Roller Coasters

Florida Matters: Roller Coasters

The Themed Entertainment Association has just released its list of world's best theme park attendance -- and once again -- Florida has cleaned up. Seven Florida parks are in the Top 20 -- including Tampa's Busch Gardens. A major draw for theme parks are extreme roller coasters.  They get faster every year -- and no park likes to be outdone.  Busch Gardens plans to open Cobra's Curse sometime next year.  We take a look at the physics and engineering of these extreme roller coasters -- and what they do to our insides – with Jeff Hornick, Director of Design and Engineering at Busch Gardens and Dr. Michael Longley, medical director at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, about how to keep that “adrenaline rush” safe.

Medical Director at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel
Director of Design and Engineering at Busch Gardens Tampa

Video Extras

Cheetah Hunt Point of View | Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

Original Broadcast Date: 
06/30/15

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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