Gulf Coast Life on WGCU

Monday through Thursday at 1 & 9PM

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.

Thursday: We're listening back to Episode 37 of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories with lifelong muscian Al Holland, who passed away on March 16th at age 63.


Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Mike Kiniry

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The Florida Office of Economic Opportunity’s online and phone systems have been overwhelmed by the recent spike in the number of people who are applying for unemployment benefits. Last week it started reaching out for help handling one aspect of the problem that involves people who have applied for benefits in the past, but cannot remember their four digit PIN number. We learn more about the problem, and what help is being offered, with Joe Paterno, executive director of Career Source Southwest Florida.

Harry Chapin Food Bank

As the economy has ground to a halt because of the COVID-19 outbreak the number of people who are food insecure has increased at an unprecedented rate. The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers is the largest hunger-relief network in Southwest Florida, serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Public domain

This is Wildfire Awareness Week, and counties are considering instituting burn bans. Hendry County has already done so. And, as last week’s massive fire near Southwest Florida International Airport clearly demonstrated a small spark can quickly lead to massive destruction when it’s as dry as it is right now.

As the need for ventilators continues to grow around the world, manufacturers are ramping up production and some industries are shifting to ventilator production. But, there are also out-of-the-box approaches being worked on. A team of researchers around the world have developed a basic ventilator design that can be built using parts from the hardware store. It’s called the Open Source Ventilator Project.

We're continuing our weekly update on the local response to COVID-19. We'll be live on the air with Lisa Sgarlata, Chief Patient Care Officer for Lee Health; and Jon Kling, Chief Nursing Officer at NCH Healthcare System.

We're also checking in with Florida Gulf Coast University molecular virologist, Dr. Sharon Isern, to explore the what researchers are learning as the new coronavirus continues to spread. Check out our Facebook page for a post where you can add your questions before or during show.