Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

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...
The Fight Against Human Trafficking
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...
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...
Florida Matters: FL Wildlife Corridor Update From The Shores of Apalachicola Bay
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Session
By law, the only thing the Florida Legislature must do is pass a budget during the 60-day legislative session that is now under way. But lawmakers are working on many other issues, from how to spend money under Amendment One, to expanding the...
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Preview
We’re continuing our preview of the upcoming legislative session. We will take a look at the top legislative priorities for the state Department of Veterans Affairs, including a call to fund two new nursing homes for veterans; testing in Florida...
Florida Matters: Energy in Florida
This week on Florida Matters, we're continuing our preview of the upcoming Florida Legislative session. State lawmakers have filed a half-dozen bills dealing with how your power company operates in Florida. What are the chances that changes are on...
Florida Matters: Amendment One
Back in November, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One, which sets aside millions of dollars for land and water conservation.This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at where exactly that money might go. The amendment takes effect on...
Florida Matters: Mental Health Funding
Florida ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to per capita funding for mental health services in the U.S. This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at just how that's playing out in Florida, along with the push for more funding -- and...
Florida Matters: 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...
Florida Matters: Gasparilla Pirate Invasion & Parade
When the famous and infamous Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates invades Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 31, it will be the 100th such procession along Bayshore Boulevard and the streets of downtown Tampa. Many people across the country – and even here in the...
Florida Matters: Identifying the Remains of Dozier Victims
For years, claims of abuse, beatings, rapes and murder of students by staff have come from those who survived the Dozier School for Boys, the now-closed state-run reform school in the Florida Panhandle. Many families are still wondering what...
Florida Matters: Florida Wildlife Corridor 2015
Back in 2012, members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team spent 100 days hiking and kayaking through the natural heart of Florida, from the Everglades to the Georgia state line. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the team sets out for round two,...
Clone of Florida Matters: Human Trafficking
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: 2014 Highlights
As we end the year, we're taking a second listen to highlights from our most interesting shows of 2014.
Florida Matters: Year 2 of Enrollment on HealthCare.gov
It's the second year of enrollment for health insurance plans under the federal health law on HealthCare.gov, the website that Floridians, and people in dozens of other states, use to shop for health insurance. As of Dec. 15, we have passed a key...
Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like A Tourist Part II
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
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
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
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
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
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, we...
Florida Matters: 2014 Gubernatorial Debate
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Kopp...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking
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
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
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
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
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...
Florida Matters: The Future of the Cruise Industry in Tampa Bay
Tampa's cruise industry could be heading into rough waters. Cruise ships are getting bigger, but the Sunshine Skyway Bridge isn't. A new study by the Florida Department of Transportation looks at three options: build a taller bridge, build a new...
Florida Matters: Manatees
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the endangered status of manatees. The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the agency for failing to act on a 2012 petition to move the manatee from endangered to threatened. We have...
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...
Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care
Baby boomers have seen it coming for quite some time -- retirement, senior living and senior survival. Experts say most of us begin planning too late for the help we might need as we get older. We take a look at long-term care, including costs,...
Florida Matters: Backyard Agriculture
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: Medical Marijuana Town Hall
This November, voters in Florida will get the chance to weigh in on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana. The Village Square at St. Petersburg College's Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions recently hosted a town hall meeting on...
Clone of Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist
You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist? What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The sweet smell of...
Florida Matters: Preparing for Hurricanes
Hurricane season is now under way, and we're helping you prepare. A look at what you need to stock in your emergency kit, this season's hurricane forecast and a tour of a hurricane hunter airplane that flies directly into a storm's path.
Florida Matters: 70th Anniversary of D-Day
Friday, June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. We take a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there. Retired First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry was among those who...
Florida Matters: Florida Architecture
Florida has its share of boring, disposable architecture -- from sprawling neighborhoods of stucco houses to buildings that age quickly and are torn down just as fast. But there are plenty of gems on the Florida landscape -- and the idea of...

 

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