Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: LGBT Issues (April 26, 2017)
The Trump administration says bathroom use policies regarding gender are best left at the local level, while state lawmakers are considering new workplace protections aimed at the LGBT community. This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the...
Florida Matters Town Hall: Food Insecurity In Polk County (April 19, 2017)
Polk County is a place of so many contradictions. It's the home of beautiful lakes, charming downtowns and historic landmarks. But this birthplace of several of Florida's governors, was also named by one recent study...
Florida Matters: The Phosphate Industry (April 12, 2017)
Phosphate mining and production takes a heavy toll on the state's environment. But the industry also plays a key role in Florida's economy. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring what phosphate contributes to the state, and at what price. Our...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall (April 11, 2017)
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall (April 10, 2017)
You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County. Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country, and...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Self-Driving Cars (April 5, 2017)
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus (March 29, 2017)
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years. State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters: PriceCheck Stories (March 22, 2017)
In 1930, a mother in Kansas spent ten days in the hospital to deliver her baby. Total bill? $66. Well the cost of health care has gone up quite a bit since then -- how can you know how much many medical procedures cost these days?...
Florida Matters: Restoring The Everglades (March 14, 2017)
The Everglades, Florida’s vast fresh water system that starts near Orlando and meanders South, is in trouble. For years environmental advocates and sugar growers have clashed over how to restore the "River of Grass." And billions of dollars in...
Florida Matters: 2017 State of the State (March 7, 2017)
Governor Rick Scott kicked off Florida's 2017 legislative session with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters we're re-broadcasting portions of the governor's speech, which aired live on WUSF 89.7. Some highlights...
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview (February 28, 2017)
The azaleas are in bloom -- that means the legislative session in Tallahassee is just around the corner. What’s likely to happen, and how will it affect you? This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring some proposals lawmakers are considering this...
Florida Matters: What's Next For Medical Marijuana (February 22, 2017)
Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? This week on Florida Matters we're exploring the state's rules on medical marijuana...
Florida Matters: Surviving Gun Violence (February 15, 2017)
You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live? This week on Florida Matters we're listening to excerpts of the series Young Survivors: The...
Florida Matters: Saying Goodbye To 'The Greatest Show On Earth' (February 9, 2017)
After 146 years as the "Greatest Show on Earth," the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to take the tent down. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring the history of the circus, its local ties and the...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College (February 1, 2017)
High school seniors are starting to get their final acceptance letters - hopefully - from the colleges of their choice. While they celebrate, parents are trying to figure out how to pay for it all. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about...
Florida Matters: Self-Driving Cars (January 26, 2017)
Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles. You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car...
Florida Matters: TBX Debate (January 18, 2017)
Is it time for the Tampa Bay area to create express toll lanes to speed up urban traffic? Or is it a waste of taxpayer money and an affront to historic neighborhoods? This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the transportation plan known as...
Florida Matters: The Fight To Save Florida Citrus (January 11, 2017)
The disease called citrus greening has wreaked havoc on our state's most iconic industry. Florida is harvesting the smallest citrus crop in 52 years.  State and federal dollars have been pouring into frantic efforts to save groves. Some of the...
Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Nuturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay (January 9, 2017)
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: Top News Stories of 2016 (December 21, 2016)
As 2016 winds down, we’re taking another listen to some of the best news stories we discussed on Florida Matters throughout the year. Our “Year in Review” begins with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January. We...

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