Florida Matters Episode Archives

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...
Preparing For A Hurricane (June 16, 2015)
The Atlantic hurricane outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2015 will be a below-normal season, with six to 11 named storms. Of those storms, three to six could become hurricanes. But experts with NOAA warn that a...
Cuba’s Manatees (June 9, 2015)
To most Floridians, manatees are cute, docile creatures that hang out in crowded springs, and often get too close to boats -- or rather, boats get too close to them. But down on the other side of the Florida Straits, they sometimes end up on someone...
White House Conference On Aging's Regional Forum In Tampa (June 2, 2015)
The next White House Conference on Aging -- which is aimed at finding new ways to improve the lives of older Americans -- will take place July 13 in Washington, D.C. Ahead of that conference, regional forums were held in Boston, Phoenix, Seattle,...
Remembering D-Day (May 26, 2015)
June 6, 2015 will mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. We a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there.  First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry -- who is now 94 and lives in...
Legislative Session Debrief, Look Ahead To Special Session (May 22, 2015)
Lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee on June 1 for a three-week special session. The Florida Legislature was unable to agree on a single balanced budget during the regular session, which the House sent screeching to a halt three days early. The...
Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman (May 12, 2015)
The Tampa Theatre recently hosted "Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman." The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by  was moderated by WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck. This...
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster 35 Years Later (May 5, 2015)
It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in the southbound...
5 Years Later: BP Oil Spill (April 28, 2015)
It was five years ago -- April 20, 2010 -- when BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded, killing 11 workers and began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time it was capped 87 days later, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil were...
Same-Sex Marriage in FL (April 21, 2015)
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015, and to mark the occasion, Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank held a group wedding at a park across the street from the courthouse. The issue is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court this...
Aging in Place (April 14, 2015)
A recent study by Georgetown University finds that an overwhelming majority of baby boomers want to age in place – that is, stay living in their homes as long as possible. But only 1 in 5 of those surveyed said they had any plan to remodel their...
Cuba Forum (April 8, 2015)
In Tampa Bay, ties to Cuba run very deep. In March, federal officials participated in a forum with community leaders in Tampa to discuss what may lie ahead, as some restrictions on travel and trade have been eased under changes announced earlier...
Cancer Town Hall (April 1, 2015)
On April 5, WUSF-TV will air the first part of the new Ken Burns’ documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” Florida Matters hosted a preview of the film and a town hall discussion on cancer, and we're bringing you highlights of the...
The Fight Against Human Trafficking (April 1, 2015)
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline(1-888-373-7888). The FMC Foundation of Caring and WUSF Public Radio gathered a panel of experts to discuss...
Education Town Hall (March 18, 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...
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Session (March 4, 2015)
By law, the only thing the Florida Legislature must do is pass a budget during the 60-day legislative session that is now under way. But lawmakers are working on many other issues, from how to spend money under Amendment One, to expanding the...
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Preview (February 24, 2015)
We’re continuing our preview of the upcoming legislative session. We will take a look at the top legislative priorities for the state Department of Veterans Affairs, including a call to fund two new nursing homes for veterans; testing in Florida...
Florida Matters: Energy in Florida (February 17, 2015)
This week on Florida Matters, we're continuing our preview of the upcoming Florida Legislative session. State lawmakers have filed a half-dozen bills dealing with how your power company operates in Florida. What are the chances that changes are on...
Florida Matters: Amendment One (February 10, 2015)
Back in November, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One, which sets aside millions of dollars for land and water conservation.This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at where exactly that money might go.
The amendment takes effect...

 

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