Recent Florida Matters episodes

Childhood Obesity (September 29, 2006)
child eating a cracker

The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 15 percent of the nation's children and adolescents are obese. Who's to blame? Is it the parents? The schools? The fast food industry?

Many experts say that when we promote healthy eating...

The Future of Bio-Fuels (September 21, 2006)
ethanol pumps

New plants around the state are gearing up to produce ethanol. Is bio-fuel the answer to our energy problems or does it cost too much to produce? This week’s guests say a switch to homegrown fuels can provide relief from our nation’s dependence...

Affordable Renting (September 15, 2006)
property for rent

With real estate prices at an all time high, the prospect of owning a home is nearly unimaginable for many Floridians. Now some lower income workers are having trouble finding housing to rent. Faced with rising taxes, insurance and other costs,...

The Primary Election and the Race to November (September 8, 2006)
people voting

In Tuesday's statewide primary election, Floridians chose which of their party's candidates to send into the race toward the November general election. From the Governor’s race and the contests for U.S Senate and House, to the state House and...

The Myths and Realities of Homelessness (August 25, 2006)
Homeless person laying on blankets

By some estimates there are at least 20 thousand people in the Tampa Bay Area without a home on any given night. Most of them do not fit the stereotype of the drug addicted derelict. In fact, many are among the working poor and a growing number...

The Health of the Tampa Bay Estuary (August 18, 2006)
pelican sitting by the bay

An estuary is a partially enclosed body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with the salty sea water. Estuaries and the lands surrounding them are places of transition from land to sea, and from...

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