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Gulf Coast Live: The Hijab Challenge / Guatemala, Civil War, Genocide, and the trial of Rios Montt

The Hijab Challenge encourages women to spend some time wearing the traditional headscarf of Muslim women.  We’ll speak with two Florida Gulf Coast University students who recently took up the challenge for several days to learn more about the experience of Islamic culture and to observe the reactions of strangers, friends and even themselves.  Find out what they experienced and what they’ve taken from the challenge.

Thirty-one years ago, Jose Efrain Rios Montt rose to power amid a civil war in Guatemala.  Although he remained in power for less than two years, his military regime was responsible for the deaths or disappearances of tens of thousands of indigenous Mayan Indians.  Facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, we’ll take a look at the latest from the Rios Montt trial and a look back at what really happened in our conversation with two anthropology professors who’ve worked to document the stories of survivors and exhume the graves of victims.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Local History of Earth Day / Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Among U.S. states, Florida is at the greatest risk of damage from sea level rise.  Climate Central scientists project that more than 2 million Floridians will be living below sea level by the turn of the next century  without serious intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Florida Gulf Coast University Marine Science and Climatology experts Dr. Michael Savarese and Dr. Joanne Muller join us for a look at what their research reveals about climate change and sea level rise in Florida.

And, with Earth Day coming up April 22, we’ll take a look back at the history and evolution of this global event supporting and promoting environmental protection.  We’ll talk with longtime Lee County educator Bill Hammond who helped create one of the nation’s first environment education programs more than 40 years ago.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Ina May Gaskin / Guns, School Safety and Policy

In 1965 C-sections were performed in less than five percent of baby deliveries in the United States.  Today, nearly one in three babies is delivered in the U.S. via Cesarean. We’ll explore one woman’s view on what’s behind the increase.  Ina May Gaskin is an author, lecturer and founding director of the Farm Midwifery Center.  She speaks at the first annual Green Family Expo at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers April 20, following a screening of the documentary film, Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives April 19.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown Connecticut, the national debate rages on about gun regulations and efforts to keep students safe at school.  Will more stringent gun laws make schools safer?  What about arming administrators and teachers?  We’ll talk with Venice resident and Executive Director of the School Safety Advocacy Council Curtis Lavarello who speaks at the National School Boards Association Conference this week in San Diego.  We’ll explore the efficacy of new laws being proposed at the state and national level and the future of school safety policy.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Gulf Coast Live: Impact of Sequestration on Southwest Florida Airports / LGBT Issues and the Florida Legislature

State Rep. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) made history last fall by becoming one of the first openly gay candidates elected to the Florida Legislature.  With the 2013 state legislative session at its halfway point, we’ll talk with the gay-rights advocate turned lawmaker about legislative priorities for Florida’s LGBT community and why he says greater protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are good for Florida’s economy.

The across-the-board federal spending cuts known as sequestration went into effect last month.  While many Americans may not have felt the impact, that could soon change in Southwest Florida.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to end air traffic control programs beginning later this month at 149 smaller airports around the country including the Punta Gorda AirportPage Field Airport in Fort Myers and theNaples Municipal Airport.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
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