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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: "Is it Hard to Get Old?"

Jul 27, 2015
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This installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay is the final one of the series that started in May 2014. As we sunset this vast collection of local stories, what more appropriate conversation to have is there than one about aging?

John Hoopes asks his dad, Ray Hoopes, the tough questions on aging starting with, "Is it hard to get old?"

Music Used:

"Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" by Norah Jones and Billie Joe from the album, Foreverly.

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.

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

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.

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)

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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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."

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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Lost Son

Apr 20, 2015
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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.

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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Young Man's Lessons

Apr 6, 2015
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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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Sisters Bond

Mar 30, 2015
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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.

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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.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Stay for Awhile

Mar 16, 2015
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Marie Izzo and Bruce Blackburn the third met in college but they led separate lives. In this installment of Storycorps, Izzo tells her friend Lori Rosenthal about how she and her husband reconnected in their 30s when he was seriously ill. Izzo tells us it took love and hard work to give her husband another 15 years of life.

Music:

“Stay Awhile” by She & Him from the album, Classics.

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

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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a mother and son discuss his homeschooling experience. Denise Ford had 10 children, some of which were homeschooled so she could incorporate religion into the curriculum.

Nykko Ford tells us about the benefits of being homeschooled and one thing in particular he learned that made his mom proud.

Music:

“Hall of Fame” by The Script featuring Will.i.am from the album, #3.

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

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: "Cause You're a Girl'

Mar 2, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Carol Albernathy talks about overcoming inconveniences and challenges in college and at law school because she was a woman. She attended Stetson University in the 1950s and later law school in the ‘70s.

  Carol Albernathy’s advice for women today is, “don’t put up with any crap."

Music:

“It's a Man's Man's World” by Etta James from the album, All the Way.

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

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Wonders Up Close

Feb 23, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Renata Schwartz tells us about her trip to Africa. As a part of the English commonwealth, she was able to easily travel overseas. There, she encountered wild elephants, a tribe of Pygmy people, and found herself learning to communicate without words.

Music:

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

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

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Love- All You Need

Feb 16, 2015
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In our next installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Rita Dudley talks about raising nine children in St. Petersburg with her third-oldest child, son Dwight. They talk about how Rita and her late husband, Bob, didn’t have much money, but still found ways for their large clan to have fun and to grow closer.

Today, Rita Dudley enjoys family gatherings with all nine of her children, her 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Rita turns 86 this Thursday, the 19th  and we wish her a very happy birthday.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Small Town Childhood

Feb 9, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Esther Parker tells her daughter, Chrissy Jackson, about growing up in a small town in Ohio. 

Parker talks about growing up without electricity, playing games with the neighborhood kids, working with horses on the farm, and shares her favorite childhood memory.

Music:

“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Peggy Lee from the album, Sugar ‘n’ Spice.

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

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Airport Karma

Feb 2, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, married couple Victoria Hewitt and Donald Harvey tell the story of karma and one amazing flying experience.  While pregnant, Hewitt and her husband encountered a not-so-good traveler aboard their flight…which ended on a high note.

Music:

“From a Window Seat” by Dawes from the album, Stories Don’t End.

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

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Adventures in Writing

Jan 26, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Robinson Sterling talks with her friend, Theresa Rush Richardson about her memoir. Sterling has lived in various places around the world including Mexico and Israel. She’s had many adventures in life, but writing her own memoir has been its own kind of venture.

Getting her memoir published and getting a degree were the last couple of items on Sterling’s bucketlist. Sterling completed her Master’s degree in social work at the age of 60. She's still waiting to get published.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Making Tough Decisions

Jan 19, 2015
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Pat Spencer grew up in Montgomery, Alabama before settling in Tampa. She has been an active member of the NAACP since she was seven years old and has always been a volunteer for various organizations. 

 

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Spencer talks about her time volunteering in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s office in Montgomery. During the time Arthurine Lucy became the first African-American to desegregate the University of Alabama, Dr. King requested Spencer enroll too.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Love Between Cat, Prince

Jan 12, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Mary and Lewis Key recall the first time they met at a Halloween Party. Mary dressed up as a cat while Lewis was in a Phantom of the Opera costume and he became her prince. The magic happened over a conversation about baseball. 

To cement their relationship, Mary and Lewis Key have a tradition of celebrating their love and marriage like many couples do on Valentine’s Day, but they don’t just celebrate in the month of February; they celebrate on the 14th of every month.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay is produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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  Dr. Samuel Wright had always been involved in cultural promotion and community affairs by creating a black heritage festival for Tampa Bay took his skills and vision to a whole new level.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, history buff Abby Connor sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth to hear Dr. Wright talk about what it took to bring the festival to life.

This year's festival ramps up January 15th, for more information on the festival, click here.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Growing Up in Ybor City

Dec 29, 2014
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, we meet Rigoberto Garcia. He was born in Tampa’s Ybor City in 1930. He recalls what it was like growing up with immigrant parents who worked in the cigar factories, and the importance of the Martí-Maceo mutual aid society, which was started by Afro-Cuban cigar workers in the early 1900s.

He joins USF anthropology professor and author of “More than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa,” Susan Greenbaum for StoryCorps Tampa Bay.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Lottie Watts.

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