Gulf Coast Live on WGCU

Monday through Thursday at 1 & 9PM

Gulf Coast Live is a live, locally produced, call-in radio show focusing on issues that matter to Southwest Floridians. It's your chance to share your thoughts and connect to your community, live on the radio, and interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls and social media.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Mike Kiniry

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Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation

Public Art in Fort Myers

15 hours ago

The city of Fort Myers’ public art collection dates back to 1913 and today includes 68 outdoor artworks.  These pieces serve as familiar landmarks for local residents, but many who pass by them regularly don’t know much about their rich history and the meanings behind them.  We’ll embark on a closer exploration of public art in Fort Myers and the importance of public art with the city’s public art consultant, author, historian and journalist Tom Hall.  We’ll also speak Eric Feinstein who created the mobile app Otocast.  The city’s public art committee has subscribed to this free app, which facilitates users’ self-guided tours highlighting Fort Myers public art collection.

Jesi Cason Photography

Southwest Florida-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and arranger Kyle Anne Duggan performs live in studio!  She’ll be featured in the final installment of this season’s “Noteworthy Showcase: Songwriter Stories” at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers March 22. /

  In the wake of the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, we’re zeroing in on religious persecution. The attacks killed 50 people, 29 remain hospitalized, and the first funerals take place today.

Also, today is Purim. The Jewish holiday celebrates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an advisor to King Xerxes of Persia. The account is recorded in the biblical story of Esther.

Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani and Rabbi Nicole Luna join us in the studio. Imam Mohamed of the Islamic Center for Peace and Rabbi Luna of Temple Beth-El - both based in Fort Myers - share their thoughts on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia during the rise of white supremacy.  

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Mote Magazine from Mote Marine Laboratory boasts about Southwest Florida’s “sea-green delicacy” called sea purslane. Dr. Kevan Main, a senior scientist at the laboratory in Sarasota, developed a new “Sea Purslane Cookbook” in effort to help locals enjoy the sea-dwelling vegetable. Dr. Main also wants to encourage farmers to cultivate it. She is excited to see the exciting potential of sea purslane. Dr. Main joins us to tell us more about sea purslane, and discuss the details of her new cookbook. /

Robert Macomber, a Pine Island-based maritime author, is the mind behind the character Peter Wake, a fictional American Naval Officer. In Macomber newest novel, “Honoring the Enemy,” the reader follows Naval Officer Peter Wake’s experiences in 1898 when American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba and fought their way to victory against daunting odds, changing the world forever.

“Honoring the Enemy” is Macomber’s 14th novel in his award-winning “Honor Series” of historical naval thrillers. He joins us in the studio today to discuss the details of his newest novel.