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: Rachel Iacovone

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

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

With Election Day just over a month away, our series of conversations with the candidates continues with a look at some of Southwest Florida’s State House races.  We’ll hear from Republican Dane Eagle and Democrat Arvella Clare who are vying for Florida’s District 77 State House seat. 

Our conversations with the candidates continue.  We’ll hear from Florida Senate contenders Republican Lizbeth Benaquisto and Democrat Debbie Jordan vying for the state Senate District 30 seat.  We’ll also talk with Republican Scott Hopes and Democrat Dwight Bullard facing off in November to represent Florida Senate District 39.

With the fall political season upon us, we’ll explore the newest exhibit at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates titled “Edison & Ford Editorial Cartoons: Then and Now.”  We’ll take a look at the role of editorial cartoons throughout the history  with a focus on Ft. Myers own Thomas Edison and Hendry Ford.  

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.