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United States - Cuba Relations (March 19, 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...

 
Florida

Get caught up on the shows you might have missed so far this year. We talk about how venture capitalists fund innovative ideas in Florida. Get a better understanding of what "green" means in our world today. And we look at ways high school...

 
Trade With Cuba (March 12, 2009)
 
freight ship in port

This week, President Obama signed a bill to fund the federal government through September. Tucked into the bill are provisions to loosen travel restrictions to Cuba for people with family on the island, and possible changes in US policy toward...

 
Session Preview: "The Budget" (March 6, 2009)
 
piggy bank

The state's 60-day legislative session has begun, and the item on everyone's mind is the budget. Facing an estimated $6 billion deficit in the 2009-2010 spending plan set to take effect in July, lawmakers must make cuts in state expenses only a...

 
The State of Education (February 27, 2009)
children at school

You can't live in Florida without hearing about FCAT on the news. It's a lightning rod issue, and the Florida legislature recently approved a new bill that will shake things up a bit more. We speak with a teacher, a former administrator, a...

 
girl studying a book

The traditional path of high school to college to career is not always the best path for all students. This week, we explore some of the ways educators are working to get their students prepared for careers, not just prepared for graduation. Plus...

 
Civic Engagement (February 20, 2009)
woman voting

This week we're going through the many levels of civic engagement that you can find in Florida. Carson Cooper introduces us to the up-and-coming political &new-wave," and describes how the use of high-tech social networking is becoming the...

 
helping hands

At every level, our democracy is built on the input of citizens in the governing process. Civic Engagement can mean being part of that process, like speaking out about issues that affect you. This week, we'll look at how people become engaged...

 
Defining Green (February 13, 2009)

Going green is red hot these days, but you might not be aware of all the different ways you can be friendlier to the environment while improving your own life. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Jim Kovaleski, of New Port Richey, who combines form...

 
green plant coming from recycling

President Barack Obama talks about the promise of an economy built on "green" jobs - the work that will have to be done to make our society more eco-friendly and sustainable. This week, we shed some light on what "green" means and what standards...

 
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