Listening to Our Past
Meet a man who joined the circus as a teen, another who was part of Tampa’s first day of integrated dining in the 1960s, and a woman whose family went to meetings and picnics in Ybor City supporting the Spanish Republic during that country’s civil war. This week on Florida Matters, we’re marking the StoryCorps National Day of Listening by visiting with the past through excerpts of oral histories from the Bay area. Plus, we’ll talk about why these recordings -- and the ones you make with your family -- matter.
State Senators will be holding a special session to discuss commuter and high speed rail, Florida Realtors have released numbers showing existing home sales and new home sales are on the rise for the 14th month in a row, and state officials warn against fraudulent charities operating during the holiday season.
After finishing high school in 1936, Samuel Coward hitch-hiked from his home town of Newborn, North Carolina to Sarasota, Florida to attend the Ringling School of Art. As World War II approached, Sam decided to enlist in the Florida National Guard and soon found himself being deployed to a "destination unknown" overseas. A while back, Sam had a conversation with former Florida Stories Producer Eric Jordan about his time in the military and how afterwards, he pursued his passion for art and interior design.
A music-and-stories celebration of Thanksgiving. Host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday—perfect for broadcast while families gather at the table to share common blessings.
AAA auto club predicts that more people will travel by car this holiday season but it is predicted that air travel will decrease slightly, Florida Senator Bill Nelson adressed the Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce about the economy, home sales, and Chinese drywall. the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports an increase in accidental deaths related to controlled substances compared to the same time period last year, Holiday travel, and possible witnesses to be called in the case against Representative Ray Sansom.