Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Greenlight Pinellas Transit Plan (May 6, 2014)
This November, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether or not to raise the county's sales tax to 8 percent to fund Greenlight Pinellas. That's the transit plan that would expand bus service and help build a light rail connecting Clearwater...
Florida Matters: A Look at the BP Oil Spill 4 Years Later (April 22, 2014)
It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We take a look at the lingering effects, ongoing clean-up efforts and the future of drilling in the Gulf.
We talk to an oil industry expert and two scientists...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (April 18, 2014)
For a special "newsmakers" edition of Florida Matters, we took some of your questions with us when we sat down with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman at City Hall to talk about the mayor's first 100 days in office. We talk with the mayor about the...
Florida Matters: Bollywood Oscars in Tampa (April 9, 2014)
The International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual weekend and awards takes place April 24-26 at various spots around the Tampa Bay area.
The event is held in a different country each year, and this is the first time the Bollywood Oscars will...
Florida Matters: Florida's Population Increase (April 8, 2014)
Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Florida could soon become the third most populous state in the country. Whether that's good or bad depends on whom you ask. We discuss why people move to Florida and the consequences of an...
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions Answered (March 27, 2014)
Do I have to buy health insurance? How do I compare plans? How can I find a plan I can afford? What if I have a preexisting condition? Can I kick my kid off my health insurance plan? How can I make sure I'm covered when I travel? What if I don't...
Florida Matters: Choosing the Next FCAT (March 20, 2014)
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a test to (mostly) replace the FCAT later this month.
A new test is needed because Florida is finishing the switch to new K-12 math, language arts and literacy standards this...
Florida Matters: State of the State (March 4, 2014)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivered his annual State of the State address to kick off the 60-day legislative sessions.
The speech took up the better part of a half-hour on March 4, so we've edited portions of long breaks of applause so we can...
Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Preview (March 3, 2014)
Before the Florida legislative session starts March 4, we're bringing you previews of some of the issues facing lawmakers this year:
In-state tuition for student veterans
Questions about Common Core standards
Resort style casinos...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - Alex Sink (February 21, 2014)
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades.
A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.
This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Democratic candidate Alex Sink. Last week, our...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - David Jolly (February 21, 2014)
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades.
A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.
This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Republican candidate David Jolly. Next week,...
Lowering the Drinking Age (February 11, 2014)
More than 100 college and university presidents around the country have signed on to the Amethyst Initiative, a call for national discussion about underage alcohol use. The list includes the presidents of big-name schools like Ohio State University...
Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care (February 5, 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: Income Inequality (January 29, 2014)
Democrats and Republicans have been going back and forth over income inequality for years and years.
President Obama brought up income inequality, also known as the gap between the rich and the poor, during his State of the Union address....
Best of Florida Matters from 2013 (January 28, 2014)
We're taking another listen to some of our most memorable stories of 2013.
We look at the issue of gun violence in Florida and the popularity of recreational shooting. We talk to people who helped bring the story of the Dozier School for Boys...
Florida Matters: StoryCorps (January 28, 2014)
StoryCorps is recording the oral history of people in its MobileBooth, parked in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
In this episode of Florida Matters, we will hear excerpts of some of the conversations that have been recorded...
Syrian Refugee (January 15, 2014)
Last April, Florida Matters brought you the story of University of South Florida student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian American who spent her spring break aiding Syrian refugees on the Syrian-Turkey border.
In this episode of Florida Matters, guest...
Florida Matters: JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary (January 8, 2014)
You may not have known this - unless you're over 55 and have lived in Tampa since the early 1960s - but Tampa was one of the final stops for John F. Kennedy before that fateful ride he took in the presidential convertible in Dallas. He was treated...
Florida Matters: Looking Ahead to 2014 (January 7, 2014)
We're just a few days into 2014, and already Floridians have a lot to talk about. This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at some of the issues that are sure to make headlines this year.
Florida Matters: 2013 Year in Review (December 17, 2013)
It has been quite a year in Florida news, with the George Zimmerman acquittal, the death of political legend C.W. Bill Young, a new mayor in St. Petersburg and candidates gearing up for the governor's race next year. This week on Florida Matters, we...

 

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