Podcast: Florida Matters Archives

Lucia's Letter
Lucia's Letter is the award-winning documentary by WGCU Public Media that describes one Guatemalan teenager's trip with a coyote from Guatemala through Mexico to southwest Florida. The story is a composite of several local Mayan women's experiences...
Florida Matters: RNC Economic Impact
It’s being billed as second only to the Olympics when it comes to press coverage and economic impact. In just a few weeks, the Tampa Bay area will host the Republican National Convention. But some critics say there’s no evidence that previous...
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster on the Rays, the Pier, and More
The decisions made by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and the city council over the next year years will shape the city for decades to come. Specifically, Foster is trying to keep ahold of the Tampa Bay Rays, and rebuild the city's iconic Pier....
The Future of the Affordable Care Act in Florida
The Supreme Court says it's constitutional. But Gov. Rick Scott says he won't expand Medicaid or set up insurance exchanges envisioned by the Affordable Care Act. We break down the future of the ACA in Florida with Dr. Jay Wolfson, professor of...
Protesters Prepare for the Republican National Convention
More than 15,000 protesters are expected to flood the city of Tampa in August for the Republican National Convention. We asked three Tampa-area activists what they stand for and what they hope to accomplish. 1. They want to send a message to the...
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor on the GOP National Convention
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says her department is prepared to deal with the tens of thousands of people who are expected to descend on Tampa for the upcoming Republican National Convention. WUSF's All Things Considered host Craig Kopp asks her...
Preparing for a Hurricane
It's been so long since Florida's been hit...do you even feel like you need to be ready? Two emergency officials say that it's not a matter of if the big one will hit...but when. Holley Wade from Hillsborough County Emergency Management and Pinellas...
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
This week, Florida Matters brings you an exclusive interview with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Host Carson Cooper traveled to Tampa City Hall to talk with the first-term mayor in March. Buckhorn has been in office about a year. When he took over, the...
American Graduate: Teachers Speak Out About the Dropout Crisis
As part of the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative, WUSF Public Media has produced this special Florida Matters on the dropout crisis in Florida. We talk to a student who almost dropped out -- until his mother and a special school...
Florida Matters: The Military & Memorial Day
Monday is Memorial Day – a time when civilians and military alike will take a moment to remember those killed while serving their country. This week Florida Matters takes a look at the U.S. Military through the eyes of a base commander, a WWII...
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster on the Rays, the Pier, and More
The decisions made by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and the city council over the next year years will shape the city for decades to come. Specifically, Foster is trying to keep ahold of the Tampa Bay Rays, and rebuild the city's iconic Pier....
Florida Matters: Newsmaker Gov. Rick Scott
On Florida Matters this week, Bobbie O'Brien talked with the state’s 45th governor about Florida Polytechnic, the Republican National Convention, and whether Florida is the most veteran-friendly state. Five things we learned from our interview with...
Florida Wildlife Expedition Travels 1,000 Miles to Georgia
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition crossed the finish line nearly 100 days after setting off in the Everglades on a 1,000-mile journey to the Georgia state line. Their goal - inspiring the creation of a permanent unbroken wildlife corridor....
Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Under Attack
When George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he invoked a "Stand Your Ground" defense. And now, supporters of the law are finding themselves on the defensive. The shooting death of Trayvon Martin has led to a national debate about "Stand...
Trayvon Martin, Race and the Media
What has the media done right in its coverage of the death of Trayvon Martin? Where has it fallen short? And what is the proper role of race in the coverage of Martin's death? These are some of the very tough questions tackled by Eric Deggans, media...
Clouds Form Over Florida's Sunshine Laws
It's known as the Sunshine State...and Florida's Sunshine law gives you the right to see what your government is doing. But a new report says clouds are forming over our sunshine law. This special Florida Matters focuses on ethics in state...
Florida Matters: Best of 2012 Spring
We’re only three months into the year, yet 2012 is proving to be a momentous. This week Florida Matters revisits some of our top stories from a wild legislative session to a wildlife expedition trek. Presidential politics dominated January 2012...
Florida Matters: Newsmaker Mayor Bob Buckhorn
This week, Florida Matters brings you an exclusive interview with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Host Carson Cooper traveled to Tampa City Hall to talk with the first-term mayor. Buckhorn has been in office about a year. When he took over, the city was...
Florida Matters: Newsmaker Jeff Vinik
Jeff Vinik became the new owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning just over two years ago and quickly won over fans and local officials for what he’s done both on and off the ice. He bought the team with his own money and privately funded $40 million in...
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Nears Halfway Point of Statewide Journey
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is nearing the halfway mark of their trip up the length of Florida - 1,000 miles in 100 days. Their mission is to publicize the need to connect the state's disjointed wild areas into a continuous wildlife...
A Conversation with USF President Judy Genshaft
In the last few weeks, USF President Judy Genshaft found herself in the fight of her career, taking on powerful lawmakers who wanted to slash USF's budget and make USF's branch campus in Lakeland into an independent school. Florida Matters had a...
USF, JD Alexander, Polytechnic and the Budget Fight
What started as a fight over a new university in Polk County has blossomed into a battle over budget cuts to the University of South Florida. On this Florida Matters, we delve into the origin of the fight, and talk about how it may be resolved....
The Closing and Privatizing of Florida's Prisons
Florida lawmakers have shot down a bill that would have privatized prisons in the southern half of the state. But several prisons may be still be closed because there are more than 10,000 empty prison beds statewide. One of those is Hillsborough...
Veterans and Unemployment: Finding Solutions
In Florida, the unemployment rate among veterans, especially among the National Guard and Reservists, hovers above the national civilian average. This week on Florida Matters, we look at the hurdles veterans face when looking for work as well as...
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...
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: 1,000 Miles in 100 Days
One thousand miles. That's how far a group of people will be walking through the heart of Florida. And they'll do it for 100 days straight - through swamps, cattle pasture and subdivisions on the creeping edge of suburbia. They're not just doing it...
Florida's GOP Primary: What to Expect
In the final days before the Florida GOP primary, and we’re speaking with top political experts about what to expect, and what it all means. Joining us is Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, GOP political consultant Mark Proctor,...
Redistricting 2012: Who Will Dominate Florida's Politics?
It happens every ten years, regular as clockwork. It’s when Florida lawmakers redraw the political boundaries that determine who you get to vote for. They’re doing it right now in Tallahassee. On this special Florida Matters, WUSF in Tampa and WMFE...
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...

 

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