StoryCorps® Tampa Bay Episode Archives
"Is it Hard Getting Old?" (July 24, 2015)
This installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay is the final one of the series that started in May 2014. As we sunset this vast collection of local stories, what more appropriate conversation to have is there than one about aging? John Hoopes asks his dad...
Reflections (July 17, 2015)
Kyesha Robinson asks her mother, Rene Robinson-Flowers about her childhood-- being a St. Petersburg native. She also asks her mother what it was like to go through school during the start of integration. ...
Ageless Friends (July 10, 2015)
Friends Patricia Bailey and Norris Comer talk about their friendship transcending generational barriers—there’s almost 50 years of age difference between them. They tell us the story of how they met and what they think of the other.
StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Childhood Innocence (July 5, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Cora Royal tells her friend Clarice Pennington about her childhood—her favorite memory and the experience of segregation in St. Petersburg.
StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Escape (June 28, 2015)
In this installment, we hear from mother and daughter, Lucia and Alma Ayala, about the day Lucia decided to leave her abusive husband and travel with four little kids from Connecticut to Miami, Florida. Alma shares with her mom what that trip was...
Sacrifices (June 19, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Michael and Amy Facundo tell the story of how they met at a high school football game, and how their love grew out of the sacrifices they’ve had to make for each other.
Humor & Little Things (June 15, 2015)
In this installment, we hear from married couple Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores.They met right before Ben went into the military. They kept in contact and fell in love through a year of letter-writing. They’re still together after 31 years and...
Gradual Love (June 8, 2015)
In this installment, Ann Roberts asks her mother, Doris Bowen about her late husband and Ann’s father—Jim Elmer Bowen. Bowen talks about her late husband in terms of gradual love, high blood pressure and motorcycle adventures.
Fighting For the Underdogs (May 25, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Cory Adler and Alizza Punzalan-Randle talk about diversity. Punzalan-Randle is Filipino-American and she shares one particular incident where she had to come to terms with what that meant.
Classroom Lessons (May 16, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Gail Diederich tells us about one of her early lessons in life. Diederich went on to be a school teacher but she learned a lesson about compassion when she was just a student in the first grade.
Brothers & Buddies (May 7, 2015)
In this installment, brothers Joshua and Zachary who were 12 and 15 years old last year, respectfully, stopped by the Storycorps booth last year to talk about their childhoods and each of their plans for when they grow up.
Military Life (May 1, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Sheila Rue talks with her mom Beatrice, about her father when he was in the military. Roger Rue was in the Vietnam War in the late 60s and they talk about how being a military family at that time affected...
Coming Home (April 25, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, James Cole tells his wife Renet Cole a few of the happiest moments of his life including the time he returned home from the Vietnam War. Cole could have skipped out on the draft as his younger brother was...
Lost Son (April 18, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Deb and Michael Gilbert talk about their son Sean. Sean died 8 years ago in 2007 from alcohol and drug addiction. Deb and Michael stepped into the storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg and...
The Boy Next Door (April 10, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Roseanne Van Deln Castro along with her husband of 65 years, Albert Castro tell the story of how they met. They waited three years before tying the knot and have been married for 65 years.
A Young Man's Lessons (April 6, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, then-12-year-old Omari Isaiah Booker talks with his grandma, Theresa Lassiter. Omari and Theresa talk about the lessons he’s learned about money management, character, and love.
A Sisters Bond (April 1, 2015)
There is no bond like a bond between sisters. In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Alina Lezcano tells her younger sister, Elaine Lezcano-Perez, about her own unusual entry into this world and what it meant to her 14 years later when her...
Classroom Troubles & Inspirations (April 1, 2015)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, public school teachers and godsisters Dr. Wendell Norton and Izella McCree talk about the differences, similarities, and challenges in education - dating back to their time as students to becoming...
A Sisters Bond (March 27, 2015)
Classroom Troubles & Inspirations (March 20, 2015)