Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Progress Village Part 1
Progress Village was Tampa's first affordable housing suburb, and this week on Florida Matters we'll hear its story. WUSF launched an ongoing series in 2015 called Telling Tampa Bay Stories that highlights neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area and the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food As Muse
Sometimes when something is as universal, necessary and mundane as eating, it's hard to make "food" sound special. But not for the people on this Florida Matters. WUSF has been talking to people who communicate their passion about food in...
Florida Matters: Live Music Tour Of Tampa Bay
Throughout this past year, members of WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR have been highlighting live music that makes the Tampa Bay Area a little more special as part of our ongoing Art Populi series. This week on Florida Matters we hear some of those...
Florida Matters News Roundtable: The Puerto Rican Migration
More than two months after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, thousands are still fleeing the island and many are coming to Florida. This week on Florida Matters we'll discuss the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to Florida during the latest...
Florida Matters: Solar Power In The Sunshine State
This is the Sunshine State, so doesn’t solar power make sense? Then why does it only make up a tiny fraction of Florida’s electricity output? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and prognosis of solar energy in the state. A...
Florida Matters: 2017 Festival Of Reading
Books, music, authors, food -- it's time for the 25th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. This week on Florida Matters we're talking with three of the authors that will be featured in the event, held Saturday November 11 at the University of...
Florida Matters: Shining Light On The Power Grid
Florida’s power companies have invested billions and billions of dollars to harden the electrical grid since the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. Could you tell? If you lost power after Hurricane Irma – and 6.5 million homes did – it may have been hard...
Florida Matters: Promoting Bipartisanship
Bipartisanship in Washington -- or lack thereof -- and what Florida voters can do about it. That's what two former Congressman are talking about in a series of town halls around the state. Former Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy have...
Florida Matters: Ethnic Newspapers In Tampa Bay
One of the area's leading African American family-owned newspapers, The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Tampa's preeminent Hispanic newspaper, La Gaceta, is approaching 100 years. This week on Florida...
Florida Matters Reporters Roundtable: Hurricane Irma
We're starting something new on Florida Matters. Once a month we're going to gather together some experienced reporters from around the state for perspective on the important news happening in Florida. This week we're talking about the consequences...
Florida Matters: After Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma was the strongest storm to hit Florida in 12 years, and it impacted nearly the entire state -- from wind damage and storm surge, to evacuations, gas shortages and of course the loss of power for millions. Our partner station in Miami...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Beach Renourishment
Communities across Florida are preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, and one natural line of defense we have is the state’s beaches. But not all beaches are equally suited to protect us, thanks to past storm damage, coastal...
Florida Matters: 2017 World Rowing Championships
For the first time in over 20 years, the World Rowing Championships will return to the U.S. next month in Sarasota-Bradenton. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the sport of rowing and what it means to host the championships in the...
Florida Matters: The Sinkhole State
Imagine leaving for work in the morning and finding out a few hours later that your home and every possession within it has been swallowed by the earth. Sinkholes in Florida make that a real possibility. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking...
Florida Matters: Staycations In Tampa Bay
Summer is in full swing and for those who can't get out of town, a staycation can make all the difference. This week on Florida Matters we're taking a look at some ways to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and have some fun in the Tampa Bay Area...
Florida Matters: The State Of Florida Tourism
Tourism brought in an estimated $109 billion a year to Florida at last count. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at the current state of Florida’s number one industry. You may have heard about the tug-of-war during the last legislative...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Race
Voters will soon pick the leader of one our state's largest cities -- St. Petersburg. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about how the mayoral race is shaping up, and what's at stake in its outcome. The mayor's office is technically...
Florida Matters: Foster Care In The Suncoast Region
There's been a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes in the Tampa Bay Area over the past few years. And foster care agencies are struggling to keep up with the influx. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise In The Sunshine State
Many scientists say sea level rise in Florida is accelerating. How is that affecting coastal communities now, and what can residents and elected officials do to brace themselves for future change? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Libraries In The 21st Century
There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape? This week on Florida Matters we...
