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?