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Jacksonville Jaguars’ New Owner and More on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

It’s a historic week for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach Jack Del Rio is out, and new owner Shahid Khan is in. The Illinois-based businessman is set to become the new sole owner of the Jaguars franchise if the deal is approved. Speculation is already rampant that Mr. Khan may may eventually seek to move the team, even though he has pledged to keep it in Jacksonville. And online chatter about the new owner, an American citizen of Pakistani heritage, has been ugly and offensive in some quarters. Mr. Khan will become the first minority owner of an NFL team in a city that has struggled with diversity and religious tolerance in the past. To discuss the sale of the team and new owner Shahid Khan, we welcomed Dr. Kristi Sweeney, sports finance professor at UNF, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, finance professor at UNF and member of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and WJCT’s own senior staff report Kevin Meerschaert.

The United Nations convenes another worldwide conference on climate change this week, as scientists warn more extreme weather is on the way and skeptics continue to express doubt. The U.N.’s annual climate change summit began Monday in Durban, South Africa, as critics charge the chances of an international climate deal to reduce carbon emissions are slim. As the meeting gets underway, a new report is out predicting more extreme weather in the years ahead scientits say is tied to a warming planet. At the same time, a new cache of private emails from the world’s top climate scientists was leaked online this week that skeptics say prove the issue is overblown. So where do things stand with climate science and efforts to reduce emissions worldwide? We spoke to Steven Hamburg, chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, about the issue.

The amazing life of author Truman Capote is the subject of an acclaimed one-man show, “Tru,” debuting this weekend at Players by the Sea. Theatre critic and journalist Patrick Christiano stars as Capote in the production, and joined us in studio along with producer Joe Schwartz with a preview of the show.

Americans will spend $466 billion dollars on gifts this holiday season, according to estimates from the National Retail Federation. But if you’d like to avoid the mayhem at the mall, there’s another option – unique handmade gifts from local artists. AIGA Jacksonville, the local professional association for design, is presenting its 3rd annual Designers in Toyland event this weekend. AIGA Jacksonville president Karen Kurycki and event coordinator Katy Garrison were here to tell us about the event.

And we heard from Electro Lounge host David Luckin about WJCT’s new film series. It’s premiering tonight at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall with the Humphrey Bogart classic “The Maltese Falcon.”

If you missed any portion of today’s program, be sure to check out our podcasts at www.wjctondemand.org or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8 pm on WJCT Arts.

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Gulf Coast Live: Surviving Domestic Violence – An Advocate’s Perspective

If you’ve ever lived with domestic violence, then you know getting help may seem out of reach.  Often having someone present who’s only there for the victim can help.  We’ll talk with advocates for survivors of domestic violence from Project HELP in Naples who help clients from the initial time of trauma, to navigating the criminal justice system, to long-term recovery.  We’ll also meet a team of Florida Gulf Coast University students working pro bono to help domestic violence victims navigate Florida’s justice system.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Coach Jack Del Rio on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

We began this morning’s show with the breaking news that the Jacksonville Jaguars were firing head coach Jack Del Rio. We discussed his departure with Team Teal commissioner Tony Boselli, as well as WJCT’s own Doo Woop Revival host and former Jaguar employee Glen Fisher. We also heard what you had to say as we took calls about Del Rio being fired. It has since been reported the Jaguars are now being sold to a new owner.

Legendary filmmaker John Waters, who brough us such classics as Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, is also an author and performer. He’s bringing his acclaimed one-man show to the First Coast as he gives us his take on Christmas. Waters told us about “A John Waters Christmas,” which he’ll be performing tomorrow night at the Florida Theatre.

This year marks the 35th Annual Art and Antique Show presented by the Women’s Board of Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital. The theme this year is “Deco and Diamonds!” Joining us in the studio with more details were show chairpeople Susan Smathers, Roxane Andrade and Grace Sarber.

We got a preview of the hottest coffee table books for the holiday season as we welcomed the Florida Times-Union’s Books page editor Brandy Hillboldt Allport.

And finally it was this week’s edition of Tech Tuesday, with a look at electric cars on the First Coast. Three car-charging stations have popped up around town, and more are expected in 2012. How do they work and is there consumer demand for the stations? We spoke to Michael Farkas, CEO of Car Charging Group, who own of the charging stations.

If you missed any portion of today’s program, be sure to check out our podcasts at www.wjctondemand.org or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8 pm on WJCT Arts.

