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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
  • One of the more universal pastimes of Southwest Florida is dining out and for years people have been guided by the News-Press restaurant critic, Jean Le Boeuf. Of course, the food critic behind the nom de plume has not always been the same person. Recently, the last of the Jean Le Boeufs revealed that she — not he — is actually food writer Annabelle Tometich. We sat down with her to talk about the decision to reveal herself as the local restaurant critic and get the gastronomic low-down on the food scene in Southwest Florida, and the pressures of wielding a mighty pen and fork.
  • Lauren Redniss's OAK FLAT and Maisy Card's THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY.
  • We speak with Desmond Meade, he was a driving force behind the passage of Amendment 4 to the Florida constitution passed by 65% of voters in 2018. Meade is President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, and author of the book “Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens” which recounts his struggles with addiction and homelessness before turning his life toward public service and the Amendment 4 campaign.
  • Lawmakers will convene Florida’s annual legislative session March 2 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be front and center. Legislators are facing a projected $2.75 billion budget deficit due to revenue losses stemming from pandemic-induced shutdowns in 2020. We’ll take a closer look at what’s being considered and what to expect with Florida Gulf Coast University Political Scientists Peter Bergerson, Ph.D., and Roger Green, Ph.D.
  • When our guest today came to Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 the school didn’t even have a minor in entrepreneurship. But she immediately went to work to change that and is still here today working to grow the program. Dr. Sandra Kauanui is now Director of the FGCU School of Entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 2016 the school has rapidly grown. Its mission is to infuse an entrepreneurial mindset all across the university by offering an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship major, minor, and graduate certificate.
  • We continue our year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act through our “Move to Include” initiative by learning about a nonprofit called Residential Options of Florida, or ROOF. Its mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice.
  • A new podcast series produced by WMFE in Orlando, in partnership with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, explores the history of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, or CERP, which was signed into law 20 years ago in the final days of the Clinton Administration. DRAINED is reported and hosted by WMFE environmental reporter, Amy Green, and edited by Trevor Aaronson and Matthew Peddie. We’re presenting the first episode today, called “A river runs dry.”
  • In 1926 a Black man named Henry Patterson who was working on road construction in LaBelle was wrongfully accused of assaulting a white woman and then lynched by dozens of white residents. The accusations were proven false, including being refuted by the woman, and 14 white men were arrested for his murder, and a grand jury trial began in Fort Myers. But, the trial fell apart and nobody was indicted in the end.
  • There is a new wellness pharmacy coming to the Fort Myers Dunbar community later this year thanks to a $270-thousand dollar investment from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Sozo Wellness Pharmacy is a lifelong dream of 41 year old Dr. Shadreka McIntosh, a fourth generation Dunbar resident. She joins us to tell us about her plans for the future.
  • Ever since the beginning of the modern concept of "science" there have been people who denied certain things despite evidence that they are true or factual. From evolution by natural selection to human-caused climate change, and more recently things like COVID-19 and mask effectiveness and vaccine safety, some people refuse to believe what scientists and researchers reach consensus on.