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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: Rachel Iacovone

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

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Demodex is the name of a microscopic mite that lives in peoples’ eyelashes, and while people often live with them without any symptoms, an infestation can cause problems. On today’s show, we talk with a local optometrist, Dr. Kelly Anderson, and certified Ophthalmic Assistant Micah Handschmann of Anderson Eye Care in Naples about Demodex, the problems they can cause, and ways to treat not only symptoms like dry eye and blepharitis, but also the mites at the root of the issue.

Julian Valdivia is a History Student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, but he’s from Fort Myers, and over the course of this summer he’s been working with the Lee County Black History Society and the Southwest Florida Historical Society to collect oral histories from community elders, mostly in the Fort Myers Dunbar community. Julian works for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF...he’s using this research for his senior thesis which will be about desegregation and integration in Lee County. At the end of the summer all of his work will be available to the public at the local historical societies and at UF’s oral history archive in Gainesville. As summer begins to wind down, we thought it was time to bring Julian in and see how the process has gone.

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Dunbar High School in Fort Myers is an International Baccalaureate school, meaning its IB Diploma Program is designed to meet the highest standard requirement of any high school in the world. It’s also the Premier STEM IB school for the Lee County School District’s East and South Zones. Dunbar students are able to get advanced technology certifications from companies like Microsoft and Adobe, as well as attend college preparatory biomedical and engineering programs. In short, it’s a cutting edge technology high school. But, it’s also a Title I school, which means it has a high concentration of students who come from families living at or near the poverty line. We’re joined today by Dunbar’s principal, Carl Burnside, who spoke before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce about Dunbar’s technology programs. It was the first time a Lee County School official spoke before Congress about an academic program. We’re sitting down with Principal Burnside to debrief him on his trip to D.C. and get a sense of how things are going at Dunbar High, and how things have changed over his nearly twenty years at the school.

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Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is set to expire in a year for people from. These are people who were given refuge in the United States after the devastating earthquake of 2010. They were given the right to work, their children were able to attend school, and thousands of TPS families in Florida hold mortgages on homes. The end of Temporary Protected status was set by President Donald Trump for July 22, 2019, meaning in one year, thousands of people living in Southwest Florida will have to leave. We’re spending the hour learning more about Haiti -- how it came to be, and how it is now, eight years after that earthquake. And throughout the year, we’ll talk with Haitians in our community about how they’re planning for the end of TPS, in our project called "Where is Home- Haitians Counting Down.”

Our guests are: Dr. Philippe Girard, professor of Caribbean history at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and author of “The Memoir(s) of Toussaint Louverture.” Professor Girard has studied and published extensively about the life and impact of Toussaint Louverture, who led that successful 1791 slave rebellion in what was then the French colony of Saint-Domingue; and Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Naples-based Hope for Haiti.

Courtesy of Jeffrey Scott Lewis

A new group exhibition titled, “Abstracted” is coming to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers in August. The show features abstract works from artists Yvonne Krystman, Karen Gozzo Nolan, Michael Pohlman and Fort Myers-based painter Jeffrey Scott Lewis.  The show challenges the artists to create meaning through their own interpretation of the abstract works selected for the show.  Lewis joins us in studio to explore his broad portfolio of works covering more than three decades as a professional painter as well as the deeply personal narrative behind his most recent works.