Gulf Coast Live

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.

NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is set to launch this evening at 6:32 p.m. on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. The TESS mission is to find planets outside of our solar system, known as exoplanets. It finds them by looking at faraway stars, or more specifically by brief dimming periods on other stars caused by planets periodically blocking part of the light as they pass by, or transit, them. We're joined by Dr. Derek Buzasi, he's a Whitaker Eminent Scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He'll get to use TESS to further research he began in the 1990s exploring starquakes.

John Davis, WGCU

Internationally-acclaimed painter Steve Keene unveils a newly commissioned installation, April 12, at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers.  Ahead of Thursday’s opening reception, we sit down with Keene for a conversation about the exhibition, Keene’s unique and prolific painting style and his broader approach to art.  Having created more than 300,000 paintings in the last 35 years, Keene is hailed as the world’s most prolific painter. 

Southwest Florida singer/songwriter Sheena Brook plays live in studio ahead of her performance at the first, “Music on the Mound,” concert at the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach.  The Mound House remains the oldest structure on Estero Island, sitting atop a 2,000-year-old shell mound from the Calusa Indians.  In addition to a museum exploring the regions history and prehistory, the Mound House provides a variety of cultural and environmental education programs for visitors of all ages.  The first “Music on the Mound” Concert on April 21, will benefit the Mound House Summer Scholarship Fund.

We’re marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month on today’s show with a conversation with Stacey Honowitz. She’s been a supervisor in the Sex Crimes Unit at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for nearly 25 years, and appears regularly on TV talking about sex crimes and how to prevent them. Honowitz works to educate parents and children about child molestation, and the importance of reporting abuse as the first step to healing.

She’s authored two books on the subject of molestation specifically meant to be read with young children: “My Privates are Private” and “Genius with a Penis, Don’t Touch.” These books try to make it easy for parents to comfortably and frankly discuss inappropriate touching with their children and teach the importance of speaking up and reporting abuse.