Florida Matters

  • Homelessness Among Florida's Students

    Groups that work with homeless students and families say the need increases in the summer. We take an in-depth look at homelessness among Florida’s students. 

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  • Hunting Black Bears

    Back in June, state officials decided to allow bear hunting in Florida for the first time in 20 years. 

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  • The Supreme Court’s Decision On Same-Sex Marriage

    On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. What are the impacts of this ruling on Florida’s same-sex couples?

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Last Week On Florida Matters

Back in June, state officials decided to allow bear hunting in Florida for the first time in 20 years. The season will open on Oct. 24, and could last for up to a week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says...more...

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Host: Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of 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.

Recent Florida Matters Episodes

Radio: Planning for Death (July 14, 2015)
The end-of-life is not the easiest topic to bring up with a loved one, and the experts say many folks just don't do it.  Beginning next year, Medicare plans to pay doctors to do voluntary counseling with patients about end-of-...
Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. What are the impacts of this ruling on Florida’s same-sex couples? And...
Radio: Roller Coasters (June 30, 2015)
The Themed Entertainment Association has just released its list of world's best theme park attendance -- and once again -- Florida has cleaned up. Seven Florida parks are in the Top 20 -- including Tampa's Busch Gardens. A major...
Radio: The Rising Tide Of HIV In Florida (June 23, 2015)
In 2013, Florida had the highest number of newly diagnosed HIV case rates in the nation. All six of the large metropolitan areas in Florida -- including Tampa, Orlando and Miami-Dade -- reported more cases of HIV diagnosis than...

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