Could Tampa Bay residents be taking the train to work someday? Would light rail help reduce traffic jams and save energy? We discuss the future of a commuter rail in the Bay Area, with this week's guests.
Afsaneh Noori of Tampa tells her best friend, Magda Santos, about the trials and tribulations she faced as an Iranian immigrant coming to America. Thirty years later, Noori now flourishes in Tampa as a motivational speaker and consultant. Santos, a native of the Bronx, is the program director at USF's Preschool for Creative Learning. Both women can't imagine life without the other.
Music credits: Only You by Portishead, Portishead, GO! Beat/London Recordings
The 2007 Florida Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, March 6th. This week on Florida Matters we discuss the major issues that the legislature will be facing as well as how new Governor Charlie Crist will influence the process.
Dr. Sylvia Campbell, dubbed “Saint Sylvia" by friends and admirers, is a general surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital. She donates thousands of hours in service to charitable causes and perhaps is best known for her tireless service to the working poor who visit the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic in Tampa. She also leads medical mission trips to Haiti and Uganda, carrying thousands of pounds of donated supplies and performing routine as well as extraordinary surgeries on people who otherwise wouldn't survive. Jeanne Hardin-Gres, an Army reservist often called into active duty in recent years, is the nurse anesthetist who accompanies Sylvia to Haiti. Both recently returned from a pilgrimage to do similar volunteer work in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
Music credits: February Sea by George Winston, Winter Into Spring, Windham Hill Records
Some local governments — including Tampa — have considered banning convicted sex offenders from living in certain areas. How do we best deal with “sexual offenders?” More treatment? More jail time? More of both?
Myron describes seeing Kristie for the first time as a disc jockey during the disco era, and thinking that she was so beautiful that she “was out of my league." But their shared love for the popular dances of the mid-1970s soon brought them together again. The Bradenton couple married three months later, and today enjoy a mutual affection for the beaches, arts and culture of West Central Florida after almost 30 years of rarely being apart.
The Hustle by Van McCoy, The Hustle And The Best Of Van McCoy, Amherst Records
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel by Tavares, Tavares: Anthology, from T.K. Records
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty by KC And The Sunshine Band, The Best Of KC And The Sunshine Band, T.K. Records
Turn the Beat Around by Gerald Jackson/Pete Jackson; Never Gonna Let You Go,