Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Florida Matters: Fictional Florida
A state that has places like Little Havana, Key West,  Disney World and the “Redneck Riviera" is just begging to be written about in fiction. We're talking about the way Florida has been depicted in recent years. What can fiction capture that other...
Florida Matters: Nurturing 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: Share Your Florida Roadside Attraction Memories
It’s the height of summer and there’s no better time to share your memories of Florida's roadside attractions. This week, WUSF’s Florida Matters is taking a look at some classic places that don’t fit the definition of modern theme parks. And it’s...
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends
A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard.  This "edible...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Rays President Brian Auld
Imagine a baseball park that is free and open to the public when no games are scheduled. Imagine real grass but with a roof to shield you from Florida’s frequent rain storms. Those are just a few of the ideas and innovations Tampa Bay Rays President...
Florida Matters: The Orlando Nightclub Massacre
The shooter in the Orlando mass murder was Omar Mateen, a US citizen and practicing Muslim, who professed his allegiance to ISIS during his attack on the gay nightclub. Florida Matters Host Robin Sussingham talks with Retired Army Colonel Derek...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: House Speaker Designee Richard Corcoran
Florida's Legislature has a new House Speaker. Starting in November, Land O' Lakes Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran will preside over the state House of Representatives. This week on Florida Matters, (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.),...
Florida Matters: A Look At The 2016 Hurricane Season
Florida Matters takes a look at the 2016 Hurricane season Coming into the 2016 Hurricane Season, Florida has been on something of a lucky streak. It’s been 11 years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state but experts say this could be one...
Florida Matters: The End Of The Tampa Tribune
On May 3, the Tampa Bay Times purchased its rival across the Bay -- The Tampa Tribune -- and promptly shutdown the 123-year-old newspaper.  The event ended a three-decade Tampa rivalry that had grown especially difficult for both newspapers in...
Florida Matters: The "Farm-Fresh" Fraud
"Locally-grown," "farm-to-table," and "pasture-raised" are the new buzzwords in the food culture, and restaurants are rushing to meet the demand. But one reporter says that at many Tampa Bay area restaurants we're being -- as she writes -- "fed...
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Midtown Part II
Telling Tampa Bay Stories is a new project from WUSF News, where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s lesser-known spots -- to record stories from members of those communities. We featured some of those stories this week on Florida...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck Florida
Real prices for health care are complicated and oftentimes secret. Health News Florida, WUSF and WLRN have launched an online guide to bring clarity to health care costs. PriceCheck Florida is a database of prices of common health care procedures...
Florida Matters: Florida Matters - Trade
NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” Coordinated Conversation project is looking at the topic of trade on the campaign trail, and in communities around the country. As part of that project, this week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday...
Florida Matters: Telling Tampa Bay Stories – Midtown
WUSF News has embarked on a new storytelling mission called "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s lesser-known spots to record interviews with members of those communities. We're beginning with  ...
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later
Jan. 28, 2016 marked 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, were killed. This week on Florida Matters, we'll remember the disaster, and take...
Florida Matters: The Dozier School
The Tampa Bay History Center recently hosted a panel discussion on the now-closed Dozier School for Boys. The reform school in the Florida Panhandle has been known for decades for abuse, torture, and even murder. This week on Florida Matters (...
2016 Legislative Debrief
The Florida legislative session has ended, and this week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what bills passed, what bills died and what it means to Floridians.  
Growing Up Jewish In Polk County
WUSF’s Robin Sussingham recently hosted “Our Jewish Communion: Religious Identity and Growing Up Jewish in Polk County” at Florida Southern College in Lakeland to discuss what it was like to come of age in a predominantly Christian region. This week...
Florida Presidential Primary
Voters in Florida are casting early ballots and candidates are holding campaign events across the state ahead of the primary on Tuesday. This week on Florida Matters, we're taking a look at what's at stake for Florida's voters -- and the candidates.
Rhea Chiles Tribute
Rhea Chiles, the widow of former governor Lawton Chiles, died last November in her home on Anna Maria Island,  at the age of 84. She dedicated her life to improving the lives of children in Florida. The University of South Florida’s College of...
Gun Debate
The members of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club recently debated the issues of guns.  This week on Florida Matters, we feature highlights of the conversation, which was moderated by Manatee Tiger Bay Club President Ben Bakker.
USFSP Students & Presidential Politics
College students in the Road To The White House course at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have just returned from working on the New Hampshire primary. They join us to talk about what it's like to be up close to the candidates and...
Express Toll Lanes Debate
What are the pros and cons of the Tampa Bay Express project, which includes adding express toll lanes on interstates around the Tampa Bay area? This week on Florida Matters, we bring you both sides of the debate. 
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later
It has been 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, were killed. This week on Florida Matters, we'll remember the disaster, and take a look at...
Studying Cuba's Manatees
Florida's population of the iconic manatee has risen in recent years, so much so that federal  wildlife officials say they're no longer endangered, and could be down-listed to threatened by next year.  Cuba has an extensive population of manatees,...
State Of The Bay
The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club recently hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa for a conversation on the “State Of The Bay.” We’re bringing you highlights of the discussion between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Highlights Of 2016 State Of The State
Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2016 Florida legislative session Tuesday morning with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters, we will bring you highlights of Scott’s address, along with part of the Democratic response.
2016 Legislative Preview
The 2016 Florida Legislative session starts Jan. 12, and this week on Florida Matters, we are previewing some of the bills lawmakers are proposing.
2015 Year-End Highlights
As 2015 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at some of the discussions we brought you throughout the year.
Media Trends
How are people consuming news these days -- and how is that changing? We recently welcomed an audience from Leadership Tampa into our studio for a taping of a Florida Matters discussion on media trends with Tampa Bay Business Journal special...
Normalizing Relations With Cuba
The U.S. recently re-opened its embassy in Havana, but controversy over normalization continues. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted a debate on the issue at the historic Centro Asturiano Club in Ybor City. We bring you highlights of the debate between...
Florida Matters: Food Traditions
During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a look at food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters are...
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...