Recent Florida Matters episodes

Florida Matters Newsmaker: Adam Putnam, 'I'm a Conservative, but I'm not angry about it..' (November 12, 2013)
Florida Matters host Carson Cooper (left) and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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...

Florida Matters: The End Of Remedial College Classes (November 5, 2013)

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.


Florida Matters: JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary (October 29, 2013)

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...

Florida Matters: Debate for St. Petersburg Mayor (October 22, 2013)

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...

Florida Matters: Tampa Bay Times Festival Of Reading (October 16, 2013)

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 (October 11, 2013)

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...

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