Looking Ahead to 2009
We'll take some time as a new year begins to revisit a couple of shows from the past year, but with a twist: we’ve selected two shows that are likely to be part of the community discussion through 2009. First, we'll hear about the gambling compact Gov. Charlie Crist signed with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. which was thrown out by the state Supreme Court last year because Crist failed to get the Legislature's approval. A special legislative committee has been assembled by House speaker Ray Sansom to review the deal and decide how to move forward. We'll revisit our show from December 2007 about the compact. Then we'll hear portions of our conversation about drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and natural gas. That show, from August, came after President Bush lifted the executive order banning drilling on the continental shelf and after Crist and Sen. Mel Martinez both expressed support for more drilling. President-elect Barack Obama has said he wants to increase domestic oil production and encourage oil companies to use their existing drilling leases. But what that will look like and how much say Florida's Gulf coast will have is still to be determined.
Donna Niekamp and Barbara Inman
Donna Niekamp was born in 1935 in Elmwood Park, Illinois. Donna recently had a conversation with her daughter, Barbara Inman, where she discussed how she met Don, the love of her life and husband of more than 50 years.
Best of 2008
In the waning days of 2008, we'll consider two of our favorite shows from the past year. First, we'll revisit our conversation about the changing landscape of newspaper journalism in the Bay area and in the nation. Since we first aired this program, more layoffs have been announced throughout the industry and papers have discontinued home delivery several days a week or even stopped printing a daily paper altogether in favor of a Web-only product. So we'll listen back to our conversation about the shifting newspaper industry. And we'll go back and hear our discussion about the so-called brain drain in Florida's colleges in universities. Faculty have been leaving the state's higher-education institutions in search of better pay and more resources. Of course, the economy — and the state's budget — has only gotten worse since we first aired this show, so funding for higher education could be an item to watch in the coming budget deliberations in Tallahassee.
Barbara J. Sorey
Barbara J. Sorey was born and raised in Clearwater. She's published two books about her early years, and today we'll hear readings on the holiday season from her book Florida Girl: Short Stories of Family, Community and History – 1804 to 1969. The following readings are excerpts from the chapter titled 'Special Times'.