First Coast Connect

First Coast Connect

From WJCT 89.9 FM Jacksonville

Host Melissa Ross gets plugged in to everything thats happening around the First Coast. Join me as we launch First Coast Connect, a new show covering the issues, trends and newsmakers that have people talking. Get connected. This one hour programs airs Monday to Friday at 9am.More from First Coast Connect »

Most Recent Episodes

2/23/2017: Tony Hill- James Weldon Johnson; Opioid Babies; NASA Discovers Earth-Sized Planets

Thursday on "First Coast Connect," we spoke with former State Senator Tony Hill about an event Friday to honor Jacksonville native and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. We also heard about the tragedy of babies being born to opioid addicted mothers and the treatments available, and University of North Florida assistant professor of physics Jack Hewitt told us about NASA's announcement Wednesday.

2/23/2017: Tony Hill- James Weldon Johnson; Opioid Babies; NASA Discovers Earth-Sized Planets

2/22/2017: Beaches Homelessness; Dave Walker; Women's Leadership Conference; Girl Scout Cookies

Wednesday on "First Coast Connect," we spoke with Mission House Executive Director Lori Delgado Anderson about their mission and work they do to help the homeless at the Beaches. Ahead of his appearance Thursday at WJCT host Melissa Ross spoke with former U.S. Comptroller General Dave Walker. Jacksonville Women's Leadership Forum Board President Chris Schwing talked about this year's forum "Game On! The Power of Women — It's Our Time to Lead" and Girls Scouts of Gateway Council CEO Mary Anne Jacobs talked about this year's cookie drive.

2/22/2017: Beaches Homelessness; Dave Walker; Women's Leadership Conference; Girl Scout Cookies

2/21/2017: Confederate monuments; Ndaba Mandela; Jacksonville Science Festival

Tuesday on "First Coast Connect" we discussed the prevalence of Confederate monuments in Jacksonville with historian Wayne Woods, activist Chevara Orrin and Jacksonville Magazine editor Joe White. The magazine recently published an article on the monuments. We spoke with Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, and we talked about this weekend's Jacksonville Science Fair with Nadia Hionides of the Foundation Academy; Ashli Archer, academic director at Florida State College Jacksonville Eddie Whisler, director of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium and School at the Museum of Science and History; and Jessica Santiago, founder of the Wall Street Art Gallery and Art (Re)public.

2/21/2017: Confederate monuments; Ndaba Mandela; Jacksonville Science Festival

2/20/2017: El Faro; TAVR; Cole Pepper

Monday on First Coast Connect we discussed the recently completed federal hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro with Glenn Jackson and Jill Jackson-d'Entremont, whose brother Jack Johnson was one of the 33 crew members who was killed in the disaster . The family's attorney Bob Spohrer, maritime legal expert Rod Sullivan and Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen also discussed the hearings. Dr. Ruby Satpathy from Baptist Heart Specialists told us about a unique heart procedure to replace an aortic valve without opening the chest and without general anesthesia and Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news.

2/17/2017: Media Roundtable; R.L. Stine; Jacksonville Auto Show

It was our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on "First Coast Connect," with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth , blogger Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal Timothy Gibbons. We also heard a recorded interview of "Goosebumps" author R.L. Stine and Jacksonville International Auto Show promoter Barbara Pudney talked about this weekend's event.

2/16/2017: Police Body Cameras; Money Minders; 5 And Dime

Thursday on "First Coast Connect" we spoke with Fraternal Order of Police local 530 President Steve Zoma about the proposed use of body cameras by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. We also spoke with Melody Perry from Lutheran Social Services and caregiver Nakia Hinton about their Money Minders program and 5 and Dime Theatre Executive Director Lee Hambly talked about the theatre's new location and the upcoming performance of the play "Night Mother."

2/15/2017: OCEARCH; Mark Lamping- Daily's Place; Duval County's Graduation Rate; Arts Awards

Wednesday on "First Coast Connect" we spoke by phone with OCEARCH founder and expedition leader Chris Fischer along with Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute Executive Director Quint White, who was in studio, about a collaboration to study sharks on campus. We also spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping , who gave us an update on the Daily's Place Amphitheater being built next to Everbank Field. Erin Mangan of Communities in Schools of Jacksonville talked about programs implemented to help the school district's graduation rate, and the Cultural Council of Jacksonville's Ryan Ali told us about some the winners of this year's Arts Awards with honorary chair Heather Moore.

2/15/2017: OCEARCH; Mark Lamping- Daily's Place; Duval County's Graduation Rate; Arts Awards

2/14/2017: Trade And Tariffs; First Coast Connect Book Club; FSCJ TEDx; Live The Life

Tuesday on "First Coast Connect" we spoke with Vista Energy Group CEO and Flagler College Professor John O'Brien about how President Donald Trump's trade policies could affect the First Coast. Our First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring talked about this month's selection, "What We Became." We heard from Mary Rose, director of learning services at Florida State College of Jacksonville, and Imani Hope, director of strategic investments at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, about an upcoming FSCJ TEDx salon focusing on Jacksonville's women of color in politics. And on Valentine's Day we heard about a local program designed to save troubled marriages.

2/14/2017: Trade And Tariffs; First Coast Connect Book Club; FSCJ TEDx; Live The Life

2/13/2017: T.L. Williams; TapImmune; 1904 Music Hall

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former CIA operative and author T. L. Williams about his new novel and Chinese cyber hacking. We also heard from TapImmune CEO Glynn Wilson about a breast cancer study at the Mayo Clinic. WJCT's Indie Endeavor host Ryan Benk and 1904 Music Hall co-owner Jason Hunnicut announced a new partnership at the downtown venue.

2/10/2017: Media Roundtable; Stetson Kennedy Book; 'Joanne The Scammer'; City Year AmeriCorps

Our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein , reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth , editor of Folio Weekly; Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk . We spoke with Peggy Bulger , the author of "Stetson Kennedy, Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy." Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Branden Miller, creator of YouTube sensation "Joanne the Scammer" and we spoke with City Year AmeriCorps recruitment manager Mia Francis and participant Lindsey Rose.

2/10/2017: Media Roundtable; Stetson Kennedy Book; 'Joanne The Scammer'; City Year AmeriCorps

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