Recent Florida Matters episodes

Facing the Mortgage Crisis (August 20, 2009)
Bay area homeowner

Meet four sets of homeowners living right here in the Bay Area that have experienced what it's like to go through a foreclosure. They could be your best friend, or co-worker, a family member, or your neighbor. None of them expected to lose their...

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The number of foreclosures in Florida has quadrupled since 2006. In Bradenton and Sarasota alone, foreclosures rose 600 percent between 2006 and 2008. This week on Florida Matters, we're examining the impact of foreclosure on our community. We'll...

Feeding Ourselves (August 13, 2009)
trays of school lunches

Earlier this year, state education officials found they needed $62 million more to cover free and reduced lunches for low-income children. Meanwhile, more families have become eligible for food stamps and food banks say they need more donations...

Finding Work (August 6, 2009)
filling out an application
Finding Work

This August, Florida Matters is focused on the economy and helping you find resources to face your economic issues. This week: jobs. We'll meet a few Bay area residents doing whatever they can to find a steady paycheck. A job counselor tells us...

Arts in Tampa Bay (July 30, 2009)
glass blower

Whether you're an art connoisseur or paint-by-numbers is more your style, we're going to take you off the beaten path this week to introduce you to some bay area artists you may not know. We ask the question: What defines art? We'll show you a...

artist sketching
Art as Career

For many artists, their creations are a hobby, a passion, an outlet. Some artists make a go of it as professionals, depending on their creativity to provide an income. But is there demand for art in this sour economy? And how do you take that...

Seminole Gaming Negotiations (July 23, 2009)
women exercising

Meet Dr. Eric Coris, a physician with USF Family Sports and Medicine, who shares a list of 47 health conditions that he says can be reduced, if not eliminated, by a modest amount of exercise. Viewers may be surprised to see even mental health...

playing poker

This spring, lawmakers agreed to give the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to some card games in exchange for millions of dollars in revenue sharing for the state budget. Negotiations are underway to finalize the details, including how much money...

Fighting Invasive Species (July 16, 2009)
cuban refugees

This week we meet up with some of Florida’s Cuban Americans to discuss our state's history with Cuba and our strained relationship, that continues today.

We also talk embargo with some early exiles of the Castro revolution. We hear from...

Burmese Python

Burmese pythons are getting plenty of attention lately. Congress is considering a federal ban on importing the snakes and moving them across state lines, and there has been talk of hunting the snakes down. Florida has many non-native plants,...

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