Avian flu H5N1 is one of the most highly pathogenic viruses the world has seen. The virus has sickened at least 224 people in 10 countries, killing 127 of them, but it remains a pandemic in birds, not humans. Is Tampa Bay prepared in the event of a health crisis? Our panel of experts share information every Floridian needs to know.
“It takes about 13 facial muscles to smile and about 87 to frown’’ says 83-year-old John Clement. Laughter and good humor connect the generations of the Clement family. Daughter Lawrason Clement brings out her father’s best stories as they chuckle through decades of family lore, including the time his infant great grandmother “disappeared,’’ only to be returned safely by a baboon, the trip that persuaded his father to buy him a Shetland pony and the honor of rubbing elbows with famous politicians and important leaders.
Music credits: Magnolia by Jon Brion, Magnolia: original motion picture soundtrack,
Insurers have taken a loss of 30 billion dollars in Florida during the last two hurricane seasons and they're sending the bill to us, the property owners. Some of the companies are giving up and leaving the state. We'll be looking at the issue with our guests.
William J. Cobb recalls his earliest memories with grandson William Scott Cobb, including the disastrous economic circumstances that surrounded President Hoover and the Great Depression. The now elder Cobb tells of following so closely in his coalminer father’s footsteps that the experience convinced him to never work in the mines. Cobb’s ambitions carried him through service in World War II, where his unit helped liberate a concentration camp overseas, and back to the United States to pursue a career in commercial steel that led to a wonderful life crisscrossing the country and raising a family.
Music credits: Magnolia by Jon Brion, Magnolia original motion picture soundtrack,
June 1st marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is predicting up to 16 named storms this year, including six major hurricanes. Is Tampa Bay ready for this hurricane season? Who’s in charge during an emergency? Can we count on FEMA if disaster strikes our area? Those are just some of the questions we asked our panel of experts
Italian immigrant Tony Castellano tells his daughter, Rose, about their family’s military service in World War II. He and his four brothers were among thousands of young Americans who were sent around the world to fight the Germans and the Japanese during “the best years of my life.’’ “I wish I was back there,’’ he laments in looking at a photo of himself in 1945 at age 29. “We knew we had a job to do’’ and never complained about military duties, but couldn’t have been happier when the war ended.
Music credits: Love Theme from The Winds of War/ War and Remembrance by
Robert Cobert, Telarc
With reports of some Emergency Room patients having to waiting longer and longer for care, we’ll take a look at the situation within the ER’s of Tampa Bay. Is this service being misused? Are there too few hospital beds? Will wait time get longer? We get the answers from the experts themselves.
Adrienne Garcia, longtime friend of the Gonzmart family, relates the pleasures and pride that evolved as she mentored Cassandra Gonzmart through high school, college and into adulthood. Cassandra talks about the importance of having an older woman friend serve as a surrogate older sister/aunt/mother/teacher in the decade since her own mother died when she was a teenager. Both share how they have learned from each other as their relationship continues to grow.
Music credits: Bo’s Veranda by Morphine, B-Sides and Otherwise, Rykodisc USA
Over the last two months, state lawmakers made many decisions that will affect your everyday life – from housing to education to homeowners insurance and eminent domain. We sat down and spoke to local lawmakers themselves.
Celebrate Mother’s Day and the moms it honors by listening to a compilation of stories previously broadcast reflecting the special relationships between mothers and daughters. Here is Willow Wright talking about her recently deceased mother, Dorris; Jillian Leytham enjoying a special bond with her single mother, Beth; and Marilyn Nolan remembering with son, Scott, the too short life of her daughter and his sister, Renee.
Music Credits: Forty Fingers by Pullman, Viewfinder, Thrill Jockey Records
Pediatrician Philip Adler, a well-known and highly regarded fixture in Tampa’s medical history, talks about the community’s struggles to integrate Florida’s hospitals. Dr. Adler led the effort to provide equal medical care to all patients — black and white, young and old — starting in the 1950s when he flew into town from Boston with a new degree and a fresh perspective.
Music credits: Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie, arranged and performed by Christopher Parkening, Christopher Parkening The Great Recordings, EMI Classics
The Port of Tampa is a huge, sprawling complex with a constant flow of people and cargo. It is close to downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base and the Crystal River nuclear power plant. The Port is also the site for huge amounts of hazardous materials and petrochemicals. But how safe is it?
