Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: The Impact Of Veteran Suicide Part 2 (July 4, 2017)
The U.S. has seen an increased rate of suicide among its veterans, and those deaths can change the lives of family and friends forever. This week on Florida Matters, our special two-part program on veteran suicide and the impact it can have on...
Florida Matters: Veteran Suicide Part 1 (June 27, 2017)
Our country asks a lot of its military members, most recently during the many years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The multiple deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn have taken their toll...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food Insecurity Town Hall (June 21, 2017)
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study ...
Florida Matters: Zika In 2017 (June 14, 2017)
Summer is upon us and that means more of the bugs that made international headlines last year – mosquitos. What progress has been made in the fight against the Zika virus? Can we cure Zika, or prevent it? And what can residents do to help? This week...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Dr. Susan MacManus and Florida's Minority Trailblazers (June 6, 2017)
She’s one of the most sought-after political analysts in Florida and the nation, and she has a new book out, "Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women who Changed the Face of Florida Government.” Our latest Florida Matters “Newsmaker” is...
Florida Matters: 2017 Hurricane Season Preview (May 30, 2017)
It’s that time of year again, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at how various areas of the state are preparing for hurricane season, and at some new changes in storm response efforts. We...
Florida Matters: Beach Renourishment (May 24, 2017)
It costs a lot of money to keep Florida’s beaches “postcard ready.” How much sand is on your favorite beach? In some cases, not quite enough. his past spring, Pinellas County State Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Kathleen Peters sponsored...
Florida Matters: How Wildfires Impact Our State (May 18, 2017)
State officials say Florida is having one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the impact these fires have on the state's environment and economy, and whether there's an end in sight for this dry...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Roundup (May 10, 2017)
It took them three days longer than it was supposed to, but Florida lawmakers have finally passed a new state budget. This week on Florida Matters we’ll take a look at what’s in the $83 billion spending plan along with a few other issues decided...
Florida Matters: Libraries In The 21st Century (May 3, 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...
Florida Matters: LGBT Issues (April 26, 2017)
The Trump administration says bathroom use policies regarding gender are best left at the local level, while state lawmakers are considering new workplace protections aimed at the LGBT community. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Food Insecurity In Polk County (April 19, 2017)
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study...
Florida Matters: The Phosphate Industry (April 12, 2017)
Phosphate mining and production takes a heavy toll on the state's environment. But the industry also plays a key role in Florida's economy. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring what phosphate contributes to the state, and at what price. Our...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall (April 11, 2017)
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall (April 10, 2017)
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Self-Driving Cars (April 5, 2017)
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus (March 29, 2017)
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years. State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck Stories (March 22, 2017)
In 1930, a mother in Kansas spent ten days in the hospital to deliver her baby. Total bill? $66. Well the cost of health care has gone up quite a bit since then -- how can you know how much many medical procedures cost these days?...
Florida Matters: Restoring The Everglades (March 14, 2017)
The Everglades, Florida’s vast fresh water system that starts near Orlando and meanders South, is in trouble. For years environmental advocates and sugar growers have clashed over how to restore the "River of Grass." And billions of dollars in...
Florida Matters: 2017 State of the State (March 7, 2017)
Governor Rick Scott kicked off Florida's 2017 legislative session with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters we're re-broadcasting portions of the governor's speech, which aired live on WUSF 89.7. Some highlights...

 

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