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: Salvador Altimir via Flickr Creative Commons

A growing number of states, including Florida, are contracting our long-term medical care with what's known as managed care organizations.

It's a way for states to consolidate care for large groups, ranging from pregnant women, to people with specific disabilities, to long-term care for aging Floridians. And it's increasingly changing the way states spend Medicaid dollars, and how the aging or disabled access healthcare. Providers in Southwest Florida say its also limiting their abilities to give patients the care they need.

Photo: Florida Gulf Coast University

The FGCU student government has passed a resolution calling on university administrators to work toward adopting a "sanctuary campus" policy.

The designation is considered by many a reaction to the Trump administration's pledge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, instituted by the Obama administration in 2012 to provide protections against deportations for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age.

Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Losing the ability to see can have devastating impacts on people, and a local non-profit group called Lighthouse of Southwest Florida seeks to help those who have lost their vision adjust.

Photo: FGCU Athletics

Gulf Coast Live is on location today at JetBlue Park, the home of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, taking look at the players on the field and the off-field efforts that make spring training tick in Southwest Florida.

Photos: Storytellers Creative Arts, Public Domain

Telling stories may be one of humanity's oldest traditions, and the proliferation of storytelling projects like Snap Judgment and The Moth are bringing personal stories to mass audiences in ways traditional media never have.

This weekend, Storytellers Creative Arts in Naples is focusing a storytelling workshop on the Naples community with its HeART of Storytelling Conference beginning on Friday. Organizers say the conference is focused on "capturing, creating,  and communicating" the stories of organizations, families and individuals.