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 
Facebook: WGCU Public Media
Twitter: twitter.com/wgcu - #GCL

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

Images: State Archives of Florida

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau through 2016 shows Florida continues to grow: nearly 2 million new people arrived in the state since 2010, a nearly 10 percent boost. In the last year alone, more than 340,000 new Floridians flocked to the state. Historians are asking what Florida could lose as that growth continues, and how to best preserve state history amid a seemingly endless boom.

Photos: Mote, Wikimedia Commons/Flickr Creative Commons

Gulf Coast Live is going on location behind the scenes at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota.

We’ll talk about the exhibits the lab offers, and the research they do into the animals and marine environment along Florida’s Gulf Coast and beyond. Evan Barniskis, Assistant Vice President of Mote Aquarium, talks us through the exhibits alongside Amanda Foltz, an aquarium biologist who helps to care for the otters in Mote's otter exhibit.

Photo: Robo Rays, used with permission.

The Robo Rays are a STEM-focused robotics team at Seacrest Country Day School who took first at the Orlando regional competition and are bringing their robot-building skills and teamwork this week to the World Championship competition in Texas

Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons/Flickr Creative Commons

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida says it would have to close its Immokalee clinic, and possibly pull back on other services, if a change passed by Congress and signed into law last week by President Donald Trump were to strip them of Title X family planning funding.

Image: Naples Restaruant Week/Photo: Naples Humane Society

A unique partnership between the Naples Humane Society and Naples’ Restaurant Week pairs shelter animals with local restaurants, in an effort to bring attention to how the slow summer season in Southwest Florida has impacts from food service to pets.

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