Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

The Best of StoryCorps
Last January, a mobile recording booth was set up in an Airstream™ recreation vehicle at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota. It was part of StoryCorps, the national oral history project sponsored by NPR and the Library of Congress. Over a three week...
The Tampa Bay Economic Scorecard
We'll look at how our region competes with other metropolitan areas in the South as a place to do business. How does Tampa Bay rate when it comes to job creation, salaries and affordable/attainable housing? We'll get answers and analysis from local...
Looking Ahead to the 2006 Legislative Session
Education and Insurance are among the hot topics state lawmakers will be tackling as they begin the next legislative session on March 7th. From school vouchers and overcrowded classrooms to higher insurance premiums and a bailout of Citizen's...
Four Decades After Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech, a Reality Check (Part 2)
We'll talk to local leaders about the progress made and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. WUSF explores issues ranging from education to community development to gay marriage and today's African-American family....
Four Decades After Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech, a Reality Check (Part 1)
We'll talk to local leaders about the progress made and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. We'll explore issues ranging from education to politics to the state of today's African American family. It's a...
End-of-Life Care
The bitter division over the care of Terry Schiavo exploded from the confines of her family onto the national and global stage. The case touched politics, law, medicine, the media and the court of public opinion. It's been almost a year since...
Red Tide and the Health of the Gulf of Mexico
This past year, we had weeks on end of spoiled beaches and fish kills. Local businesses suffered, too. Hotels, restaurants, fishermen and retail stores felt the economic impact of red tide. The situation has left many wondering whether red tide...
Making Sense of Medicare Plan D
It seems like everywhere you turn, there's an ad for the federal government's new prescription drug plan. And with the advertising blitz, comes many questions: What exactly is Medicare Plan D? Who qualifies for this plan? How much does it cost? Do I...
The Year 2005 in Review
On the next edition of Florida Matters: from Schiavo to hurricanes, outrageous gas prices to a wild real estate market; we'll take a look at the top stories that impacted Tampa Bay and West Central Florida in 2005.
Early Child Health Care: Are Florida's Children Getting an Early Start?
According to a recent study by the group Covering Kids and Families, one out of every four uninsured children in Florida received no medical care for an entire year. What is being done to make healthcare available to children? And is health...
The Energy Crunch: Lessons Learned from Katrina and Rita
This broadcast will deal with our current gas situation and the possibility of oil drilling off the coast of Florida, along with viable alternatives for energy. We all felt the pinch in our wallets at the local gas station, when the price peaked...
Hurricane Preparedness: Tampa Bay Prepares for the Big Storm
Despite two very active hurricane seasons, the Tampa Bay area has yet to suffer from a direct hit. Emergency Operations Center (EOC) directors Chuck Johnston, Ed McCrane, and Gary Vickers discuss how prepared the region will be when the big storm...
Innovation
A bill waiting for the governor's signature would give water-permit approval authority to water management district directors instead of appointed boards. It's part of an unrelated bill allowing more Florida-friendly landscaping and was added at the...
Session Preview: "The Budget"
The state's 60-day legislative session has begun, and the item on everyone's mind is the budget. Facing an estimated $6 billion deficit in the 2009-2010 spending plan set to take effect in July, lawmakers must make cuts in state expenses only a few...
Trade With Cuba
This week, President Obama signed a bill to fund the federal government through September. Tucked into the bill are provisions to loosen travel restrictions to Cuba for people with family on the island, and possible changes in US policy toward Cuba...
Spurring (Economic) Growth
A new law significantly changes how the state handles growth. Business groups and developers say relaxing some of the requirements for new construction will jumpstart work and boost the state's economy, while some local governments and...
Florida's International Culture
If you have not sat through one, you have heard about them: diversity training. Corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions all offer the classes. But do the sessions foster greater understanding among people of different cultural...
What's Going On in the Region's Housing Market?
Is this real estate bubble going to burst? Are speculators driving property prices? Can the average Floridian really find affordable housing? We'll talk to several local experts to find the answers to these questions this week on Florida Matters.
Can We Pave Our Way Out of Gridlock?
On the next edition of Florida Matters: Can we pave our way out of Gridlock? To answer that question, we went to the experts, local and state decision makers who are in the know regarding Tampa Bay's transportation issues.
Education in Florida
The Pinellas School District and Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox experienced a challenging year. The district has faced issues ranging from the academic achievement gap between whites and minority students to the highly publicized problems of...

 

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