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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Reflections

Jul 20, 2015
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Kyesha Robinson asks her mother, Rene Robinson-Flowers about her childhood- being a St. Petersburg native. She also asks her mother what it was like to go through school during the start of integration.

The riots at Dixie High School happened in 1971 over bringing down the Confederate flag and removing it as an unofficial symbol of the school.

Music Used:

“Let It Be” by the Beatles from the album, Let It Be.

M.S Butler

The Barnes and Noble at Brandon Town Center hosted a read-a-thon of the Harper Lee classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Monday.

The 12-hour reading event was held to celebrate and build anticipation for the long-awaited release of "Go Set a Watchman," an earlier version of  the original Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ninth-grade Hillsborough County English Teacher and part-time book store employee Amanda Marriott could barely contain her enthusiasm for the release of the new novel.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Ageless Friends

Jul 13, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Patricia Bailey and Norris Comer talk about their friendship transcending generational barriers—there’s almost 50 years of age difference between them. They tell us the story of how they met and what they think of the other. 

Music Used:

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson from the album, In Between Dreams.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Childhood Innocence

Jul 6, 2015
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In this intallment, Cora Royal tells her friend, Clarice Pennington, about her childhood and the experience of segregation in St. Petersburg. 

Cora Royal was a teacher, and Clarice Pennington was a principal in Pinellas County. Both women are retired.

Music Used:

"One Nation Under the Groove," by Funkadelic from the album, One Nation Under the Groove

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There are various events this weekend around Tampa Bay, celebrating the Fourth of July:

Fireworks Cruise

Channelside, Tampa

July 3

Tickets include a 2.5 hour cruise, reserved table, buffet, water views of Tampa at sunset, live DJ entertainment, and fireworks show.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Escape

Jun 29, 2015
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In this installment, we hear from mother and daughter, Lucia and Alma Ayala, about the day Lucia decided to leave her abusive husband and travel with four little kids from Connecticut to Miami, Florida. Alma shares with her mom what that trip was like for her as a little girl, and the imprint it left on her.

Alma Ayala attended Yale University.

Music Used:

"Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony from the album, 3.0.

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Although the Tampa Bay Lightning fell just shy of winning hockey's coveted Stanley Cup - the team's general manager captured top honors Wednesday night.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was voted the National Hockey League's general manager of the year and received the trophy at the NHL's Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The league's 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media voted on the award at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final voting totals include points for first, second and third place.

Bigger Gains Expected from St. Pete Pride

Jun 24, 2015
"WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

St. Pete Pride, the annual LGBT celebration in downtown St. Petersburg is here for it's 13th year and organizers expect a $15-20 million economic impact. 

"We've seen hotels throughout downtown St. Pete just booking like crazy," executive director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains said. "A lot of them are sold out. The typical ones are already sold out and a few are booking up quickly that really normally don't."

Local Community Celebrates 150 Years

Jun 24, 2015
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Just south of Plant City is a place with a history of agriculture and adversity. Bealsville was settled by 12 freed slaves and their families following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This week, residents of the small, unincorporated Hillsborough County community will celebrate Bealsville's 150th anniversary.  

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Sacrifices

Jun 22, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Michael and Amy Facundo tell the story of how they met at a high school football game, and how their love grew out of the sacrifices they’ve had to make for each other.

Amy Facundo is a school teacher in Immokalee where a majority of her students come from migrant families.

Music Used:

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Bublé from the album, Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition)

New Exhibit Takes Museum-Goers Back...Yard

Jun 17, 2015
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The 1950's marked the birth of Levittown, TV dinners, and kitchen automation--not to mention about 3.8 million babies per year. Another innovation that gained popularity in this decade was the backyard as we know it.

I toured the newest exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, "Patios, Pools and the Invention of the Backyard." It features six displays that bring viewers to the back lawn of the 1950’s through pictures, drawings and ads. 

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The stars and the scrubs alike took a spin with the Stanley Cup before it finally wound up in Joel Quenneville's hands. The Blackhawks coach wouldn't have it any other way.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Humor & Little Things

Jun 15, 2015
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In this installment, we hear from married couple Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores.They met right before Ben went into the military. They kept in contact and fell in love through a year of letter-writing. They’re still together after 31 years and they tell us their secret to a lasting marriage. 

Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores. Ben says their place of refuge is Passe Grille Beach- the place they went to before they got married, and the place they still go to now.

Music Used:

“Still the One" by Orleans from the album, Walking and Dreaming. 

Fans of the old "Championship Wrestling from Florida" promotion most likely remember two people: announcer Gordon Solie and legendary pro wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., died Thursday at the age of 69. He made his name, first as a 'bad guy,' wrestling for promoter Eddier Graham at the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa before becoming known as a 'good guy,' appearing for various promotions around the country and world.

The second season of a professional sport called “GRID” begins Saturday.

It features 5 men and 5 women performing various fitness moves on a 4 quadrant grid. One of the athletes must be over 40. Last year’s Most Valuable Player was 29 year old Taylar Stallings. WUSF's Lisa Peakes reports:

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Gradual Love

Jun 8, 2015
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In this installment, Ann Roberts asks her mother, Doris Bowen, about her late husband and Ann's father--Jim Elmer Bowen. Bowen talks about her late husband in terms of gradual love, high blood pressure and motorcycle adventures.

Music:

“Radar Love" by Golden Earring from the album, Moontan. 

 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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At Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Thursday mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers and movie stars teamed up, all to improve the life of a  California girl.

Dominique Courbin and Michael Gonzalez are part of the team from the University of Central Florida trying to beat the clock to get their latest project ready for 10-year-old Annika Emmert.

 Courbin is concentrating on getting everything just right.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Fighting for the Underdogs

May 26, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Cory Adler and Alizza Punzalan-Randle  talk about diversity. Punzalan-Randle is Filipino-American and she shares one particular incident where she had to come to terms with what that meant. 

Alizza Punzalan-Randle fights for "the underdogs" by being a part of various organizations including serving on the local and national boards of directors for the YWCA- Young Women's Christian Association which helps to empower women. 

Music:

“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson from the album, Bad.

    

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. 

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Classroom Lessons

May 18, 2015
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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. 

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.

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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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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Brothers & Buddies

May 11, 2015
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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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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.

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.”

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Military Life

May 4, 2015
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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."

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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Coming Home

Apr 27, 2015
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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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