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Irene, Carson and Larry
Paying tribute to the Bay Area community for making Florida Matters possible: This week Larry and Carson join Irene in the studio to celebrate the first season of Florida Matters on TV. They take a look at their favorite segments throughout the first season and share with viewers some of the behind-the-scenes events that happened after the show aired. Our “Thank You” gift for members who support WUSF with $75 or more will receive a commemorative Florida Matters DVD featuring the first season of Florida Stories. It’s a great keepsake to have and a testimony to the impact your contribution can make to the community!

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Shiekra at Busch Gardens
The economic recession is keeping many would-be travelers at home. Across Florida, that's leading to amped-up marketing in hopes of drawing people here. This week, we take an informal survey of the tourism industry to find out what those businesses are expecting for the summer and where they are directing their efforts.
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Listen to Chris Pike explain that Florida will be well-positioned for future increases in travel to the United States from South America -- and maybe to Cuba. (0:22)

Listen to Pike talk about the impact on travel agencies from the trend toward booking travel online. (0:36)

Listen to Jennifer De La Cruz explain why Carnival is offering great bargains right now and how new passport rules are impacting the cruise industry. (1:12)

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Brad and Holly Swanson with their father Ted
Ted Swanson is a man who worked under many titles during his days in the film industry. When he first got started in the business, it was at the bottom - as a page. In time he worked as a stunt man, then as an actor. He later found a foothold behind the camera as an assistant director, working on many film and television projects. Ted recently sat down to talk with his children Holly and Brad about fond memories of working in the film industry, but he also spent a good deal of time reminiscing about his two favorite roles - those of husband and father.
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Ted talks with Holly and Brad about two notable film projects.

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The University of South Florida is trying to help students who are among the first generation of their families to attend college pay for school. This week's University Beat takes you to a recent fund-raiser for the First Generation Scholarship Program and introduces you to some of the recipients.
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Ruth Bannhard, Senior Director of Development, USF Foundation
E-mail: rbannhard@admin.usf.edu or 813-974-1983

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USF Junior Juan Baso talks about how much the First Generation Scholarship Program has helped him.

Joel Momberg, the Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation, says the students who receive the Scholarships are truly deserving.

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Larry Elliston on the waterfront
This week Larry Elliston shares the stories of Floridians who have helped others move to Florida from overseas and "Dr. Bob" who volunteers his time to offer better healthcare. Plus, we'll meet a man who used his experience in prison to turn his life around and help others after he was released.

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Hurricane off the coast of Florida
As another hurricane season begins, officials don't want residents to be complacent after a few quiet seasons. It only takes one storm to ruin your summer. This week, we'll meet Florida's new emergency manager, debunk some hurricane preparation myths, and check on Galveston, Texas, where they weathered last year's biggest storm.
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Listen to Ruben Almaguer explain that hurricane season predictions have one value: they get covered by the media and so they get people thinking about hurricane preparedness. (1:03)

Listen to Almaguer talk about some of his agency’s responsibilities beyond hurricane preparedness and response. (1:07)

Listen to John Simsen describe how Galveston officials elevated the entire city 17 feet after the 1900 hurricane. (1:03)

Listen to Simsen explain how officials in Texas have set up resources along evacuation routes to avoid the kinds of problems faced by evacuees prior to Hurricane Rita in 2005. (1:21)

Listen to Dr. Chris Landsea echo the sentiments of all of our guests that hurricane forecasts are basically useless at the local level. He notes that it just takes one hurricane making landfall in your community to make it a busy season and points to Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina as examples. (1:20)

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Best of 2009
Welcoming refugees from Burma, escaping the control of a communist dictator, or recounting the details of a former life of crime...all of this might sound like the stuff of Hollywood movies. However, for Larry Elliston this is just the type of inspiration that helps him to create the unique personal portraits that are Florida Stories. Over the past few months Larry has introduced us to many interesting people living in and around the Bay area. In this episode we're revisiting some of Larry's favorite moments as featured during the Florida Matters TV series.
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