Gulf Coast Live

Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

As we enter the eighth week of Florida’s annual legislative session, state and federal lawmakers are under pressure to address school shootings after the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.  Survivors of the shooting traveled to Tallahassee last week to speak directly with state lawmakers and to participate in a rally demanding safe schools and an end to gun violence.  Days later, Florida House and Senate leaders outlined a $400 to $500 million series of proposals aimed at addressing the problem.  

Special Effects Artist Wayne Anderson

Feb 22, 2018
Bower School of Music and the Arts

We're sitting down with special effects artist Wayne Anderson in advance of his talk and workshop at the  Bower School of Music and the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Originally from Naples, Anderson has worked on Stranger Things, Jurassic World, the Ghostbusters Reboot, IT, Bright and a slew of other movies.

We're joined by comedienne Paula Poundstone, probably best known by public radio listeners as one of the most beloved recurring guests on the NPR News Quiz, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! We’ll pick her brain in advance of her show on on March 3rd at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.


Today began with heightened tension for parents and students with social media threats throughout the state in the wake of the mass shooting last week in Broward County which left seventeen people dead. A threat caused a flurry of panic at two Collier county schools, caused another school to go on lockdown in Manatee County, and caused panicking parents to leave work, yanking their kids out of class.

Meanwhile, a bus load of students went to Tallahassee to appeal to lawmakers to do something to keep kids safe in school, and here in Southwest Florida, high school students walked out of class in solidarity. We’ll talk with some of the students trying to turn this tragedy into action, and hear from reporters around the state about what they're covering in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

Mass killings on school campuses have, unfortunately, become commonplace in American society. Just a week ago today, a shooter opened fire at a Broward County high school – killing 17 people and injuring another 15.

These incidents have left the country divided on whether we need more guns or less guns, better mental health care or harsher responses from governing bodies to red flags, the death penalty or mercy for the killers…