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.

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.

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

Photo: Ira Gelb via Flickr Creative Commons

Hundreds of cases of human trafficking are reported in Florida every year, and a new report from 2016 shows the number of human trafficking cases in the state doubled in the last year.

The vast majority of trafficked persons in Florida are young women, and sex trafficking is the most common form of human trafficking in the state, according to a report from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families.

Photo: Marty Stokes

The Southwest Florida Blues Society has tapped The Marty Stokes Band to represent the region at the 33rd International Blues Challenge later this month in Memphis, TN.

Acts can only perform at the challenge if they're sponsored by one of the more than 200 local blues organizations across the country.

Matthew F. Smith, WGCU

One day before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, WGCU and other NPR member stations across the country are working together through the "Nation Engaged" project to ask: “What do you want the new President to know about you or your community as he takes office?”
Photos: Martina Nolte via Wikimedia Creative Commons/Southwest Florida Water Management District

The Dutch have famously fought the water for hundreds of years, giving them a reputation for water management. But for all the novel solutions Dutch engineers have produced, lowland areas in The Netherlands face rising sea levels, sinking land through subsidence, high river discharge, and water quality issues linked with agriculture.

Photo: Peretz Partensky vis Flickr Creative Commmons

Seventeen bills filed for the coming March legislative session focus on guns. Some seek to ban the sale of certain guns or firearm components, while others seek to expand where Floridians can carry open or concealed weapons.