Recent Florida Matters episodes

Feeding Ourselves (August 14, 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 7, 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 31, 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 24, 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 17, 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,...

Mass Transit: The Next 40 Years (July 10, 2009)
cars on the highway

The Tampa Bay area poses a unique challenge for mass transportation. We'll take a look at the reasons we're behind other metropolitan areas our size and what community leaders are doing to increase our transportation options. You'll also see why...

Light Rail

For years, the talk in Florida has been about mass transit. Here in the Bay area, a relatively new planning agency is taking a regional approach to transportation planning and has unveiled a 40-year master plan. Light rail, expanded bus routes,...

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