Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Progress Village Part 1 (December 14, 2017)
Progress Village was Tampa's first affordable housing suburb, and this week on Florida Matters we'll hear its story. WUSF launched an ongoing series in 2015 called Telling Tampa Bay Stories that highlights neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area and the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food As Muse (December 8, 2017)
Sometimes when something is as universal, necessary and mundane as eating, it's hard to make "food" sound special. But not for the people on this Florida Matters. WUSF has been talking to people who communicate their passion about food in...
Florida Matters: Live Music Tour Of Tampa Bay (December 4, 2017)
Throughout this past year, members of WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR have been highlighting live music that makes the Tampa Bay Area a little more special as part of our ongoing Art Populi series. This week on Florida Matters we hear some of those...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: The Puerto Rican Migration (November 27, 2017)
More than two months after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, thousands are still fleeing the island and many are coming to Florida. This week on Florida Matters we'll discuss the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to Florida during the latest...
Florida Matters: Solar Power In The Sunshine State (November 16, 2017)
This is the Sunshine State, so doesn’t solar power make sense? Then why does it only make up a tiny fraction of Florida’s electricity output? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and prognosis of solar energy in the state. A...
Florida Matters: 2017 Festival Of Reading (November 8, 2017)
Books, music, authors, food -- it's time for the 25th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. This week on Florida Matters we're talking with three of the authors that will be featured in the event, held Saturday November 11 at the University of...
Florida Matters: Shining Light On The Power Grid (November 2, 2017)
Florida’s power companies have invested billions and billions of dollars to harden the electrical grid since the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. Could you tell? If you lost power after Hurricane Irma – and 6.5 million homes did – it may have been hard...
Florida Matters: Promoting Bipartisanship (October 18, 2017)
Bipartisanship in Washington -- or lack thereof -- and what Florida voters can do about it. That's what two former Congressman are talking about in a series of town halls around the state. Former Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy have...
Florida Matters: Ethnic Newspapers In Tampa Bay (October 11, 2017)
One of the area's leading African American family-owned newspapers, The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Tampa's preeminent Hispanic newspaper, La Gaceta, is approaching 100 years. This week on Florida...
Florida Matters Reporters Roundtable: Hurricane Irma (September 28, 2017)
We're starting something new on Florida Matters. Once a month we're going to gather together some experienced reporters from around the state for perspective on the important news happening in Florida. This week we're talking about the consequences...
Florida Matters: After Hurricane Irma (September 19, 2017)
Hurricane Irma was the strongest storm to hit Florida in 12 years, and it impacted nearly the entire state -- from wind damage and storm surge, to evacuations, gas shortages and of course the loss of power for millions. Our partner station in Miami...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Beach Renourishment (September 7, 2017)
Communities across Florida are preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, and one natural line of defense we have is the state’s beaches. But not all beaches are equally suited to protect us, thanks to past storm damage, coastal...
Florida Matters: 2017 World Rowing Championships (August 30, 2017)
For the first time in over 20 years, the World Rowing Championships will return to the U.S. next month in Sarasota-Bradenton. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the sport of rowing and what it means to host the championships in the...
Florida Matters: The Sinkhole State (August 23, 2017)
Imagine leaving for work in the morning and finding out a few hours later that your home and every possession within it has been swallowed by the earth. Sinkholes in Florida make that a real possibility. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking...
Florida Matters: Staycations In Tampa Bay (August 18, 2017)
Summer is in full swing and for those who can't get out of town, a staycation can make all the difference. This week on Florida Matters we're taking a look at some ways to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and have some fun in the Tampa Bay Area...
Florida Matters: The State Of Florida Tourism (August 9, 2017)
Tourism brought in an estimated $109 billion a year to Florida at last count. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at the current state of Florida’s number one industry. You may have heard about the tug-of-war during the last legislative...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Race (August 2, 2017)
Voters will soon pick the leader of one our state's largest cities -- St. Petersburg. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about how the mayoral race is shaping up, and what's at stake in its outcome. The mayor's office is technically...
Florida Matters: Foster Care In The Suncoast Region (July 26, 2017)
There's been a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes in the Tampa Bay Area over the past few years. And foster care agencies are struggling to keep up with the influx. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise In The Sunshine State (July 20, 2017)
Many scientists say sea level rise in Florida is accelerating. How is that affecting coastal communities now, and what can residents and elected officials do to brace themselves for future change? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Libraries In The 21st Century (July 12, 2017)
There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape? This week on Florida Matters we...

 

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