Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: The Dozier School (April 3, 2016)
The Tampa Bay History Center recently hosted a panel discussion on the now-closed Dozier School for Boys. The reform school in the Florida Panhandle has been known for decades for...
2016 Legislative Debrief (March 25, 2016)
The Florida legislative session has ended, and this week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what bills passed, what bills died and what it means to Floridians.  
Growing Up Jewish In Polk County (March 25, 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 Presidential Primary (March 8, 2016)
Voters in Florida are casting early ballots and candidates are holding campaign events across the state ahead of the primary on Tuesday. This week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what's at stake for Florida's voters -- and the candidates.
Rhea Chiles Tribute (March 1, 2016)
Rhea Chiles, the widow of former governor Lawton Chiles, died last November in her home on Anna Maria Island,  at the age of 84. She dedicated her life to improving the lives of children in Florida. The University of South Florida’s College of...
Gun Debate (February 23, 2016)
The members of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club recently debated the issues of guns.  This week on Florida Matters, we feature highlights of the conversation, which was moderated by Manatee Tiger Bay Club President Ben Bakker.
USFSP Students & Presidential Politics (February 17, 2016)
College students in the Road To The White House course at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have just returned from working on the New Hampshire primary. They join us to talk about what it's like to be up close to the candidates and...
Express Toll Lanes Debate (February 9, 2016)
What are the pros and cons of the Tampa Bay Express project, which includes adding express toll lanes on interstates around the Tampa Bay area? This week on Florida Matters, we bring you both sides of the debate. 
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later (February 2, 2016)
It has been 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, were killed. This week on Florida Matters, we'll remember the disaster, and take a look at...
Studying Cuba's Manatees (February 2, 2016)
Florida's population of the iconic manatee has risen in recent years, so much so that federal  wildlife officials say they're no longer endangered, and could be down-listed to threatened by next year.  Cuba has an extensive population of manatees,...
State Of The Bay (February 2, 2016)
The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club recently hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa for a conversation on the “State Of The Bay.” We’re bringing you highlights of the discussion between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Highlights Of 2016 State Of The State (January 12, 2016)
Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2016 Florida legislative session Tuesday morning with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters, we will bring you highlights of Scott’s address, along with part of the Democratic response.
2016 Legislative Preview (January 7, 2016)
The 2016 Florida Legislative session starts Jan. 12, and this week on Florida Matters, we are previewing some of the bills lawmakers are proposing.
2015 Year-End Highlights (January 7, 2016)
As 2015 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at some of the discussions we brought you throughout the year.
Media Trends (December 16, 2015)
How are people consuming news these days -- and how is that changing? We recently welcomed an audience from Leadership Tampa into our studio for a taping of a Florida Matters discussion on media trends with Tampa Bay Business Journal special...
Normalizing Relations With Cuba (December 2, 2015)
The U.S. recently re-opened its embassy in Havana, but controversy over normalization continues. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted a debate on the issue at the historic Centro Asturiano Club in Ybor City. We bring you highlights of the debate between...
Florida Matters: Food Traditions (November 24, 2015)
During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a look at food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters are...
Health Insurance Changes For 2016 (November 17, 2015)
Enrollment is under way for plans on HealthCare.gov for the third year, and consumers are seeing many changes in the plans companies are offering. It’s not unlike what’s happening to employer-based insurance, which is how about half of all Americans...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Disabled Veterans (November 10, 2015)
"Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History" aired in November on PBS stations across the country. On Nov. 5, WUSF hosted a town hall discussion at USF Tampa’s College of Public Health, featuring filmmaker Ric Burns and disabled veteran J....
Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary (November 3, 2015)
Florida is on pace to have nearly as many child deaths this year as it did before the overhaul of its child welfare system last year. In about a quarter of those deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families had prior contact with the...


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