Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters Town Hall: Disabled Veterans (November 10, 2015)
"Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History" aired in November on PBS stations across the country. On Nov. 5, WUSF hosted a town hall discussion at USF Tampa’s College of Public Health, featuring filmmaker Ric Burns and disabled veteran J....
Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary (November 3, 2015)
Florida is on pace to have nearly as many child deaths this year as it did before the overhaul of its child welfare system last year. In about a quarter of those deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families had prior contact with the...
Newsmaker: MacDill Air Force Base Commander (October 27, 2015)
What role does Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base have at home and abroad? Bobbie O'Brien -- who covers the military for WUSF’s series Off The Base -- goes on the base to talk with Col. Daniel Tulley for a Florida Matters newsmaker special.
Festival of Reading (October 13, 2015)
The 23rd Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg. Ahead of the festival, we meet some of the featured authors, including Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster Dewayne Staats, Florida’s poet laureate Peter Meinke...
Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis (October 6, 2015)
The Florida Orchestra has begun its 48th season, and the orchestra has a new music director. This week on Florida Matters, we feature a newsmaker special with Michael Francis, who has gained a reputation as an international conductor, having been at...
13th U.S. Congressional District Rep. David Jolly (October 6, 2015)
Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was elected to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district in a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in November 2014. This week on Florida Matters, we feature a newsmaker special with Jolly, who is now...
Changing Gears Mid-Career (September 23, 2015)
Why are more and more people starting new careers during their second half of life?  We take a look at the national movement, and the efforts under way in the Tampa Bay area to connect Floridians with meaningful work. We meet a Tampa woman who left...
Heroin In Manatee County (September 17, 2015)
Heroin overdoses are rising most everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in Manatee County. That was the topic at a recent meeting of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club in Bradenton. This week on Florida Matters, we’ll bring you highlights of...
Florida Matters Town Hall: The Rising Tide Of HIV (September 8, 2015)
In 2013, Florida had more new cases of HIV than anywhere else in the nation. When it comes to the presence of HIV in Florida, the state’s six largest metropolitan areas could be states unto themselves.On Tuesday, Sept. 1, we hosted a special town...
Education Town Hall (August 31, 2015)
This week on Florida Matters, we're bringing you highlights of an education town hall hosted by WUSF at Artz 4 Life Academy in Clearwater on March 10. We check in with a panel of education experts, and we hear from parents in Pinellas County about...
Exploring Tampa Bay’s Beaches (August 25, 2015)
The Tampa Bay Area has some of the best beaches in the nation, and you likely have your favorite. This week on Florida Matters, we're going to take you on a tour of some of those beaches. We take a look at the stress of parking, hear recollections...
Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano (August 18, 2015)
Big changes are coming to Tampa International Airport, and this week on Florida Matters, we’re bringing you a special newsmaker edition of the show with airport CEO Joe Lopano. One of our burning questions: Is it TPA – or TIA? According to Lopano,...
Arts In Manatee County (August 11, 2015)
Sarasota is known around the world for its arts scene. Can Bradenton and Manatee County become a destination for arts and culture? We’re bringing you highlights of a recent Manatee Tiger Bay Club discussion with Dr. Robyn Bell, director of...
The Florida Citrus Industry (August 4, 2015)
Florida's citrus industry is hurting in a big way. The final report of the growing season by the U.S. Department of Agriculture put Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season at 96.7 million boxes, a drop of 4 percent from last year. The bleak...
Homelessness Among Florida's Students (July 28, 2015)
When it comes to children, the definition of homeless includes more children than you may think. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds -- or doubled-up...
Hunting Black Bears (July 21, 2015)
Back in June, state officials decided to allow bear hunting in Florida for the first time in 20 years. The season will open on Oct. 24, and could last for up to a week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the hunt is part of...
Planning for Death (July 14, 2015)
The end-of-life is not the easiest topic to bring up with a loved one, and the experts say many folks just don't do it.  Beginning next year, Medicare plans to pay doctors to do voluntary counseling with patients about end-of-life care. This week on...
The Supreme Court’s Decision On Same-Sex Marriage (July 7, 2015)
Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. What are the impacts of this ruling on Florida’s same-sex couples? And what questions are...
Roller Coasters (June 30, 2015)
The Themed Entertainment Association has just released its list of world's best theme park attendance -- and once again -- Florida has cleaned up. Seven Florida parks are in the Top 20 -- including Tampa's Busch Gardens. A major draw for theme parks...
The Rising Tide Of HIV In Florida (June 23, 2015)
In 2013, Florida had the highest number of newly diagnosed HIV case rates in the nation. All six of the large metropolitan areas in Florida -- including Tampa, Orlando and Miami-Dade -- reported more cases of HIV diagnosis than many states as a...

 

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