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Joe Sampson, Executive Director of One Spark St. Marys, Georgia Mayor John Morrissey Going Green Series: Scrap Metal Recycling and Kans4K9s…
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Jacksonville City Councilman Stephen Joost on the City’s Gas Tax Protecting Seniors from Scams One Spark Creator Huggable Melodies Tech…
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Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first minute of this episode is not available. We apologize for the inconvenience. Duval County…
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Media Roundtable Week in Review TEDx Jacksonville Flagler College’s Production of In White America Spring Getaway Tips from Like Love…
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What the Results of a Special Congressional Election in Florida Could Mean for the November Midterms WJCT’s 3X5 Classic Film…
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Mayor Brown Announces New Task Force to Build Support for JAXPORT Deepening Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference Guest Speaker Geraldine Laybourne…
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Political Consultant Bruce Barcelo on the Situation in Ukraine Dr. Pamela Roshell, Regional Director of U.S. Department of Health and…
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Hunger on the First Coast Startup Quest Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Courtney Lewis First Coast Sports Wrap Up with…
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Discussing the Week’s Biggest News Stories with Our Roundtable of Local Journalists Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference Guest Speaker Carla…
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A Look at Statewide Political Issues as the Legislative Session Kicks Off in Tallahassee Georgia Aquarium Research and Conservation Director…
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The State of Mental Health Services in Northeast Florida United Way Impact Week UF Proton Therapy Institute’s Prostate Cancer Treatment…
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The Latest in the Marissa Alexander Case One Spark Creator TV Homesite 5 and Dime Theatre’s Matt & Ben Tech Tuesday:…