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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

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

John Davis, WGCU

Internationally-acclaimed painter Steve Keene unveils a newly commissioned installation, April 12, at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers.  Ahead of Thursday’s opening reception, we sit down with Keene for a conversation about the exhibition, Keene’s unique and prolific painting style and his broader approach to art.  Having created more than 300,000 paintings in the last 35 years, Keene is hailed as the world’s most prolific painter. 

Southwest Florida singer/songwriter Sheena Brook plays live in studio ahead of her performance at the first, “Music on the Mound,” concert at the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach.  The Mound House remains the oldest structure on Estero Island, sitting atop a 2,000-year-old shell mound from the Calusa Indians.  In addition to a museum exploring the regions history and prehistory, the Mound House provides a variety of cultural and environmental education programs for visitors of all ages.  The first “Music on the Mound” Concert on April 21, will benefit the Mound House Summer Scholarship Fund.

We’re marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month on today’s show with a conversation with Stacey Honowitz. She’s been a supervisor in the Sex Crimes Unit at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for nearly 25 years, and appears regularly on TV talking about sex crimes and how to prevent them. Honowitz works to educate parents and children about child molestation, and the importance of reporting abuse as the first step to healing.

She’s authored two books on the subject of molestation specifically meant to be read with young children: “My Privates are Private” and “Genius with a Penis, Don’t Touch.” These books try to make it easy for parents to comfortably and frankly discuss inappropriate touching with their children and teach the importance of speaking up and reporting abuse.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

The entire nation seems to be talking about sexual assault with the rise of the #MeToo movement. But, today, we’re talking with a young survivor, who was assaulted when she was only 15.

If you think that’s uncommon, you may be surprised to hear the latest numbers show nearly one in five girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have been the victim of completed or attempted sexual assault.

Andrew West-The News Press

A few weeks ago News Press Storyteller and WGCU essayist Amy Bennett Williams wrote a short piece called Where are the Swallow-tailed Kites? It was, in part, a response to a Facebook post from WGCU’s own John Davis about how he looks forward to his first sighting of the year of the soaring, seemingly elusive birds. Well, we’re going to extend that effort today with a conversation about the birds of prey with a man who has studied them for years. Dr. Ken Meyer is executive director at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute.