Disaster in Haiti
Estimates put the number of dead in the tens of thousands as recovery continues from a devastating earthquake in Haiti. The quake is being felt well beyond Haiti's borders, including in Florida, which is home to more than 200,000 Haitians. We'll meet...
Listening to Our Past
Meet a man who joined the circus as a teen, another who was part of Tampa's first day of integrated dining in the 1960s, and a woman whose family went to meetings and picnics in Ybor City supporting the Spanish Republic during that country's civil...
The Push for Drilling - Part 2
Last week, we focused on oil and natural gas drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast. We wrap up that conversation by looking in more detail at the potential for new jobs and royalty payments to the state if the moratorium on drilling in state waters is...
The Push for Drilling - Part 1
The debate over allowing oil and natural gas drilling as close as a few miles from Florida's Gulf coast has heated up in recent weeks and figures to be a key issue during the spring legislative session. On this week's show, we'll hear why...
Facing the Mortgage Crisis - Reprise
The number of foreclosures in Florida has quadrupled since 2006. In Bradenton and Sarasota alone, foreclosures rose 600 percent between 2006 and 2008. In this edition of Florida Matters, we're examining the impact of foreclosure on our community. We...
St. Petersburg Mayor's Race
In the beginning, 10 St. Petersburg residents were vying to be the city's next mayor. Now, that list has only two names on it. The winner will inherit a list of unresolved issues, like deciding the future of downtown — including BayWalk and the Pier —...
Crime and Recession
Conventional wisdom says crime rises when the economy goes bad; studies say that has been true during every recession since the 1950s. With the country facing what many consider to be the deepest recession in 70 years, that could mean a spike in...
Florida Matters is focusing on the economy and helping you find resources to face your economic issues. In this edition: jobs. We'll meet a few Bay area residents doing whatever they can to find a steady paycheck. A job counselor tells us what life is...
Art as a Career
For many artists, their creations are a hobby, a passion, an outlet. Some artists make a go of it as professionals, depending on their creativity to provide an income. But is there demand for art in this sour economy? And how do you take that leap to...
Seminole Gaming Negotiations
This spring, lawmakers agreed to give the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to some card games in exchange for millions of dollars in revenue sharing for the state budget. Negotiations are underway to finalize the details, including how much money the...
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