Best of Florida Matters from 2013

Best of Florida Matters from 2013

We're taking another listen to some of our most memorable stories of 2013.
We look at the issue of gun violence in Florida and the popularity of recreational shooting. We talk to people who helped bring the story of the Dozier School for Boys to national attention. We also hear the debate on legalizing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. We explore what it’s like to explore Tampa Bay as a tourist with a trip down the Little Manatee River, and belly up to the bar to experience the craft beer craze. And as part of our occasional “newsmaker” series, we talk with Florida’s Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam.
In this special Florida Matters, we bring you some of our best stories of 2013. Links to the full shows:

Curbing Gun Violence
The Dozier School for Boys
Medical Marijuana
Tampa Bay a Craft Beer Mecca
Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist
Newsmaker Adam Putnam

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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