Curious Gulf Coast
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Welcome to Curious Gulf Coast, a new series from WGCU where we’ll answer your questions about our region. Just submit your question in the adjacent box or vote on a question you would like us to answer when we are in a voting round. We will investigate the winning questions and report what we find out on the air, on this website and via our Curious Gulf Coast podcast. Thanks for being Curious about the Gulf Coast.

'Most Dangerous' Place For Pedestrians In U.S.
WGCU-FM

'Most Dangerous' Place For Pedestrians In U.S.

Dan Moser asked, "What are the reasons for our area being deemed the most dangerous place in the US to be a pedestrian (cyclists don't fare well, either)?"

Why Goodwill LIFE Academy Closed
WGCU-FM

Why Goodwill LIFE Academy Closed

Anonymous asked, "How much does Goodwill make in Lee County and how much money is donated to causes in Lee County - such as school that lost funding?" Gulf Coast Live answers.

Are There Refugees In Southwest Florida?
WGCU-FM

Are There Refugees In Southwest Florida?

Anonymous asked, "Are there refugees living in southwest Florida? If so, what country did they come from? Why did they have to leave? What is their experience like?"

Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?
WGCU-FM

Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?

Alana Underwood asked Curious Gulf Coast, “Is there some factor in this area that’s causing more cases of pediatric cancer than other parts of the nation?"

What Motivated Early Settlers of South Florida?
WGCU-FM

What Motivated Early Settlers of South Florida?

Bill Roy asked, "What were some of the motivations that caused people in the early days to move into the mosquito infested area of the Everglades?" Gulf Coast Live answered.

Shining Light on Florida's Renewable Future
WGCU-FM

Shining Light on Florida's Renewable Future

Jeff Beller asked, "There are so many renewable energy projects going on in South Florida. Why not do some programs on them? Gulf Coast Live answered.

90th Anniversary of Fort Myers Lynching
Gulf Coast Live

90th Anniversary of Fort Myers Lynching

Bob Dahl asked, "Tell me about the last lynching in Southwest Florida." Here's a segment from May 2014 that answers.

Florida Railroads: Powerful Instruments of Change
Gulf Coast Live

Florida Railroads: Powerful Instruments of Change

Lauren Taylor asked Curious Gulf Coast “How exactly did the arrival of the railroad generate development in Fort Myers?” A Gulf Coast Live segment from 2009 answers.

Housing and Senior Care Options for Graying Floridians
Gulf Coast Live

Housing and Senior Care Options for Graying Floridians

Carrie Callaway asked “Does SWFL have enough beds for long term nursing home care to meet the demands of the aging community? I do not think it does.”

New Florida Motorists Drive Surge in Hit-and-Runs
Gulf Coast Live

New Florida Motorists Drive Surge in Hit-and-Runs

A person who wished to remain anonymous asked, "Why there is so much rage and disrespect on Southwest Florida’s roads and is it a habit that can be broken?"

Study Offers Sobering Advice for Collier Affordable Housing
Gulf Coast Live

Study Offers Sobering Advice for Collier Affordable Housing

Greg Davison asked, "Will SWFL continue its trend of income disparity and urban spread, not planned vertical communities as the Urban Land Institute suggests?"

You asked. We listened.

Since January, we've asked what you want us to investigate about Southwest Florida. The most popular topic you asked us to look into was balancing development and the environment. So, now we're asking you for more input. What would you like us to cover on TV, radio and online during a week-long project devoted to that topic in October? Let us know by submitting your questions here.

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Gulf Coast Live

ENCORE: The Sweet Science of Florida's Honey Bees

Fundraising effort are underway for the humble honey bee, as the University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and...

Don’t Look Up! Solar Eclipse Arrives Monday

While the temptation is great, don’t stare at Monday’s solar eclipse without the right eye protection. That’s...

ENCORE: Pharmacogenomics: Your Genes and Getting the Right Medicine

A saliva swab collected from a patient’s cheek can tell doctors what kinds of drugs will work best for a patient. It'...

“River and Road: Fort Myers Architecture from Craftsman to Modern”

The historic neighborhoods that line McGregor Boulevard are filled with architectural beauty and stories of days...

ENCORE: Curious Gulf Coast Asks What Motivated Early Settlers of South Florida?

What motivated early Floridians to move into the swampy, mosquito-infested area of South Florida? How did the...

The Science Behind the Respiration of Leaves

We often hear that trees and rainforests and plant life are the things that make our planet breathe- taking in...

ENCORE: Florida-grown Podcasts Start Local, Reach National on Topics from Shakespeare to Pop Culture

Despite growing in popularity for over a decade, only 20 percent of Americans listen to podcasts in 2017 . While...

Audubon Florida’s Eagle Watch Program

The Audubon Florida’s Eagle Watch Program is one of the most popular citizen science programs in the state, and you...