Recent Florida Matters episodes

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...

The Best of StoryCorps (March 17, 2006)
StoryCorps camper

Last January, a mobile recording booth was set up in an Airstream™ recreation vehicle at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota. It was part of StoryCorps, the national oral history project sponsored by NPR and the Library of Congress.

Over a...

The Tampa Bay Economic Scorecard (March 10, 2006)
boat crossing under the skyway

We'll look at how our region competes with other metropolitan areas in the South as a place to do business. How does Tampa Bay rate when it comes to job creation, salaries and affordable/attainable housing? We'll get answers and analysis from...

Looking Ahead to the 2006 Legislative Session (March 3, 2006)
Florida House chamber

Education and Insurance are among the hot topics state lawmakers will be tackling as they begin the next legislative session on March 7th. From school vouchers and overcrowded classrooms to higher insurance premiums and a bailout of Citizen's...

Four Decades After Dr. Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech, a Reality Check (Part 2) (February 17, 2006)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his speech

We'll talk to local leaders about the progress made and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. WUSF explores issues ranging from education to community development to gay marriage and today's African-American family...

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