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The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Nearly two dozen Tampa Bay area museums are participating in the 14th annual free Museum Day Saturday (Sept. 22.) Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the one-day event which provides free entry to anyone with a ticket from the Museum Day site. Two general admission tickets are included in each individual email request.

Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, and the author of  the bestselling book 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos. WUSF's Robin Sussingham caught up with Peterson by phone from Miami during his book tour.  He said the book is not necessarily a map for finding happiness.  Rather, he says, he’s more interested in the pursuit of meaning.

Before Apple was a trillion-dollar company, before its phones and laptops came to dominate the tech industry, it was just a California startup working out of a garage. Now, one of the first products the company ever made — the Apple-1 computer — is about to be the star of a live auction on Sept. 25 in Boston.

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Les Moonves has stepped down as the chairman, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, after 12 women accused him of sexual misconduct that spanned decades in two reports published in The New Yorker.

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Susan Howarth died Wednesday at the age of 66 after battling cancer. Howarth was the fifth president and CEO of WEDU, Tampa Bay’s PBS station.

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Several NFL players knelt, raised fists or simply refused to take the field during the playing of the national anthem as a controversial protest against police brutality dragged into the 2018 preseason.

As The Associated Press reports, in Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who suspended his protest last December, and cornerback De'Vante Bausby, raised their fists while defensive end Chris Long stood with his arm around Jenkins' shoulder.

Historic Markers Stolen from 2 St. Augustine Civil Rights Sites

Aug 9, 2018

Historic markers memorializing two sites important to St. Augustine’s civil rights movement of the 1960s were ripped off their buildings over the past few weeks.

HGTV is the winning bidder for the Studio City, Calif., house featured in the sitcom The Brady Bunch, with the cable network's parent company promising to "restore the home to its 1970s glory."

The CEO of Discovery Inc., which recently completed acquisition of HGTV, announced the news on a corporate earnings call.

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St. Petersburg city council members Thursday voted 7-1 to approve an artist agreement with sculptor Janet Echelman.

Her floating net sculpture will now be installed next to the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which is also part of the new Pier District.

In the 1980s, a Spanish seminarian named Mother María Jimenez recognized that the job of crewing a ship could be particularly stressful and isolating.

Every week, thousands of these 'seafarers' pass through South Florida’s ports. They work on the same ships that bring clothes and computers and gasoline and all the things that make modern life modern.

Many don’t have a visa to enter the U.S. - so they can’t leave the port.

Jimenez wanted them to have their own place at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. So, she created the Seafarers’ House.

A pair of New Jersey radio hosts have apologized after they were suspended for referring to the state's Sikh attorney general as "turban man" during their Wednesday program.

WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco issued a written apology to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who was appointed in January and is the first Sikh in the nation to hold such a post.

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From intricate goblets to towering church windows, glass has been used to blend beauty with function since ancient times. But it's only in the last 50 years or so that the medium was used to create art solely for the sake of art.

Florida's Gulf Coast is becoming a hub for glass collections, with some in the business dubbing it the "Glass Coast."


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Twenty-five years after his death, famed African-American tennis player Arthur Ashe has yet to have his biography written.

This August, that changes when USF St. Petersburg professor Ray Arsenault's newest book, “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” is published by Simon & Schuster. The 700-plus-page book will be the first extensive biography of Ashe.

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The number of privately owned art museums around the world is booming, with wealthy individuals opting to open their own museum rather than donate to an existing gallery.

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg

When Herb Snitzer was photo editor for the jazz magazine, Metronome, in the early 1960's, he occasionally got complaints from subscribers. Why, they asked, were there not more stories about the white musicians of the era like Benny Goodman?

Snitzer says the reason was simple. The magazine was intent on covering what they knew to be true. Jazz more than any other music, expressed the black experience in America.

Cathy Carter

In his memoir, "Glorious Days and Nights," Herb Snitzer wrote that his camera allowed him to experience things he couldn't have dreamed of.

Hundreds of Seminole Tribe members and construction workers cheered as the final piece of steel was placed on top of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new guitar-shaped building Monday in Hollywood.

At 450 feet tall, the new building will be a 638-room hotel on the existing casino's property on the Seminole reservation. One of two lakes on site were filled in to create space for the massive guitar next to an existing casino.

Tampa Writer Touts State's Natural Attractions

Jul 6, 2018
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Tampa Bay Times columnist Craig Pittman says tourists need to know that Florida is so much more than Disney World:  "Some people think that there is no culture in Florida. They think our sense of architecture is Cinderella's Castle."

Pittman will be a guest on Travel With Rick Steves Saturday morning at 6 on WUSF 89.7.

A Department of State panel has agreed to allow a Confederate General statue currently in the U.S. Capitol to call a Florida museum its new home. But, that decision is receiving some pushback.

A Florida museum may be the new location for the statue of a Confederate General currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. On Thursday, a state panel approved the Lake County Historical Society and Museum’s application to become the new home of the likeness of Edmund Kirby Smith. Bob Grenier is the curator of the museum located in Tavares, which he says is a prime location for the statue.

Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota Orchestra C-E-O Joseph McKenna said his organization will not be part of the grander vision to alter Sarasota's Bayfront.  McKenna spoke at a City Commission workshop on Monday night.  There, he affirmed that his organization "remains a firm support of the Bayfront master planning process."

"The extended time that it will take for the Bayfront to develop doesn't align with the pressure and the urgency that the orchestra has to sort of relieve the calendar constraint at our six venues,” McKenna said.

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Salvador Dali's surrealist, often bizarre, painted landscapes were not a product of his imagination - but based on the beaches, rock formations and dream-like skies of the Catalonian coast in Spain.

Following through on promises to finally diversify the rank and file of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Oscar-granting body has invited a record number of 928 new members, making the 2018 class the largest in history.

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North Florida counties led the state in the growth rate of Florida's Hispanic population last year, but traditional bastions in South Florida and central Florida led growth in pure numbers, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of Tampa Bay will be participating in St. Petersburg Pride this weekend. The drag queens call themselves the "nuns of the gay, lesbian and supportive communities” and use entertainment to affirm people for who they are.

The National Park Service has approved an initial request for organizers to hold a second "Unite the Right" rally, this time across the street from the White House in August — one year after white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va.

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

The first few matches of this year’s FIFA World Cup have been seismic.

Mexico literally shook the ground after beating Germany –a highlight for some fans like Susan Dirgins-Friend, who's from California and lives in Davie.

"Though I am not Latin, Mexico, Mexicans and Mexican Americans are close to my heart," she says.

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