Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Gov. Rick Scott's 2012 State of the State Address
Governor Rick Scott says Florida's economy is on the mend and promised to put $1 billion back into education in his 2012 State of the State Address. Hear part of his address, along with analysis from USF political science professor Seth McKee and...
Best News Stories of 2011
A man jumps from the Sunshine Skyway…and survives. A new governor enters and a columnist leaves. And a Sarasota school remember being there when a President learned about the 9/11 attacks. Here are what WUSF’s news team chose as our top stories of...
Nuclear Power's Future
Nuclear power leaves no carbon footprint when generating electricity. But troubles with nuclear power plants after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami – and Progress Energy’s difficulty in making repairs to its Crystal River reactor – raise...
No Choice: Florida Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities
Charter schools are supposed to accept students regardless of ability…but in Florida, many are not. Charter schools are designed to be an alternative for students who aren’t happy with their neighborhood school. But an investigation by StateImpact...
Veterans Battle Unemployment
In Florida, the unemployment rate among veterans, especially among the National Guard and Reservists, hovers close to 20 percent. This week on Florida Matters, we look at the hurdles veterans face when looking for work as well as initiatives aimed...
Multi-Generational Households on the Rise
It once was common in America for three or more generations to live together. Now, the economy, debt and unemployment are causing many families to live under one roof once again. Experts say multi-generational households have special challenges and...
The Clean Water Act and Florida's Waterways
The state was sued three years ago by environmental groups, who say too many nutrients are flowing into rivers and lakes, creating green outbreaks in what used to be clear waters. That lawsuit resulted in the EPA determining the state violated the...
Is Tampa Bay Ready for the Big Leagues?
The Tampa Bay Rays hung on in this improbable season to squeak into the baseball playoffs. Their first playoff home game at Tropicana Field sold out. But it's been a hard sell to fill the Trop with fans this year. Across the bay, the Buccaneers...
Occupy Wall Street's Impact on Florida
The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread south to Florida. But what impact will the protests have here? To get a “big picture” perspective on the Occupy Wall Street protests and how they’re playing out in Florida, we speak with Seth McKee, who...
USF Polytechnic's Push for Independence
The bruising battle over USF Polytechnic’s push for independence is pitting community leaders against each other and raising the ire of students and faculty. We’ll hear both sides of the story on the eve of the vote by the Board of Governors. (photo...
"Not in Our Town" -- Responding to Hate in Tampa Bay
It’s the sort of thing no one thinks could happen in their community – a group of teenagers beating a man to death, just because he’s Hispanic. That’s what happened in 2008 in the town of Patchogue, New York. And now, Tampa Bay residents are asking...
Governor Rick Scott and Howard Troxler: Which Side Are You On?
One man rode a wave of Tea Party support into the Governor’s Mansion. Another is leaving the state in disgust. This week, we bring you two voices from each side of the political spectrum: Governor Rick Scott and columnist Howard Troxler. Long-time...
The Best of Recent Shows
From the stress of college applications to marking the anniversary of 9-11, we pause to take a look back at the last several months, and the conversations that reflect life in Tampa Bay.
Jumping Off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge...and Surviving
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has become one of the top ten places in America to end your life. On this special Florida Matters, we bring you the radio documentary "Splash" about the many who jumped, one lucky guy who survived, and how broken bones and...
Docs vs. Glocks: Patient Privacy and Free Speech
When a doctor’s right to free speech conflicts with a patient’s right to privacy, who wins? A controversial new law seeks to restrict what doctors can say to their patients about firearms. We talk to a Lake County family denied service because they...
"Dolphin Tale"
The true story of Winter, the severely injured young dolphin that was nursed to health at a Clearwater marine hospital, is now coming to the big screen.We'll talk about the movie and hear how it has impacted local tourism.
Tampa's GOP Debate
The Republican presidential candidates squared off in Tampa Monday night in a debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. We'll hear highlights from the event and insights from St. Petersburg Times Political Editor Adam Smith.
Florida Remembers 9/11
Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? President Bush was reading to schoolchildren in Sarasota...and WUSF's Steve Newborn was there... Rudi Deckers watched the towers fall, not yet knowing two former students at his Venice flight school were responsible...
Putting the State Back to Work
The state's pressing need for more jobs was the cornerstone of Gov. Scott's election campaign. As Labor Day approaches, we take a look at the employment situation in Florida and what can be done to create more work in our area.
Back to School
It's the beginning of a new school year...and with it, schools are implementing merit pay and other education reforms. Meanwhile, they're facing big budget cuts from Tallahassee. How are these changes affecting morale for students and teachers?
Clone of Hurricane Season
No major hurricane has hit the U.S. coast since 2005 -- but how long can our luck hold out? We're talking about hurricane season and how to get ready for it. Plus, a local historian tells us about the last "big one" to hit Tampa Bay.
Gov. Rick Scott's Charm Offensive
During a three-day visit to Tampa, Scott sat down for in-depth interviews with several television and radio stations. He also took a page from former Gov. Bob Graham and spent some time doing another job -- selling doughnuts. Scott also spoke to...
Sinkhole Insurance Sticker Shock
Talk about sticker shock – insurance rates in our region for sinkhole could go up between 400 and 2,000 percent. What’s going on and what can be done about it? Recently, the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation announced it wants rates in...
Mosquitoes: Back with a Vengeance
If you’ve been outside lately, you’ve probably noticed a particularly vicious crop of mosquitoes this year. They’re spreading diseases such as Dengue Fever in parts of Florida, but scientists and pest control experts are fighting back.
