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4:45 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

"Unretirement" Author Chris Farrell at Poynter Institute Wednesday

Unretirement by Chris Farrell

    

Author Chris Farrell wants to change the conversation about aging and how we spend the last third or even half of our lives. He's a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, among other things. 

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Classroom Lessons

Gail Diederich (left) talked to Callie Thuma from StoryCorps in St. Petersburg in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Gail Diederich tells us about one of her early lessons in life. Diederich went on to be a school teacher but she learned a lesson about compassion when she was just a student in the first grade. 

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Culture
6:48 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Local Youth Choirs Merge to Become Lumina Youth Choirs

Tampa Bay Children's Chorus

The final concert for the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs and the Tampa Bay Children's Chorus is this weekend. They perform at the Straz Center in Tampa this Sunday (May 17) at 4.

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Culture
10:32 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Some Question Enforceability Of Latest Efforts To Crack Down On Panama City Spring Break

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 10:03 am

Should Panama City Beach’s Spring Break be considered just the month of March or incorporate more months? It was a matter of contention during Tuesday's Council meeting.

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Culture
5:03 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Domestic Violence Victim and Paramedic 'Prince Charming' Engaged

Melissa Dohme and one of the EMTs who helped save her, her new fiancee, Cameron Hill
Tampa Bay Rays

A Clearwater woman who became an advocate for domestic violence victims after her own horrific attack is now engaged to a man she calls her "Prince Charming" - an EMT who helped save her life.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Brothers & Buddies

Zachary and Joshua Bloom
StoryCorps

In this installment, brothers Joshua and Zachary who were 12 and 15 years old last year, respectfully, stopped by the Storycorps booth last year to talk about their childhoods and each of their plans for when they grow up.

Music: 

“Jungle Gym" by Jack Johnson from the album, Curious George Soundtrack.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.

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Culture
12:48 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Remembering the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Collapse

Credit Bill DeYoung

Bruce Atkins was 32 years old, an experienced mariner, and an apprentice harbor pilot in Tampa Bay. It was his last training mission, and he was shadowing Captain John Lerro, as Lerro steered the 606 foot cargo ship Summit Venture through  the  twists and turns of the shipping channel in the shallow bay.

May 9th, 1980, was a rainy, misty morning -- but not unusual Florida weather. No one predicted the sudden, freak storm with gale force winds, that seemed to come out of nowhere.

"It became a blinding, driving, rain, wind," Atkins recalls.

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Culture
11:36 am
Fri May 8, 2015

LGBT Youth Make up a High Percentage of Homeless Teens

Jeremiah Kerr, outreach and development coordinator for the Ybor Youth Clinic in Tampa
Credit M.S Butler

Florida's Department of Children and Families said in 2014  there were at least 5,700 homeless people under the age of 18 in our state. Some of them teenagers living on their own. But there's one group that makes up a disproportionate amount of homeless teens in Florida and throughout the nation.

They've been called street kids, couch surfers or as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said back in March: “There is a federal bureaucratic term for the young people who will be served here—unaccompanied youth. But they are in reality homeless.”

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
9:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Military Life

Beatrice and Sheila Rue
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Sheila Rue talks with her mom Beatrice, about her father when he was in the military.  Roger Rue was in the Vietnam War in the late 60s and they talk about how being a military family at that time affected their lives. 

Sheila Rue is program director here at WUSF.

Music: 

“I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish from the album, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die."

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Culture
6:11 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Dry Creek: Field of Cowboy Dreams

Welcome to Dry Creek.
Credit Alison Miller / WUSF News

In the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams," Kevin Costner built a ballpark in his Iowa cornfield, not knowing why.  It turned out it was to re-connect him with his father.

That movie strikes a chord with former Tampa Bay traffic reporter and radio personality Les McDowell.

McDowell is the creator, producer and one of the stars of the cable TV Western series "Dry Creek". The show is shot on his ranch in Manatee County on a set he built himself out of scrap materials.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Coming Home

Renet & James Cole
StoryCorps

In this installment, Renet Cole asked her husband, James Cole about some of the happiest moments of his life when they stepped into the Storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg. One of those happy moments for James Cole was when he returned home after being drafted into the Vietnam War.

James & Renet Cole. James is the owner of Cole’s Airport Barbershop at the Tampa International Airport.

Music Used:

"Soldier Boy," by The Four Fellows from the Glory Record Label.

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Culture
3:00 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Astronaut Garan Gives An "Orbital Perspective"

Ron Garan
Credit Ron Garan

Retired Astronaut Ron Garan tells WUSF's Robin Sussingham in this interview, "we need to find the low-hanging fruit" of international cooperation. He is the author of the book The Orbital Perspective.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
2:36 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Lost Son

Michael and Deb Gilbert
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Deb and Michael Gilbert talk about their son Sean. Sean died eight years ago in 2007 from alcohol and drug addiction. Deb and Michael stepped into the storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg and remembered Sean, starting with the day he was born. 

Music Used:

"Amazing" by Aerosmith from the album, Get a Grip.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Culture
5:48 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

ESPN Suspends Reporter Over Rant Recorded By Towing Company

An image from a video in which ESPN reporter Britt McHenry berates a tow company employee. ESPN says McHenry has been suspended for one week.
LiveLeak

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 12:10 pm

A string of insults aimed at a woman who works at a towing company were recorded by a surveillance camera. Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry. After the video emerged of McHenry, 28, dishing out profane verbal abuse, ESPN announced she'll be punished.

"Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately," the media company said.

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Culture
6:09 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Louis Armstrong's Daughter To Appear at Tampa Jazz Club Show

Sharon Preston-Folta
Courtesy The New York Times

Sharon Preston-Folta grew up knowing that jazz great Louis Armstrong was her father.

When she was little, she and her mom rode the tour bus with him. And since she didn't see him often, it was "a celebration" when her dad was around.

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