Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Florida Matters News Roundtable: The Latest In State Politics And Pulse Two Years Later
State politicians are jockeying for position before the August primaries. Pulse nightclub first responders are still struggling with PTSD more than two years after the mass shooting that killed 49 people. We take a deeper dive into these stories on...
Florida Matters: Life After The Parkland Shooting
Seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland recently celebrated graduation, but they had to do so while still dealing with the trauma from the February mass shooting. This week on Florida Matters, we meet one of the graduates and...
Florida Matters: 2018 Hurricane Season
This week on Florida Matters we talk to weather experts and hear stories about how communities across the state are preparing for the 2018 hurricane season. The season kicked off on June 1, and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Health Care Town Hall
While across the nation the cultural and political tug-of-war over health care rages on, locally, healers keep on healing. But providing care for people can get complicated when they don’t have health insurance. Florida Matters recently hosted a...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: Politics, Opioid Lawsuit, Mosaic Relocation & More
Florida sues the nation’s biggest drug makers, political battles heat up and Hillsborough attracts a Fortune 500 company headquarters. Those are just some of the latest state news stories we’ll discuss with reporters on this month’s edition of our...
Florida Matters: Navigating The Medical Marijuana Industry
More and more Floridians every week are signing up for access to medical marijuana, and with over 100,000 patients already on the registry, there is clearly money to be made. This week on Florida Matters we talk with people who work in the business...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is never at a loss for words or opinions on criminal behavior. He has recently played a major role in the response to the school shooting in Parkland. This week on Florida Matters, we talk with Sheriff Judd as part of...
Florida Matters: BRT In Tampa Bay
Taxpayers in Tampa Bay have never given the “green light” to a transit rail system, but maybe fast, cheap buses will prove more popular. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the proposed 41-mile regional bus rapid transit system that...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: CRC Bundling, Medical Marijuana And Political Races
This week on Florida Matters we'll talk about some of the latest news impacting our state during another edition of our monthly reporters’ roundtable. Our guests include longtime political reporter William March and Tampa Bay Times health reporter...
Florida Matters: Birding In Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Area is a mecca for bird-watchers year round. But spring is particularly special, when Florida’s native species are joined by large numbers of other birds migrating north. This week on Florida Matters we’ll learn about our region’s...
Florida Matters: The Changing State Of Retail
Shopping as we know it is changing fast. Big box stores are vanishing; Amazon is going bricks and mortar. What does it all mean for the health of our local economy? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about how the retail industry is adapting...
Florida Matters: Florida Wildlife Corridor 2018 Expedition
This week on Florida Matters we meet explorers with the Florida Wildlife Corridor and discuss their upcoming expedition which gets underway later this month. The team has trekked through scrub, swamp and forest from one end of the state to the other...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: 2018 Legislative Debrief
This week on Florida Matters we're talking about some of the key takeaways from the 2018 legislative session. We break down parts of the state budget as well as measures on school safety, gun control and opioid prescriptions. We also debate the...
Florida Matters: School Violence Town Hall
The deadly high school shooting in Parkland has people across the nation talking about how to make schools safer. Dozens of Tampa Bay residents and community leaders shared their thoughts on the issue at a recent town hall hosted by the Tampa Bay...
Florida Matters: Online Learning In High School
This week on Florida Matters we debate the pros and cons of online learning in high school with a panel of experts and with comments our listeners submitted about their experience with virtual education. Every public high school student in the state...
Florida Matters: Cultural Tourism In Tampa Bay
Florida Matters recently moderated a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs called "Arts Mecca: International Cultural Tourism in the Sunshine City." We talked with experts about how to draw culture-lovers from around the...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: Parkland Shooting, Sarasota Election & More
This week on Florida Matters we’re hosting another edition of our monthly news roundtable. We talk with a panel of journalists about some of the major news stories impacting our state, including last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Solar Power In The Sunshine State
This is the Sunshine State, so doesn’t solar power make sense? Then why does it only make up a tiny fraction of Florida’s electricity output? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and prognosis of solar energy in the state. A...
Florida Matters: Health Care For The Uninsured
While across the nation the cultural and political tug-of-war over health care rages on, locally, healers keep on healing. But providing care for people can get complicated when they don’t have health insurance. Florida Matters recently hosted a...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman
This week on Florida Matters we visit the office of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to talk about his second term in office, which began about a month ago. WUSF closely followed the St. Pete mayoral race, which Kriseman won last November against...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: 2018 Legislative Session
The state’s lawmakers are hard at work in Tallahassee as the 2018 legislative session continues. This week on the latest edition of our monthly Florida Matters news roundtable series we’re talking about some of their priorities and how they could...
Florida Matters: One City, One Weekend, Two Major Events
Tampa is going to be a rather busy city on the weekend of Jan. 27-28. The city will host the 2018 National Hockey League All-Star Game during one of Tampa's biggest annual events, Gasparilla Pirate Festival. This week on Florida Matters we’re...
Florida Matters: Gov. Scott's Final State Of The State Address
Gov. Rick Scott delivered his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session. Florida Matters brought you live coverage and analysis of his speech, and this week we’re featuring highlights from...
