Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

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...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Dr. Susan MacManus and Florida's Minority Trailblazers
She’s one of the most sought-after political analysts in Florida and the nation, and she has a new book out, "Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women who Changed the Face of Florida Government.” Our latest Florida Matters “Newsmaker” is...
Florida Matters: 2017 Hurricane Season Preview
It’s that time of year again, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at how various areas of the state are preparing for hurricane season, and at some new changes in storm response efforts. We...
Florida Matters: Beach Renourishment
It costs a lot of money to keep Florida’s beaches “postcard ready.” How much sand is on your favorite beach? In some cases, not quite enough. his past spring, Pinellas County State Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Kathleen Peters sponsored...
Florida Matters: How Wildfires Impact Our State
State officials say Florida is having one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the impact these fires have on the state's environment and economy, and whether there's an end in sight for this dry...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Roundup
It took them three days longer than it was supposed to, but Florida lawmakers have finally passed a new state budget. This week on Florida Matters we’ll take a look at what’s in the $83 billion spending plan along with a few other issues decided...
Florida Matters: 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: LGBT Issues
The Trump administration says bathroom use policies regarding gender are best left at the local level, while state lawmakers are considering new workplace protections aimed at the LGBT community. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Food Insecurity In Polk County
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: The Phosphate Industry
Phosphate mining and production takes a heavy toll on the state's environment. But the industry also plays a key role in Florida's economy. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring what phosphate contributes to the state, and at what price. Our...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years. State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck Stories
In 1930, a mother in Kansas spent ten days in the hospital to deliver her baby. Total bill? $66. Well the cost of health care has gone up quite a bit since then -- how can you know how much many medical procedures cost these days? Health News...
Florida Matters: Restoring The Everglades
The Everglades, Florida’s vast fresh water system that starts near Orlando and meanders South, is in trouble. For years environmental advocates and sugar growers have clashed over how to restore the "River of Grass." And billions of dollars in...
Florida Matters: 2017 State of the State
Governor Rick Scott kicked off Florida's 2017 legislative session with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters we're re-broadcasting portions of the governor's speech, which aired live on WUSF 89.7. Some highlights...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview
The azaleas are in bloom -- that means the legislative session in Tallahassee is just around the corner. What’s likely to happen, and how will it affect you? This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring some proposals lawmakers are considering this...
Florida Matters: What's Next For Medical Marijuana
Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? This week on Florida Matters we're exploring the state's rules on medical marijuana...
Florida Matters: Surviving Gun Violence
You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live? This week on Florida Matters we're listening to excerpts of the series Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence from WLRN in...
Florida Matters: Saying Goodbye To 'The Greatest Show On Earth'
After 146 years as the "Greatest Show on Earth," the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to take the tent down. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring the history of the circus, its local ties and the...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College
High school seniors are starting to get their final acceptance letters - hopefully - from the colleges of their choice. While they celebrate, parents are trying to figure out how to pay for it all. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about...
Florida Matters: Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters: TBX Debate
Is it time for the Tampa Bay area to create express toll lanes to speed up urban traffic? Or is it a waste of taxpayer money and an affront to historic neighborhoods? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the transportation plan known as...
Florida Matters: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years.  State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Nuturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay
The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay. The Merriam-Webster...
Florida Matters: Top News Stories of 2016
As 2016 winds down, we’re taking another listen to some of the best news stories we discussed on Florida Matters throughout the year. Our “Year in Review” begins with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January. We...
Florida Matters: 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 Re-Broadcast: Growing Up Jewish In Polk County
WUSF’s Robin Sussingham recently hosted “Our Jewish Communion: Religious Identity and Growing Up Jewish in Polk County” at Florida Southern College in Lakeland to discuss what it was like to come of age in a predominantly Christian region. This week...
Florida Matters: Social Media, "Fake News" and Politics
