Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Florida Matters: Bollywood Oscars in Tampa
The International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual weekend and awards takes place April 24-26 at various spots around the Tampa Bay area. The event is held in a different country each year, and this is the first time the Bollywood Oscars will be...
Florida Matters: Florida's Population Increase
Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Florida could soon become the third most populous state in the country. Whether that's good or bad depends on whom you ask. We discuss why people move to Florida and the consequences of an...
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions Answered
Do I have to buy health insurance? How do I compare plans? How can I find a plan I can afford? What if I have a preexisting condition? Can I kick my kid off my health insurance plan? How can I make sure I'm covered when I travel? What if I don't...
Florida Matters: Choosing the Next FCAT
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a test to (mostly) replace the FCAT later this month. A new test is needed because Florida is finishing the switch to new K-12 math, language arts and literacy standards this fall....
Florida Matters: State of the State
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivered his annual State of the State address to kick off the 60-day legislative sessions. The speech took up the better part of a half-hour on March 4, so we've edited portions of long breaks of applause so we can bring...
Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Preview
Before the Florida legislative session starts March 4, we're bringing you previews of some of the issues facing lawmakers this year: In-state tuition for student veterans Questions about Common Core standards Resort style casinos in South Florida...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - Alex Sink
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades. A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him. This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Democratic candidate Alex Sink. Last week, our guest was...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - David Jolly
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades. A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him. This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Republican candidate David Jolly. Next week, our guest is...
Lowering the Drinking Age
More than 100 college and university presidents around the country have signed on to the Amethyst Initiative, a call for national discussion about underage alcohol use. The list includes the presidents of big-name schools like Ohio State University...
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: Income Inequality
Democrats and Republicans have been going back and forth over income inequality for years and years. President Obama brought up income inequality, also known as the gap between the rich and the poor, during his State of the Union address. We talk to...
Best of Florida Matters from 2013
We're taking another listen to some of our most memorable stories of 2013. We look at the issue of gun violence in Florida and the popularity of recreational shooting. We talk to people who helped bring the story of the Dozier School for Boys to...
Florida Matters: StoryCorps
StoryCorps is recording the oral history of people in its MobileBooth, parked in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. In this episode of Florida Matters, we will hear excerpts of some of the conversations that have been recorded so...
Syrian Refugee
Last April, Florida Matters brought you the story of University of South Florida student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian American who spent her spring break aiding Syrian refugees on the Syrian-Turkey border. In this episode of Florida Matters, guest host...
Florida Matters: JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary
You may not have known this - unless you're over 55 and have lived in Tampa since the early 1960s - but Tampa was one of the final stops for John F. Kennedy before that fateful ride he took in the presidential convertible in Dallas. He was treated...
Florida Matters: Looking Ahead to 2014
We're just a few days into 2014, and already Floridians have a lot to talk about. This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at some of the issues that are sure to make headlines this year.
Florida Matters: 2013 Year in Review
It has been quite a year in Florida news, with the George Zimmerman acquittal, the death of political legend C.W. Bill Young, a new mayor in St. Petersburg and candidates gearing up for the governor's race next year. This week on Florida Matters, we...
Florida Matters: Tampa Bay's Foodie Scene
It's that time of year when our waistlines tend to expand. Now that we've put the turkey and cranberry sauce away and are getting ready for those office parties and holiday dinner outings, is there a better time than now to place a spotlight on some...
Adoptions in Florida
When a 15-year-old boy appeared before a church congregation last month, pleading for someone to adopt him, tens of thousands of folks responded. In spite of that, there are hundreds of kids who are not making headlines and still are waiting for...
Citrus Greening: The War to Save Florida's Crop
Citrus greening has now infected every citrus producing county in Florida, and is threatening the survival of Florida's signature crop. It's gotten so bad that the CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual tells homeowners who are thinking of planting an orange...
Florida Matters: Medicaid Expansion Town Hall
Florida has rejected an offer of more than $50 billion over 10 years from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So the question remains: how will health care be funded for more than a million low-income...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Adam Putnam, 'I'm a Conservative, but I'm not angry about it..'
At age 26, he was the youngest member of Congress when he took office in 2001, but after a decade in Washington, Adam Putnam of Polk County said he wanted to leave on his own terms and come back to Florida. “Nobody wonders now why it was that I...
Florida Matters: The End Of Remedial College Classes
Half of Florida students who take the state's college placement exam end up failing at least one section. In the past, those students would have brush up in remedial reading, writing or math courses before starting their college degree. But a new...
Florida Matters: Debate for St. Petersburg Mayor
The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. What to do about the Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. The future of the iconic pier - which now sits shuttered on what is likely the city's most visible...
Florida Matters: Tampa Bay Times Festival Of Reading
Thousands of book lovers flock to the University of South Florida Times Festival of Reading each year. And this year it's expected to be another busy Saturday when the festival returns on October 26th. It features writers such as Edwidge Danticat,...
Florida Matters: Flood Insurance
If you live near the water, you can’t rule out a flood. But a change to a federal law is poised to make living in flood zones a lot more expensive. A change in the federal flood insurance program took place on Oct. 1. The 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood...
Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana
A group called United for Care is behind the push to get a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the 2014 Florida ballot. The group is chaired by Orlando attorney John Morgan, founder of the law firm Morgan & Morgan, who is...
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: Living on the Autism Spectrum
How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves? This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages with...
Hunger Relief in Tampa Bay
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Food Security in the United States report for 2012 and it revealed almost 15 percent of U.S. households are what it calls food insecure. Food insecure means at some point during the year, members of...
Florida Matters: Nan Rich Makes Her Case to be Governor
Currently, there’s only one Florida Democrat actively campaigning for governor, Nan Rich joins WUSF this week for a special Newsmaker’s edition of Florida Matters. The former state lawmaker and senate minority leader gives her assessment of...
Work to Do: A Check-Up on Florida's Labor Market
With Labor Day just around the corner, we’re taking a look at Florida’s labor market--starting with Gov. Rick Scott’s promise to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Guest host Craig Kopp leads the discussion. Richard Gonzmart Columbia...
St. Petersburg Pier: The Lens
The aging St. Petersburg Pier officially closed to the public on May 31st. The city of St. Petersburg plans to demolish it and replace it with a new pier, a design called the Lens. But not so fast, opponents of the Lens design gathered more than 20,...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate
St. Petersburg is at a crossroads - what to do about the homeless, mass transit, the future of the Pier - and the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Current Mayor Bill Foster will be angling for another term during the Aug. 27 election for mayor....
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions
We asked our readers to tell us what they thought was confusing about the Affordable Care Act, and you called, e-mailed and Facebooked us with questions. This week WUSF’s Craig Kopp sits down with attorney Linda Fleming of Carlton Fields, Julian...
Florida Matters: Drones and Privacy Rights
They're used for everything from documenting crime scenes to chasing down rhino poachers in Africa. But on July 1, a law took effect in Florida that banned use of unmanned drones except in police emergencies. We look at the uses of this new...
Florida Matters -- School Technology
Florida schools are gearing up for new education standards and accompanying online testing. Schools must also prepare to deliver half of all classroom instruction digitally by 2015. So what will this mean for students, teachers and schools? It's the...
Florida Matters: Bob Graham on the State of Florida's Waterways
Florida is a state of hurricanes and summer deluges, but water is a dwindling resource. It's at the center of a tug of war between urban areas, agriculture and environmentalists, who say Florida's waterways are drying up - or becoming increasingly...
Florida Matters: Veterans Wheelchair Games
It’s reportedly the largest wheelchair sporting event in the world and its coming to the Tampa Bay area July 13-18. It’s the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Florida Matters visits with a wheelchair athlete turned dancer who is coming...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (July 2, 2013)
Human trafficking is a huge problem in Florida. The state ranks third in the country in human trafficking, but local organizations are working on a solution. According a local nonprofit organization working to tackle sexual exploitation, Manatee...
How Common Standards Will Change Florida Schools
Florida is one of 45 states which have fully adopted new English, literacy and math standards for K-12 schools. The standards, known as Common Core, are intended to make sure every high school graduate can handle college-level work or find a job...
Florida Polytechnic Readies for First Students
Florida Polytechnic University is quickly taking shape in Polk County. Officials hope to admit the first students in the fall of 2014 -- which means finding those students, housing them, hiring the faculty to teach them, designing a curriculum, and...
Florida Matters: Streamlining Foreclosures?
Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law a bill aimed at speeding up the foreclosure process in the state. In the wake of the housing crisis, Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Backers say that that the new law...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Wrap Up
State lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session by passing a $74.5 billion budget which the governor trimmed to $74.1 billion. But overall, lawmakers were happy with the budget and proud of their bipartisan spirit. Less than two weeks...
Florida Matters: Pinellas Mass Transit Tax Hike Referendum
In 2014, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether to raise their sales taxes to pay for major upgrades to the county's public transportation system. That would include what could become the Bay Area's first light rail. Supporters say it's the...
Florida Matters: State House Reporters Look Back at the Legislative Session
What got done in Tallahassee, what didn't and why? And how will it affect you? Ethics and elections reform gets through, but health care expansion does not. And efforts to change alimony and state run Citizens property insurance fell short....
Medicaid Expansion and the Florida Legislature
The debate over Medicaid expansion was one of the biggest issues during this year’s legislative session. Florida Matters talks with three Florida lawmakers about why they were unable to agree on a plan that would have expanded health care coverage...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College
The cost of college is rising and more students find themselves repaying loans than ever. Florida Matters talks with two experts about what trends are affecting the cost of earning a college degree and what parents can do to prepare.
The Gulf of Mexico Three Years After the BP Oil Spill
Fish with lesions, diseased livers and spleens - and parts of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico coated with a toxic slime. These are some of the things researchers continue to find three years after the Deepwater Horizon well exploded. A team based...
Tampa Bay a Craft Beer Mecca
The craft beer craze has taken hold in the Tampa Bay area, which leads the state in brewing the locally-made and creatively-flavored drinks. We'll hear about the phenomenon from some experts -- including a brewery owner and writers who cover the...

 

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