Julie Glenn

Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Since early this summer, WGCU has been covering the blossoming algae crisis along southwest Florida coasts, canals and rivers. Social media is filled with citizen journalists documenting what they’re seeing, hearing, and fearing.

During the first part of today’s show we were exploring the ways people can reduce the amount of water and fertilizer they use on their yards in order to reduce their environmental footprint, and not contribute to the harmful algal blooms we’re seeing in local waters.

With so much focus on water issues right now because of the nearly year old red tide bloom that continues to devastate marine wildlife, and the several months old toxic blue-green algae bloom that’s being fed by nutrient-rich releases from Lake Okeechobee, we thought it would be a good time to explore the world of xeriscaping.

While some observers of Florida’s water woes see an obvious correlation between Lake Okeechobee releases and the worst red tide outbreak in modern memory, scientists are trying to pinpoint the cause through research.

While you may already be familiar with the palm disease lethal yellowing, which first turned up in Florida in Sarasota and Manatee Counties about a decade ago, scientists are starting to spread the word about another disease impacting palm trees, mostly natives, called lethal bronzing.

Fort Myers is known as The City of Palms. We're checking back in with historian Jim Powers from the IMAG History and Science Center to find out the backstory behind the nickname.

Citrus greening is a disease caused by a bacterium that is spread by a small insect called an Asian citrus psyllid. It first turned up here in Florida in 2005, and since then has caused major impacts to the state’s citrus industry -- reducing production numbers by more than half since it first arrived. Researchers estimate that more than 75% of citrus trees in the state are infected. During this year’s legislative session, Florida lawmakers approved funding for a dozen projects that are looking for short, and long term solutions that growers might be able to use to grow bigger fruit, reduce production costs, and produce more resistant trees. We're joined by Dr. Michael Rogers, he’s statewide director of citrus programs, and director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, to get an overview of the current state of citrus greening research.

Thousands of people joined hands along Florida beaches Sunday for the "Hands Along the Water" demonstration.  They're calling for state leaders to stop future red tide outbreaks and to address releases of nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee, which is contributing to thick blue-green algae conditions choking local waterways.

As Southwest Florida continues to face a persistent red tide bloom that’s devastating marine wildlife, and a severe blue-green algae bloom in the Caloosahatchee River and estuary that's being fed by polluted freshwater being released from Lake Okeechobee, we’re opening the phones for listener questions about the many factors that have led to these environmental crises. 

The majority of animals admitted to wildlife hospitals in Southwest Florida suffer from an illness or injury caused by a human. While most people don't intend to hurt wildlife, thousands of animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital due to injuries from car accidents, accidental feedings, or unwanted interactions with windowsfishing lines, and more. That's on top of house pets who can't help but fall back on their natural instincts. We're joined by Joanna Fitzgerald and Colleen Cosgrove from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida who share tips on how you and your pets can keep from injuring wildlife as you enjoy the outdoors.

How long would it take for a dinosaur egg to hatch? A study, led in part by Dr. Gregory Erickson at Florida State University, counted how long it took dinosaur "baby teeth" to develop in the egg to find out. The study, published in the journal PNAS, looked at two dinosaur species: Protoceratops andrewsi and Huypacrosarus stebingeri, studying how quickly the teeth developed in the egg, and how long those teeth would need to develop before the baby dino was ready to hatch. Dr. Ericskon explains his research methods and what went into the study. And he answers the question as to just how long dinosaur eggs took to hatch.


Of all the film festivals held around the world each year, one holds a certain amount of prestige -- the Cannes Film Festival, which is held in a city of the same name in France. The international film festival was held for the 71st year this May, and at it, a film called “Peacekeeper” was screened. The 13-minute-long documentary is about the Dakota pipeline, and the response of the Native Americans who live on the land that would be developed for the project.

According to a 2016 study in medical journal The Lancet global, universal breastfeeding would prevent about 800,000 child deaths every year around the world, and create $300-billion dollars in savings annually from lowered health care costs. And while the percentage of women who choose to breastfeed their child had dipped in the U-S, it’s been on the rise since the early 90s, and the trendline continues going up. Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, a global effort to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, so we thought we’d spend a few minutes with two experts on the topic from Lee Health to talk about their efforts to help women before, during, and after giving birth, and to successfully breastfeed their babies. Dr. Carol Lawrence is a supervisor of Perinatal Practice, Education, Research, and Lactation; and Delilah Edwards is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Maternal Educator.

We’re exploring an interesting technology story that’s been in the national, and international news: 3D printed guns. A Texas company called Defense Distributed wants to publish plans it created that allow people with certain kinds of 3D printers to make their own guns at home. A federal judge temporarily blocked the release last week after a number of states filed suit, arguing that the technology would allow criminals to build untraceable firearms. But, it might already be too late, the plans were downloaded more than 100-thousand times before being they were pulled and are already available elsewhere on the internet. Legal experts say this situation is pretty much uncharted territory with First Amendment implications. We’re joined by one of them, Dr. Pamela Seay, who is a professor of justice studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Record numbers of sea turtles are turning up dead along southwest Florida’s coasts this summer, as well as large numbers of other kinds of marine life, from manatees and dolphin, to goliath grouper and snook. One of the organizations that’s on the front lines of this trend is CROW on Sanibel Island -- that stands for the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife. We're joined by Dr. Heather Barron, Hospital Director at CROW, who has been extremely busy working to rehabilitate animals there as the persistent red tide bloom continues wreaking havoc along the coast.

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