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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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WGCU recently reported on the increase of transgender youth coming out nationwide. So this week on Gulf Coast Live! we talk with advocates about past and present LGBT bills in the Florida Legislature as the transgender community becomes more acknowledged. 

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The Florida legislature is rethinking how the state moves minors into adult court. A 2014 report by Human Rights Watch says Florida moves more children out of the juvenile system and into adult court than any other state. Advocates are pushing a campaign to reform a process called “direct filing” that gives state prosecutors the choice of moving forward with those charges. They say the system unevenly hands out penalties.

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The mood of voters is one of the most important political factors in an election year.  In collaboration with the National NPR network and talk show programs on member stations around the country, we’ll explore what’s at the core of voter anxieties this election season.  The shrinking middle class and economic uncertainty is one factor.  A recent Pew Research Center analysis of government data finds that the country’s middle class is losing ground.  The report finds that while middle class wage earners accounted for 43% of aggregate U.S. income in 2014, down from 62% in 1970.  

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The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates more than 20 million people are enslaved worldwide and that Florida ranks third in the nation when it comes to the number of reported sex trafficking cases.  Victims of human trafficking are children, women and men who are sexually exploited or coerced to work through force or fraud.


2016 Python Challenge

Jan 13, 2016
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is teaming up with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida for the 2016 Python Challenge.  The event runs from Jan. 16 through Feb. 14, and will mark the state’s second Burmese Python removal competition following the first Python Challenge held in 2013.  We’ll explore the aim of the competition and what’s different about this year’s event.