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: Matthew F. Smith

Call:  1-877-GCU-TALK 
Facebook: WGCU Public Media
Twitter: - #GCL

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

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Summers in Florida can often find boxes of surplus mangos or avocados shared among friends and colleagues, when fruiting trees leave growers with more fruit than they could possibly consume. What can you do with the extra tropical goodness? Chef Jack Raben with Fogg Café at the Naples Botanical Garden shares ideas on how to incorporate those fruits into dishes you might not otherwise consider. 

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In three tweets this week President Donald Trump declared an all-out ban on "transgender individuals" serving in the military. Military leaders responded to what's been described as a surprise announcement by saying they won't change any policies for the estimated 10,000 transgendered military members without further direction from the White House. On Gulf Coast Live, two military veterans who are trans, and other trans activists in Florida, respond to the president's tweets and the status of Americans who are trans.


The opioid crisis has claimed victims—and lives—across Florida, from Miami to Manatee County. But reporter Stephanie Colombini with WUSF in Tampa tracked another way the deadly addictive painkillers are changing the lives of Floridians: she found a "skyrocketing" number of children being removed from their homes and placed in foster care in Sarasota and Manatee Counties is linked with the opioid epidemic.

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The Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University hit the ground running several years ago after a private investigator noticed an uptick in the number of people contacting her to report they’d been targeted. She started working with local law enforcement and efforts toward fraud prevention and educational outreach grew into a partnership with with the University.

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The fearsome Tyrannosaurs Rex could bite down with nearly ​8,000 pounds of force, almost twice as strong as the bite of the Australian salt water crocodile. That's just some of the findings from a Florida researcher who teamed up with a paleontologist in Oklahoma to model and test the bite of T. rex.