Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like A Tourist Part II (December 9, 2014)
From getting up close to alligators to ice skating under palm trees and exploring museums, we are being tourists around Tampa Bay. We visit Circle B Reserve in Lakeland, explore the city of Dunedin, visit The Ringling in Sarasota, go ice skating in...
Florida Matters: Daughters for Life Scholars (December 2, 2014)
This fall, New College of Florida welcomed its inaugural class of Daughters for Life Scholars. The five women from Middle Eastern countries were given full scholarships from the Daughters for Life Foundation, which was created by a doctor in honor...
Florida Matters: Food Traditions (November 26, 2014)
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...
Florida Matters: Veterans Coming Home (November 19, 2014)
The transition from military service to civilian life can be full of challenges. As part of our Veterans Coming Home project -- made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- we gathered a panel to talk about this...
Florida Matters: Election 2014 Results, Look Ahead to 2016 (November 12, 2014)
Now that we know who won during the 2014 midterm elections, we're looking ahead to 2016. We talk to University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus, and political reporter William March, about who is expected to run in...
Florida Matters: Veterans Open Mic Night (November 7, 2014)
Beyond the battlefield and the barracks, some of Florida’s 1.5 million veterans have had trouble transitioning to civilian life. Yet, there are signs that poetry, art and performance are helping veterans adjust.
With Veterans’ Day approaching...
Florida Matters: 2014 Gubernatorial Debate (October 28, 2014)
When current Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist met Oct. 15 at Broward College in Davie for their second of three debates, the start was delayed over a disagreement about an electric fan that Crist had at his feet. But beyond that drama,...
Florida Matters: Attorney General Debate (October 21, 2014)
Florida's candidates for attorney general met for their first and only debate earlier this month. Incumbent Republican Pam Bondi, Democratic challenger George Sheldon and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer met in the studios of Bay News 9 in...
Florida Matters: A Boom in Backyard Agriculture (October 14, 2014)
More and more these days, farms are coming to the city. Laws have been changing around the state that make it easier for suburban homeowners to dabble in backyard agriculture. We're taking a look at this "do-it-yourself" food movement, from...
Florida Matters: Wrong-Way Crashes (October 7, 2014)
Since February, there have been five fatal wrong-way crashes along Tampa highways that have killed 11 people. Just what is going on? According to transportation experts and law enforcement, alcohol plays a huge role in the fatal wrong-way crashes....
Florida Matters: Greenlight Pinellas (October 1, 2014)
This November, voters will decide the fate of Greenlight Pinellas, which includes a one-cent increase in the county’s sales tax in exchange for a long-term plan for light rail and expanded bus service. We will hear from Barb Haselden of No Tax For...
Florida Matters: How To Be A Savvy Health Consumer (September 25, 2014)
The last time you felt dizzy or experienced an unusual pain, be honest. Did you Google it? Or have you ever read a post on Facebook that got you worried about your health? We have gathered a panel of experts, including Health News Florida editor...
Florida Matters: Aging in Place (September 17, 2014)
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...
Florida Matters: Forum on Amendment 2 (September 11, 2014)
This November, voters in Florida will decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Recently, the The Ledger of Lakeland hosted a forum on Amendment 2, featuring Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Orlando attorney John Morgan. We bring you...
Florida Matters: Ira Glass (September 5, 2014)
Ira Glass, the host and creator of This American Life, will be in town Sept. 13 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.”
On Florida Matters this week, he talks one-on-one with WUSF’s Craig...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (August 26, 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: Roller Coasters (August 19, 2014)
Ever wonder exactly what happens to your body when you're on a roller coaster? We are taking you along for the ride at Busch Gardens in Tampa, and talking to a ride engineer and a doctor about how to keep that adrenaline rush safe. Florida Matters...
Florida Matters: Doctors, Patients and Guns (August 12, 2014)
A federal appeals court recently ruled that a Florida law that restricts what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership is constitutional.
This latest ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous decision that had...
Florida Matters: 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley (August 5, 2014)
On Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, while many in the Tampa Bay area braced for what they thought may be a direct hit, the Category 4 Hurricane Charley took a right turn into Charlotte County and Punta Gorda. A decade later, we go back to just hours after...
Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses (July 30, 2014)
A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have...