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Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

Interviews conducted by the WFLA Radio newsroom in Tampa Florida, with local and national newsmakers. Be sure to follow us!

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May 18, 2022 5 min
After a five-year hiatus, Manatee County-based Feld Entertainment is bringing back the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, this time with no animals and a focus on human performers. We talk with the Circus' producer, Juliette Feld Grossman, about their new entertainment and business model and impact on Florida and the west coast, which has had ties to the circus going back a century.
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Florida's explosive population growth presents challenges for county emergency managers as they juggle the potential need for new shelters. We discuss this and other issues with Pinellas Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins.
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Retail chains are rationing baby formula as a nationwide shortage worsens. Dr. Rachel Dawkins, medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic in the Department of pediatric medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, talks about alternatives for parents of babies.
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Dr Eugenie Clark was born 100 years ago Wednesday (May 4th). She was a marine scientist and ichthyologist who became known as the "Shark Lady" for her discoveries that changed public perception of sharks, and became the scientific founding figure of what is now Mote Marine Lab. The U.S. Postal Service is honoring her with a stamp. We speak with Mote CEO Dr. Michael Crosby about Clark's life and work.
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Monday night, a leaked draft, now confirmed as authentic, of at least a U-S Supreme Court
opinion in what's become knows as the Dobbs case, seems to indicate that a majority of justices are ready to overturn the 1973 Roe versus Wade ruling and its successor, the 1992 Planned Parenthood versus Casey decision, on abortion. We have Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Christian pro-life legal group, here to react ...
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April 26, 2022 8 min
Inflation is cutting into Floridians' ability to pay bills, buy groceries, and plan for vacations and other discretionary spending. How bad is it and who (or what) gets the blame? We speak with Christina Stevens about a recent survey by the University of South Florida.
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More than 200,000 Floridians got missed in the 2020 Census. That affects how much Florida gets back in federal dollars that we send to DC, and how much data planners have for roads, schools and businesses. Florida Taxwatch is launching a Census Institute to help close the data gap. We speak with FTW economist Jonathan Guarine.
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For Earth Day, Saint Leo University in Florida took a poll and found Americans and Floridians are less concerned about climate change than in previous years. Is it because of polarization, high gas prices, or concern fatigue? We speak with Saint Leo pollster Frank Orlando.
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State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo is out with new guidelines recommending against gender reassignment treatments for those under 18. We get reaction from Brandon Wolf of the group Equality Florida.
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Governor DeSantis says he'll call a special session on homeowners insurance. We speak with state senator Jeff Brandes, who was polling lawmakers to get the Legislature to call one on its own. Brandes says no problem in Florida overshadows the insurance crisis.
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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Dale Dalbey with Synergy Home Care talks about the challenges faced by caregivers as the disease progresses.
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The University of South Florida surveyed about 600 Floridians during early April for their views on Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeSantis and President Biden. We speak with pollsters Stephen Neely and Christina Stevens.
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It's 100 days since Family Support Services took over child and foster services in Pinellas and Pasco counties. We speak with CEO Jenn Petion on how things are going, and how they're doing with hiring and other issues.
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April 7, 2022 10 min
The Rays open their season Friday (8th) hosting Baltimore. Chief Business Officer Bill Walsh talks about the team's promotions and concessions at Tropicana Field this year.
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The weekend of April 2-3 is one of two weekends a year that people are allowed to fish license-free in Florida freshwater. We speak with John Cimbaro, a fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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After a three year break due to COVID, Tampa is bringing back the River O Green Fest and dyeing the Hillsborough to celebrate St Patrick's Day. It's delayed one day to Sunday (13) because of stormy weather forecast Saturday. Gordon Byrd speaks with Ashly Anderson of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.
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We lose an hour when Daylight Saving Time returns March 13th, and losing an hour of sleep in the morning turns Spring Forward into Fall Forward for many. Dr. Fareeha Hussaini of USF Health talks about how to keep from losing sleep over DST.
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March 4, 2022 5 min
Nikki Austin speaks about the Skyway 10K run across the Sunshine Skyway over Tampa Bay Sunday (March 6th), benefitting the Armed Forces Family Foundation.
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Operation Dynamo, a nonprofit based in Tampa, has assembled a team including many veterans and intelligence experts to get Americans and others out of Ukraine. Spokesman James Judge gives us an update.
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March 2, 2022 8 min
Several members of Congress have signed a letter asking President Biden to grant Temporary Protected Status to individuals from Ukraine who are in this country undocumented or illegally. We speak with Florida immigration attorney Renata Castro about what this means.
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