Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: The State Of Florida Tourism (August 9, 2017)
Tourism brought in an estimated $109 billion a year to Florida at last count. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at the current state of Florida’s number one industry. You may have heard about the tug-of-war during the last legislative...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Race (August 2, 2017)
Voters will soon pick the leader of one our state's largest cities -- St. Petersburg. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about how the mayoral race is shaping up, and what's at stake in its outcome. The mayor's office is technically...
Florida Matters: Foster Care In The Suncoast Region (July 26, 2017)
There's been a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes in the Tampa Bay Area over the past few years. And foster care agencies are struggling to keep up with the influx. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise In The Sunshine State (July 20, 2017)
Many scientists say sea level rise in Florida is accelerating. How is that affecting coastal communities now, and what can residents and elected officials do to brace themselves for future change? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Libraries In The 21st Century (July 12, 2017)
There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape? This week on Florida Matters we...
Florida Matters: The Impact Of Veteran Suicide Part 2 (July 4, 2017)
The U.S. has seen an increased rate of suicide among its veterans, and those deaths can change the lives of family and friends forever. This week on Florida Matters, our special two-part program on veteran suicide and the impact it can have on...
Florida Matters: Veteran Suicide Part 1 (June 27, 2017)
Our country asks a lot of its military members, most recently during the many years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The multiple deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn have taken their toll...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food Insecurity Town Hall (June 21, 2017)
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study ...
Florida Matters: Zika In 2017 (June 14, 2017)
Summer is upon us and that means more of the bugs that made international headlines last year – mosquitos. What progress has been made in the fight against the Zika virus? Can we cure Zika, or prevent it? And what can residents do to help? This week...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Dr. Susan MacManus and Florida's Minority Trailblazers (June 6, 2017)
She’s one of the most sought-after political analysts in Florida and the nation, and she has a new book out, "Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women who Changed the Face of Florida Government.” Our latest Florida Matters “Newsmaker” is...
Florida Matters: 2017 Hurricane Season Preview (May 30, 2017)
It’s that time of year again, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at how various areas of the state are preparing for hurricane season, and at some new changes in storm response efforts. We...
Florida Matters: Beach Renourishment (May 24, 2017)
It costs a lot of money to keep Florida’s beaches “postcard ready.” How much sand is on your favorite beach? In some cases, not quite enough. his past spring, Pinellas County State Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Kathleen Peters sponsored...
Florida Matters: How Wildfires Impact Our State (May 18, 2017)
State officials say Florida is having one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the impact these fires have on the state's environment and economy, and whether there's an end in sight for this dry...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Roundup (May 10, 2017)
It took them three days longer than it was supposed to, but Florida lawmakers have finally passed a new state budget. This week on Florida Matters we’ll take a look at what’s in the $83 billion spending plan along with a few other issues decided...
Florida Matters: Libraries In The 21st Century (May 3, 2017)
There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape? This week on Florida Matters we...
Florida Matters: LGBT Issues (April 26, 2017)
The Trump administration says bathroom use policies regarding gender are best left at the local level, while state lawmakers are considering new workplace protections aimed at the LGBT community. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Food Insecurity In Polk County (April 19, 2017)
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study...
Florida Matters: The Phosphate Industry (April 12, 2017)
Phosphate mining and production takes a heavy toll on the state's environment. But the industry also plays a key role in Florida's economy. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring what phosphate contributes to the state, and at what price. Our...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall (April 11, 2017)
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall (April 10, 2017)
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...

 

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