Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Florida Matters: Tampa Bay's Foodie Scene
It's that time of year when our waistlines tend to expand. Now that we've put the turkey and cranberry sauce away and are getting ready for those office parties and holiday dinner outings, is there a better time than now to place a spotlight on some...
Adoptions in Florida
When a 15-year-old boy appeared before a church congregation last month, pleading for someone to adopt him, tens of thousands of folks responded. In spite of that, there are hundreds of kids who are not making headlines and still are waiting for...
Citrus Greening: The War to Save Florida's Crop
Citrus greening has now infected every citrus producing county in Florida, and is threatening the survival of Florida's signature crop. It's gotten so bad that the CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual tells homeowners who are thinking of planting an orange...
Florida Matters: Medicaid Expansion Town Hall
Florida has rejected an offer of more than $50 billion over 10 years from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So the question remains: how will health care be funded for more than a million low-income...
Florida Matters Newsmaker: Adam Putnam, 'I'm a Conservative, but I'm not angry about it..'
At age 26, he was the youngest member of Congress when he took office in 2001, but after a decade in Washington, Adam Putnam of Polk County said he wanted to leave on his own terms and come back to Florida. “Nobody wonders now why it was that I...
Florida Matters: The End Of Remedial College Classes
Half of Florida students who take the state's college placement exam end up failing at least one section. In the past, those students would have brush up in remedial reading, writing or math courses before starting their college degree. But a new...
Florida Matters: Debate for St. Petersburg Mayor
The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. What to do about the Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. The future of the iconic pier - which now sits shuttered on what is likely the city's most visible...
Florida Matters: Tampa Bay Times Festival Of Reading
Thousands of book lovers flock to the University of South Florida Times Festival of Reading each year. And this year it's expected to be another busy Saturday when the festival returns on October 26th. It features writers such as Edwidge Danticat,...
Florida Matters: Flood Insurance
If you live near the water, you can’t rule out a flood. But a change to a federal law is poised to make living in flood zones a lot more expensive. A change in the federal flood insurance program took place on Oct. 1. The 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood...
Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana
A group called United for Care is behind the push to get a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the 2014 Florida ballot. The group is chaired by Orlando attorney John Morgan, founder of the law firm Morgan & Morgan, who is...
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: Living on the Autism Spectrum
How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves? This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages with...
Hunger Relief in Tampa Bay
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Food Security in the United States report for 2012 and it revealed almost 15 percent of U.S. households are what it calls food insecure. Food insecure means at some point during the year, members of...
Florida Matters: Nan Rich Makes Her Case to be Governor
Currently, there’s only one Florida Democrat actively campaigning for governor, Nan Rich joins WUSF this week for a special Newsmaker’s edition of Florida Matters. The former state lawmaker and senate minority leader gives her assessment of...
Work to Do: A Check-Up on Florida's Labor Market
With Labor Day just around the corner, we’re taking a look at Florida’s labor market--starting with Gov. Rick Scott’s promise to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Guest host Craig Kopp leads the discussion. Richard Gonzmart Columbia...
St. Petersburg Pier: The Lens
The aging St. Petersburg Pier officially closed to the public on May 31st. The city of St. Petersburg plans to demolish it and replace it with a new pier, a design called the Lens. But not so fast, opponents of the Lens design gathered more than 20,...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate
St. Petersburg is at a crossroads - what to do about the homeless, mass transit, the future of the Pier - and the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Current Mayor Bill Foster will be angling for another term during the Aug. 27 election for mayor....
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions
We asked our readers to tell us what they thought was confusing about the Affordable Care Act, and you called, e-mailed and Facebooked us with questions. This week WUSF’s Craig Kopp sits down with attorney Linda Fleming of Carlton Fields, Julian...
Florida Matters: Drones and Privacy Rights
They're used for everything from documenting crime scenes to chasing down rhino poachers in Africa. But on July 1, a law took effect in Florida that banned use of unmanned drones except in police emergencies. We look at the uses of this new...
Florida Matters -- School Technology
Florida schools are gearing up for new education standards and accompanying online testing. Schools must also prepare to deliver half of all classroom instruction digitally by 2015. So what will this mean for students, teachers and schools? It's the...
Florida Matters: Bob Graham on the State of Florida's Waterways
Florida is a state of hurricanes and summer deluges, but water is a dwindling resource. It's at the center of a tug of war between urban areas, agriculture and environmentalists, who say Florida's waterways are drying up - or becoming increasingly...
Florida Matters: Veterans Wheelchair Games
It’s reportedly the largest wheelchair sporting event in the world and its coming to the Tampa Bay area July 13-18. It’s the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Florida Matters visits with a wheelchair athlete turned dancer who is coming...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (July 2, 2013)
Human trafficking is a huge problem in Florida. The state ranks third in the country in human trafficking, but local organizations are working on a solution. According a local nonprofit organization working to tackle sexual exploitation, Manatee...
How Common Standards Will Change Florida Schools
Florida is one of 45 states which have fully adopted new English, literacy and math standards for K-12 schools. The standards, known as Common Core, are intended to make sure every high school graduate can handle college-level work or find a job...
Florida Polytechnic Readies for First Students
Florida Polytechnic University is quickly taking shape in Polk County. Officials hope to admit the first students in the fall of 2014 -- which means finding those students, housing them, hiring the faculty to teach them, designing a curriculum, and...
