Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: The Orlando Nightclub Massacre (June 15, 2016)
The shooter in the Orlando mass murder was Omar Mateen, a US citizen and practicing Muslim, who professed his allegiance to ISIS during his attack on the gay nightclub. Florida Matters Host Robin Sussingham talks with Retired Army Colonel Derek...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: House Speaker Designee Richard Corcoran (June 8, 2016)
Florida's Legislature has a new House Speaker. Starting in November, Land O' Lakes Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran will preside over the state House of Representatives. This week on Florida Matters, (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.),...
Florida Matters: A Look At The 2016 Hurricane Season (June 1, 2016)
Florida Matters takes a look at the 2016 Hurricane season Coming into the 2016 Hurricane Season, Florida has been on something of a lucky streak. It’s been 11 years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state but experts say this could be one...
Florida Matters: The End Of The Tampa Tribune (May 26, 2016)
On May 3, the Tampa Bay Times purchased its rival across the Bay -- The Tampa Tribune -- and promptly shutdown the 123-year-old newspaper.  The event ended a three-decade Tampa rivalry that had grown especially difficult for both newspapers in...
Florida Matters: The "Farm-Fresh" Fraud (May 18, 2016)
"Locally-grown," "farm-to-table," and "pasture-raised" are the new buzzwords in the food culture, and restaurants are rushing to meet the demand. But one reporter says that at many Tampa Bay area restaurants we're being -- as she writes -- "fed...
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Midtown Part II (May 12, 2016)
Telling Tampa Bay Stories is a new project from WUSF News, where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s lesser-known spots -- to record stories from members of those communities. We featured some of those stories this week on Florida...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck Florida (April 29, 2016)
Real prices for health care are complicated and oftentimes secret. Health News Florida, WUSF and WLRN have launched an online guide to bring clarity to health care costs. PriceCheck Florida is a...
Florida Matters: Florida Matters - Trade (April 22, 2016)
NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” Coordinated Conversation project is looking at the topic of trade on the campaign trail, and in communities around the country. As part of that project, this week on...
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Midtown (April 15, 2016)
WUSF News has embarked on a new storytelling mission called "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s lesser-known spots to record interviews with members of those communities. We're beginning with  ...
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later (April 5, 2016)
Jan. 28, 2016 marked 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, were killed. This week on Florida Matters, we'll remember the disaster, and take...
Florida Matters: The Dozier School (April 3, 2016)
The Tampa Bay History Center recently hosted a panel discussion on the now-closed Dozier School for Boys. The reform school in the Florida Panhandle has been known for decades for...
2016 Legislative Debrief (March 25, 2016)
The Florida legislative session has ended, and this week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what bills passed, what bills died and what it means to Floridians.  
Growing Up Jewish In Polk County (March 25, 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 Presidential Primary (March 8, 2016)
Voters in Florida are casting early ballots and candidates are holding campaign events across the state ahead of the primary on Tuesday. This week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what's at stake for Florida's voters -- and the candidates.
Rhea Chiles Tribute (March 1, 2016)
Rhea Chiles, the widow of former governor Lawton Chiles, died last November in her home on Anna Maria Island,  at the age of 84. She dedicated her life to improving the lives of children in Florida. The University of South Florida’s College of...
Gun Debate (February 23, 2016)
The members of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club recently debated the issues of guns.  This week on Florida Matters, we feature highlights of the conversation, which was moderated by Manatee Tiger Bay Club President Ben Bakker.
USFSP Students & Presidential Politics (February 17, 2016)
College students in the Road To The White House course at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have just returned from working on the New Hampshire primary. They join us to talk about what it's like to be up close to the candidates and...
Express Toll Lanes Debate (February 9, 2016)
What are the pros and cons of the Tampa Bay Express project, which includes adding express toll lanes on interstates around the Tampa Bay area? This week on Florida Matters, we bring you both sides of the debate. 
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later (February 2, 2016)
It has been 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, were killed. This week on Florida Matters, we'll remember the disaster, and take a look at...
Studying Cuba's Manatees (February 2, 2016)
Florida's population of the iconic manatee has risen in recent years, so much so that federal  wildlife officials say they're no longer endangered, and could be down-listed to threatened by next year.  Cuba has an extensive population of manatees,...