Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

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...
Florida Matters: Spring Break in Syria
Spring break in Florida is something many college students look forward to, but two University of South Florida students opted to leave the Sunshine State for an environment where sounds of roaring fighter jets, missiles hitting the ground and heavy...
Immigration Reform
This week a bipartisan group of Senators, including Florida's Marco Rubio, are set to release their plan to fix the nation's immigration system. We'll chat with stakeholders in Florida's immigration debate and visit a naturalization ceremony to meet...
Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise
What will Florida look like in the next several decades if sea levels continue to rise? Its coastlines would be radically redrawn - with many of our barrier islands under water. That's the opinion of two scientists who were lead authors in several...
Florida Authors
Just ask Ernest Hemmingway or Carl Hiassen – Florida can be a great place to be an author. This week, we talk to three Florida authors about the state that serves as their inspiration: - Immigration is a hot topic these days, and there’s a new book...
Thanking Our Veterans: An Off the Base Special
At WUSF, our project Off the Base brings you the stories of veterans, members of the military and their families. In this special program, reporter Bobbie O'Brien brings us some of their struggles and successes.
Florida Matters: Election Reforms
Floridians waiting six hours to vote and then the state taking four days to count all the ballots - if elections go wrong, how do you make them right? A political science researcher and distinguished panel of election experts come together to...
Legislative Town Hall 2013
Florida lawmakers go back to work this week. But before they take their turn, nearly 1,000 Floridians got to have their say during a public forum organized by WLRN and the Miami Herald. As this year's legislative session kicks off, we'll hear...
Florida Matters: Premiere of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Documentary
They kayaked, biked and hiked 1,000 miles in 100 days last year through the heart of natural Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is now ready to show the world what they encountered. On Sunday, March 3, the premiere of their one-hour...
The Dozier School for Boys
The infamous Dozier School for Boys is the stuff of a modern horror story, but tragically, the abuse and misconduct at the Panhandle reform school went on for decades. We’ll hear from victims, family members and a reporter from our area, who helped...
Florida Matters: Curbing Gun Violence
More than 1 million Floridians hold concealed weapons permits. Our panelists discuss Florida's efforts to curb gun violence, from mass killings that grab national headlines, to the much more common violence that happens every day. We'll also meet...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Preview
State lawmakers only have one thing they must do each year and that is to pass a balanced budget. Yet, there are plenty of issues to keep lawmakers busy this year. Florida Matters offers a preview of the “other” issues lawmakers will tackle this...
Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs
Florida has some of the most renowned springs in the world - famed for both their number and the clarity of the water. But ongoing residential development and nutrients flowing into the underground aquifer have combined to cloud the future of the...
Florida Matters: Future of the FCAT
Love it or hate it, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) has reshaped education in our state. Now, it is being replaced by new assessments and something called the “Common Core.” A panel of experts at St. Petersburg College discusses...
The Future of Billboards
St. Petersburg is working on a deal with two major billboard companies to take down 100 old signs in the city and replace them with 10 new digital ones. In Tampa, city officials are finalizing an agreement with the companies to end years of lawsuits...
Florida Matters: Student Veterans and the Post 9-11 GI Bill
Before WWII – college was a dream for most Americans. Then came the GI Bill and almost 8 million veterans got an education. Now, there’s the Post 9-11 GI Bill signed into law July 2008. It provides benefits to service members who have served 90 or...
Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media
He was a familiar face and voice in the 1960s. On Nov. 19, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. At the time of the speech, local resident Clarence Fort was a leader in the NAACP's student chapter. More...
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Substance Abuse Among Older Adults
Drug and alcohol abuse is often thought of as a problem among teens and young adults, but experts say that alcoholism and drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions among older adults. And, as the "Baby Boomer" generation starts to reach...
The Last Conversation with Sam Gibbons
Sam Gibbons was re-elected to Congress 16 times, and never lost an election. That came after he parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day in Normandy, during one of the most harrowing invasions of World War II. He was instrumental in getting the...
Best Florida Matters Stories from 2012
Florida Matters takes a look at our best stories of 2012. The Republicans came to town in August, but Democrats won the day in November. Meanwhile, a group of intrepid environmentalists trekked the length of Florida. We take an in-depth look at why...
Downtown St. Petersburg: The Comeback City
