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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.

    Class Of COVID-19 Project Gives Many Faces To Florida's Education System Issues

    Class Of COVID-19 Project Gives Many Faces To Florida's Education System Issues

    The pandemic has been hard on everyone. But for children, it’s catastrophic.

    This week, we talk about Class of COVID-19, a recently launched project looking into the pandemic’s effect on disadvantaged children in Florida's education system. Reporters at public radio stations across Florida wrote stories for the project including WUSF's Kerry Sheridan.

    Host Bradley George talks with her about how she reported her story on Hillsborough County's migrant education program. Also joining the conversation is Jessica Bakeman, a reporter and project editor at WLRN Miami.

    • 28 min
    Tampa Native Marty Baron Retires After Storied Career In Journalism

    Tampa Native Marty Baron Retires After Storied Career In Journalism

    Marty Baron is about to retire after more than 40 years in journalism.

    Since 2013, the Tampa native has served as executive editor of The Washington Post.

    Shortly after his arrival, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the paper. Since then, Baron has led a newsroom that has expanded as many others have shrunk.

    He joined host Bradley George via Skype from his home in Washington last week. They talked about Baron's Florida roots as well as the most important stories of his career, including the Elián González custody saga.

    • 28 min
    Health News Florida Series Explores Use Of The Baker Act on Children

    Health News Florida Series Explores Use Of The Baker Act on Children

    Each year, about 36,000 children in Florida are committed for psychiatric exams under the Baker Act.

    The 50-year-old state law was designed to help adults who are struggling with mental health issues. But schools have been using it to deal with unruly students.

    Parents have few rights when the Baker Act is invoked, and often it’s school resource officers who make the call.

    While some students genuinely need help, others have been committed because they made an off-color joke, or struggle with learning problems like ADHD.

    This week on Florida Matters, host Bradley George talks with Lynn Hatter, a Health News Florida reporter based at WFSU in Tallahassee. She produced a five-part series on the issue in December.

    • 28 min
    What Could A Scaled Back Super Bowl Look Like For Tampa Bay?

    What Could A Scaled Back Super Bowl Look Like For Tampa Bay?

    As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to play Super Bowl 55 in their home stadium, Tampa Bay businesses and sports officials are bracing for what could be an underwhelming economic impact from the big game — at least in the short term.

    We first hear from WUSF reporter Steve Newborn and Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and President and CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

    Then host Bradley George talks with Chris Jones, an economist who teaches at the University of South Florida, in the second half of the show.

    • 28 min
    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

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