We explore how the 2016 presidential election was affected by social media, fake news and fact checking, and discuss the new face of journalism and its effect on our political system. In this show, taped in front of a live audience at the WUSF...
Florida Matters: Exploring A Trump Presidency In The Sunshine State (Decision Florida)
Florida helped propel Donald Trump to his historic presidential win.  Record voter turnout in South Florida -- and the Democratic votes that came with it -- were not enough to hold off a surge of voters for Trump almost everywhere else.  Hispanics...
Florida Matters: The Politically Crucial I-4 Corridor
The I-4 corridor is considered vital to the presidential election -- the swing region in the swing state. Teaming up with NPR member station WMFE in Orlando, we're taking a trip down I-4, with a look at each county and its politics. We're starting...
Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's "Oh, Florida!"
Oh, Florida! On the one hand, a white sands, warm winter paradise. On the other hand -- alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes...you get the idea! Author Craig Pittman explores the irony of the Sunshine State in his new book: "Oh, Florida!: How...
Florida Matters: Political Issues
The upcoming elections are widely viewed as pivotal for the direction of this state, and the country. People are concerned about issues like gun control,  education, or paying for their health care.[Photo:http://bit.ly/2f07UJM] On today's show, we'...
Florida Matters: Crist-Jolly Debate
Congressional District 13 has been redrawn to include much of Democratic-leaning St. Petersburg. That was enough to persuade Republican David Jolly - who has held the seat since 2014, after the death of longtime Congressman C.W. Bill Young - to run...
Florida Matters: Public Art Around Tampa Bay
It might be that big beautiful mural you pass on the way to work. Or the bike rack that looks like a sculpture.  Public art is all around us in Tampa Bay. When you walk around your community, are you getting a sense of vibrancy and creativity? If so...
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends
A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard.  This "edible...
Florida Matters: U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary John Kirby
Assistant Secretary of State and Department Spokesman John Kirby grew up in St. Petersburg, and graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic High School and the University of South Florida. He's been an instructor at the Naval Academy, principal spokesman...
FL Matters: Florida's Roadside Attractions
Long before Florida was known for Mickey Mouse and Disney World, it was a vacation destination defined by its beaches and other attractions that drew on the state's natural beauty. Spots like Silver Springs and Cypress Gardens -- and a variety of...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck: How Much Does Health Care Really Cost?
Health News Florida, WLRN and WUSF have launched PriceCheck, a reporting project aimed at bringing clarity to the cost of health care in Florida. On today's Florida Matters, we'll get an update on what the PriceCheck team has learned since its...
Florida Matters: How Brexit Could Affect Florida Business
British tourists love to visit Florida! When people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, it sent ripples surging across the pond. With about 1.7 million British visitors per year, and hundreds of thousands of British homeowners...
Florida Matters: Reading, Writing, 'Rithmatic and... Litigation: A New School Year Begins
Schools in Florida have a lot to deal with. A massive new federal education law looms on the horizon. Parents are suing over standardized testing  and the NAACP is suing over vouchers for private school. To help us sort out the issues, we speak to...
Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's "Oh, Florida!"
Oh, Florida! On the one hand, a white sands, warm winter paradise. On the other hand -- alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes...you get the idea! Author Craig Pittman explores the irony of the Sunshine State in his new book: "Oh, Florida!: How...
Florida Matters: Zika In Florida
The Zika virus, which has been linked to the birth defect, microcephaly, is now in Florida. That development has taken concern over the mosquito-borne disease to a new level. Our panel includes: Dr. Vilma Vega, a Sarasota-based infectious disease...
Florida Matters: The "Farm Fresh" Fraud
"Locally-grown," "farm-to-table," and "pasture-raised" are the new buzzwords in the food culture, and restaurants are rushing to meet the demand. But one reporter says that at many Tampa Bay area restaurants we're being -- as she writes -- "fed...
Florida Matters: Fictional Florida
A state that has places like Little Havana, Key West,  Disney World and the “Redneck Riviera" is just begging to be written about in fiction. We're talking about the way Florida has been depicted in recent years. What can fiction capture that other...
Florida Matters: Nurturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay
The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay. The Merriam-Webster...
Florida Matters: Share Your Florida Roadside Attraction Memories
It’s the height of summer and there’s no better time to share your memories of Florida's roadside attractions. This week, WUSF’s Florida Matters is taking a look at some classic places that don’t fit the definition of modern theme parks. And it’s...
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends
A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard.  This "edible...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Rays President Brian Auld
Imagine a baseball park that is free and open to the public when no games are scheduled. Imagine real grass but with a roof to shield you from Florida’s frequent rain storms. Those are just a few of the ideas and innovations Tampa Bay Rays President...

 

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