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

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

Plus, a consortium of government agencies and other groups including The Nature Conservancy and Walmart closed a deal this week on a 1,278 acre site for panther habitat preservation.  We’ll take a closer look at the effort and the status of the endangered Florida panther.

A community is in mourning this week following the recent suicide death of Cape Coral teen, and Ida Baker High School Junior Sierra Hixenbaugh.  Students close to Sierra have reported the 16-year-old was a victim of bullying. 

Sierra attended the same school as Jeffrey Johnston who was also bullied and took his own life seven years ago.  We’ll speak with Jeffrey’s mother, anti-bullying advocate, Debbie Johnston, who championed passage of a Florida law requiring schools to establish policies to stop bullying.

Many consider cognitive decline an inevitable part of the aging process, but is it something we can take proactive steps to prevent?  We’ll talk with a researcher at the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies about an ongoing brain fitness study and how to delay or prevent cognitive impairment later in life.

Advocates for Florida tomato growers say the industry is in trouble, in part, due to cheaper tomatoes imported from Mexico.  A suspension pact between the U.S. and Mexico was established 16 years ago aimed at controlling Mexican tomato imports and setting a minimum sale price. 

The U.S. Commerce Department is currently considering a request to abolish the suspension agreement which some Florida growers say isn’t working.  Meanwhile, advocates for Mexican growers are defending the pact, saying it’s necessary to maintain a stable tomato market.  

A new federal policy aims to keep the American dream alive for young undocumented immigrants. Details on “deferred action for childhood arrivals” – who’s eligible, who’s not and what does it really mean? We’re joined by two immigration attorneys, and a student who hopes to make the policy work for him.

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