Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: 2018 Race For Commissioner of Agriculture (August 22, 2018)
The race for governor is not the only statewide political contest during primary season. Republicans and Democrats will also choose their favorite candidate to run for the state's top consumer watchdog: the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer...
Florida Matters: WUSF Awards (August 17, 2018)
In recent months, journalism groups have been recognizing news outlets across the country for outstanding work done in 2017, and WUSF has garnered multiple awards. This week on Florida Matters we highlight some of the award-winning journalism...
Florida Matters Remembers WUSF's Carson Cooper (August 10, 2018)
On Florida Matters, we remember our friend and colleague – and the stories he shared with all of us.
Florida Matters: Craft Beer In Tampa Bay (July 25, 2018)
The Tampa Bay area is becoming a hub for craft beer both statewide and nationally, with the highest density of breweries in Florida. This week on Florida Matters, we talk with people who work in the industry about the craft beer phenomenon. We also...
Florida Matters: Art Museums in Tampa Bay (July 17, 2018)
Besides its beautiful beaches, the Tampa Bay area boasts a rich collection of art museums -- and it's growing. This week on Florida Matters we feature stories about museums and galleries in the region, part of WUSF’s occasional Art Populi series. We...
Florida Matters: Pedestrian Safety (July 10, 2018)
Walking or bicycling the streets of Tampa Bay can be a very dangerous way to get around. Why is that and what can be done about it? This week on Florida Matters, we talk about pedestrian and cyclist safety in our region and how to balance that with...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: The Latest In State Politics And Pulse Two Years Later (June 20, 2018)
State politicians are jockeying for position before the August primaries. Pulse nightclub first responders are still struggling with PTSD more than two years after the mass shooting that killed 49 people. We take a deeper dive into these stories on...
Florida Matters: Life After The Parkland Shooting (June 13, 2018)
Seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland recently celebrated graduation, but they had to do so while still dealing with the trauma from the February mass shooting. This week on Florida Matters, we meet one of the graduates and...
Florida Matters: 2018 Hurricane Season (June 7, 2018)
This week on Florida Matters we talk to weather experts and hear stories about how communities across the state are preparing for the 2018 hurricane season. The season kicked off on June 1, and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Health Care Town Hall (May 31, 2018)
While across the nation the cultural and political tug-of-war over health care rages on, locally, healers keep on healing. But providing care for people can get complicated when they don’t have health insurance. Florida Matters recently hosted a...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: Politics, Opioid Lawsuit, Mosaic Relocation & More (May 24, 2018)
Florida sues the nation’s biggest drug makers, political battles heat up and Hillsborough attracts a Fortune 500 company headquarters. Those are just some of the latest state news stories we’ll discuss with reporters on this month’s edition of our...
Florida Matters: Navigating The Medical Marijuana Industry (May 16, 2018)
More and more Floridians every week are signing up for access to medical marijuana, and with over 100,000 patients already on the registry, there is clearly money to be made. This week on Florida Matters we talk with people who work in the business...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd (May 9, 2018)
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is never at a loss for words or opinions on criminal behavior. He has recently played a major role in the response to the school shooting in Parkland. This week on Florida Matters, we talk with Sheriff Judd as part of...
Florida Matters: BRT In Tampa Bay (May 2, 2018)
Taxpayers in Tampa Bay have never given the “green light” to a transit rail system, but maybe fast, cheap buses will prove more popular. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the proposed 41-mile regional bus rapid transit system that...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: CRC Bundling, Medical Marijuana And Political Races (April 26, 2018)
This week on Florida Matters we'll talk about some of the latest news impacting our state during another edition of our monthly reporters’ roundtable. Our guests include longtime political...
Florida Matters: Birding In Tampa Bay (April 18, 2018)
The Tampa Bay Area is a mecca for bird-watchers year round. But spring is particularly special, when Florida’s native species are joined by large numbers of other birds migrating north. This week on Florida Matters we’ll learn about our region’s...
Florida Matters: The Changing State Of Retail (April 13, 2018)
Shopping as we know it is changing fast. Big box stores are vanishing; Amazon is going bricks and mortar. What does it all mean for the health of our local economy? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about how the retail industry is adapting...
Florida Matters: Florida Wildlife Corridor 2018 Expedition (April 6, 2018)
This week on Florida Matters we meet explorers with the Florida Wildlife Corridor and discuss their upcoming expedition which gets underway later this month. The team has trekked through scrub, swamp and forest from one end of the state to the other...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: 2018 Legislative Debrief (March 29, 2018)
This week on Florida Matters we're talking about some of the key takeaways from the 2018 legislative session. We break down parts of the state budget as well as measures on school safety, gun control and opioid prescriptions. We also debate the...
Florida Matters: School Violence Town Hall (March 15, 2018)
The deadly high school shooting in Parkland has people across the nation talking about how to make schools safer. Dozens of Tampa Bay residents and community leaders shared their thoughts on the issue at a...