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28 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
In his latest book, historian Gary Mormino documents Florida during the 2000s
We talk with local author and historian Gary Mormino about his latest book on the Sunshine State's influence during the early 21st century.
28 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
After a month after overturning Roe V Wade, Florida faces uncertain future on abortion
We dive into where abortion now stands in Florida -- a month since the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
28 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Florida Matters explores the Sunshine State's literary scene
We discuss Florida's literary scene and get summer reading recommendations from a local book critic and independent bookstore owner.
28 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Three Tampa Bay food entrepreneurs share their experiences with starting small businesses
We hear from local food entrepreneurs who started their small businesses. Host Matthew Peddie talks with Zach Correa of lemonGRAFT, Sam Meyers of Tampa Bay Rum Company and Shayla Daniels of Chez Shay’s Sweets.
28 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
Florida Matters explores Tampa Bay 'staycation' options
We explore suggestions for local summer "staycations" with Tampa-based author and journalist Kristen Hare. Since 2014, she's written the "100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before You Die" series.
19 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Florida Matters gets an update on the region’s water quality
We get an update on water quality in the Tampa Bay region from WUSF reporter Steve Newborn. He's reported on incidents like last year's toxic wastewater spill from the former Piney Point phosphate plant threatened the region's estuaries and marine life.
28 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch discusses first term goals
We talk with St. Petersburg mayor Ken Welch about his priorities for his first term. We visited Welch at his office in City Hall for a conversation about the Tropicana redevelopment, affordable housing, transportation and other challenges facing the city.
28 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Tampa Bay area law enforcement and residents weigh the future of Florida’s gun laws
We hear from Tampa Bay regional residents about what needs to change to stem the tide of gun violence. Later in the show — with the special session on property insurance in the rear view mirror — can homeowners expect some relief from skyrocketing premiums?
28 minutes | May 31, 2022
Florida Matters highlights a recent WUSF series featuring Tampa Bay area teachers
We talk with Kerry Sheridan and Bailey LeFever, the reporters behind a series of audio postcards featuring the voices of Tampa Bay area teachers. Over the course of the show, you’ll also hear three of the postcards they produced on topics such as teacher morale and parental involvement.
28 minutes | May 25, 2022
Florida Matters gets a refresher on hurricane preparedness
Hurricane season starts next week and we learn about what to expect this season — and how to get ready. Forecasters are expecting another busier than average storm season, with as many as nine hurricanes.
28 minutes | May 18, 2022
State lawmakers hold second special session to work on Florida’s property insurance troubles
The state’s property insurance market is in big trouble. Homeowners are paying more for less coverage as insurance companies shed customers. Some companies have gone under. Lawmakers return to Tallahassee next week for a special session to deal with the crisis.
28 minutes | May 11, 2022
New Florida law allows families back into assisted living facilities, even during a health emergency
We talk with Health News Florida reporter Stephanie Colombini about her reporting on Florida’s “No Patient Left Alone” act. The new law lets family members visit patients in health care facilities — even during an emergency like a pandemic.
28 minutes | May 3, 2022
After a slew of controversial new laws, we look at DeSantis’ approach to leadership
We discuss the leadership style of Governor Ron DeSantis, leading up to the November mid-term elections. His priorities during the latest legislative session have put him at the leading edge of the country’s “culture war.”
28 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
We break down what Florida’s new congressional map means for voters
We recap the recent special session to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines to approve maps proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The controversial maps are expected to reduce Black Congressional representation in the state — especially with the elimination of North Florida’s District 5, a majority-minority district - and give an advantage to Republican candidates.
28 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Recent report details climate change's imminent impact to Tampa Bay, says the cost of doing nothing is dire
We explore climate change's impact in the Tampa Bay region and how some cities are planning to adapt. Sea-level rise threatens the more than three million people who live in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater metro areas — and the nearly five million in the entire region.
28 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
A new Tampa Bay History Center exhibit explores Tampa's ties to Cuba
We take a walking tour of a Tampa Bay History Center exhibit highlighting the Cuba-Tampa connection. Called Cuban Pathways, it explores a relationship that started almost 500 years before South Florida's better known tie to the island.
28 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Longboat Key's Democrat and Republican clubs want to change the conversation around politics
We talk with members of two Sarasota County political clubs wanting to change how Democrats and Republicans converse. The Longboat Key Democrats and the Republican Club of Longboat Key have been meeting for over a year to discuss their personal beliefs -- even if they agree to disagree. They call the exercise "Miracle on the Key."
19 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Tampa Bay residents share experiences of finding new homes in a pricey market
We continue our look at housing affordability. As the region sees explosive growth, residents are dealing with soaring rents. Others are finding it difficult to buy a home. We’ll hear from Tampa Bay residents sharing their experiences in a tough rental market.
28 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Ukrainians across Tampa Bay talk about the impact of the Russian invasion on their lives
Full story: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2022-03-08/ukrainians-across-tampa-bay-talk-about-the-impact-of-the-russian-invasion-on-their-lives
28 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Bradenton restauranteur says supply chain problems and worker shortages haven't stopped him yet
Full story: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2022-03-01/bradenton-restauranteur-says-supply-chain-problems-and-worker-shortages-havent-stopped-him-yet
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