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    How will the British decision to leave the EU affect Florida's economy?

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  • Florida Matters: Reading, Writing, 'Rithmatic and... Litigation: A New School Year

    A massive new federal education law looms on the horizon.

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  • Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's - "Oh, Florida!"

    "Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country."

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Last Week On Florida Matters

Florida Matters: Reading, Writing, 'Rithmatic and... Litigation: A New School Year Begins
Schools in Florida have a lot to deal with. A massive new federal education law looms on the horizon. Parents are suing over standardized testing  and the NAACP is suing over vouchers for private school. To help us sort out the...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.

Robin SussinghamHost: Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

Recent Florida Matters Episodes

Florida Matters: Craig Pittman's "Oh, Florida!"
Oh, Florida! On the one hand, a white sands, warm winter paradise. On the other hand -- alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes...you get the idea! Author Craig Pittman explores the irony of the Sunshine State in his new book...
Florida Matters: Zika In Florida
Radio: Florida Matters: Zika In Florida (August 10, 2016)
The Zika virus, which has been linked to the birth defect, microcephaly, is now in Florida. That development has taken concern over the mosquito-borne disease to a new level. Our panel includes: Dr. Vilma Vega, a Sarasota-based...
Florida Matters: The "Farm-Fresh" Fraud
"Locally-grown," "farm-to-table," and "pasture-raised" are the new buzzwords in the food culture, and restaurants are rushing to meet the demand. But one reporter says that at many Tampa Bay area restaurants we're being -- as she...
Florida Matters: Fictional Florida
Radio: Florida Matters: Fictional Florida (July 20, 2016)
A state that has places like Little Havana, Key West,  Disney World and the “Redneck Riviera" is just begging to be written about in fiction. We're talking about the way Florida has been depicted in recent years. What can fiction...

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