Florida Matters Episode Archives

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...
The Fight Against Human Trafficking (April 1, 2015)
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline(1-888-373-7888). The FMC Foundation of Caring and WUSF Public Radio gathered a panel of experts to discuss...
Education Town Hall (March 18, 2015)
This week on Florida Matters, we're bringing you highlights of an education town hall hosted by WUSF at Artz 4 Life Academy in Clearwater on March 10. We check in with a panel of education experts, and we hear from parents in Pinellas County about...
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Session (March 4, 2015)
By law, the only thing the Florida Legislature must do is pass a budget during the 60-day legislative session that is now under way. But lawmakers are working on many other issues, from how to spend money under Amendment One, to expanding the...
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Preview (February 24, 2015)
We’re continuing our preview of the upcoming legislative session. We will take a look at the top legislative priorities for the state Department of Veterans Affairs, including a call to fund two new nursing homes for veterans; testing in Florida...
Florida Matters: Energy in Florida (February 17, 2015)
This week on Florida Matters, we're continuing our preview of the upcoming Florida Legislative session. State lawmakers have filed a half-dozen bills dealing with how your power company operates in Florida. What are the chances that changes are on...
Florida Matters: Amendment One (February 10, 2015)
Back in November, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One, which sets aside millions of dollars for land and water conservation.This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at where exactly that money might go.
The amendment takes effect...
Florida Matters: Mental Health Funding (February 3, 2015)
Florida ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to per capita funding for mental health services in the U.S.
This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at just how that's playing out in Florida, along with the push for more funding --...
Florida Matters: Same-Sex Marriage in FL (January 27, 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...
Florida Matters: Gasparilla Pirate Invasion & Parade (January 20, 2015)
When the famous and infamous Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates invades Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 31, it will be the 100th such procession along Bayshore Boulevard and the streets of downtown Tampa. Many people across the country – and even here in the...
Florida Matters: Identifying the Remains of Dozier Victims (January 14, 2015)
For years, claims of abuse, beatings, rapes and murder of students by staff have come from those who survived the Dozier School for Boys, the now-closed state-run reform school in the Florida Panhandle.
Many families are still wondering what...
Florida Matters: Florida Wildlife Corridor 2015 (January 9, 2015)
Back in 2012, members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team spent 100 days hiking and kayaking through the natural heart of Florida, from the Everglades to the Georgia state line. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the team sets out for round two,...
Clone of Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (December 30, 2014)
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline(1-888-373-7888). The FMC Foundation of Caring and WUSF Public Radio gathered a panel of experts to discuss...
Florida Matters: 2014 Highlights (December 23, 2014)
As we end the year, we're taking a second listen to highlights from our most interesting shows of 2014.
Florida Matters: Year 2 of Enrollment on HealthCare.gov (December 17, 2014)
It's the second year of enrollment for health insurance plans under the federal health law on HealthCare.gov, the website that Floridians, and people in dozens of other states, use to shop for health insurance.
As of Dec. 15, we have passed a...