Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise (April 2, 2013)
What will Florida look like in the next several decades if sea levels continue to rise? Its coastlines would be radically redrawn - with many of our barrier islands under water. That's the opinion of two scientists who were lead authors in several...
Florida Authors (March 27, 2013)
Just ask Ernest Hemmingway or Carl Hiassen – Florida can be a great place to be an author. This week, we talk to three Florida authors about the state that serves as their inspiration:
- Immigration is a hot topic these days, and there’s a new...
Thanking Our Veterans: An Off the Base Special (March 19, 2013)
At WUSF, our project Off the Base brings you the stories of veterans, members of the military and their families. In this special program, reporter Bobbie O'Brien brings us some of their struggles and successes.
Florida Matters: Election Reforms (March 14, 2013)
Floridians waiting six hours to vote and then the state taking four days to count all the ballots - if elections go wrong, how do you make them right?
A political science researcher and distinguished panel of election experts come together to...
Legislative Town Hall 2013 (March 6, 2013)
Florida lawmakers go back to work this week. But before they take their turn, nearly 1,000 Floridians got to have their say during a public forum organized by WLRN and the Miami Herald. As this year's legislative session kicks off, we'll hear...
Florida Matters: Premiere of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Documentary (February 27, 2013)
They kayaked, biked and hiked 1,000 miles in 100 days last year through the heart of natural Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is now ready to show the world what they encountered. On Sunday, March 3, the premiere of their one-hour...
The Dozier School for Boys (February 20, 2013)
The infamous Dozier School for Boys is the stuff of a modern horror story, but tragically, the abuse and misconduct at the Panhandle reform school went on for decades. We’ll hear from victims, family members and a reporter from our area, who helped...
Florida Matters: Curbing Gun Violence (February 20, 2013)
More than 1 million Floridians hold concealed weapons permits. Our panelists discuss Florida's efforts to curb gun violence, from mass killings that grab national headlines, to the much more common violence that happens every day. We'll also meet...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Preview (February 19, 2013)
State lawmakers only have one thing they must do each year and that is to pass a balanced budget. Yet, there are plenty of issues to keep lawmakers busy this year.
Florida Matters offers a preview of the “other” issues lawmakers will tackle...
Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs (February 6, 2013)
Florida has some of the most renowned springs in the world - famed for both their number and the clarity of the water. But ongoing residential development and nutrients flowing into the underground aquifer have combined to cloud the future of the...
Florida Matters: Future of the FCAT (January 31, 2013)
Love it or hate it, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) has reshaped education in our state. Now, it is being replaced by new assessments and something called the “Common Core.” A panel of experts at St. Petersburg College discusses...
The Future of Billboards (January 23, 2013)
St. Petersburg is working on a deal with two major billboard companies to take down 100 old signs in the city and replace them with 10 new digital ones. In Tampa, city officials are finalizing an agreement with the companies to end years of lawsuits...
Florida Matters: Student Veterans and the Post 9-11 GI Bill (January 23, 2013)
Before WWII – college was a dream for most Americans. Then came the GI Bill and almost 8 million veterans got an education.
Now, there’s the Post 9-11 GI Bill signed into law July 2008. It provides benefits to service members who have served...
Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media (January 15, 2013)
He was a familiar face and voice in the 1960s. On Nov. 19, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. At the time of the speech, local resident Clarence Fort was a leader in the NAACP's student chapter. More...
Substance Abuse Among Older Adults (January 9, 2013)
Drug and alcohol abuse is often thought of as a problem among teens and young adults, but experts say that alcoholism and drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions among older adults. And, as the "Baby Boomer" generation starts to reach...
The Last Conversation with Sam Gibbons (January 1, 2013)
Sam Gibbons was re-elected to Congress 16 times, and never lost an election. That came after he parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day in Normandy, during one of the most harrowing invasions of World War II. He was instrumental in getting the...
Best Florida Matters Stories from 2012 (December 25, 2012)
Florida Matters takes a look at our best stories of 2012. The Republicans came to town in August, but Democrats won the day in November. Meanwhile, a group of intrepid environmentalists trekked the length of Florida. We take an in-depth look at why...
Downtown St. Petersburg: The Comeback City (December 21, 2012)
We're talking housing, baseball, the Pier, the creative class and more. This week's show was recorded on location at the Saturday Morning Market -- a downtown St. Pete tradition for 10 years.
Dave Brubeck Remembered (December 11, 2012)
If someone is writing a book on jazz, you can be sure Dave Brubeck will be in it. He was the second jazz artist ever on the cover of Time Magazine, after Louis Armstrong. He is an accomplished pianist and composer, to say the least, but be careful...

 

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