Florida Matters Episode Archives

Best of Florida Matters from 2013 (January 28, 2014)
We're taking another listen to some of our most memorable stories of 2013.
We look at the issue of gun violence in Florida and the popularity of recreational shooting. We talk to people who helped bring the story of the Dozier School for Boys...
Florida Matters: StoryCorps (January 28, 2014)
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...
Syrian Refugee (January 15, 2014)
Last April, Florida Matters brought you the story of University of South Florida student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian American who spent her spring break aiding Syrian refugees on the Syrian-Turkey border.
In this episode of Florida Matters, guest...
Florida Matters: JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary (January 8, 2014)
You may not have known this - unless you're over 55 and have lived in Tampa since the early 1960s - but Tampa was one of the final stops for John F. Kennedy before that fateful ride he took in the presidential convertible in Dallas. He was treated...
Florida Matters: Looking Ahead to 2014 (January 7, 2014)
We're just a few days into 2014, and already Floridians have a lot to talk about. This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at some of the issues that are sure to make headlines this year.
Florida Matters: 2013 Year in Review (December 17, 2013)
It has been quite a year in Florida news, with the George Zimmerman acquittal, the death of political legend C.W. Bill Young, a new mayor in St. Petersburg and candidates gearing up for the governor's race next year. This week on Florida Matters, we...
Florida Matters: Tampa Bay's Foodie Scene (December 11, 2013)
It's that time of year when our waistlines tend to expand. Now that we've put the turkey and cranberry sauce away and are getting ready for those office parties and holiday dinner outings, is there a better time than now to place a spotlight on some...
Adoptions in Florida (December 9, 2013)
When a 15-year-old boy appeared before a church congregation last month, pleading for someone to adopt him, tens of thousands of folks responded. In spite of that, there are hundreds of kids who are not making headlines and still are waiting for...
Citrus Greening: The War to Save Florida's Crop (November 26, 2013)
Citrus greening has now infected every citrus producing county in Florida, and is threatening the survival of Florida's signature crop. It's gotten so bad that the CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual tells homeowners who are thinking of planting an orange...
Florida Matters: Medicaid Expansion Town Hall (November 20, 2013)
Florida has rejected an offer of more than $50 billion over 10 years from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So the question remains: how will health care be funded for more than a million low-income...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Adam Putnam, 'I'm a Conservative, but I'm not angry about it..' (November 13, 2013)
At age 26, he was the youngest member of Congress when he took office in 2001, but after a decade in Washington, Adam Putnam of Polk County said he wanted to leave on his own terms and come back to Florida.
“Nobody wonders now why it was that...
Florida Matters: The End Of Remedial College Classes (November 5, 2013)
Half of Florida students who take the state's college placement exam end up failing at least one section. In the past, those students would have brush up in remedial reading, writing or math courses before starting their college degree.
But a...
Florida Matters: Debate for St. Petersburg Mayor (October 22, 2013)
The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. What to do about the Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. The future of the iconic pier - which now sits shuttered on what is likely the city's most visible...
Florida Matters: Tampa Bay Times Festival Of Reading (October 16, 2013)
Thousands of book lovers flock to the University of South Florida Times Festival of Reading each year. And this year it's expected to be another busy Saturday when the festival returns on October 26th. It features writers such as Edwidge Danticat,...
Florida Matters: Flood Insurance (October 14, 2013)
If you live near the water, you can’t rule out a flood. But a change to a federal law is poised to make living in flood zones a lot more expensive.
A change in the federal flood insurance program took place on Oct. 1. The 2012 Biggert-Waters...
Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana (October 10, 2013)
A group called United for Care is behind the push to get a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the 2014 Florida ballot. The group is chaired by Orlando attorney John Morgan, founder of the law firm Morgan & Morgan, who is...
Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist (September 26, 2013)
You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist?
What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The sweet...
Florida Matters: Living on the Autism Spectrum (September 18, 2013)
How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves?
This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages...
Hunger Relief in Tampa Bay (September 11, 2013)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Food Security in the United States report for 2012 and it revealed almost 15 percent of U.S. households are what it calls food insecure.
Food insecure means at some point during the year, members...
Florida Matters: Nan Rich Makes Her Case to be Governor (September 4, 2013)
Currently, there’s only one Florida Democrat actively campaigning for governor, Nan Rich joins WUSF this week for a special Newsmaker’s edition of Florida Matters.
The former state lawmaker and senate minority leader gives her assessment of...

 

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