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Swine Flu/Cuba Relations (October 2, 2009)
cuban refugees

This week we meet up with some of Florida’s Cuban Americans to discuss our state's history with Cuba and our strained relationship, that continues today.

We also talk embargo with some early exiles of the Castro revolution. We hear from...

 
H1N1 flu image, with woman in surgical mask

This week, state health officials said 102 people have died from swine flu in Florida. Doctors say the virus usually causes only a mild illness, and those who have died had underlying medical conditions. Still, all the talk of a swine flu...

 
Technology and Open Government (September 25, 2009)
food from different cultures

Join us as we explore the international diversity of the Bay Area. Florida is a melting pot, an international community that represents countries from around the globe. So what do foreigners bring to the table? We'll answer that question,...

 
cell phone receiving text message

Staffers at Florida’s utility regulator have been in trouble lately for giving their cell phones’ instant messaging codes to power company officials. Turns out, that could violate the state’s broad public records and open government laws if there...

 
St. Petersburg Mayor's Race (September 18, 2009)
police officer

This week we're taking a serious look at the state of crime in our area. We'll ask local law enforcement to weigh in on the trends they're seeing, and discuss ways we can all avoid becoming victims. And we'll take a look at the relationship...

 
generic voting ballot

A couple of weeks ago, 10 St. Petersburg residents were vying to be the city’s next mayor. Now, that list has only two names on it. The winner will inherit a list of unresolved issues, like deciding the future of downtown -- including BayWalk and...

 
The Impact of Sept. 11 (September 10, 2009)
man in a garden

Going green is red hot these days, but you might not be aware of all the different ways you can be friendlier to the environment while improving your own life. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Jim Kovaleski, of New Port Richey, who combines form...

 
Two beams of light symbolize the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are imprinted on the nation’s collective psyche, influencing everything from the nation’s foreign policy and how we travel by air to where our military forces are deployed and how we train first responders...

 
Recession Saving and Investing (September 3, 2009)
people looking for jobs and posting resumes online

Whether you’re a parent pinching pennies, or a policy-maker trying to find the best ways to allocate funds, the economy is probably at the forefront of your mind these days. Host Irene Maher meets with area economic development council directors...

 
money and eggs in a nest

As our current recession has persisted -- and even deepened -- we’ve heard the stories of people cutting back to make ends meet. Sometimes that means changing investment strategies or even reducing contributions to retirement accounts because...

 
Crime and Recession (August 27, 2009)
children at school

You can't live in Florida without hearing about FCAT on the news. It's a lightning rod issue, and the Florida legislature recently approved a new bill that will shake things up a bit more. We speak with a teacher, a former administrator, a...

 
gun on top of money

Conventional wisdom says crime rises when the economy goes bad; studies say that has been true during every recession since the 1950s. With the country facing what many consider to be the deepest recession in 70 years, that could mean a spike in...

 
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