Recent Florida Stories episodes

Ira Sukrungruang speaking with Katie Riegel (April 2, 2010)

USF Writing professor Ira Sukrungruang grew up in two worlds: a Thai household with his immigrant parents and the American culture outside his home. It proved to be an interesting experience. And it served as material for his memoir, “Talk Thai...

Phyllis Lorelli and Tom Bryant (March 5, 2010)
Phyllis Lorelli and Tom Bryant

Phyllis and Jerry Lorelli were living in Bradenton in 1992 when Phyllis reconnected with a childhood friend from Pennsylvania. That friendship helped her through her husband’s illness from cancer and eventual death. She spoke to Tom Bryant about...

Susan Adger and Isobel Keithley-Harwell (February 26, 2010)
Susan Adger and Isobel Keithley-Harwell

Susan Adger’s mother Isobel Keithley-Harwell was born and raised in Tampa. In a recent conversation we heard her recount a number of childhood memories, about her school days, the great era of dance bands in the 1930’s and more. Here she...

Walt Shaffner and Mary Fischer (February 19, 2010)
Walt Shaffner and Mary Fischer

Almost every family has a certain deep emotional connection that lives on even after death. Walter Shaffner of Valrico and his sister Mary Fischer talk about that connection in their family, the impact their parents had on their lives, and what a...

Ed Sved (February 12, 2010)
WWII Era War Bonds Poster
Ed Sved

After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, young men from all over the country rushed to enlist in the US Armed Forces. Ed Sved was one of those young men, enlisting at age 17 and hoping to become a pilot. Sved became a Navigator in the US...

Maura Barrios and Yadira Caro (February 5, 2010)
Maura Barrios and Yadira Caro

Maura Barrios tells journalist Yadira Caro about her life growing up as a member of a working class Cuban-American family in West Tampa in the late-1960s. She remembers being fascinated by the counter-culture of the times, and the challenges she...

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