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Progress Village Part 2
Last week we shined a light on the historic neighborhood Progress Village and this week on Florida Matters its story continues. In the second half of our special two-part series Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Progress Village we hear more residents of...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: 2017's Top Stories
Massive hurricanes, corrupt politicians and the tragic death of a famous manatee – there was a lot of big news in Florida this year. This week on Florida Matters we talk with local journalists about some of 2017’s top local stories. Our guests are:...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Ethnic Newspapers In Tampa Bay
One of the area's leading African American family-owned newspapers, The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Tampa's preeminent Hispanic newspaper, La Gaceta, is approaching 100 years. This week on Florida...
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Progress Village Part 1
Progress Village was Tampa's first affordable housing suburb, and this week on Florida Matters we'll hear its story. WUSF launched an ongoing series in 2015 called Telling Tampa Bay Stories that highlights neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area and the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food As Muse
Sometimes when something is as universal, necessary and mundane as eating, it's hard to make "food" sound special. But not for the people on this Florida Matters. WUSF has been talking to people who communicate their passion about food in...
Florida Matters: Live Music Tour Of Tampa Bay
Throughout this past year, members of WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR have been highlighting live music that makes the Tampa Bay Area a little more special as part of our ongoing Art Populi series. This week on Florida Matters we hear some of those...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: The Puerto Rican Migration
More than two months after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, thousands are still fleeing the island and many are coming to Florida. This week on Florida Matters we'll discuss the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to Florida during the latest...
Florida Matters: Solar Power In The Sunshine State
This is the Sunshine State, so doesn’t solar power make sense? Then why does it only make up a tiny fraction of Florida’s electricity output? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and prognosis of solar energy in the state. A...
Florida Matters: 2017 Festival Of Reading
Books, music, authors, food -- it's time for the 25th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. This week on Florida Matters we're talking with three of the authors that will be featured in the event, held Saturday November 11 at the University of...
Florida Matters: Shining Light On The Power Grid
Florida’s power companies have invested billions and billions of dollars to harden the electrical grid since the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. Could you tell? If you lost power after Hurricane Irma – and 6.5 million homes did – it may have been hard...
Florida Matters: Promoting Bipartisanship
Bipartisanship in Washington -- or lack thereof -- and what Florida voters can do about it. That's what two former Congressman are talking about in a series of town halls around the state. Former Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy have...
Florida Matters: Ethnic Newspapers In Tampa Bay
One of the area's leading African American family-owned newspapers, The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Tampa's preeminent Hispanic newspaper, La Gaceta, is approaching 100 years. This week on Florida...
Florida Matters Reporters Roundtable: Hurricane Irma
We're starting something new on Florida Matters. Once a month we're going to gather together some experienced reporters from around the state for perspective on the important news happening in Florida. This week we're talking about the consequences...
Florida Matters: After Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma was the strongest storm to hit Florida in 12 years, and it impacted nearly the entire state -- from wind damage and storm surge, to evacuations, gas shortages and of course the loss of power for millions. Our partner station in Miami...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Beach Renourishment
Communities across Florida are preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, and one natural line of defense we have is the state’s beaches. But not all beaches are equally suited to protect us, thanks to past storm damage, coastal...
Florida Matters: 2017 World Rowing Championships
For the first time in over 20 years, the World Rowing Championships will return to the U.S. next month in Sarasota-Bradenton. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the sport of rowing and what it means to host the championships in the...
Florida Matters: The Sinkhole State
Imagine leaving for work in the morning and finding out a few hours later that your home and every possession within it has been swallowed by the earth. Sinkholes in Florida make that a real possibility. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking...
Florida Matters: Staycations In Tampa Bay
Summer is in full swing and for those who can't get out of town, a staycation can make all the difference. This week on Florida Matters we're taking a look at some ways to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and have some fun in the Tampa Bay Area...
Florida Matters: The State Of Florida Tourism
Tourism brought in an estimated $109 billion a year to Florida at last count. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at the current state of Florida’s number one industry. You may have heard about the tug-of-war during the last legislative...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Race
Voters will soon pick the leader of one our state's largest cities -- St. Petersburg. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about how the mayoral race is shaping up, and what's at stake in its outcome. The mayor's office is technically...
Florida Matters: Foster Care In The Suncoast Region
There's been a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes in the Tampa Bay Area over the past few years. And foster care agencies are struggling to keep up with the influx. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise In The Sunshine State
Many scientists say sea level rise in Florida is accelerating. How is that affecting coastal communities now, and what can residents and elected officials do to brace themselves for future change? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Libraries In The 21st Century
There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape? This week on Florida Matters we...
Florida Matters: The Impact Of Veteran Suicide Part 2
The U.S. has seen an increased rate of suicide among its veterans, and those deaths can change the lives of family and friends forever. This week on Florida Matters, our special two-part program on veteran suicide and the impact it can have on...
Florida Matters: Veteran Suicide Part 1
Our country asks a lot of its military members, most recently during the many years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The multiple deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn have taken their toll...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food Insecurity Town Hall
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study as having the country's second...
Florida Matters: Zika In 2017
Summer is upon us and that means more of the bugs that made international headlines last year – mosquitos. What progress has been made in the fight against the Zika virus? Can we cure Zika, or prevent it? And what can residents do to help? This week...

 

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