Recent Florida Matters episodes

Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs (February 5, 2013)
Lithia Springs algae

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 (January 31, 2013)

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...

Florida Matters: Student Veterans and the Post 9-11 GI Bill (January 22, 2013)

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...

Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media (January 15, 2013)
A photo from the Florida Sentinel Bulletin dated Nov. 21, 1961. Courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.

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....

Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Preview (January 8, 2013)
House photo by Mark Foley  House members take their oath of office on the House floor. From the left shows: Carl Zimmermann, (D)-District 65; Mark Danish (D)-District 63; Dwight Dudley (D)-District 68; Daniel Raulerson (R)-District 58; and Ross Spano (R)-District 59, on Nov. 20, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston administered the oath.

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...

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