Florida Matters: StoryCorps

StoryCorps is recording the oral history of people in its MobileBooth, parked in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
In this episode of Florida Matters, we will hear excerpts of some of the conversations that have been recorded so far.
"We ask pairs of people to come together, friends or loved ones, to come together and talk for 40 minutes, to ask each other questions, to have a conversation they might not have on a typical day. And at the end of that 40 minutes they get a CD to take home," said Eliza Bettinger, the site supervisor at the MobileBooth. "And another CD, if they give permission, is archived at the Library of Congress, where we’re creating the largest archive that’s ever been collected of regular Americans, or people living in America. And then also, in addition to that, a few of those interviews are excerpted and played on the radio, either nationally on Morning Edition or locally, with our local radio station partners, like WUSF."
StoryCorps offers tips on how you can make recordings of the people who mean the most in your life at its website.

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

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

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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