Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview (February 28, 2017)
The azaleas are in bloom -- that means the legislative session in Tallahassee is just around the corner. What’s likely to happen, and how will it affect you? This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring some proposals lawmakers are considering this...
Florida Matters: What's Next For Medical Marijuana (February 22, 2017)
Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? This week on Florida Matters we're exploring the state's rules on medical marijuana...
Florida Matters: Surviving Gun Violence (February 15, 2017)
You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live? This week on Florida Matters we're listening to excerpts of the series Young Survivors: The...
Florida Matters: Saying Goodbye To 'The Greatest Show On Earth' (February 9, 2017)
After 146 years as the "Greatest Show on Earth," the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to take the tent down. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring the history of the circus, its local ties and the...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College (February 1, 2017)
High school seniors are starting to get their final acceptance letters - hopefully - from the colleges of their choice. While they celebrate, parents are trying to figure out how to pay for it all. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about...
Florida Matters: Self-Driving Cars (January 26, 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: TBX Debate (January 18, 2017)
Is it time for the Tampa Bay area to create express toll lanes to speed up urban traffic? Or is it a waste of taxpayer money and an affront to historic neighborhoods? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the transportation plan known as...
Florida Matters: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus (January 11, 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 Re-Broadcast: Nuturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay (January 9, 2017)
The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay. The Merriam-Webster...
Florida Matters: Top News Stories of 2016 (December 21, 2016)
As 2016 winds down, we’re taking another listen to some of the best news stories we discussed on Florida Matters throughout the year. Our “Year in Review” begins with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January. We...
Florida Matters: Food As Muse (December 15, 2016)
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 Re-Broadcast: Growing Up Jewish In Polk County (December 2, 2016)
WUSF’s Robin Sussingham recently hosted “Our Jewish Communion: Religious Identity and Growing Up Jewish in Polk County” at Florida Southern College in Lakeland to discuss what it was like to come of age in a predominantly Christian region. This week...
Florida Matters: Social Media, "Fake News" and Politics (November 29, 2016)
We explore how the 2016 presidential election was affected by social media, fake news and fact checking, and discuss the new face of journalism and its effect on our political system. In this show, taped in front of a live audience at the WUSF...
Florida Matters: Exploring A Trump Presidency In The Sunshine State (Decision Florida) (November 16, 2016)
Florida helped propel Donald Trump to his historic presidential win.  Record voter turnout in South Florida -- and the Democratic votes that came with it -- were not enough to hold off a surge of voters for Trump almost everywhere else.  Hispanics...
Florida Matters: The Politically Crucial I-4 Corridor (November 1, 2016)
The I-4 corridor is considered vital to the presidential election -- the swing region in the swing state. Teaming up with NPR member station WMFE in Orlando, we're taking a trip down I-4, with a look at each county and its politics. We're starting...
Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's "Oh, Florida!" (October 27, 2016)
Oh, Florida! On the one hand, a white sands, warm winter paradise. On the other hand -- alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes...you get the idea! Author Craig Pittman explores the irony of the Sunshine State in his new book: "Oh, Florida!: How...
Florida Matters: Political Issues (October 21, 2016)
The upcoming elections are widely viewed as pivotal for the direction of this state, and the country. People are concerned about issues like gun control,  education, or paying for their health care.[Photo:http://bit....
Florida Matters: Crist-Jolly Debate (October 11, 2016)
Congressional District 13 has been redrawn to include much of Democratic-leaning St. Petersburg. That was enough to persuade Republican David Jolly - who has held the seat since 2014, after the death of longtime Congressman C.W. Bill Young - to run...
Florida Matters: Public Art Around Tampa Bay (October 4, 2016)
It might be that big beautiful mural you pass on the way to work. Or the bike rack that looks like a sculpture.  Public art is all around us in Tampa Bay. When you walk around your community, are you getting a sense of vibrancy and creativity? If so...
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends (September 28, 2016)
A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard.  This "edible...

 

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