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 
Facebook: WGCU Public Media
Twitter: - #GCL

Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation


By now you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. It’s a global cryptocurrency and digital payment system. It’s considered the world’s first decentralized digital currency, because the system works without a central repository or single administrator. It operates as a peer-to-peer system, with transactions happening directly between users, with all transactions being recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. And, while it's not entirely clear who exactly invented it, hundreds of thousands of merchants and vendors around the world accept bitcoin as payment. So what on earth does all of that mean? We’re joined by a man who’s been investing in Bitcoin for about 4 years to try to demystify this cutting edge, yet difficult to understand digital currency.


People impacted by Hurricane Irma have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 to register for assistance from FEMA and/or submit an application for a Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan. We’re joined by representatives from both agencies to answer your questions about applying for disaster-related assistance.

Zach Polsenberg's Heat Severity Charity

Riverdale Raiders linebacker Zach Polsenberg passed away earlier this year after suffering a heat stroke during high school football practice. His core body temperature was 107 degrees and he went into a coma. He fought liver and kidney failure for 11 days before passing away. His family has since started the Zach Polsenberg's Heat Severity Charity to raise awareness about heat stroke, and will be holding their Inaugural Fundraiser on December 3. 

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Last night, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the roughly 50,000 Haitian nationals that have been living in the U.S. since the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. The protection will terminate on July 22, 2019, giving Haitians under TPS 18 months to return to Haiti or become subject to detention and deportation. We’re joined by a local immigration specialist to find out what this means for the Haitians living and working here in Southwest Florida under TPS.


While the obvious impacts from Hurricane Irma are becoming fewer and further between, thousands of southwest Floridians whose homes were flooded continue dealing with the lingering effects of mold. We’ll talk with a doctor, a mold remediation expert, and a professional home watcher about mold, from the health risks and how to alleviate them to ways to prevent mold from showing up in the first place.