We're talking housing, baseball, the Pier, the creative class and more. This week's show was recorded on location at the Saturday Morning Market -- a downtown St. Pete tradition for 10 years.
Dave Brubeck Remembered
If someone is writing a book on jazz, you can be sure Dave Brubeck will be in it. He was the second jazz artist ever on the cover of Time Magazine, after Louis Armstrong. He is an accomplished pianist and composer, to say the least, but be careful...
Making Sense of the Media
Smartphones, I-pads, Twitter, Facebook – we live in a media-saturated society. How can we make sense of it all? Luckily for all of us, we’ve got an institution right in our backyard that’s devoted to making sense of the media – The Poynter Institute...
Looking Back at the Election - And Forward
Florida Matters takes a look at the impact of the nation's shifting demographics on the election, and why that has some Republicans scrambling to change their image.We also take a look at how this will play out in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 contests...
Thanking Our Veterans: An Off the Base Special
At WUSF, our project Off the Base brings you the stories of veterans, members of the military and their families. In this special program, reporter Bobbie O'Brien brings us some of their struggles and successes.
A Blank Check to America: Mike Prendergast of Florida's Department of Veterans' Affairs
Now that the election is over...what can our veterans expect? As part of our Newsmakers series on Florida Matters, WUSF’s Bobbie O’Brien interviews the man who runs Florida's agency for veterans, retired Colonel Mike Prendergast.
Florida Election Preview: Which Way Will We Go?
USF St. Petersburg political scientist Seth McKee and StateImpact Florida reporter John O'Connor give us their take on the presidential race, Nelson versus Mack, the race for Congress, the amendments, and other Florida election issues.
One for the Books: 20th Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
For two decades, the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading has celebrated books with author talks, a street festival and book sale. This year's main event is Saturday, Oct. 20, at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Join Carson Cooper for...
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Florida
WUSF's project Health News Florida takes an in-depth look at the impact of the Affordable Care Act in our state. We speak to one uninsured woman and her doctor and two health policy experts.
Deciphering Florida's Proposed Constitutional Amendments
There's more than just the contest for president and local races on the ballot in November. There will be 11 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. And every single one was put there by lawmakers in Tallahassee. A panel discussion was...
Youth Caregivers Fight to Finish School
Why do students drop out of high school, and what can be done to prevent it? One answer to that question is that they drop out to take care of sick family members. More than 22 percent of high school dropouts left school to take care of someone else...
Florida Matters: 2012 Property Tax Amendments
Florida’s property tax code resembles the finest Swiss cheese - it’s so full of holes - says one academic. And voters have an opportunity to add more property tax exemptions when they go to the polls November 6th. Five of the 11 proposed Florida...
The Future of the Gulf of Mexico
It's been just over two years since the Deepwater Horizon well was capped, ending the largest oil spill in U.S. history. But is it really over? The largest gathering of scientists since the spill met over the weekend at the Tradewinds Island Resort...
A Conversation with Sam Gibbons and John F. Germany
Sam Gibbons was re-elected to Congress 16 times, and never lost an election. That came after he parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day in Normandy, during one of the most harrowing invasions of World War II. He was instrumental in getting the...
Parties, Politics and Protests: The Republican National Convention
It was Tampa's big turn on the international stage -- hosting the Republican National Convention. These are some of the best stories from the RNC, including: - What do protesters do at night? - What are Republicans doing to attract Hispanics? - Can...
Parties, Politics and Protests II: The Republican National Convention
The eyes of the world were on Tampa for the Republican National Convention. So, how'd we do? We look at the protests that never materialized, the economic winners and losers, and the political impact of the RNC on Tampa Bay and Florida.
Is Tampa Ready for the Republican National Convention?
After months of preparations, the Republican National Convention is coming to town. Our region’s reputation is riding on whether the convention is labeled a success. So, are we ready? Joining us to answer that question is James Davis. He’s...
What Effect Will the Republican National Convention Have on Florida Elections?
When the Republican National Convention comes to town, it’s going to affect our traffic, our security, and our economy. But will it affect how Florida votes in November? The conventional wisdom about political conventions is that where you hold it,...
Hurricane Andrew: 20 Years Later
It was 20 years ago, at 5 a.m., when Hurricane Andrew hit southern Florida. It caused $30 billion in damage, and it left 15 dead and more than 250,000 homeless. Those are the numbers from Hurricane Andrew. But numbers can't do justice to the human...
A Closer Look at the Local Primaries
It's lost in all the hoopla surrounding the presidential campaign and the upcoming Republican National Convention. But there's another election coming up - the primaries. And outside money is flooding in like never before. WUSF's Carson Cooper chats...

 

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