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Florida Matters

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Florida Matters is WUSF's weekly current affairs show that explores the events, ideas, politics and issues that matter to Floridians.

Most Recent Episodes

A former congressman shares his thoughts on Florida's divided political environment

We talk with former St. Petersburg congressman David Jolly about bipartisanship in a polarized political landscape. The former U.S. representative from Tampa Bay left the Republican party and registered as NPA or no party affiliation four years ago. He's since advocated for more options for voters whose priorities don't align with those of the two major parties.

A former congressman shares his thoughts on Florida's divided political environment

Two weeks before election, we break down the most important issues to you

We talk with political reporters, to answer your questions about the upcoming election. The general election is two weeks away and this election season, WUSF Public Media has been doing things a bit differently from other news media — focusing on the issues rather than talking points, and listening to you.

Two weeks before election, we break down the most important issues to you

Young voters say their trust in political systems is gone but they'll still vote next month

We check in with a growing part of the electorate — young voters — three weeks out from election day. As part of WUSF's Democracy 2022 coverage, we held a listening session a couple weeks back, where we asked you to share your thoughts on the election, the democratic process, and how it's reported by the media. We invited some of the participants in that listening session to talk with us on Florida Matters. We also get an update on the continuing road to recovery in Charlotte County after Hurricane Ian.

Young voters say their trust in political systems is gone but they'll still vote next month

After a contentious 2020 election season, local elections officials gear up for November elections

We talk with local election officials about voting in next month's elections. Misinformation, disinformation and the aftermath of Hurricane Ian may complicate the process for voters. But Brian Corley, supervisor of elections in Pasco County, and Hillsborough County counterpart Craig Latimer say they are confident their systems will prevail.

After a contentious 2020 election season, local elections officials gear up for November elections

Southwest Florida residents reflect on Hurricane Ian's life-changing impact

We hear from survivors of Hurricane Ian across Central and Southwest Florida and discuss the challenges of rebuilding going forward. WUSF reporters spoke with residents and business owners from Myakka City to Bonita Springs about the storm.

Southwest Florida residents reflect on Hurricane Ian's life-changing impact

Florida Matters features postcards from WUSF's COVID Conversations series

We highlight a new oral history project about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Black and Brown Floridians in the greater Tampa Bay region. We'll feature two interviews from the Florida Humanities-funded project and hear from one of its producers.

Florida Matters features postcards from WUSF's COVID Conversations series

Florida Matters highlights new WUSF series on mental health issues

We highlight WUSF's recent series focusing on the challenges Black Americans face as they try to maintain their mental health.

Over two years into a pandemic, Tampa Bay businesses are looking at hybrid and remote work

We look at how workers and businesses in the greater Tampa Bay region are evolving away from the physical office space. For a lot of people, March 2020 was a crash course in remote work. More than two years later, the question of what the new normal looks like still hasn't been answered.

Over two years into a pandemic, Tampa Bay businesses are looking at hybrid and remote work

After the August primaries, Sarasota's non-partisan school board sees shift to conservative majority

We look at the impact Governor Ron DeSantis has had on the state's non-partisan elections. DeSantis endorsed many school board candidates across the state. Some are also aligned with Moms for Liberty, a conservative group advocating for parental involvement in schools. In Sarasota County, three candidates — backed by both the governor and Moms for Liberty — won their August elections.

After the August primaries, Sarasota's non-partisan school board sees shift to conservative majority

USF anthropologist recounts her time unearthing bodies at the Dozier School for Boys

We talk with a University of South Florida anthropologist and author about her recently-published book, "We Carry Their Bones." In 2012, a team of researchers lead by Erin Kimmerle uncovered the graves of young boys buried at the notorious Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

USF anthropologist recounts her time unearthing bodies at the Dozier School for Boys