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Gulf Coast Live: Heart Attacks and Women

When it comes to the telltale signs of a heart attack, women may not experience the typical symptoms such as chest pain usually associated with heart attacks in men.  Often the symptoms are chalked up to anxiety or indigestion which can lead to deadly delays in seeking or getting medical treatment.  Join our conversation with medical professionals from Lee Memorial Health System’s Heart and Vascular Institute about what every woman should know about heart attack symptoms.  We’ll also hear stories from female cardiac patients who ignored their symptoms.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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UNF’s The 904 Project on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

We examined a provocative new research project challenging the notion that Jacksonville is no longer Florida’s murder capital – University of North Florida’s “The 904 Project.” Graduate criminology students at the University of North Florida have spent months analyzing FDLE crime statistics. Their research shows that Jacksonville remains tied with Miami-Dade County for homicides, and that there has been a spike in violent crimes involving handguns in the area. What’s driving the numbers and how can this data impact ongoing efforts to reduce violent crime in Duval County? We welcomed Dr. Michael Hallett, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNF, as well as Robert Farley and Laure Davie, two students involved with the project. They will be holding a town hall event about the project tomorrow at UNF.

It’s one of the most destructive pandemics in history – more than 25 million people worldwide have died from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV and AIDS is a public health crisis here on the First Coast, with Duval County marking rates of the disease that are much higher than average. Every year on December 1st, people in countries around the world unite to show support for people living with AIDS, and work to prevent it. We discussed this year’s World AIDS Day, and what is happening locally, with Maximillion Wilson, the Prevention Programs Coordinator for the Area 4 AIDS Program Office in Duval County, and Nicole Richardson, the 2011 World AIDS Week Chair for Jacksonville.

We next spoke to Fernandina Beach resident who was a successful banker with a problem – an addiction to tobacco that he could not shake. After some prodding from his daughter, he decided to do something about it. And instead of just kicking the habit, he came up with a healthier alternative. Lee Lewis, inventor of NiP the Grip Energy Dip, a chewing tobacco alternative that is infused with B vitamins and caffeine, was in the studio to tell us more about how he came up with the idea and how it’s helping others quit nicotine addiction.

We wrapped this Monday edition of the show by sampling some of the best holiday craft beers. Ed Stansel and Roger Bull, writers of the Florida Times-Union’s “Amber Waves” column, shared them with us. Be sure to check out their column in this Thursday’s edition of the Times-Union.

If you missed any portion of today’s program, be sure to check out our podcasts at www.wjctondemand.org or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8 pm on WJCT Arts.

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Gulf Coast Live: Autism and Fiction: “Killerscent” by Maureen Bashaw

Fort Myers author Maureen Bashaw joins the conversation with the release of her murder mystery novel “Killerscent.”  Former drama critic for the News-Press and one of the founders of the Alliance for the Arts, Bashaw is also the mother of an autistic son and an autism advocate.  “Killerscent,” set in Southwest Florida, is a tale of police on the trail of a serial killer. Their only clue is the killer’s scent and the only witness is a young man living with autism, much like the author’s own son.  We’ll talk with Bashaw about her new book, the latest in autism research and resources available in Southwest Florida.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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Intersection: Monthly politics with Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack’s entrance into Florida’s Senate race makes the race among the state’s most key, 90.7 political commentator Lou Frey says.

Mack benefits from strong name recognition in a state where his father, who shares the same name, is considered an icon of the Republican Party, say Frey, a former Republican congressman, and Dick Batchelor, a former Democratic state House representative. This week on “Intersection” Frey and Batchelor assert Mack carries the political heft necessary to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson, who had appeared virtually unbeatable.

What if Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination?, Batchelor wonders. And what if he chooses U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as his running mate? Would such a ticket help Mack to victory, making way for Republicans to retake the Senate? 

Batchelor and Frey return to “Intersection” with their monthly state politics round-up. Also, host Mark Simpson talks with Gov. Rick Scott about insurance fraud, health care and the latest jobs numbers.

“We just have to every day focus on the things to help businesses do well in our state,” Scott says. “The jobs are going to be created by businesses. We want to treat them with respect . We want them to say, Gosh it’s a no-brainer. I want to do my business in Florida.”

“Intersection” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and is rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.  Tune in on 90.7 FM and then share your perspective on state politics here on Florida Talks.