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"Florida Matters" is WUSF 89.7's newest forum that goes beyond the daily headlines and explores issues that matter to you and your community.

"Florida Matters" is WUSF 89.7's newest forum that goes beyond the daily headlines and explores issues that matter to you and your community.

Location:

Tampa, FL

Description:

"Florida Matters" is WUSF 89.7's newest forum that goes beyond the daily headlines and explores issues that matter to you and your community.

Language:

English


Episodes

Disaster in Haiti

1/15/2010
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 a few of the thousands of local Haitians who have family and friends on the island. Plus, we'll talk about the country's future — and how that future will impact Florida and the U.S.

Duration:00:28:10

Florida's 2010 Political Landscape

1/9/2010
It's the first week of 2010 and Florida's election season has already begun. The state's Chief Financial Officer and Attorney General are battling for the governor's job. And what once seemed an inevitable victory for Gov. Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race now looks competitive. Plus, it's midterm elections nationally, which could strengthen Democrats' hold of Congress or erode their majorities. We look at how politics will shape 2010, coming up on Florida Matters.

Duration:00:28:09

2009 Year in Review (Rebroadcast)

1/4/2010
As the saying goes, "It's the economy, stupid." That was the big story of 2009, touching all of our lives and driving much of the national conversation. Fittingly, it's also the story we start with as we look back at the last year in Florida with WUSF's reporting team. We recap a few of the biggest stories of the year and look at how they have impacted our communities.

Duration:00:28:10

Listening to Our Past (Rebroadcast)

12/25/2009
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 war. This week on Florida Matters, we'll visit with the past through excerpts of oral histories from the Bay area. And we'll talk about why these recordings — and ones that you can make with your family — matter.

Duration:00:28:10

2009 Year in Review

12/19/2009
As the saying goes, "It's the economy, stupid." That was the big story of 2009, touching all of our lives and driving much of the national conversation. Fittingly, it's also the story we start with as we look back at the last year in Florida with WUSF's reporting team. We recap a few of the biggest stories of the year and look at how they have impacted our communities.

Duration:00:28:10

Training Better Teachers

12/14/2009
Over the next seven years, Hillsborough County Schools will spend $202 million to make teachers better at their jobs. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has chipped in $100 million of that — the largest of four teacher effectiveness grants. The goal is to boost student success; district officials want 60 percent of students to graduate college-ready, rather than the 37 percent that do now. This week: how the money will be spent and what it means in the classroom.

Duration:00:28:10

Helping Homeless Veterans

12/14/2009
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says as many as a third of the nation's homeless people are veterans. The issue has gained such prominence recently that the VA secretary has pledged to end homelessness among veterans within five years — and he's planning to spend billions to do it. But how bad is the problem in the Bay area? We'll take a look at that and the help that's out there for veterans on the streets.

Duration:00:28:09

Listening to Our Past

11/27/2009
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 war. This week on Florida Matters, we're marking the StoryCorps National Day of Listening by visiting with the past through excerpts of oral histories from the Bay area. Plus, we'll talk about why these recordings — and the ones you make with...

Duration:00:28:10

The Future of Billboards

11/21/2009
St. Petersburg is working on a deal with two major billboard companies to take down 100 old signs in the city and replace them with 10 new digital ones. In Tampa, city officials are finalizing an agreement with the companies to end years of lawsuits over the number and placement of billboards, and the City Council will start work on a policy for digital boards next month. This week, we look at the issue of billboards in the Bay area, digital and otherwise.

Duration:00:28:00

The Push for Drilling - Part 2

11/13/2009
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 ended. And we talk about the politics of drilling in Florida since this issue is expected to feature prominently in the spring legislative session in Tallahassee.

Duration:00:28:09