About StoryCorps Tampa Bay

StoryCorps Tampa Bay

StoryCorps® is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps® has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps® spent a month in St. Petersburg recording the stories from your Tampa Bay friends and neighbors.


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Monday at 8:35 a.m. during Morning Edition and 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered on WUSF 89.7.


This Week on Radio

Pedro Martinez (center) with his daughters Natalia and Elvia.

In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing citizens to leave the country in what would become a mass exodus. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of governance untenable.

The first wave of emigrants came when the Peruvian embassy allowed Cubans to exit under its banner.

That's when Pedro Martinez and his friend decided to make the journey to Havana, and attempt to leave the country. Unfortunately, things got very complicated.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Pedro's daughters Natalia and Elvia ask him about his decision to leave the country, and the troubles he encountered along the way.


Recent Storycorps Tampa Bay episodes

Two Siblings, Two Schools, Two Stories (July 21, 2014)
Lolita & Lou Brown

Lou and Lolita Brown are brother and sister, born about eight years apart - just a big enough separation to give them very different life experiences.

Lolita was one of the last students to go through the Pinellas County School system...

Marching to His Own Drumbeat (July 14, 2014)
Ronald and Bette Gregg

Ronald Gregg has drummed nearly his entire life, playing with musicians all over the world and for the U.S. Army Band.

But it all had to start somewhere.

In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Ronald tells his wife Bette...

When Faith and Love Collide (July 7, 2014)
Ed and Susan Bilbao

Susan and Ed Bilbao grew up in the Philippines, in an environment very heavily influenced by Catholicism. Susan worked for religious organizations, and Ed had every intention of becoming a priest.

And while their faith united them, it...

A Chance Meeting at Applebee's Changes 2 Lives (June 30, 2014)
Christopher Warren and Kimberly Williams

Christopher Warren had been in love with Kimberly Williams since the 6th grade.

He even managed to dance with her once in middle school, but never had the guts to ask for her number. That is until 14 years later, when he bumped into her at...

The Big and Small Miracles of Life (June 23, 2014)
Celeste Davis (left) and her mother, Mozelle.

Mozelle Davis of St. Petersburg is a spiritual woman who believes very much in miracles.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Mozelle talks with her daughter, Celeste, about some of her most intense spiritual experiences and what...

There's Thunder Somewhere (June 16, 2014)
Former Gibbs H.S. football coach Alfonso “Al” Campbell and Eliza Bettinger

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Al Campbell tells the story of a high school tragedy that helped pull a city together.

Al was head coach of the Gibbs High School football team in 1970. The district had attempted to close the...


Hosted By

Carson Cooper, Host

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has...

Craig Kopp, ATC Host
Craig Kopp, Host

Craig Kopp has been a radio journalist since 1974. Craig has been based in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of his career, working in radio, television and newspapers. Most recently, Craig Kopp was news director and afternoon host at...


Produced By

Eric Mennel, Producer

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