Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Health Insurance Changes For 2016
Enrollment is under way for plans on HealthCare.gov for the third year, and consumers are seeing many changes in the plans companies are offering. It’s not unlike what’s happening to employer-based insurance, which is how about half of all Americans...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Disabled Veterans
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: FL Wildlife Corridor Update From The Shores of Apalachicola Bay
Florida Matters: 2015 Legislative Session
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
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
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
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 on...
Florida Matters: Mental Health Funding
Florida ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to per capita funding for mental health services in the U.S. This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at just how that's playing out in Florida, along with the push for more funding -- and...
Florida Matters: Same-Sex Marriage in FL
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...
Florida Matters: Gasparilla Pirate Invasion & Parade
When the famous and infamous Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates invades Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 31, it will be the 100th such procession along Bayshore Boulevard and the streets of downtown Tampa. Many people across the country – and even here in the...
Florida Matters: Identifying the Remains of Dozier Victims
For years, claims of abuse, beatings, rapes and murder of students by staff have come from those who survived the Dozier School for Boys, the now-closed state-run reform school in the Florida Panhandle. Many families are still wondering what...
Florida Matters: Florida Wildlife Corridor 2015
Back in 2012, members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team spent 100 days hiking and kayaking through the natural heart of Florida, from the Everglades to the Georgia state line. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the team sets out for round two,...
Clone of Florida Matters: Human Trafficking
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: 2014 Highlights
As we end the year, we're taking a second listen to highlights from our most interesting shows of 2014.
Florida Matters: Year 2 of Enrollment on HealthCare.gov
It's the second year of enrollment for health insurance plans under the federal health law on HealthCare.gov, the website that Floridians, and people in dozens of other states, use to shop for health insurance. As of Dec. 15, we have passed a key...
Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like A Tourist Part II
From getting up close to alligators to ice skating under palm trees and exploring museums, we are being tourists around Tampa Bay. We visit Circle B Reserve in Lakeland, explore the city of Dunedin, visit The Ringling in Sarasota, go ice skating in...
Florida Matters: Daughters for Life Scholars
This fall, New College of Florida welcomed its inaugural class of Daughters for Life Scholars. The five women from Middle Eastern countries were given full scholarships from the Daughters for Life Foundation, which was created by a doctor in honor...

 

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