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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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Lost Son

Apr 20, 2015
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.

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.

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.

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).

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Boy Next Door

Apr 13, 2015
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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.

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."

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Young Man's Lessons

Apr 6, 2015
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.

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. 

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.

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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Sisters Bond

Mar 30, 2015
StoryCorps

There is no bond like a bond between sisters. In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Alina Lezcano tells her younger sister, Elaine Lezcano-Perez, about her own unusual entry into this world and what it meant to her 14 years later when her baby sister came along. 

Music:

“Lost Star” by Jelsonic from the album, Various Moods, from freemusicarchive.org.

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

Lori Ballard / Creative Loafing

In the atrium of the Tampa Museum of Art, a dancer moved gracefully to pensive piano music. That was just one of the many acts at last year's GASP!--a one night festival for theater, dance, poetry, music and more.

This year, GASP! is back.

The festival is a collaborative effort between the Tampa Museum of Art and Creative Loafing

StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, public school teachers and godsisters Dr. Wendell Norton and Izella McCree talk about the differences, similarities, and challenges in education - dating back to their time as students to becoming teachers of students. 

Dr. Wendell Norton is now retired. 

Music:

“Three is a Magic Number” by Bob Dorough from the album, School House Rock! Rocks.

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

PBS

August Wilson was a playwright whose series of ten plays, "The Pittsburgh Cycle," tried to show what life was like for African-Americans in the 20th century, decade by decade.

The work won him rave reviews, as well as five New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony Award. 

The PBS series "American Masters" has produced a documentary on Wilson's life and work, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," which will air on WUSF TV beginning this weekend.

Marc Holm

Violinist Joshua Bell is going to be playing one of his favorite violin sonatas Tuesday March 24th in Clearwater with pianist Sam Haywood at the Capitol Theatre .   

The first Sonata in G, Opus 78, by Johannes Brahms really has a place in his heart. "It's the most lyrical piece I know. It doesn't have an ending that brings the house down, but every time I play it or hear it, I almost have tears just about to come out of my eyes, because it's just so beautiful and there's nothing like it," Bell said.

But don't go looking for him to cry at his own concert. He said he's more apt to become emotional when listening, rather than playing the music.

Bell's three sons are also playing music now. His five-year-old twins and seven-year-old play the cello, piano and violin. Bell said there is some talent there, and "it's fun to see." But he believes every child should study music, regardless of whether they make a career of it. "It should be in the schools," he said, not as an after-school elective.

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