Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Florida Matters: The Dozier School
The Tampa Bay History Center recently hosted a panel discussion on the now-closed Dozier School for Boys. The reform school in the Florida Panhandle has been known for decades for abuse, torture, and even murder. This week on Florida Matters (...
2016 Legislative Debrief
The Florida legislative session has ended, and this week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what bills passed, what bills died and what it means to Floridians.  
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 Presidential Primary
Voters in Florida are casting early ballots and candidates are holding campaign events across the state ahead of the primary on Tuesday. This week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what's at stake for Florida's voters -- and the candidates.
Rhea Chiles Tribute
Rhea Chiles, the widow of former governor Lawton Chiles, died last November in her home on Anna Maria Island,  at the age of 84. She dedicated her life to improving the lives of children in Florida. The University of South Florida’s College of...
Gun Debate
The members of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club recently debated the issues of guns.  This week on Florida Matters, we feature highlights of the conversation, which was moderated by Manatee Tiger Bay Club President Ben Bakker.
USFSP Students & Presidential Politics
College students in the Road To The White House course at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have just returned from working on the New Hampshire primary. They join us to talk about what it's like to be up close to the candidates and...
Express Toll Lanes Debate
What are the pros and cons of the Tampa Bay Express project, which includes adding express toll lanes on interstates around the Tampa Bay area? This week on Florida Matters, we bring you both sides of the debate. 
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later
It has been 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, were killed. This week on Florida Matters, we'll remember the disaster, and take a look at...
Studying Cuba's Manatees
Florida's population of the iconic manatee has risen in recent years, so much so that federal  wildlife officials say they're no longer endangered, and could be down-listed to threatened by next year.  Cuba has an extensive population of manatees,...
State Of The Bay
The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club recently hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa for a conversation on the “State Of The Bay.” We’re bringing you highlights of the discussion between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Highlights Of 2016 State Of The State
Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2016 Florida legislative session Tuesday morning with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters, we will bring you highlights of Scott’s address, along with part of the Democratic response.
2016 Legislative Preview
The 2016 Florida Legislative session starts Jan. 12, and this week on Florida Matters, we are previewing some of the bills lawmakers are proposing.
2015 Year-End Highlights
As 2015 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at some of the discussions we brought you throughout the year.
Media Trends
How are people consuming news these days -- and how is that changing? We recently welcomed an audience from Leadership Tampa into our studio for a taping of a Florida Matters discussion on media trends with Tampa Bay Business Journal special...
Normalizing Relations With Cuba
The U.S. recently re-opened its embassy in Havana, but controversy over normalization continues. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted a debate on the issue at the historic Centro Asturiano Club in Ybor City. We bring you highlights of the debate between...
Florida Matters: Food Traditions
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...
Health Insurance Changes For 2016
Enrollment is under way for plans on HealthCare.gov for the third year, and consumers are seeing many changes in the plans companies are offering. It’s not unlike what’s happening to employer-based insurance, which is how about half of all Americans...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Disabled Veterans
"Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History" aired in November on PBS stations across the country. On Nov. 5, WUSF hosted a town hall discussion at USF Tampa’s College of Public Health, featuring filmmaker Ric Burns and disabled veteran J....
Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary
Florida is on pace to have nearly as many child deaths this year as it did before the overhaul of its child welfare system last year. In about a quarter of those deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families had prior contact with the...
Newsmaker: MacDill Air Force Base Commander
What role does Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base have at home and abroad? Bobbie O'Brien -- who covers the military for WUSF’s series Off The Base -- goes on the base to talk with Col. Daniel Tulley for a Florida Matters newsmaker special.
Festival of Reading
The 23rd Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg. Ahead of the festival, we meet some of the featured authors, including Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster Dewayne Staats, Florida’s poet laureate Peter Meinke...
Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis
The Florida Orchestra has begun its 48th season, and the orchestra has a new music director. This week on Florida Matters, we feature a newsmaker special with Michael Francis, who has gained a reputation as an international conductor, having been at...
13th U.S. Congressional District Rep. David Jolly
Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was elected to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district in a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in November 2014. This week on Florida Matters, we feature a newsmaker special with Jolly, who is now...
