Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Aging in Place (September 17, 2014)
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...
Florida Matters: Forum on Amendment 2 (September 11, 2014)
This November, voters in Florida will decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Recently, the The Ledger of Lakeland hosted a forum on Amendment 2, featuring Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Orlando attorney John Morgan. We bring you...
Florida Matters: Ira Glass (September 5, 2014)
Ira Glass, the host and creator of This American Life, will be in town Sept. 13 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.”
On Florida Matters this week, he talks one-on-one with WUSF’s Craig...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (August 26, 2014)
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...
Florida Matters: Roller Coasters (August 19, 2014)
Ever wonder exactly what happens to your body when you're on a roller coaster? We are taking you along for the ride at Busch Gardens in Tampa, and talking to a ride engineer and a doctor about how to keep that adrenaline rush safe. Florida Matters...
Florida Matters: Doctors, Patients and Guns (August 12, 2014)
A federal appeals court recently ruled that a Florida law that restricts what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership is constitutional.
This latest ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous decision that had...
Florida Matters: 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley (August 5, 2014)
On Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, while many in the Tampa Bay area braced for what they thought may be a direct hit, the Category 4 Hurricane Charley took a right turn into Charlotte County and Punta Gorda. A decade later, we go back to just hours after...
Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses (July 30, 2014)
A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have...
Florida Matters: The Future of the Cruise Industry in Tampa Bay (July 22, 2014)
Tampa's cruise industry could be heading into rough waters. Cruise ships are getting bigger, but the Sunshine Skyway Bridge isn't. A new study by the Florida Department of Transportation looks at three options: build a taller bridge, build a new...
Florida Matters: Manatees (July 15, 2014)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the endangered status of manatees. The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the agency for failing to act on a 2012 petition to move the manatee from endangered to threatened.
We...
Planning for Death (July 14, 2014)
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...
Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care (July 8, 2014)
Baby boomers have seen it coming for quite some time -- retirement, senior living and senior survival.
Experts say most of us begin planning too late for the help we might need as we get older.
We take a look at long-term care, including...
Florida Matters: Backyard Agriculture (July 1, 2014)
More and more these days, farms are coming to the city. Laws have been changing around the state that make it easier for suburban homeowners to dabble in backyard agriculture. We're taking a look at this "do-it-yourself" food movement, from...
Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana Town Hall (June 26, 2014)
This November, voters in Florida will get the chance to weigh in on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana.
The Village Square at St. Petersburg College's Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions recently hosted a town hall...
Clone of Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist (June 17, 2014)
You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist?
What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The sweet...
Florida Matters: Preparing for Hurricanes (June 12, 2014)
Hurricane season is now under way, and we're helping you prepare. A look at what you need to stock in your emergency kit, this season's hurricane forecast and a tour of a hurricane hunter airplane that flies directly into a storm's path.
Florida Matters: 70th Anniversary of D-Day (June 8, 2014)
Friday, June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. We take a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there. Retired First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry was among those who...
Florida Matters: Florida Architecture (May 29, 2014)
Florida has its share of boring, disposable architecture -- from sprawling neighborhoods of stucco houses to buildings that age quickly and are torn down just as fast. But there are plenty of gems on the Florida landscape -- and the idea of...
Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs (May 21, 2014)
Most everyone agrees that Florida's springs have seen much better days. Decades of growth, agriculture and lawn fertilizer are among the factors that have turned many springs into a soupy, murky muck. But a comprehensive bill to protect and restore...
Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Session (May 13, 2014)
State lawmakers ended this year's 60-day legislative session by passing a record $77.1 billion budget, along with laws that deal with everything from immigrant tuition to medical marijuana. We take a look at what passed -- and what didn't -- on this...

 

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