Traffic congestion and construction delays have become a way of life for Tampa Bay commuters. Transportation planners are promoting a new project for West-Central Florida: a proposed beltway which would begin in Manatee County, head through Eastern Hillsborough, bypassing Tampa then turn west into Pasco County. The beltway would be among the most ambitious and costly road construction projects ever attempted in the region. Some critics suggest we should devote more resources toward mass transit, light rail and other alternative modes of transportation instead. Can Tampa Bay pave its way out of gridlock?
Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King of St. Petersburg and good friend Malcolm Taaffe of the Bronx, N.Y., talk about the importance of families spending time together, and the significant role that parents play as role models and disciplinarians in the raising of children.
Music Credits: Shotgun by Junior Walker & The All Stars, Shotgun, UMG Recordings
To commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Dr. King's historic speech, Florida Matters is replaying a broadcast from February 3rd of of this year.
In August of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his influential "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Host Robin Sussingham speaks with local leaders about the progress made since 1963 and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. This week's program explores issues ranging from education to politics to the state of today's African American family. It's a conversation everyone in Tampa Bay needs to hear.
Maura Barrios tells Centro Mi Diario reporter Yadira Caro about her life growing up as a member of a working class Cuban-American family in West Tampa in the late-1960s. She talks about being fascinated by the counter-culture of the times, overcoming that attraction to establish her own identity as a college student and learning to celebrate and embrace her own culture.
Music Credits: Incense & Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense & Peppermints, UMG Recordings
Transportation planners insist it's time to start thinking regionally.The alternative, they say, is gridlock within 20 years. WUSF’s Robin Sussingham hosts a discussion of the future of transportation in the Tampa Bay region.
John Falkenham, a self-described “ordinary person,’’ recalls his happy childhood visiting his uncle’s Vermont farm, where he discovered the simple pleasures in life. Among his favorite stories: a black-and-white “kitten’’ that became his pet and helping sugar off maple trees.
Music Credits: Still (Reprise) by Ben Folds, Over The Hedge from Sony BMG Entertainment