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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: Throughout July WGCU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the “Move to Include” initiative. It seeks inspire and motivate people to embrace different abilities and include all people in all aspects of life. This week we’ll learn about LARC, which has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, in Southwest Florida since 1954, including through its Learn-Achieve-Become initiative that began last year.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Mike Kiniry

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Latest Episodes
  • 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.
  • Friday is June 19th, or Juneteenth. It’s the holiday commemorating the formal announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas, and more broadly the emancipation of slaves throughout the former Confederate States of America.
  • President Donald Trump issued a "Safe Policing for Safe Communities" executive order on Tuesday that directs U.S. Attorney General William Barr to provide incentives for departments to increase use of force training, create a national database to track officer misconduct, and support the development of “co-responder programs” that would pair local police with mental health experts and social workers.
  • Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come.
  • This weekend in downtown Fort Myers a group of 25 people from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and races will come together for a daylong, intimate conversation about structural racism and implicit bias. The goal is to get people to be open and honest, and self reflective, when it comes to their own thoughts and actions in life.
  • Join Minnesota Public Radio News host Angela Davis for a pre-recorded discussion with cultural trauma experts about the most recent high-profile incident to become an example of historic racial injustice.