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  • The Southwest Florida based arts organization Love Your Rebellion is hitting the ground running as we approach the traditional performing arts season. We’ll get a preview of all the Love Your Rebellion has to offer in the coming months with the organization’s founder and board of director’s chair, Angela Page.
  • For 17 years as an Extension agent with the Florida Sea Grant program at University of Florida, Betty Staugler has been based at the UF/IFAS Extension’s Charlotte County office, helping coastal residents and people whose livelihoods depend on the marine ecosystem deal with issues including harmful algal blooms in southwest Florida.She's taking on a new role now as NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Liaison, where her work will include developing new data-driven communication tools about harmful algal blooms to better serve decision-makers in addressing this growing concern.
  • This Wednesday SpaceX is planning to launch from Kennedy Space Center with four private astronauts on board for its Inspiration4 mission. It’s the first of its kind, with a crew made up entirely of civilians. Today, we meet space reporter Brendan Byrne from WMFE in Orlando to get a bit of a peek behind the curtain of that mission, and what else he's been covering.
  • A conversation with Artsemble Underground artists and founders Cesar Aguilera and Brian Weaver about the organization and about the power and function of public art murals.
  • We explore COVID-19 vaccine guidance for pregnant women and their babies in utero, as well as for nursing new mothers with Lee Health’s System director for Obstetric Services Dr. Cherrie Morris and Lee Health Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and interim chief of Quality and Patient Safety, Dr. Stephanie Stovall.
  • We talk to artists Steve Kalb and Zan Lombardo about their work featured in a new joint exhibition titled “Forge & Scroll” at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers.
  • On this episode of the Gulf Coast Life Book Club, we talk to Brittany Ackerman, author of The Brittanys, and Julie Klam, author of The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters.
  • Former Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary and former state Chief Resiliency officer Noah Valenstein has been named the first presidential fellow in water policy at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Water School. We’ll talk with Valenstein about his time in state government and his future plans for the Water School.
  • The Laboratory Theatre of Florida begins its 13th season with the Southwest Florida premiere of the multi-Tony award-winning musical, “The Color Purple,” based on the Pulitzer prize-winning and National Book Award-winning novel by author Alice Walker. We'll explore the production with Director Sonya McCarter and Lab Theatre Founding Artistic Director Annette Trossbach.
  • The public radio world and long-time NPR listeners are grieving the loss of a great journalist and host, Neal Conan, who died Tuesday of glioblastoma at the age of 71. In honor of his life, we’re listening back to our conversation with Neal Conan on this show back in 2009 when he came to Southwest Florida and spent some time with the WGCU-FM news team.