Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Preview (March 3, 2014)
Before the Florida legislative session starts March 4, we're bringing you previews of some of the issues facing lawmakers this year:
In-state tuition for student veterans
Questions about Common Core standards
Resort style casinos...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - Alex Sink (February 21, 2014)
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades.
A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.
This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Democratic candidate Alex Sink. Last week, our...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - David Jolly (February 21, 2014)
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades.
A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.
This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Republican candidate David Jolly. Next week,...
Lowering the Drinking Age (February 11, 2014)
More than 100 college and university presidents around the country have signed on to the Amethyst Initiative, a call for national discussion about underage alcohol use. The list includes the presidents of big-name schools like Ohio State University...
Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care (February 5, 2014)
Baby boomers have seen it coming for quite some time -- retirement, senior living and senior survival.
Experts say most of us begin planning too late for the help we might need as we get older.
We take a look at long-term care, including...
Florida Matters: Income Inequality (January 29, 2014)
Democrats and Republicans have been going back and forth over income inequality for years and years.
President Obama brought up income inequality, also known as the gap between the rich and the poor, during his State of the Union address....
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,...