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Florida Matters tackles tough issues, highlights little-known stories from our part of the world, and provides a greater perspective of what it means to live in the Sunshine State. Join us each week as we journey across the state to explore the issues important to Floridians and cover the challenges facing our community and our state.

 

Broadcast Schedule

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7

Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1
 

This Week on Radio

It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We take a look at the lingering effects, ongoing clean-up efforts and the future of drilling in the Gulf.

We talk to an oil industry expert and two scientists from the USF College of Marine Science who have spent these past four years researching the effects of one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history.

 

Recent Florida Matters episodes

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Florida Matters: A Look at the BP Oil Spill 4 Years Later (April 22, 2014)
 

It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We take a look at the lingering effects, ongoing clean-up efforts and the future of drilling in the Gulf.

We talk to an oil industry expert and two...

 
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (April 14, 2014)
 

For a special "newsmakers" edition of Florida Matters, we took some of your questions with us when we sat down with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman at City Hall to talk about the mayor's first 100 days in office. We talk with the mayor about...

 
Florida Matters: Bollywood Oscars in Tampa (April 8, 2014)
 

The International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual weekend and awards takes place April 24-26 at various spots around the Tampa Bay area.

The event is held in a different country each year, and this is the first time the Bollywood Oscars...

 
Florida Matters: Florida's Population Increase (April 1, 2014)
 

Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Florida could soon become the third most populous state in the country. Whether that's good or bad depends on whom you ask. We discuss why people move to Florida and the consequences of an...

 
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions Answered (March 25, 2014)
 
Tamina Johnson

Do I have to buy health insurance? How do I compare plans? How can I find a plan I can afford? What if I have a preexisting condition? Can I kick my kid off my health insurance plan? How can I make sure I'm covered when I travel? What if I don't...

 
Florida Matters: Choosing the Next FCAT (March 11, 2014)
 
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Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a test to (mostly) replace the FCAT later this month.

A new test is needed because Florida is finishing the switch to new K-12 math, language arts and literacy standards...

 
 

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Carson Cooper, 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...

 

Contact Info

Florida Matters isn’t just one-way communication. We want you to get involved in the conversation each week and tell us what you think about the topics we’re discussing. All you have to do is sign up for a free account on our Web site -- it’s free, easy, and we promise we won’t share your information! We welcome your input as we continue to find new stories to share in the Bay area.

And if you have an idea for a show or want to contact the producers, send an e-mail to floridamatters@wusfmail.org.

 
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