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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.

Whether produced on location, with a live audience or in our radio studio, Gulf Coast Live! invites you to interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls, emails, texts, on Facebook and blogs

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Documentary
1:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Teens Serving Life Without Parole: POV Documentary ‘15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story’

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We explore the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole in the U.S. More than 2,500 inmates in America’s prison system are serving life terms for crimes committed as juveniles. We’ll talk with the filmmaker behind the POV (Point of View) documentary “15 to Live: Kenneth’s Story” which premieres August 4th on PBS. The film documents the story of one Tampa-area man charged with four back-to-back life sentences for his role in a string of robberies committed when he was 14 years old at the behest of his mother’s 24 year old crack dealer.

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Graham v. Florida finds that life sentences for juveniles for crimes other than murder are unconstitutional, which could make Kenneth eligible for early release. Through Kenneth’s story, we’ll explore whether society is served by sentencing juveniles to life in prison and other revelations about our justice system.

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
1:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ongoing Impacts of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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It’s been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that took the lives of 11 people and caused the discharge of an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf resulting in the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Researchers with Ocean Alliance recently teamed up with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for ‘Operation Toxic Gulf.’ The marine expedition has been documenting the ongoing impacts of the spill on the Gulf ecosystem and on marine life with a particular emphasis on Sperm whales which are considered an indicator species for the overall health of the ecosystem.

We’ll also explore the legal and policy side of environmental restoration efforts for the Gulf of Mexico.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Write-in Candidates Closing Primary Elections

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In 1998, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution intended to open up primary elections to all voters when the candidates in a given race are all from the same political party. In 2000, then-Secretary of State Katherine Harris wrote a Division of Elections opinion stating that if a write-in candidate qualifies for the general election, the primary must remain closed to the voters of that party.

We’ll explore how this loophole in Florida’s ‘open primary’ rule could impact Florida House races in the 2014 election, including the contest for Cape Coral’s state House District 77 seat currently held by Rep. Dane Eagle-R, and previous legislative efforts to end the practice and keep such primary elections open to voters of all parties.

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Health Care
1:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Caregiver Stress

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More than 65 million Americans provide care for a family member or loved one and according to the Mayo Clinic that number is on the rise. These unpaid caregivers can include those caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, an adult child caring for an aging parent, and even parents caring for a disabled child.

While the work of these caregivers can be rewarding, it can also take its toll in the form of stress and fatigue on the often overlooked care providers who can be prone to neglecting their own health and wellbeing. We’ll explore the signs and symptoms of caregiver stress, coping strategies for caregivers and where to turn to for help here in Southwest Florida. 

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Documentary
1:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Naples Documentarian’s Interview with the Holocaust Denier

  When Marina Berkovich escaped Kiev, USSR and landed in the United States as an 18-year-old refugee she never would have guessed her career as a Naples documentary producer would put her face-to-face with a Holocaust denier. Kiev, she said, was the “City of Denial” in the USSR, a country of denial, after all.

Then this spring a BBC TV show, which uses DNA analysis to find out more about historical figures, claimed Hitler’s mistress had Jewish heritage. They said they had used some of Eva Braun’s hair for the test. Berkovich and her husband were assigned to get reaction for a prime Russian TV network. And that reaction would be from one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers, who claimed to own a lock of Hitler’s hair. We’ll hear from Berkovich on how she dealt with this rare interview and why the denier is in Florida.

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