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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

During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a look at food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters are taking you into the kitchen. We would love to hear about your traditions. You can tweet us @FloridaMatters with the hashtag #NPRcooks.

 

Recent Florida Matters episodes

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Florida Matters: Food Traditions (November 25, 2014)
 

During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a look at food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters...

 
Florida Matters: Veterans Coming Home (November 18, 2014)
 

The transition from military service to civilian life can be full of challenges. As part of our Veterans Coming Home project -- made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- we gathered a panel to talk about...

 
Florida Matters: Election 2014 Results, Look Ahead to 2016 (November 12, 2014)
 

Now that we know who won during the 2014 midterm elections, we're looking ahead to 2016. We talk to University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus, and political reporter William March, about who is expected to run in...

 
Florida Matters: Veterans Open Mic Night (November 4, 2014)
 
Co-hosts at the Veterans Open Mic, Linda Parris-Bailey (center) and Andrea Assaf, director of co-sponsor Art-2-Action.

Beyond the battlefield and the barracks, some of Florida’s 1.5 million veterans have had trouble transitioning to civilian life. Yet, there are signs that poetry, art and performance are helping veterans adjust.

With Veterans’ Day...

 
Florida Matters: 2014 Gubernatorial Debate (October 28, 2014)
 

When current Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist met Oct. 15 at Broward College in Davie for their second of three debates, the start was delayed over a disagreement about an electric fan that Crist had at his feet. But beyond that...

 
Florida Matters: Attorney General Debate (October 21, 2014)
 

Florida's candidates for attorney general met for their first and only debate earlier this month. Incumbent Republican Pam Bondi, Democratic challenger George Sheldon and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer met in the studios of Bay News 9 in...

 
 

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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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