Gulf Coast Live on WGCU

Weekdays at 1PM (encore Sundays at 11am)

Gulf Coast Live is a live, locally produced, call-in radio show focusing on issues that matter to Southwest Floridians. It's your chance to share your thoughts and connect to your community, live on the radio, and interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls and social media.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Rachel Iacovone

Call:  1-877-GCU-TALK 
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Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation

Tara Calligan, WGCU

We’ll hear music from Southwest Florida guitarist and singer/songwriter Matt Walden who recently stopped by the WGCU studios.  At just 23 years old, Walden is a prolific songwriter who performs at venues throughout the region and he has already produced three studio albums of his original music with more in the works.  Walden’s unique style blends a broad spectrum of musical genres and is often characterized by his silky smooth vocals and catchy rhythms.  We’ll hear selections of Matt Walden’s original music recorded live in the WGCU studios and learn more about his musical background and his approach to writing new songs.

PARENTS MAGAZINE

Fred Rogers’ name has resurfaced in our culture lately, with the release of a new documentary about his life and television show, and a feature movie called You Are My Friend starring Tom Hanks due out at the end of next year. His public television show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was a cultural staple in this country for more than three decades. We’re remembering Mr. Rogers on today’s show, with the help of a Naples woman who spent a week on set with him and his crew in the early 1980s, before writing a feature story for Parents Magazine. We’ll hear her memories, and listen to some classic moments from the show.

www.andrewsolomon.com


Diversity is what unites us all -- that’s the underlying premise of the latest book by our guest today, Dr. Andrew Solomon. He is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology. He is a winner of the National Book Award, and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. He’s been a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; and has written for many other periodicals, and has published a number of books. His latest book is called Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity which tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in the process.

Taste of Immokalee


While most home chefs may fancy their salsa as worthy of a slot on a grocery store shelf, there is one local group that took that inspiration and turned it into not only a business but a teaching non-profit that serves up spice and inspiration. Taste of Immokalee is a student-run initiative that teaches high school kids about business, the food industry, and marketing, among other things. We're joined by Yvelande Astreid, she's assitant to the Taste of Immokalee executive director, and Marthe August, a junior at Immokalee High School.

South Florida Water Management District

Last week the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board approved a plan to move forward with testing of what it calls Emergency Estuary Protection Wells, which it says could reduce the need for ecologically damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries from Lake Okeechobee. The wells would use deep injection technology to pump water about 3,000 feet below ground into the what’s known as the "boulder zone." According to a district press release, the wells would only be used during high water emergency situations like the one we’re currently facing. But, critics say the wells are a bad idea that could have harmful impacts on the state's freshwater drinking supply. We’re joined by Ansley Marr, Section Administrator for the Northern Everglades at the South Florida Water Management District to learn more.

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