Retired librarian Janet Lorenzo of Temple Terrace and her longtime friend, Sändra Helen Wilson of Tampa, recall the considerable influence that Sändra’s mother, Helen Greene Wilson, had on the larger community. The elder Wilson “wrote her name in the lives of so many people’’ by living a life of faith and charity, encouraging others to pursue their dreams and generally contributing positively to the well-being of others.
Music credits: The Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth, English String Orchestra, conducted by William Boughton; Butterworth, Nimbus Records
It's undoubtedly one of the hot-button issues in America today. Recently, thousands of immigrant-rights activists took to the streets of Tampa and other Florida cities to make their position known. There were also counter-protestors from groups like the Minuteman Project.
Congress has different bills addressing the issue. Florida Senator Mel Martinez was one several U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle trying to broker a deal that would include a guest worker program. Many of the state's representatives in the House supported another piece of legislation that would not only tighten the nation's borders, but would make it a felony to be in this country illegally. In addition, it would make it a crime for anyone to knowingly assist undocumented persons.
What does this all mean to Tampa Bay & West Central Florida? We assembled a panel to address this and more.
The former Florida governor recounts his life of public service from school teacher to union leader to Tampa's mayor to Florida's governor to U.S. drug czar. Now a consultant for one of the state's oldest law firms, he attributes much of his success to the stability and strength of his 51-year marriage to Mary Jane.
Music credits: Everloving by Moby, Play, V2 Records
Our community discussion continues as we speak to a local high school student and his teacher. We'll explore issues ranging from education to the state of today's African-American family. This a follow-up to a 2-part series, "Four Decades After Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech, a Reality Check," that aired February 3rd and February 17th.
Mother and daughter, Beth and Jillian Leytham of Tampa, talk about the strength of their relationship as a single parent with an only child. Beth shares her focus on successfully raising an independent daughter, while juggling societal expectations, career, family and personal choices. Jill relates how her dreams and aspirations for college evolved as she grew up.
Music credits: J'ai Dormi Sous L'Eau by Air, Premiers Symptomes, Astralwerks
The recent death of Dana Reeve at age 44 from lung cancer has raised the awareness of lung cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, lung cancer kills more women every year than breast cancer.
Researchers, including those at the Moffitt Cancer Center, are studying the causes of lung cancer and searching for ways to prevent it. Find out what’s being done in Tampa Bay in the fight against Lung Cancer and hear the personal story of a lung cancer survivor. (Image courtesy of Tampabay Cancer.com.)
Law partners Delano Stewart and Arthenia Joyner relate the good times (successes in the courtroom) and the bad (racism inside and outside the judiciary) as their persistent pioneering spirits earned them many “firsts’’ in Tampa’s struggle to become an integrated community at home and at work. Arthenia now represents Tampa in the Florida Legislature.
Music credits: Why Can’t We Live Together by Joan Osborne, How Sweet It Is,
Compendia Media Group
The recent death of 14-year old Martin Lee Anderson at a youth boot camp in Bay County has many Floridians wondering about the need for and effectiveness of military-style youth boot camps. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of juvenile boot camps in Florida along with their possible future.
Willow Wright’s voice soars with pride and admiration when talking about her late mother, Dorris, with friend JoAnn Briggs. Willow happily recalls “cloud flying’’ with her mother at the controls, skimming the tops of the Rockies with her parents in their tiny Cessna and finally landing safely in California with her "heart in my mouth." The New York family’s trips across America are among Willow’s fondest memories. Life gives as much as it takes away, but in the end, Willow learns from her mother, “there’s nothing left but love."
Music credits: Where I Go by Natalie Merchant, Tigerlily, Elektra Records
In 2003, Tampa Bay's $160 million desalination plant was scheduled to open in Apollo Beach. It was slated to become the nation's largest desalination facility taking in salt water from the Bay and converting it to drinkable water for West Central Florida.
Now, after years of delays and litigation, the plant is expected to come on-line in late 2006. We'll take a look at what happened and we'll explore how desalination will factor into the future of water for our region.
Art Nadel's love for his wife, Peg, flows readily as he describes his favorite picture of her playing “dress up'' when she was a little girl. The former model for Vogue magazine still turns heads as they walk hand in hand through the streets of Sarasota, enjoying the music, arts and culture that remain so much a part of their active lives.
Music credits: Sunday in New York by Ralph Moore, Who It Is You Are, Savoy Records