Florida Matters: The Impact Of Veteran Suicide Part 2
The U.S. has seen an increased rate of suicide among its veterans, and those deaths can change the lives of family and friends forever. This week on Florida Matters, our special two-part program on veteran suicide and the impact it can have on...
Florida Matters: Veteran Suicide Part 1
Our country asks a lot of its military members, most recently during the many years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The multiple deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn have taken their toll...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Food Insecurity Town Hall
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study as having the country's second...
Florida Matters: Zika In 2017
Summer is upon us and that means more of the bugs that made international headlines last year – mosquitos. What progress has been made in the fight against the Zika virus? Can we cure Zika, or prevent it? And what can residents do to help? This week...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Dr. Susan MacManus and Florida's Minority Trailblazers
She’s one of the most sought-after political analysts in Florida and the nation, and she has a new book out, "Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women who Changed the Face of Florida Government.” Our latest Florida Matters “Newsmaker” is...
Florida Matters: 2017 Hurricane Season Preview
It’s that time of year again, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at how various areas of the state are preparing for hurricane season, and at some new changes in storm response efforts. We...
Florida Matters: Beach Renourishment
It costs a lot of money to keep Florida’s beaches “postcard ready.” How much sand is on your favorite beach? In some cases, not quite enough. his past spring, Pinellas County State Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Kathleen Peters sponsored...
Florida Matters: How Wildfires Impact Our State
State officials say Florida is having one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the impact these fires have on the state's environment and economy, and whether there's an end in sight for this dry...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Roundup
It took them three days longer than it was supposed to, but Florida lawmakers have finally passed a new state budget. This week on Florida Matters we’ll take a look at what’s in the $83 billion spending plan along with a few other issues decided...
Florida Matters: Libraries In The 21st Century
There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape? This week on Florida Matters we...
Florida Matters: LGBT Issues
The Trump administration says bathroom use policies regarding gender are best left at the local level, while state lawmakers are considering new workplace protections aimed at the LGBT community. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Food Insecurity In Polk County
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study as having the country's second...
Florida Matters: The Phosphate Industry
Phosphate mining and production takes a heavy toll on the state's environment. But the industry also plays a key role in Florida's economy. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring what phosphate contributes to the state, and at what price. Our...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years. State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck Stories
In 1930, a mother in Kansas spent ten days in the hospital to deliver her baby. Total bill? $66. Well the cost of health care has gone up quite a bit since then -- how can you know how much many medical procedures cost these days? Health News...
Florida Matters: Restoring The Everglades
The Everglades, Florida’s vast fresh water system that starts near Orlando and meanders South, is in trouble. For years environmental advocates and sugar growers have clashed over how to restore the "River of Grass." And billions of dollars in...
Florida Matters: 2017 State of the State
Governor Rick Scott kicked off Florida's 2017 legislative session with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters we're re-broadcasting portions of the governor's speech, which aired live on WUSF 89.7. Some highlights...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview
The azaleas are in bloom -- that means the legislative session in Tallahassee is just around the corner. What’s likely to happen, and how will it affect you? This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring some proposals lawmakers are considering this...
Florida Matters: What's Next For Medical Marijuana
Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? This week on Florida Matters we're exploring the state's rules on medical marijuana...
Florida Matters: Surviving Gun Violence
You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live? This week on Florida Matters we're listening to excerpts of the series Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence from WLRN in...
Florida Matters: Saying Goodbye To 'The Greatest Show On Earth'
After 146 years as the "Greatest Show on Earth," the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to take the tent down. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring the history of the circus, its local ties and the...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College
High school seniors are starting to get their final acceptance letters - hopefully - from the colleges of their choice. While they celebrate, parents are trying to figure out how to pay for it all. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about...
Florida Matters: Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters: TBX Debate
Is it time for the Tampa Bay area to create express toll lanes to speed up urban traffic? Or is it a waste of taxpayer money and an affront to historic neighborhoods? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the transportation plan known as...
Florida Matters: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years.  State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Nuturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay
The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay. The Merriam-Webster...
Florida Matters: Top News Stories of 2016
As 2016 winds down, we’re taking another listen to some of the best news stories we discussed on Florida Matters throughout the year. Our “Year in Review” begins with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January. We...

 

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