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,
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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
Last January, a mobile recording booth was set up in an Airstream™ recreation vehicle at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota. It was part of StoryCorps, the national oral history project sponsored by NPR and the Library of Congress.
Over a three week period, several Tampa Bay area residents took the opportunity to share their unique Florida stories. On this edition of Florida Matters, StoryCorps' Maisie Tivnan and Nelson Simón share local stories of hope and inspiration, fear and triumph, laughter and tears.
Eva Frank shares memories of being young, Jewish and scared in Hungary following the outbreak of World War II. Among her tales as told to daughter Lynne Brolly: Escaping to Paris on one of the last trains out of her ancestral country at a time when a scarcity of food and freedom forced strangers to depend on each other for survival. Both women now live in Sarasota.
Music credits: Exit Music (For a Film) performed by Brad Mehldau, written by Thom Yorke and Radiohead, Art of the Trio vol. 4 – Back at the Vanguard, Warner Bros. Records
We'll look at how our region competes with other metropolitan areas in the South as a place to do business. How does Tampa Bay rate when it comes to job creation, salaries and affordable/attainable housing? We'll get answers and analysis from local experts.
WUSF's Florida Stories air on 89.7 and on 89.7-2 each Friday afternoon at 5:30 during All Things Considered with host Susan Giles Wantuck. The stories are as different as the individuals telling them. Many speak of life's great joys or sorrows. Some relate long-lost memories from a shared past. A few predict the future with optimism and hope. All are told with a passion and love that carries a universal message about the significance of relationships among friends and family. Here are highlights from the Florida Stories aired through March 3.
Music credits: Forty Fingers by Pullman, Viewfinder, Thrill Jockey Records
Education and Insurance are among the hot topics state lawmakers will be tackling as they begin the next legislative session on March 7th. From school vouchers and overcrowded classrooms to higher insurance premiums and a bailout of Citizen's Insurance; we'll take a look at the issues that will take center stage in Tallahassee.
Tampa native Frank Sanchez interviews his mother, Delia, about her pioneering days, first as a female college student at a time when few women entered the nation's universities and later as the founder of Hillsborough County's Head Start program in the mid-1960s. Delia is well-known in Florida, particularly in West Tampa, for her leadership roles in education. Frank, a private consultant conducting business in Latin America and Europe, served as an adviser in the Clinton administration.
Music credits: Link Track by Fugazi, Instrument soundtrack album, Dischord Records
Florida wildlife artist Ernest C. Simmons talks with his fishing buddy, Joe Mercurio, about his obsession for detail and technique in painting Florida birds and outdoor scenery. The Dunedin resident and gallery owner depicts blue herons, anhingas, pelicans and common seabirds like no one else in the world. Some compare his work to that of John James Audubon.
Music credits: Run Through the Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle, vol. 1, Fantasy Records
We'll talk to local leaders about the progress made and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. WUSF explores issues ranging from education to community development to gay marriage and today's African-American family. It's a conversation everyone in Tampa Bay needs to hear.
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
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
We'll talk to local leaders about the progress made and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. We'll explore 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.
Ruby Williams is a Florida folk artist familiar to those who travel east of Brandon on S.R. 60, where her artwork dangles from every hook and within every cranny at her family's fruit & vegetable stand. Her friend, Kathy Gibson of Tampa, owns ArtHouse3, an agency that finds good homes for regional folk and contemporary art in galleries, private offices and private homes. Kathy helps Ruby display and sell her art.
Music credits: Beatitudes (traditional) with arrangement by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Selections 1976-1988, Flying Fish Records
Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson are third-generation Floridians from a large, extended family that settled in Tampa, Bradenton, New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach. Each generation has served in the community as volunteers and community activists beyond their varied professions of farmers, tailors, insurance salesmen and running a variety of businesses. James' mother, HalliqueRogers, a much loved dental hygienist, taught her children to be community-oriented “people servants.'' “It's part of our genetic strain,'' says James.
Music credits: Testifyin' by Benny Green, Who It Is You Are, Savoy Records
The bitter division over the care of Terry Schiavo exploded from the confines of her family onto the national and global stage. The case touched politics, law, medicine, the media and the court of public opinion.
It's been almost a year since Schiavo died, and over 30 years since our society first started struggling with making rules on dying. How far have we come? And did the Schiavo case help us reach consensus, or just muddy the waters? We'll try to better understand the state of end-of-life care.
WUSF's Scott Nolan interviews his mother, Marilyn, about his sister, Renee. Renee died from complications of a brain tumor that developed when she was a college student. Celebrate Renee's life and learn how much joy she brought to her family and friends. The story was captured during StoryCorps' visit to Florida in January.
Music credits: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, Abbey Road, Capitol Records
This past year, we had weeks on end of spoiled beaches and fish kills. Local businesses suffered, too. Hotels, restaurants, fishermen and retail stores felt the economic impact of red tide.
The situation has left many wondering whether red tide worsening and if that's the case, then why? What needs to be done to deal with red tide in the next five to ten years? Do we need to change the way we do business in coastal Florida, based on what we saw in 2005? Those are just some of the questions we asked our guests.
It seems like everywhere you turn, there's an ad for the federal government's new prescription drug plan. And with the advertising blitz, comes many questions: What exactly is Medicare Plan D? Who qualifies for this plan? How much does it cost? Do I need to sign up for coverage? How do I sign up? What's the best option for me?
We'll go beyond the hype, and cut through the red tape to answer those concerns on the next Florida Matters.
On the next edition of Florida Matters: from Schiavo to hurricanes, outrageous gas prices to a wild real estate market; we'll take a look at the top stories that impacted Tampa Bay and West Central Florida in 2005.
Despite two very active hurricane seasons, the Tampa Bay area has yet to suffer from a direct hit. Emergency Operations Center (EOC) directors Chuck Johnston, Ed McCrane, and Gary Vickers discuss how prepared the region will be when the big storm strikes our area.