Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Political Issues (October 21, 2016)
The upcoming elections are widely viewed as pivotal for the direction of this state, and the country. People are concerned about issues like gun control,  education, or paying for their health care.[Photo:http://bit....
Florida Matters: Crist-Jolly Debate (October 11, 2016)
Congressional District 13 has been redrawn to include much of Democratic-leaning St. Petersburg. That was enough to persuade Republican David Jolly - who has held the seat since 2014, after the death of longtime Congressman C.W. Bill Young - to run...
Florida Matters: Public Art Around Tampa Bay (October 4, 2016)
It might be that big beautiful mural you pass on the way to work. Or the bike rack that looks like a sculpture.  Public art is all around us in Tampa Bay. When you walk around your community, are you getting a sense of vibrancy and creativity? If so...
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends (September 28, 2016)
A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard.  This "edible...
Florida Matters: U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary John Kirby (September 26, 2016)
Assistant Secretary of State and Department Spokesman John Kirby grew up in St. Petersburg, and graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic High School and the University of South Florida. He's been an instructor at the Naval Academy, principal spokesman...
FL Matters: Florida's Roadside Attractions (September 19, 2016)
Long before Florida was known for Mickey Mouse and Disney World, it was a vacation destination defined by its beaches and other attractions that drew on the state's natural beauty. Spots like Silver Springs and Cypress Gardens -- and a variety of...
Florida Matters: How Brexit Could Affect Florida Business (August 31, 2016)
British tourists love to visit Florida! When people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, it sent ripples surging across the pond. With about 1.7 million British visitors per year, and hundreds of thousands of British homeowners...
Florida Matters: Reading, Writing, 'Rithmatic and... Litigation: A New School Year Begins (August 23, 2016)
Schools in Florida have a lot to deal with. A massive new federal education law looms on the horizon. Parents are suing over standardized testing  and the NAACP is suing over vouchers for private school. To help us sort out the issues, we speak to...
Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's "Oh, Florida!" (August 16, 2016)
Oh, Florida! On the one hand, a white sands, warm winter paradise. On the other hand -- alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes...you get the idea! Author Craig Pittman explores the irony of the Sunshine State in his new book: "Oh, Florida!: How...
Florida Matters: Zika In Florida (August 10, 2016)
The Zika virus, which has been linked to the birth defect, microcephaly, is now in Florida. That development has taken concern over the mosquito-borne disease to a new level. Our panel includes: Dr. Vilma Vega, a Sarasota-based infectious disease...
Florida Matters: The "Farm Fresh" Fraud (August 2, 2016)
"Locally-grown," "farm-to-table," and "pasture-raised" are the new buzzwords in the food culture, and restaurants are rushing to meet the demand. But one reporter says that at many Tampa Bay area restaurants we're being -- as she writes -- "fed...
Florida Matters: Fictional Florida (July 20, 2016)
A state that has places like Little Havana, Key West,  Disney World and the “Redneck Riviera" is just begging to be written about in fiction. We're talking about the way Florida has been depicted in recent years. What can fiction capture that other...
Florida Matters: Nurturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay (July 13, 2016)
The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay. The Merriam-Webster...
Florida Matters: Share Your Florida Roadside Attraction Memories (July 7, 2016)
It’s the height of summer and there’s no better time to share your memories of Florida's roadside attractions. This week, WUSF’s Florida Matters is taking a look at some classic places that don’t fit the definition of modern theme parks. And it’s...
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends (June 29, 2016)
A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard.  This "edible...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Rays President Brian Auld (June 22, 2016)
Imagine a baseball park that is free and open to the public when no games are scheduled. Imagine real grass but with a roof to shield you from Florida’s frequent rain storms. Those are just a few of the ideas and innovations Tampa Bay Rays President...
Florida Matters: The Orlando Nightclub Massacre (June 15, 2016)
The shooter in the Orlando mass murder was Omar Mateen, a US citizen and practicing Muslim, who professed his allegiance to ISIS during his attack on the gay nightclub. Florida Matters Host Robin Sussingham talks with Retired Army Colonel Derek...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: House Speaker Designee Richard Corcoran (June 8, 2016)
Florida's Legislature has a new House Speaker. Starting in November, Land O' Lakes Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran will preside over the state House of Representatives. This week on Florida Matters, (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.),...
Florida Matters: A Look At The 2016 Hurricane Season (June 1, 2016)
Florida Matters takes a look at the 2016 Hurricane season Coming into the 2016 Hurricane Season, Florida has been on something of a lucky streak. It’s been 11 years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state but experts say this could be one...

 

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