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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
  • In order to help keep farmworkers and their families as safe as possible during the ongoing pandemic, the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee is offering free Zoom sessions to inform growers about how to best keep their agricultural workers safer from COVID-19.
  • West Nile Virus has now been detected in mosquitoes in both Lee & Collier Counties. Mosquitoes become infected with the virus when they feed on birds that have it, and it can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Both Lee and Collier Counties have robust mosquito control operations to protect human health, and human standard of living. And they have extensive monitoring operations to try and stay ahead of the flying pests, and track the presence of viruses like West Nile, Dengue, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Chikungunya, and Zika.
  • According to the most recent update on the university’s COVID-19 reported cases website there have been 55 positive cases among students, faculty and staff so far this semester. While the reported numbers remain relatively low, FGCU President Dr. Mike Martin has recently been issuing stern warnings about repercussions students will face if caught not following guidelines for social distancing and gathering in large groups.
  • Researchers at University of Florida are hoping to add another tool to the water quality sampling toolbox: a free-floating buoy dubbed ‘GatorByte” that collects data and transmits it in real time using a cellular signal.
  • 20th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Hugh Starnes has resigned after four decades on the bench so he can speak out about what he sees as “deep, serious flaws in our society” including systemic racism.
  • 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.
  • Englewood resident Sue Zipay played for the Rockford Peaches in 1953 and ‘54 as part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. That was the team featured in the 1992 film A League of Their Own. Now, she is hoping to help instigate the creation of a girls baseball league here in Southwest Florida. And she dreams of a future that includes professional women’s baseball in the U.S.
  • 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.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has recently been issuing health advisories in response to blue green algae blooms in three Cape Coral canals. We talk with Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani, to discuss this new outreach effort, and get the current state of our local waters.
  • A team of UF researchers is embarking on a 3 year project that will study the symbiotic relationship happening between the small Hawaiian bobtail squid, and a bioluminescent bacteria that lives inside of it, which provide the squid with a way to camouflage itself. They will be developing new tools allowing them to track what’s happening with that relationship at the cellular and even molecular level.