Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Nuturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay (January 9, 2017)
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: Top News Stories of 2016 (December 21, 2016)
As 2016 winds down, we’re taking another listen to some of the best news stories we discussed on Florida Matters throughout the year. Our “Year in Review” begins with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January. We...
Florida Matters: Food As Muse (December 15, 2016)
Sometimes when something is as universal, necessary and mundane as eating, it's hard to make "food" sound special. But not for the people on this Florida Matters. WUSF has been talking to people who communicate their passion about food in...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Growing Up Jewish In Polk County (December 2, 2016)
WUSF’s Robin Sussingham recently hosted “Our Jewish Communion: Religious Identity and Growing Up Jewish in Polk County” at Florida Southern College in Lakeland to discuss what it was like to come of age in a predominantly Christian region. This week...
Florida Matters: Social Media, "Fake News" and Politics (November 29, 2016)
We explore how the 2016 presidential election was affected by social media, fake news and fact checking, and discuss the new face of journalism and its effect on our political system. In this show, taped in front of a live audience at the WUSF...
Florida Matters: Exploring A Trump Presidency In The Sunshine State (Decision Florida) (November 16, 2016)
Florida helped propel Donald Trump to his historic presidential win.  Record voter turnout in South Florida -- and the Democratic votes that came with it -- were not enough to hold off a surge of voters for Trump almost everywhere else.  Hispanics...
Florida Matters: The Politically Crucial I-4 Corridor (November 1, 2016)
The I-4 corridor is considered vital to the presidential election -- the swing region in the swing state. Teaming up with NPR member station WMFE in Orlando, we're taking a trip down I-4, with a look at each county and its politics. We're starting...
Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's "Oh, Florida!" (October 27, 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: 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...