Changing Gears Mid-Career
Why are more and more people starting new careers during their second half of life?  We take a look at the national movement, and the efforts under way in the Tampa Bay area to connect Floridians with meaningful work. We meet a Tampa woman who left...
Heroin In Manatee County
Heroin overdoses are rising most everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in Manatee County. That was the topic at a recent meeting of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club in Bradenton. This week on Florida Matters, we’ll bring you highlights of...
Florida Matters Town Hall: The Rising Tide Of HIV
In 2013, Florida had more new cases of HIV than anywhere else in the nation. When it comes to the presence of HIV in Florida, the state’s six largest metropolitan areas could be states unto themselves.On Tuesday, Sept. 1, we hosted a special town...
Education Town Hall
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...
Exploring Tampa Bay’s Beaches
The Tampa Bay Area has some of the best beaches in the nation, and you likely have your favorite. This week on Florida Matters, we're going to take you on a tour of some of those beaches. We take a look at the stress of parking, hear recollections...
Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano
Big changes are coming to Tampa International Airport, and this week on Florida Matters, we’re bringing you a special newsmaker edition of the show with airport CEO Joe Lopano. One of our burning questions: Is it TPA – or TIA? According to Lopano,...
Arts In Manatee County
Sarasota is known around the world for its arts scene. Can Bradenton and Manatee County become a destination for arts and culture? We’re bringing you highlights of a recent Manatee Tiger Bay Club discussion with Dr. Robyn Bell, director of...
The Florida Citrus Industry
Florida's citrus industry is hurting in a big way. The final report of the growing season by the U.S. Department of Agriculture put Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season at 96.7 million boxes, a drop of 4 percent from last year. The bleak...
Homelessness Among Florida's Students
When it comes to children, the definition of homeless includes more children than you may think. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds -- or doubled-up...
Hunting Black Bears
Back in June, state officials decided to allow bear hunting in Florida for the first time in 20 years. The season will open on Oct. 24, and could last for up to a week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the hunt is part of...
Planning for Death
The end-of-life is not the easiest topic to bring up with a loved one, and the experts say many folks just don't do it.  Beginning next year, Medicare plans to pay doctors to do voluntary counseling with patients about end-of-life care. This week on...
The Supreme Court’s Decision On Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. What are the impacts of this ruling on Florida’s same-sex couples? And what questions are...
Roller Coasters
The Themed Entertainment Association has just released its list of world's best theme park attendance -- and once again -- Florida has cleaned up. Seven Florida parks are in the Top 20 -- including Tampa's Busch Gardens. A major draw for theme parks...
The Rising Tide Of HIV In Florida
In 2013, Florida had the highest number of newly diagnosed HIV case rates in the nation. All six of the large metropolitan areas in Florida -- including Tampa, Orlando and Miami-Dade -- reported more cases of HIV diagnosis than many states as a...
Preparing For A Hurricane
The Atlantic hurricane outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2015 will be a below-normal season, with six to 11 named storms. Of those storms, three to six could become hurricanes. But experts with NOAA warn that a...
Cuba’s Manatees
To most Floridians, manatees are cute, docile creatures that hang out in crowded springs, and often get too close to boats -- or rather, boats get too close to them. But down on the other side of the Florida Straits, they sometimes end up on someone...
White House Conference On Aging's Regional Forum In Tampa
The next White House Conference on Aging -- which is aimed at finding new ways to improve the lives of older Americans -- will take place July 13 in Washington, D.C. Ahead of that conference, regional forums were held in Boston, Phoenix, Seattle,...
Remembering D-Day
June 6, 2015 will mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. We a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there.  First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry -- who is now 94 and lives in...
Legislative Session Debrief, Look Ahead To Special Session
Lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee on June 1 for a three-week special session. The Florida Legislature was unable to agree on a single balanced budget during the regular session, which the House sent screeching to a halt three days early. The...
Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman
The Tampa Theatre recently hosted "Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman." The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by  was moderated by WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck. This...
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster 35 Years Later
It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in the southbound...
5 Years Later: BP Oil Spill
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
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
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
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
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...

 

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