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

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour is widely known for her work on the stage and screen including roles in the James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” and the television series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” but over the past 25 years, she’s emerged as a celebrated visual artist as well, creating intimate watercolor and vibrant oil paintings.  She also enjoys success as a designer including creating costumes and set designs for the Houston Ballet.  We’ll talk with Seymour ahead of her appearances March 10th and 11th at the Mercato in Naples for an exhibition of her work organized by Road Show Company.  The exhibition will also include works by Seymour’s son, Sean Michael Flynn.  Flynn is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer and filmmaker.

Gulfshore Life Magazine

It’s become increasingly apparent in recent years that talking to people with whom we disagree, either politically or socially, has become practically impossible. We’ve partnered up with Gulfshore Life Magazine to try to tackle the issue. We’re joined by Jennifer Reed, she wrote this month’s cover story called “Talk to me … Please?” to find out what she learned from the many Southwest Floridians who she met while writing the article. We're also joined by Dr. Cindy Banyai, she’s a researcher and community development expert who conducted a series of structured conversations with folks from different backgrounds for the article.

 Plus, we’ll meet Christopher Phillips...he’s author of a number of books, including Socrates Cafe and Constitution Cafe...he’ll be in town next week moderating an event here at WGCU called 'Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society'...which will explore ways to talk about difficult issues across political and social divides. The event is full, but click HERE to add your name to a waiting list.

Florida Dental Association Foundation

The Florida Dental Association Foundation will host its fourth Florida Mission of Mercy event on March 9-10 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. During the event dentists will provide an estimated 2,000 people with relief from the pain and infection of untreated dental disease — all at no cost to the patients.

Dental care will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no pre-registration necessary. Services provided will include cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and limited root canal therapy. We're joined by Dr. Phillip Kraver, one of the dentists providing care at this weekend's events, to learn more.

Fort Myers Police Department

It’s been about a year since we last sat down to talk with Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs. He's he’s been on the job since August of 2016, having taken the helm of a police department with more than a hundred cold case homicides, a lack of trust from some parts of the community it was trying to protect, and internal issues that were later parsed out in a third party audit- which was made public upon its completion a year ago. We sit down with Chief Diggs to get an update on progress he's made so far, including the recent arrest in the downtown Fort Myers Zombicon shooting that happened in 2015.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The opioid epidemic began making headlines years, if not decades, ago. But it’s on the rise still. The latest statistics puts the rate of fatal overdoses at one every 13 minutes in the United States, meaning, by the end of this segment, the widespread use of these drugs will have taken another life.