Florida Matters: Streamlining Foreclosures?
Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law a bill aimed at speeding up the foreclosure process in the state. In the wake of the housing crisis, Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Backers say that that the new law...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Wrap Up
State lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session by passing a $74.5 billion budget which the governor trimmed to $74.1 billion. But overall, lawmakers were happy with the budget and proud of their bipartisan spirit. Less than two weeks...
Florida Matters: Pinellas Mass Transit Tax Hike Referendum
In 2014, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether to raise their sales taxes to pay for major upgrades to the county's public transportation system. That would include what could become the Bay Area's first light rail. Supporters say it's the...
Florida Matters: State House Reporters Look Back at the Legislative Session
What got done in Tallahassee, what didn't and why? And how will it affect you? Ethics and elections reform gets through, but health care expansion does not. And efforts to change alimony and state run Citizens property insurance fell short....
Medicaid Expansion and the Florida Legislature
The debate over Medicaid expansion was one of the biggest issues during this year’s legislative session. Florida Matters talks with three Florida lawmakers about why they were unable to agree on a plan that would have expanded health care coverage...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College
The cost of college is rising and more students find themselves repaying loans than ever. Florida Matters talks with two experts about what trends are affecting the cost of earning a college degree and what parents can do to prepare.
The Gulf of Mexico Three Years After the BP Oil Spill
Fish with lesions, diseased livers and spleens - and parts of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico coated with a toxic slime. These are some of the things researchers continue to find three years after the Deepwater Horizon well exploded. A team based...
Tampa Bay a Craft Beer Mecca
The craft beer craze has taken hold in the Tampa Bay area, which leads the state in brewing the locally-made and creatively-flavored drinks. We'll hear about the phenomenon from some experts -- including a brewery owner and writers who cover the...
Florida Matters: Spring Break in Syria
Spring break in Florida is something many college students look forward to, but two University of South Florida students opted to leave the Sunshine State for an environment where sounds of roaring fighter jets, missiles hitting the ground and heavy...
Immigration Reform
This week a bipartisan group of Senators, including Florida's Marco Rubio, are set to release their plan to fix the nation's immigration system. We'll chat with stakeholders in Florida's immigration debate and visit a naturalization ceremony to meet...
Florida Matters: Sea Level Rise
What will Florida look like in the next several decades if sea levels continue to rise? Its coastlines would be radically redrawn - with many of our barrier islands under water. That's the opinion of two scientists who were lead authors in several...
Florida Authors
Just ask Ernest Hemmingway or Carl Hiassen – Florida can be a great place to be an author. This week, we talk to three Florida authors about the state that serves as their inspiration: - Immigration is a hot topic these days, and there’s a new book...
Thanking Our Veterans: An Off the Base Special
At WUSF, our project Off the Base brings you the stories of veterans, members of the military and their families. In this special program, reporter Bobbie O'Brien brings us some of their struggles and successes.
Florida Matters: Election Reforms
Floridians waiting six hours to vote and then the state taking four days to count all the ballots - if elections go wrong, how do you make them right? A political science researcher and distinguished panel of election experts come together to...
Legislative Town Hall 2013
Florida lawmakers go back to work this week. But before they take their turn, nearly 1,000 Floridians got to have their say during a public forum organized by WLRN and the Miami Herald. As this year's legislative session kicks off, we'll hear...
Florida Matters: Premiere of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Documentary
They kayaked, biked and hiked 1,000 miles in 100 days last year through the heart of natural Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is now ready to show the world what they encountered. On Sunday, March 3, the premiere of their one-hour...
The Dozier School for Boys
The infamous Dozier School for Boys is the stuff of a modern horror story, but tragically, the abuse and misconduct at the Panhandle reform school went on for decades. We’ll hear from victims, family members and a reporter from our area, who helped...
Florida Matters: Curbing Gun Violence
More than 1 million Floridians hold concealed weapons permits. Our panelists discuss Florida's efforts to curb gun violence, from mass killings that grab national headlines, to the much more common violence that happens every day. We'll also meet...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Preview
State lawmakers only have one thing they must do each year and that is to pass a balanced budget. Yet, there are plenty of issues to keep lawmakers busy this year. Florida Matters offers a preview of the “other” issues lawmakers will tackle this...
Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs
Florida has some of the most renowned springs in the world - famed for both their number and the clarity of the water. But ongoing residential development and nutrients flowing into the underground aquifer have combined to cloud the future of the...
Florida Matters: Future of the FCAT
Love it or hate it, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) has reshaped education in our state. Now, it is being replaced by new assessments and something called the “Common Core.” A panel of experts at St. Petersburg College discusses...
The Future of Billboards
St. Petersburg is working on a deal with two major billboard companies to take down 100 old signs in the city and replace them with 10 new digital ones. In Tampa, city officials are finalizing an agreement with the companies to end years of lawsuits...
Florida Matters: Student Veterans and the Post 9-11 GI Bill
Before WWII – college was a dream for most Americans. Then came the GI Bill and almost 8 million veterans got an education. Now, there’s the Post 9-11 GI Bill signed into law July 2008. It provides benefits to service members who have served 90 or...
Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media
He was a familiar face and voice in the 1960s. On Nov. 19, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. At the time of the speech, local resident Clarence Fort was a leader in the NAACP's student chapter. More...
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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