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Gulf Coast Life
Monday through Thursday at 1 & 10PM

Gulf Coast Life is a locally produced talk show that strives to connect listeners to the people, places, and things that make Southwest Florida unique.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Mike Kiniry

Facebook: WGCU Public Media
Twitter: twitter.com/wgcu - #GCL

Latest Episodes
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    Encore: FGCU Professor Receives NASA Funding for Asteroseismology Satellite Design Study
    Advances in technology, and the privatization of the space industry, have led to far more satellites being launched into space — small satellites to be exact. What once required a refrigerator-sized satellite can now sometimes be packed into one the size of a microwave, or even smaller.
  • Anyone who was in Southwest Florida during 2018 will remember the two massive, simultaneous harmful algal blooms that devastated marine animal populations, and hurt local economies. The blue-green algae — or cyanobacteria — bloom that originated in Lake Okeechobee, choking the Caloosahatchee River, the canals that line it, and its estuary met the offshore red tide bloom which was lining beaches with dead fish, dolphins, and other marine life. While the blooms fouled the waters, and kept tourists away, there is growing evidence the toxins they produced can be harmful to humans.
  • Charlotte County is celebrating its centennial next year. And, as the county begins preparing celebrations, our guest is looking for stories about Charlotte County that may have fallen through the cracks. James Abraham is a writer, teacher, owner of Book-Broker Publishers of Florida, and a retired journalist.
  • We’ll learn about the Freedom Riders, which were small groups of black and white people travelling together on buses in the early 1960s to deliberately violate segregation laws in the deep south.
  • We’re learning about the international nonprofit Best Buddies, which creates one-to-one relationships between volunteers and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • It's been two years since the Collier County Sheriff’s Office found the body of a hiker in Big Cypress preserve. Despite dozens of people recognizing the hiker from the Appalachian Trail, investigators have not been able to identify him beyond the trail name “Mostly Harmless.”
  • Heading back to work is tough when you can't meet people face-to-face. And it's even harder when childcare and school is still in a holding pattern. Today we're looking at two programs trying to help solve these problems.
  • We're featuring an episode of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories that originally released on July 27, 2018. This was the first episode that featured two guests: News Press storyteller and senior writer, Amy Bennett Williams, and her husband Roger Williams, who writes a column and feature stories for Florida Weekly.
  • We learn about the StarAbility Foundation, which works to transform the lives of people with disabilities through social, vocational and educational connections to the community, while strengthening awareness and respect for individual abilities.
  • Advances in technology, and the privatization of the space industry, have led to far more satellites being launched into space — small satellites to be exact. What once required a refrigerator-sized satellite can now sometimes be packed into one the size of a microwave, or even smaller.