Florida Matters

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster 35 Years Later

    We take a look back at the Skyway disaster with Bill DeYoung, the author of “Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down.” 

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  • Same-Sex Marriage in FL

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments April 28 on the issue of same-sex marriage, which has been legal in Florida since January. 

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  • Aging in Place

    We visit the home of a Tampa woman who had it remodeled to accommodate her mother, and we talk to a panel of experts about how to stay living in your home safely and comfortably.

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Last Week On Florida Matters

It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in...more...

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Host: Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of Morning Edition on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006.

Recent Florida Matters Episodes

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Radio: 5 Years Later: BP Oil Spill (April 28, 2015)
It was five years ago -- April 20, 2010 -- when BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded, killing 11 workers and began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time it was capped 87 days later, more than 200 million gallons of...
Radio: Same-Sex Marriage in FL (April 21, 2015)
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015, and to mark the occasion, Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank held a group wedding at a park across the street from the courthouse. The issue is heading to the U.S....
Radio: Aging in Place (April 14, 2015)
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...
Restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba are being eased.
Radio: Cuba Forum (April 8, 2015)
In Tampa Bay, ties to Cuba run very deep. In March, federal officials participated in a forum with community leaders in Tampa to discuss what may lie ahead, as some restrictions on travel and trade have been eased under changes...

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