Recent Florida Matters episodes

A Look at Florida's Proposed Amendments (November 3, 2006)
people voting

On November 7th, Florida voters will choose a governor and a US senator as well as numerous other state and municipal officials. They will also be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on six constitutional amendments. But, with the election less than a...

Substance Abuse Among Older Adults (October 26, 2006)
elderly woman drinking

Drug and alcohol abuse is often thought of as a problem among teens and young adults, but experts say that alcoholism and drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions among older adults. And, as the "Baby Boomer" generation starts to reach...

The Creative Class in Tampa Bay (October 19, 2006)
Richard Florida

Several years ago, the economist Richard Florida coined the phrase the "Creative Class" to describe the artists, musicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and others who become "urban pioneers" revitalizing blighted areas. Florida maintains that when...

A Retrospective (October 12, 2006)

Over the past year, our weekly roundtable program Florida Matters has brought together scholars, politicians, entrepreneurs, engineers and artists to discuss the important issues in our state.

This week, we’ll take a look back at the last...

The Returning War Veteran: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Challenges (October 5, 2006)
war veteran

A recent military study found that about 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan had PTSD symptoms. Many more are simply having trouble readjusting to civilian life.

Childhood Obesity (September 28, 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...

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