GulfWatch: One Year Later
Florida Matters examines the ongoing impact the spill has on our community and along the Gulf Coast, and what progress has been made in the restoration efforts. During the program, Florida’s leading scientists discuss their continuing role in...
Private Campgrounds in State Parks?
The state's plan to put private campgrounds and RV sites in some state parks ignited a firestorm of public opposition. We take a look at why the idea generated so much controversy, and what may lie ahead for Florida's state parks.
The Shuttle's Final Launch
Soon, people in Tampa Bay will no longer be able to look to the east and see the long, thin trail after the launch of the space shuttle. We discuss what the shuttle’s retirement means for Florida and the future of Americans in space.
The Debate Over "Tomatoland"
In winter, Florida provides virtually all of the fresh tomatoes in the U.S. But it's come at a cost to workers and consumers, according to a new book “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.” The cost paid by...
Social Media: What's Next? (Rebroadcast)
MacDill Air Force Base is on Facebook. So are politicians, charity groups, u-pick farms and everyone else with a cause to promote -- or a product to sell. But at the same time that social media seems like something we can no longer live without,...
Tourism Makes a Comeback
Despite the economic downturn, high gas prices and last year's oil spill, tourism in Florida appears to be staging a comeback.
Hurricane Season
No major hurricane has hit the U.S. coast since 2005 -- but how long can our luck hold out? We're talking about hurricane season and how to get ready for it. Plus, a local historian tells us about the last "big one" to hit Tampa Bay.
Neglected To Death: Part 2
We continue our look at a recent Miami Herald/WLRN investigation of Assisted Living Facilities. (photo credit: WLRN Miami Herald News)
Why Is Howard Troxler Leaving Florida?
For three decades, columnist Howard Troxler has been railing against what he sees as the abuses of power in Tallahassee. Now, he's leaving Florida, just as he says some of the worst changes are coming our way. St. Petersburg Times Columnist Howard...
Neglected to Death: The Story Behind the Investigation
A recent Miami Herald/WLRN investigation of Assisted Living Facilities discovered dozens of people who died in Assisted Living Facilities of apparent abuse or neglect. But few caretakers are ever charged in those deaths, and state regulators rarely...
A History-making Session for the Florida Legislature
The GOP used its big majorities to pass sweeping changes to Florida law in education, health care, pensions, and growth management. It failed on only a few issues, such as immigration. And it cut more than $4 billion from the state budget. Now that...
Insuring Our Homes Against Disaster
Hurricanes, sinkholes, and flooding are just some of the expensive problems we face as homeowners here in Florida, and property insurance is an ongoing challenge. Lawmakers are wrestling with the issue now, and their actions could reverberate...
Beyond the Light Switch
Florida and the nation face an expected 30 percent increase in power demand over the next four decades. Can we meet it? Can we balance often conflicting economic realities, environmental concerns and security issues?
The College Application Frenzy
Monday’s the deadline for most high school seniors to decide on the college they'll be attending. With costs at many private colleges at more than $50,000 a year -- financial aid such as Bright Futures in political jeopardy -- and stiff competition...
Rolling Back Growth Management Laws
Governor Scott and GOP leaders in the Legislature are trying to kick start Florida’s economy – especially the construction industry. They want to roll back growth management laws they say discourage builders from creating jobs. But if builders don’t...
What Merit Pay Means for Florida's Teachers and Students
Merit pay and an end to teacher tenure are coming to Florida. What does that mean for teachers, students and the rest of us? Lawmakers, educators and experts debate the merits of this education overhaul on this Florida Matters.
Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse
Lawmakers, law enforcement officials and other have pushed for a database to monitor prescription painkillers. Supporters tout it as a way to fight rampant abuse of the drugs; Gov. Scott says the database is intrusive and expensive, and wants to get...
Florida's 2011 Legislative Session: "Unprecedented"
Long time observers of Florida's legislature call this year's session unprecedented. Republicans have super-majorities in both the House and Senate. A moderate has been replaced by a staunch conservative in the governor's mansion. What are some of...
Best of Florida Matters: Spring 2011
This show spotlights some of the top stories and the most compelling conversations of recent months. Whether political or personal, we bring you the voices and the stories that make up what "Matters" to our community.
Drugs, Politics, Police, and More: Highlights from Recent Shows
On Florida Matters this week, we're spotlighting some of the most compelling conversations of recent months. After the tragic shooting deaths of two St. Petersburg police officers in January, we explored the relationship between the St. Pete police...
The Governor's Budget (Rebroadcast)
Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled his budget – and the extent of the spending cuts has sent shock waves through many government-funded groups. Education and health care in Florida could face especially lean times ahead. On Florida Matters, we’ll discuss...
The Governor's Budget
Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled his budget – and the extent of the spending cuts has sent shock waves through many government-funded groups. Education and health care in Florida could face especially lean times ahead. On Florida Matters, we’ll discuss...
Youth Violence in Tampa Bay
The sad news of another police officer's death in St. Petersburg recently was followed by another shocking revelation -- the alleged killer was only 16 years old. We'll explore the possible reasons that youth become involved in violent crimes, and...
The Future of Tampa: a Mayoral Debate and an Interview with Pam Iorio
Outgoing Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio says she's proudest of the city's reduced crime rate and the new museums and park downtown.
PTSD: New Hope
One in five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experience the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although the wounds from PTSD are still not well understood, new treatments are proving effective, and military leaders are stressing...
South St. Pete and the Police
After two St. Petersburg police officers were gunned down in south St. Petersburg, we explore the community's reaction to the tragedy, and we take a look at the sometimes tense relationship between the police and some of the neighborhoods near the...

 

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