Recent Florida Matters episodes

The Myths and Realities of Homelessness (August 24, 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 17, 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...

The Tampa Beltway Proposal: Pros and Cons (August 10, 2006)
bumper to bumper traffic

Traffic congestion and construction delays have become a way of life for Tampa Bay commuters. Transportation planners are promoting a new project for West-Central Florida: a proposed beltway which would begin in Manatee County, head through...

Four Decades After Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech, a Reality Check (August 3, 2006)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his speech

To commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Dr. King's historic speech, Florida Matters is replaying a broadcast from February 3rd of of this year.

In August of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his influential "I Have a Dream" speech...

Your 21st Century Commute (July 27, 2006)
futuristic light rail

Transportation planners insist it's time to start thinking regionally.The alternative, they say, is gridlock within 20 years. WUSF’s Robin Sussingham hosts a discussion of the future of transportation in the Tampa Bay region.

The Returning War Veteran: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Challenges (July 20, 2006)
war veteran

A recent military study found that about 17 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan had PTSD symptoms. Many more are simply having trouble readjusting to civilian life.

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