Recent Florida Matters episodes

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...

The Future of Bio-Fuels (September 20, 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...

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