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

Call:  1-877-GCU-TALK 
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Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation

Photo: Come From Away

Beverley Bass is a fourth-generation Floridian from Fort Myers, and as one of the first female pilots for American Airlines—and its first female captain—her life makes for a great story. But it's her experiences as a pilot on Sept. 11, 2001, when she and thousands of others found themselves grounded in Gander, Newfoundland until American airspace re-opened, that's now being told through a musical on stages across North America.

Photo: EPA via Wikimedia Commons

The ACLU of Florida has wrapped up a months-long investigation into how the state handled last year’s toxic algal blooms; the result of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The nonprofit civil liberties organization alleges the state failed its residents in how it responded to those discharges.

Photo: U.S. Army by Stephen Baack

A new study from the School of Education at Florida Southwestern State College calculates the costs of getting three- and four-year old students prepared for kindergarten across Southwest Florida. The cost comes out to roughly $12,000 per student for an ideal combination of small classes, experienced head teachers, and materials. But the study finds a roughly $8,000 gap between what's needed and what federal and state funds provide.

Photos: Military Museum and Library of Southwest Florida

A flag with 37 stars flew over the White House for roughly ten years, after the addition of Nebraska to the union in March 1867. A version of the 37-star flag, flown during the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes, was dedicated at Wednesday's Flag Day event at the Military Museum and Library of Southwest Florida.

Farmworker's Association of Florida

Florida farmers face acute needs for labor when the harvest comes, and in recent years they've relied on guest workers from other countries under the H-2A visa program to pick their crops. The visa locks the guest worker into a contract with their employer, who has to meet an array of obligations to those workers as they live and work in the U.S. Some see it as a model program, while others call it a program of last resort.

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