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Gulf Coast Live: Leukemia Donor Drive/ Blue Revoltion: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis

Award-winning journalist and Florida author Cynthia Barnett returns to Gulf Coast Live for a look at her new book Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.  The book details America’s misconception about water abundance and wasteful water habits and lays the ground work for developing a new water ethic.

Plus, each year in the U.S., ten thousand patients require a bone marrow transplant to live and nearly half of those will die while waiting for a matching donor.  We’ll explore the National Donor Transplant Registry’s need for a more racially and ethnically diverse pool of donors.

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The Florida GOP Primary, and New Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

Republican voters in Florida head out to vote today in the state’s GOP primary. After last Thursday’s debate here in Jacksonville, Mitt Romney surged ahead in state polling, but Newt Gingrich says he’s staying in the race no matter what the results are tonight here in the Sunshine State. Florida jumped the primary calendar this year, and with more than 50 delegates up for grabs will have more of an impact on who the Republicans nominate. We discussed all the aspects of the primary with our team of analysts: Dr. Ed Moore, political analyst and president and CEO of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida; Mario Piscatella, Democratic consultant; and Folio Weekly columnist A.G. Gancarski.

And we were honored to have new Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan in the studio with us to take your calls this morning! Mr. Khan also made some exciting new announcements about the team for the upcoming year, including half-priced children’s tickets and an exclusive deal with Nike for new uniforms for the team.

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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The Obama Re-Election Campaign in Florida on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

Republican front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in Jacksonville today, stumping for votes one day ahead of Florida’s GOP primary. Florida is a crucial swing state in presidential contests because of its 29 electoral votes. But as Republicans campaign, the Democrats in the states are hard at work too, ramping up President Obama’s re-election effort in the Sunshine State. State Represntative Mia Jones of Jacksonville joined us this morning with more about the 2012 Obama campaign.

Tech giant Apple is riding a financial wave right now, with share prices soaring int he first quarter and billions in profits over holiday sales of the company’s popular iPhone and iPad products. But critics say the success comes at a high price. They accuse some of Apple’s suppliers in China of turning out the gadgets at factories driven by hazardous and often brutal workplace conditions. Reports of factory explosions and deaths, worker suicides and tales of grim labor practices abound. Some who have infiltrated the factories claim workers are forced to stand for 16 hours straight assembling iPads. Apple, for its part, denies any wrong doing, and says it holds its Chinese suppliers to a high standard. What are the facts and how should the information affect American consumers? We discussed the issue with David Pimentel, associate professor of law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, Stan Swart, retired UNF professor and Jacksonville labor activist, and WJCT’s own tech expert Ray Hollister.

We also spoke with Michael Feldman, host of the popular public radio show “Whad’Ya Know,” about their upcoming show here in Jacksonville. They will be broadcasting live from the Florida Theater this Saturday, February 4th. For tickets, visit our website at wjct.org

And we took a trip to Wells World as travel expert Judy Wells stopped by with some tips about travelling for Valentine’s Day.

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: John Kaplan – Not As I Pictured

At the age of 48, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Kaplan found out he had a potentially deadly form of lymphoma.  The diagnosis motivated Kaplan to turn the lens on himself and begin documenting his experience battling cancer.  Now he’s sharing his personal and moving story in the new award winning film, Not As I Pictured.

Join our conversation with Kaplan ahead of the film’s local premiere on WGCU WORLD Monday, January 30th at 8:00 p.m.  We’ll find out what prompted him to share his deeply personal journey, how the diagnosis has changed his life, and how he’s doing now.

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Media Roundtable Week in Review on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

We looked at the biggest news story this week as we welcomed our weekly media roundtable to the show to discuss last night’s Republican national debate at the University of North Florida. Joining us to talk about how the Republican candidates fared in the last debate before Florida’s GOP primary next week were: Larry Hannan, reporter from the Florida Times-Union; David Chapman, reporter for the Financial News and Daily Record; John Burr, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; and, in honor of last night’s big event, Dargan Thompson, UNF journalism student and reporter for the student newspaper The UNF Spinnaker.

During our Weekend Warrior segment, we talked about the ultimate challenge for weekend warriors – climbing the city’s tallest building, all in the name of charity. It’s the American Lung Association’s 4th Annual Fight for Air Climb, a major fundraiser for local residents suffering from lung health problems. With more about the event, we welcomed Nicola Barnack, development manager for the American Lung Association in Florida, and Conny Smith of Wells Fargo, a sponsor of the event.

It was one of the most radical periods in contemporary art – the 1960s saw an explosion of creativity that reflected the turbulent social and political events of the time. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) is exploring the art of the 60s in a new exhibit opening this weekend. MOCA executive director Marcelle Polednik joined us in the studio with a preview of “ReFocus: Art of the 1960s.”

We heard from our resident movie critic Cinema CJ as he reviewed the new movie “Man on a Ledge.”

And we finished off this Friday edition of First Coast Connect in style as Jacksonville’s own progressive rock band Polygons joined us. They’re releasing their second CD, “The Other Side,” tonight with a special show at Freebird Live. Their song “Two Steps Back” closed out the show this morning.

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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Republican Debate at the University of North Florida on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

With only four candidates left standing, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul will take the stage at the University of North Florida tonight for CNN’s nationally televised debate. This is the last debate before the Florida GOP primary election next Tuesday. After Newt Gingrich scored an upset over Mitt Romney in South Carolina, Florida has become a major fight. What can we expect from the debate and the primary? We discussed it all with Lenny Curry, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

Food Network star Paula Deen has recently announced that she has Type 2 diabetes. Deen is famous for her delicious but fattening Southern cooking, and her announcement has drawn a decidedly mixed reaction. How did her eating habits contribute to her disease? What can other Americans learn for Deen’s diagnosis about being more proactive with their own health? Dr. Desmond Bell, founder of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation, and Juana Brown, coordinator of the diabetes program at the Duval County Health Department, joined us in the studio with more information about the disease.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal broke new ground on Broadway by bringing to life the impact of mental illness on the American family. Players by the Sea is presenting this critically acclaimed work, with proceeds from the show benefiting Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. We got a preview of the show from Joe Schwarz, executive director of Players by the Sea, Sam Fisher, director of Next to Normal, and Michael Pruitt, former president of the Jacksonville Psychiatric Society.

And we found out what’s happening around this weekend with Jacksonville Magazine‘s Kerry Speckman.

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: Arts Edition – “Nick Danger: Third Eye” / Photographers Matt and Rebecca Larson

“Nick Danger: Third Eye” a parody of the 1940’s radio detective shows originally written and performed by The Firesign Theatre in 1969 comes to Sarasota. This bit of theatrical history is the first ever fully dramatized presentation of ‘Nick Danger’.  It will be performed at the Powel Crosley Estate.

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Then husband and wife photographers Matt and Rebecca Larson use a 23 foot Flying Cloud Airstream RV as their gallery.  They bring their moving studio to the In One Instant Gallery in Fort Myers this weekend.



GUESTS:
Larry Barrett
David Osman
Matt Larson
Rebecca Larson

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