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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

Tampa's cruise industry could be heading into rough waters. Cruise ships are getting bigger, but the Sunshine Skyway Bridge isn't. A new study by the Florida Department of Transportation looks at three options: build a taller bridge, build a new cruise facility west of the Skyway, or do nothing.

We discuss these options, and hear the opinions of passengers just returning from a seven-day cruise aboard the Carnival Legend at Cruise Terminal #2 at Tampa's Channelside.

 

Recent Florida Matters episodes

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Florida Matters: The Future of the Cruise Industry in Tampa Bay (July 22, 2014)
 

Tampa's cruise industry could be heading into rough waters. Cruise ships are getting bigger, but the Sunshine Skyway Bridge isn't. A new study by the Florida Department of Transportation looks at three options: build a taller bridge, build a...

 
Florida Matters: Manatees (July 15, 2014)
 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the endangered status of manatees. The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the agency for failing to act on a 2012 petition to move the manatee from endangered to threatened.

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Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care (July 8, 2014)
 

Baby boomers have seen it coming for quite some time -- retirement, senior living and senior survival.

Experts say most of us begin planning too late for the help we might need as we get older.

We take a look at long-term care,...

 
Florida Matters: Backyard Agriculture (July 1, 2014)
 

More and more these days, farms are coming to the city. Laws have been changing around the state that make it easier for suburban homeowners to dabble in backyard agriculture. We're taking a look at this "do-it-yourself" food movement, from...

 
Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana Town Hall (June 24, 2014)
 

This November, voters in Florida will get the chance to weigh in on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana.

The Village Square at St. Petersburg College's Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions recently hosted a town hall...

 
Clone of Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist (June 17, 2014)
 

You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist?

What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The...

 
 

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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...

 

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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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