Florida Matters Episode Archives

Arts In Manatee County (August 11, 2015)
Sarasota is known around the world for its arts scene. Can Bradenton and Manatee County become a destination for arts and culture? We’re bringing you highlights of a recent Manatee Tiger Bay Club discussion with Dr. Robyn Bell, director of...
The Florida Citrus Industry (August 4, 2015)
Florida's citrus industry is hurting in a big way. The final report of the growing season by the U.S. Department of Agriculture put Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season at 96.7 million boxes, a drop of 4 percent from last year. The bleak...
Homelessness Among Florida's Students (July 28, 2015)
When it comes to children, the definition of homeless includes more children than you may think. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds -- or doubled-up...
Hunting Black Bears (July 21, 2015)
Back in June, state officials decided to allow bear hunting in Florida for the first time in 20 years. The season will open on Oct. 24, and could last for up to a week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the hunt is part of...
Planning for Death (July 14, 2015)
The end-of-life is not the easiest topic to bring up with a loved one, and the experts say many folks just don't do it.  Beginning next year, Medicare plans to pay doctors to do voluntary counseling with patients about end-of-life care. This week on...
The Supreme Court’s Decision On Same-Sex Marriage (July 7, 2015)
Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. What are the impacts of this ruling on Florida’s same-sex couples? And what questions are...
Roller Coasters (June 30, 2015)
The Themed Entertainment Association has just released its list of world's best theme park attendance -- and once again -- Florida has cleaned up. Seven Florida parks are in the Top 20 -- including Tampa's Busch Gardens. A major draw for theme parks...
The Rising Tide Of HIV In Florida (June 23, 2015)
In 2013, Florida had the highest number of newly diagnosed HIV case rates in the nation. All six of the large metropolitan areas in Florida -- including Tampa, Orlando and Miami-Dade -- reported more cases of HIV diagnosis than many states as a...
Preparing For A Hurricane (June 16, 2015)
The Atlantic hurricane outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2015 will be a below-normal season, with six to 11 named storms. Of those storms, three to six could become hurricanes. But experts with NOAA warn that a...
Cuba’s Manatees (June 9, 2015)
To most Floridians, manatees are cute, docile creatures that hang out in crowded springs, and often get too close to boats -- or rather, boats get too close to them. But down on the other side of the Florida Straits, they sometimes end up on someone...
White House Conference On Aging's Regional Forum In Tampa (June 2, 2015)
The next White House Conference on Aging -- which is aimed at finding new ways to improve the lives of older Americans -- will take place July 13 in Washington, D.C. Ahead of that conference, regional forums were held in Boston, Phoenix, Seattle,...
Remembering D-Day (May 26, 2015)
June 6, 2015 will mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. We a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there.  First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry -- who is now 94 and lives in...
Legislative Session Debrief, Look Ahead To Special Session (May 22, 2015)
Lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee on June 1 for a three-week special session. The Florida Legislature was unable to agree on a single balanced budget during the regular session, which the House sent screeching to a halt three days early. The...
Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman (May 12, 2015)
The Tampa Theatre recently hosted "Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman." The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by  was moderated by WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck. This...
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster 35 Years Later (May 5, 2015)
It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in the southbound...
5 Years Later: BP Oil Spill (April 28, 2015)
It was five years ago -- April 20, 2010 -- when BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded, killing 11 workers and began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time it was capped 87 days later, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil were...
Same-Sex Marriage in FL (April 21, 2015)
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015, and to mark the occasion, Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank held a group wedding at a park across the street from the courthouse. The issue is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court this...
Aging in Place (April 14, 2015)
A recent study by Georgetown University finds that an overwhelming majority of baby boomers want to age in place – that is, stay living in their homes as long as possible. But only 1 in 5 of those surveyed said they had any plan to remodel their...
Cuba Forum (April 8, 2015)
In Tampa Bay, ties to Cuba run very deep. In March, federal officials participated in a forum with community leaders in Tampa to discuss what may lie ahead, as some restrictions on travel and trade have been eased under changes announced earlier...
Cancer Town Hall (April 1, 2015)
On April 5, WUSF-TV will air the first part of the new Ken Burns’ documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” Florida Matters hosted a preview of the film and a town hall discussion on cancer, and we're bringing you highlights of the...