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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.

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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.

    After A Socially Distant Year, The Zest Podcast Returns With A Greater Focus On Florida Food History

    After A Socially Distant Year, The Zest Podcast Returns With A Greater Focus On Florida Food History

    This week on Florida Matters, we'll learn more about the new season of WUSF's food podcast, The Zest, and get a taste of some upcoming episodes.

    The Zest dives into the world of Florida food through interviews with chefs, farmers, restaurant owners and historians.

    Former WUSF staffer Robin Sussingham hosted its first two seasons with Dalia Colón as her producer. Now, Colón is the new host of The Zest Podcast. And its new season premiered last week.

    • 28 min
    What Will Florida Politics Look Like In 2021?

    What Will Florida Politics Look Like In 2021?

    We talk about what's potentially on the agenda for state politics this year.

    State lawmakers won’t meet in session until March, but many in Tallahassee and Washington are worried about budget shortfalls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Host Bradley George and Zac Anderson, political editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, have a wide-ranging conversation that touches on the new leaders of the state legislature as well as the amendments approved by voters in November.

    • 28 min
    Here's What It's Like to Run A Clinical Trial During A Pandemic

    Here's What It's Like to Run A Clinical Trial During A Pandemic

    Just in time for the end of 2020, coronavirus vaccines have arrived. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval to immunizations from Pfizer and Moderna. But work on other coronavirus vaccines continues.

    On this week's episode of Florida Matters, it's all about the challenges of running a clinical trial during a pandemic.

    The University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital are helping to run clinical trials for a vaccine developed pharmaceutical company Novavax. USF and TGH are looking to enroll 30,000 people in what is called a Phase Three clinical trial.

    Officials say it’s hard to recruit people to take an experimental shot. And it’s especially challenging to recruit older adults and people of color.

    • 28 min
    Calls To Tampa Bay's 211 Center Are Increasing During The Holiday Season

    Calls To Tampa Bay's 211 Center Are Increasing During The Holiday Season

    This week on Florida Matters, we check in with The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

    The Center operates a 2-1-1 emergency call center and connects people to mental health resources. And its CEO, Clara Reynolds, says she has seen the effects of 2020 on the community first-hand.

    Florida Matters first talked to her in April. And with the holiday season here, host Bradley George and Reynolds decided it was a time to touch base again.

    • 28 min
    Florida May See Fewer Snowbirds This Winter. What Does That Mean For The Tampa Bay Businesses They Frequent?

    Florida May See Fewer Snowbirds This Winter. What Does That Mean For The Tampa Bay Businesses They Frequent?

    This is the time of year when snowbirds — retirees from the Midwest and Canada looking to escape long, cold winters — flock to Florida.

    But not this year. Many are staying put due to the pandemic. And for Canadians, the U.S. border is closed.

    On today’s episode, host Bradley George asked Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, about the effects the snowbird slowdown is having on the Tampa Bay region’s economy. Also joining Bradley is Rich Doty, a researcher at the University of Florida.

    • 17 min
    With COVID Cases Surging, Do We Gather Virtually Or In Person This Thanksgiving?

    With COVID Cases Surging, Do We Gather Virtually Or In Person This Thanksgiving?

    On this week's Florida Matters, we look at the holidays as COVID-19 cases surge.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people not to travel. So some people are celebrating in person, with others virtually - or even a combination of both.

    How are you connecting with loved ones while staying safe this Thanksgiving week?

    We hear from Marissa Levine, a public health expert at the University of South Florida, and Krayl Funch, a Tampa home and event stylist, about the right way to safely celebrate.

    • 28 min

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