Recent Florida Matters episodes

The Economy (February 6, 2009)
people looking for jobs and posting resumes online

Whether you’re a parent pinching pennies, or a policy-maker trying to find the best ways to allocate funds, the economy is probably at the forefront of your mind these days. Host Irene Maher meets with area economic development council directors...

illustration of money falling off a cliff

Every day, we hear more reports of layoffs, bankruptcies, foreclosures and public funding shortfalls. It's the chronicle of a faltering economy that is impacting all Floridians. This week, we're taking a look at the state's cycles of economic...

Innovation (January 30, 2009)
Florida Innovators

This week, we take a journey through Florida’s relationship with innovation, from past well-known inventions all the way to cutting-edge research and developments going on today. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Peter Lefferson, an inventor who...

Light bulbs

People and companies are always coming up with new ideas and new innovations. But when you have a great idea and no money to build your business or market that idea, where do you turn? This week, Florida Matters takes a look at venture capital -...

Special Session Recap (January 23, 2009)
Florida Capitol Building

Florida lawmakers spent the last two weeks in a special session aimed at one task: plugging a $2.4 billion hole in the state's current budget. They accomplished that by slashing more than $1 billion in spending and taking $1.6 billion out of...

A Super Bowl's Impact (January 16, 2009)
Super Bowl 43 Logo

On February 1, the Tampa Bay area plays host to its fourth Super Bowl, and organizers say it could not come at a better time. The state and local economy is hurting, and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee says the game will be a much-needed...

Reducing Reliance on Citizens Property (January 9, 2009)
Citizens Logo

A task force has been meeting over the last few months charged by state lawmakers with finding ways to return Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to the state's "insurer of last resort." Citizens is the largest property insurance company in Florida...

Looking Ahead to 2009 (January 2, 2009)
offshore drilling rig

We'll take some time as a new year begins to revisit a couple of shows from the past year, but with a twist: we’ve selected two shows that are likely to be part of the community discussion through 2009. First, we'll hear about the gambling...

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