Gulf Coast Live

Christmas Day has come and gone, but the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, has even more weight in some cultures. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a traditional Catholic holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January through much of Latin America -- and arguably, most so, on the island of Puerto Rico. Sanibel poet Joe Pacheco brings us this piece remembering his first tropical Christmas.

Courtesy of the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers serves as Lee County’s professional orchestra and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The ensemble’s musicians have been providing a broad range of classical performances to local audiences for more than half a century and the group is wasting no time kicking off the New Year with the latest installment of their ‘Masterworks’ concert series this Friday, Jan. 6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

We'll sit down for the hour with Nathan Hill. The Naples-based novelist's first book, "The Nix," took the literary world by storm in 2016. We'll ask him what the onslaught of literary fame has been like, and how it felt to learn that great American novelist John Irving had compared his work to Charles Dickens.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU


A handful of Southwest Florida women recently traveled through rural Guatemala, distributing much-needed re-usable menstrual kits they spent months creating. They include hand-sewn cotton bases that clip onto underwear, and tucked into them are flannel pads, which can be changed out and washed for reuse.

We're joined live in studio by the five members of Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders. The Bottomfeeders are a bluegrass band led by fishing guide Captain Joe McNichols. He was joined by Sharon Morrison, Pat Morrison and Larry Wicker in 2010, and Angela Girdley came aboard in 2017. They've been pickin’ and grinnin’ ever since. They play mostly traditional bluegrass music, but throw in a few other songs that are favorites from the past. They say their goal is to create a pleasing sound while having fun and entertaining those who care to listen. They play at venues throughout Southwest Florida, including bluegrass festivals, local shows, special events and parties.

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