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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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Culture
10:12 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang Draws On

Members of the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang
Credit Quincy Walters / WUSF News

 

There's an active gang in Tampa's Seminole Heights. Almost anyone can join. 

The initiation is unconventional. 

"You gotta smoke a cigarette and go in a haunted house," says Anthony Record, the group's ringleader. 

They are the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang. They meet every Wednesday at the Quaid art gallery in Tampa. 

Eric Goodnight is being initiated. He's the founder of the Drink and Draw Social Club, a rival group (but not really).

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
5:48 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Boy Next Door

Roseanne Van Deln Castro & Albert Castro
StoryCorps

Sixty-five years is quite a long time but that’s exactly how long Roseanne Van Deln Castro and Albert Castro have been married. The Castro’s stepped into the Storycorps booth in St. Petersburg last year to tell their story of how they met and how they decided to tie the knot.

Both Roseanne Van Deln Castro and Albert Castro are retired and enjoy traveling.

Music Used:

"Still Into You" by Paramore from the album, Paramore.

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

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Culture
1:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Keys to Freeze Pedaling 9,000 Miles from Key West to Deadhorse, Alaska

Keys to Freeze bikes into Blackwater River State Park to meet with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Steve Newborn WUSF News

A group of six 20-somethings - including three from the Tampa Bay area - decided they needed a little exercise while getting a tour of America. So they decided to hop on their bicycles and pedal across the country.

No, this isn't the typical coast-to-coast trip. They started in January in Key West - and are biking to Deadhorse, Alaska.

Nine thousand miles.

The call themselves "Keys to Freeze."

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Culture
1:06 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Photographer Unveils "Unseen Cuba"

Unseen Cuba
Marius Jovaisa

Lithuanian photographer and entrepreneur Marius Jovaisa loves a challenge.  He participates in triathlons and marathons. So when it came to work projects, he decided he wanted to become the first person on earth to take aerial photographs of Cuba.

After five years of negotiating red tape to gain the permissions needed to fly over the places he wanted to photograph and spending $1,000,000 U.S. on this project, he said he wakes up sometimes and can't believe it's done. 

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Culture
9:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

"Look at Us Now Mother" Film A Journey to Forgiveness

Gayle Kirschenbaum and her mom, Mildred
Courtesy of lookatusnowmother.com

    

From as far back as she can remember, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum's relationship with her mother was, "not good."

She grew up the only daughter of a glamorous mother. Kirschenbaum lived in fear of her mother's punishment, and had perpetual headaches and dizzy spells. Her film, "Look at Us Now, Mother," cobbles together old pictures and movies to tell the story of their relationship, which Kirschenbaum said was filled with shame and humiliation early on. 

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Culture
11:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Tynes Sues Bucs, Says MRSA Infection Ended His Career

Amanda Tynes posted this picture of her husband, former Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes, in August 2013 during the early part of his recovery from a MRSA infection.
Credit Amanda Tynes

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the team, claiming unsanitary conditions at Bucs' facilities led to a MRSA infection that he says ended his career.

In a lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court Monday, Tynes claimed the team "failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of infection" among other people at the facility.

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Culture
9:34 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Yes, Real Cars Fell From Real Planes For That 'Furious 7' Stunt

The beloved Dodge Charger of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) launches off Pikes Peak, Colo., followed by a member of the security force of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Stunt coordinator Jack Gill planned and coordinated these stunts for Furious 7.
Courtesy of Jack Gill

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:38 pm

Furious 7, the highest-grossing movie so far this year, is the latest over-the-top, explosion-filled, car-centric installment in the Fast and Furious franchise.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Young Man's Lessons

Theresa Lassiter and grandson Omari Isaiah Booker
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, then-12-year-old Omari Isaiah Booker talks with his grandma, Theresa Lassiter. Omari and Theresa talk about the lessons he’s learned about money management, character, and love. 

Theresa Lassiter is a community activist in St. Petersburg. Omari Booker is now 13 years old and he says he will be the next black president.

Music: 

“Evening Shadows Coming Down” by Amos Milburn from the album, Essential Recordings (2001).

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

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Culture
7:18 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Seminole Tribe of Florida Pushes to Preserve Former Deportation Site

Bobby Henry, cultural adviser to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, stands next to Willie Johns, Chief Justice of the Seminole Courts, near a cemetery on Egmont Key. The island served as a detainment camp for Seminoles in the 1850s before being sent to the West.

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:50 am

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is advocating to save a small island off the mouth of Tampa Bay from eroding.

The island represents a painful moment in the Tribe’s history. It was used as a deportation site in the mid-19th century. 

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Culture
11:49 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Matzo ball soup with dill. Matzo represents the unleavened bread the Jews ate while fleeing Egypt.
Jessica and Lon Binder/Flickr

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

Nothing says Passover like a good bowl of matzo ball soup. That's according to Joan Nathan, chef and grande-dame of Jewish cooking, who spoke to Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition about the importance of the tradition.

The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the Biblical story of the Exodus, or the freeing of Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

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Culture
8:40 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Scott Simon: 'We Don't Fully Grow Up' Until We Lose Our Parents

Courtesy of Flatiron Books

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

In July 2013, some 1.2 million Twitter users followed a remarkable series of tweets from NPR's Scott Simon. He was sending updates from the hospital room where his mother was living the last days of her life.

Simon's mother died on July 29, 2013, just shy of her 85th birthday.

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