Florida Matters Episode Archives

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...
Newsmaker: MacDill Air Force Base Commander (October 27, 2015)
What role does Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base have at home and abroad? Bobbie O'Brien -- who covers the military for WUSF’s series Off The Base -- goes on the base to talk with Col. Daniel Tulley for a Florida Matters newsmaker special.
Festival of Reading (October 13, 2015)
The 23rd Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg. Ahead of the festival, we meet some of the featured authors, including Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster Dewayne Staats, Florida’s poet laureate Peter Meinke...
Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis (October 6, 2015)
The Florida Orchestra has begun its 48th season, and the orchestra has a new music director. This week on Florida Matters, we feature a newsmaker special with Michael Francis, who has gained a reputation as an international conductor, having been at...
13th U.S. Congressional District Rep. David Jolly (October 6, 2015)
Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was elected to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district in a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in November 2014. This week on Florida Matters, we feature a newsmaker special with Jolly, who is now...
Changing Gears Mid-Career (September 23, 2015)
Why are more and more people starting new careers during their second half of life?  We take a look at the national movement, and the efforts under way in the Tampa Bay area to connect Floridians with meaningful work. We meet a Tampa woman who left...