Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

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...
Florida Matters: Veterans Coming Home
The transition from military service to civilian life can be full of challenges. As part of our Veterans Coming Home project -- made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- we gathered a panel to talk about this...
Florida Matters: Election 2014 Results, Look Ahead to 2016
Now that we know who won during the 2014 midterm elections, we're looking ahead to 2016. We talk to University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus, and political reporter William March, about who is expected to run in...
Florida Matters: Veterans Open Mic Night
Beyond the battlefield and the barracks, some of Florida’s 1.5 million veterans have had trouble transitioning to civilian life. Yet, there are signs that poetry, art and performance are helping veterans adjust. With Veterans’ Day approaching, we...
Florida Matters: 2014 Gubernatorial Debate
When current Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist met Oct. 15 at Broward College in Davie for their second of three debates, the start was delayed over a disagreement about an electric fan that Crist had at his feet. But beyond that drama,...
Florida Matters: Attorney General Debate
Florida's candidates for attorney general met for their first and only debate earlier this month. Incumbent Republican Pam Bondi, Democratic challenger George Sheldon and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer met in the studios of Bay News 9 in...
Florida Matters: A Boom in Backyard Agriculture
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: Wrong-Way Crashes
Since February, there have been five fatal wrong-way crashes along Tampa highways that have killed 11 people. Just what is going on? According to transportation experts and law enforcement, alcohol plays a huge role in the fatal wrong-way crashes....
Florida Matters: Greenlight Pinellas
This November, voters will decide the fate of Greenlight Pinellas, which includes a one-cent increase in the county’s sales tax in exchange for a long-term plan for light rail and expanded bus service. We will hear from Barb Haselden of No Tax For...
Florida Matters: How To Be A Savvy Health Consumer
The last time you felt dizzy or experienced an unusual pain, be honest. Did you Google it? Or have you ever read a post on Facebook that got you worried about your health? We have gathered a panel of experts, including Health News Florida editor...
Florida Matters: 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...
Florida Matters: Forum on Amendment 2
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
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 Kopp...
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: Roller Coasters
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
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
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
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
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
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 have...
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...
Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care
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 costs,...
Florida Matters: Backyard Agriculture
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
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 meeting on...
Clone of Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist
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 smell of...
Florida Matters: Preparing for Hurricanes
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
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
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
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
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...
Florida Matters: Greenlight Pinellas Transit Plan
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
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 from the...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
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
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 be...
Florida Matters: Florida's Population Increase
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
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
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 fall....
Florida Matters: State of the State
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 bring...
Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Preview
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 in South Florida...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - Alex Sink
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 guest was...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - David Jolly
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, our guest is...
Lowering the Drinking Age
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
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 costs,...
Florida Matters: Income Inequality
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. We talk to...
Best of Florida Matters from 2013
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 to...
Florida Matters: StoryCorps
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 so...
Syrian Refugee
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 host...
Florida Matters: JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary
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
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
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...

 

FirstChoice eNewsletter