Recent Florida Matters episodes

Port Security (April 28, 2006)
cruise ship anchored at port
Port Security

The Port of Tampa is a huge, sprawling complex with a constant flow of people and cargo. It is close to downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base and the Crystal River nuclear power plant. The Port is also the site for huge amounts of hazardous...

Immigration Reform (April 21, 2006)

It's undoubtedly one of the hot-button issues in America today. Recently, thousands of immigrant-rights activists took to the streets of Tampa and other Florida cities to make their position known. There were also counter-protestors from groups...

After the Dream: A Student's Perspective (April 14, 2006)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our community discussion continues as we speak to a local high school student and his teacher. We'll explore issues ranging from education to the state of today's African-American family. This a follow-up to a 2-part series, "Four Decades After...

Lung Cancer in Women: A Florida Perspective (April 7, 2006)
Illustration of lungs

The recent death of Dana Reeve at age 44 from lung cancer has raised the awareness of lung cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, lung cancer kills more women every year than breast cancer.

Researchers, including those at...

Does Florida's Boot Camp System Work? (March 31, 2006)
people in a boot camp

The recent death of 14-year old Martin Lee Anderson at a youth boot camp in Bay County has many Floridians wondering about the need for and effectiveness of military-style youth boot camps. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of juvenile boot camps...

What's Happening with Desal in Tampa Bay? (March 24, 2006)
Desalination plant

In 2003, Tampa Bay's $160 million desalination plant was scheduled to open in Apollo Beach. It was slated to become the nation's largest desalination facility taking in salt water from the Bay and converting it to drinkable water for West Central...

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