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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.

Wednesday: We’re continuing our month-long “Move to Include” initiative celebrating the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act by learning about the Fort Myers nonprofit My Autism Connection. It’s brought adults on the spectrum together since 2012. We’ll meet its founder, who created it because there was nothing like it for her own son, and two men who say being members of MAC has changed their lives.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Mike Kiniry

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Latest Episodes
  • We’re joined by Dr. Martha Bireda, author of “Reflective Discipline: Reducing Racial Disparity in Referrals and Suspensions” which explores these trends, and proposes ways for teachers, administrators, and school resource officers to take cultural differences and implicit biases into account during disciplinary situations.
  • Schools across Florida closed down back in mid March as the new coronavirus began spreading. The School District of Lee County has been working on its reopening plans for the fall semester for months, but as the outbreak continued to spread there was no major focus being placed on bringing back students for full time, five days a week schooling. But, that recently changed recently after Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order requiring all brick and mortar schools to open for at least five days a week.
  • We’re exploring life for people who are visually impaired during the coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing guidelines that have come with it.
  • The day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, an Iowan schoolteacher conducted a lesson on discrimination she called the "Blue eyes–Brown eyes" exercise.
  • Florida’s Primary Election is Tuesday, August 18 and the deadline to register to vote in the primary is Monday, July 20 so we’re checking in with the Supervisors of Elections from Lee and Collier Counties, Tommy Doyle and Jennifer Edwards.
  • Throughout the month of July WGCU is celebrating the 30th anniversary with the “Move to Include” initiative, a nationwide public media effort that seeks to inspire and motivate people to embrace different abilities and include all people in all aspects of life.
  • FGCU's campus re-opening plan includes mandatory masks for everyone, lots of social distance, and flexibility.
  • Residents of Immokalee now account for about 40% of the total number of COVID-19 cases in Collier County, but they represent less than 10% of the overall population in the county.
  • One of the systems that’s had to respond to social distancing in ways it’s never done before is the court system. To get a sense of how these past three months have unfolded, and what modifications have been made, and how things are proceeding as the state opens up, we’re joined by Judge Michael McHugh, Chief Judge of Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit, which includes Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.
  • Lee County is providing up to $450,000 dollars in funding from the $134.5 million dollars it received through the CARES Act for Florida Gulf Coast University to conduct a COVID-19 antibody study, similar to ones that have been conducted in Santa Clara County and New York State.