Ernie Garatiex, his sister Marilyn and his wife Yvette are first-generation Cuban-Americans. Marilyn, a journalist for the St. Petersburg Times, wrote about her family's experience growing up with a keen awareness of her parents' impressions of a Castro-led Cuban government. Her personal essay was written a year ago, and it's as relevant today as it ever was. It details the sometimes painful disconnect between generations, like that of her parents and her young niece and nephew, and the challenge that stems from holding onto yesterday while looking toward tomorrow. Producer Larry Elliston introduces us to the Garatiex family in this week's Florida Story.
Trade With Cuba
This week, President Obama signed a bill to fund the federal government through September. Tucked into the bill are provisions to loosen travel restrictions to Cuba for people with family on the island, and possible changes in US policy toward Cuba. We'll talk about what that could mean for Tampa, the closest shipping port to the island nation.
Stella Budich and Murat Ozkan
At the start of World War II, Stella Budich was a high school student in Philadelphia, living on the family farm. Both Stella and her mother decided to work at a nearby aircraft plant to earn extra money and support the war effort abroad. After the war, Firestone Tire and Rubber bought the plant and converted it to a tire manufacturing operation. Stella stayed at the facility and began training war veterans, later working to help create one of Firestone's first workers unions.