Gulf Coast Live

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Here’s an answer to a question submitted to us through our Curious Gulf Coast project where we invite listeners to ask questions about southwest Florida. A woman named Rose asked us “Please tell me about the factory on Ft Myers Beach which harvested coquina clams and used them to cook, can, and sell clam chowder.” So, we reached out to the IMAG History and Science Center in Fort Myers and they sent over a man named Jim Powers to give us some insight. WGCU’s Mike Kiniry sat down with Mr. Powers.

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A global group of scientists has traced the evolutionary history of Florida’s signature crop up to 8 million years into the past to the Himalayas of Southeast Asia. Through analyses of 60 types of citrus whose genomes they sequenced, scientists identified 10 natural citrus species, according to their new study, just published in the journal Nature. We’re joined by a UF professor who co-authored the study, Fred Gmitter, to learn more about the implications of this research.

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As we enter week six of this year’s state lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues with an in-depth look at how our legislators are addressing public education. After fierce partisan debate, last week, the Florida House approved a sweeping public education bill (HB 7055) that creates a new private-school voucher program. The nearly 200 page bill also makes a broad spectrum of other changes on everything from school testing to how much public funding charter schools can receive. We’ll hear voices from both sides of that debate.


Plus, we sit down with Constitutional Law expert, Professor Pamela Seay from FGCU’s Department of Justice Studies for a closer look at bills moving in the legislature that may raise red flags when it comes to potential conflicts with the U.S. Constitution.


Archival photos courtesy of Mme. Christine Argillet

Paintings by the famous surrealist Salvador Dali are well known throughout the world, as was the late artist’s reputation for eccentric behavior, but what was Dali like behind the scenes?  We will talk with Madame Christine Argillet, whose father, Pierre Argillet, was Dali’s close friend and publisher for roughly half a century.  As a result, Madame Argillet had the unique experience of spending her childhood summers from age 6 to 17 living next door to the iconic artist in Port Lligat, Catalonia, Spain.

A University of Florida researcher has found three species of mosquitoes feeding on Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. Lawrence Reeves, a post-doctoral researcher at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab in Vero Beach, says he and his team have recovered python DNA from the blood meals of those mosquitoes, and that it may be possible to detect the presence of the snakes using the technique. We'll learn more about his research and plans going forward.