1:52 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse With His Current Favorites

Credit Josh Cheuse

Alan Cheuse has been reviewing books for NPR's All Things Considered since the 1980s. He's giving a talk this week at All Saints' Academy in Winter Haven, where he'll also be teaching student workshops.

He sat down with WUSF's Robin Sussingham to talk about his favorite books now, and what advice he'd give to book clubs.

The books he suggested:

"Honeydew" by Edith Pearlman

"Twelve Days" by Alex Berenson

"The Other Joseph" by Skip Horack

"The Architect's Apprentice" by Elif Shafak

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Florida Matters
11:21 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Florida Matters Preview: Same-Sex Marriage in FL

Mike Reedy with Equality Florida, Florida Matters host Carson Cooper and attorney Alan Gassman in the WUSF studio.
Doug Parton DP Photography

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015. The issue is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, but in the meantime, marriage licenses are being issued to same-sex couples.

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9:39 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Calls Escalate For Outside Investigation Into FDLE Chief's Departure

Happier times: Gov. Rick Scott seems relaxed on a visit to FDLE as Commissioner Gerald Bailey laughs in the background.

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:56 pm

Watchdog groups want an outside investigation into the apparent ousting of well respected Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, and now a private citizen is asking the FBI to investigate claims that Gov.

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Off The Base
9:38 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Florida Is For Veterans Begins Defining Mission

Florida is for Veterans Chair Jim Bagby

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:24 pm

Plans are taking shape in the agency tasked with pitching Florida to newly discharged veterans.  Florida is For Veterans held its second strategy meeting Monday in Tallahassee.

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World Affairs
9:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Cuba Digs in Heels on Concessions for Better U.S. Ties

The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro's government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country's struggling economy.

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Health News Florida
8:41 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Ex-NFL Players Drop Pounds, Boost Health

Former NFL Players (from left) Rob Taylor, Brian Holloway, James Harrell, and Jason Maniecki pose with Dr. Jon Paul Gonzalvo
Tampa General Hospital & USF Health Bariatric Center

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:40 am

Many people struggle with their weight, and former athletes are no exception.

But athletes who gain weight once they retire are at a higher risk for serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. That's why four retired NFL players, including two from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, teamed up as part of a weight loss study by Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Bariatric Center to tackle their obesity.

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Health News Florida
7:42 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Lawmakers Want Review of 'Baker Act'

Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, is one of two lawmakers proposing revisions to Florida's Baker Act law.
Credit Florida House of Representatives

Two South Florida lawmakers have filed bills that would require a review of Florida's "Baker Act,'' which allows for the involuntary commitment of people who have mental illnesses and are considered dangers to themselves or others.

The proposals (SB 514 and HB 505), filed by Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, will be considered during the legislative session that starts in March.

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7:30 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Scott Wants $7.4 M for Vet Nursing Homes

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 10:38 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants money to start planning to build the state's eighth and ninth nursing homes for veterans.

Scott will announce Monday that he is asking for $7.4 million from state legislators. Scott wants the money to help build a recently-approved home in St. Lucie County as well as two additional homes.

Groundbreaking on the nursing home in St. Lucie County is scheduled to begin later this year. No sites have been chosen for the next two.

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6:20 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Testing Time - Jeb Bush’s Educational Experiment

As a result of the rightward shift in the Republican Party, Jeb Bush is being viewed as a moderate in the emerging Presidential field. He has strong support among the Party’s establishment and donor class, but his popularity among the current conservative rank and file is difficult to gauge. Since he left office, Bush has maintained a national profile through his work on the issue with which, as governor, he had sought to make his biggest mark: education reform. But, after leading the way in pushing a conservative vision for America’s schools, Bush is now caught in the midst of an unexpected upheaval on the issue within his own party.
In December, Jeb Bush posted an update on his Facebook page which began by reporting that, over Thanksgiving, he and his family had "shared good food and watched a whole lot of football." He added, "We also talked about the future of our nation.
4:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

NASA To Fly Astronauts On Private Spacecraft - For $58 Million A Seat

Boeing's CST-100 is one of the spacecrafts NASA will use to fly astronauts to the International Space Station
Credit Taisha Henry

NASA says it’s on schedule to fly astronauts to the International Space Station on private spacecraft beginning in 2017.

It will cost about $58 million a seat to get to low earth orbit.

It was NASA’s first update on its Commercial Crew Program since a legal complaint about the bidding process was resolved earlier this month.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden says if the space agency is going to focus on Mars, it must rely on private companies to take astronauts to the space station.

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Law & Order
2:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Clergy Members To North Miami Beach Police: "Use Me Instead" For Target Practice

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:18 am

Clergy members across the country have a message  to the North Miami Beach Police Department in response to using  mugshots of black men for target practice: Use me instead.

The #UseMeInstead social media movement took off after a bullet-riddled image of six black men was found by one of the men’s sisters at a Medley gun range. The image sparked national outrage.

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Health News Florida
1:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

GOP Lawmaker Files Medical Marijuana Bill

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:13 am

There's a new push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and a Republican lawmaker is leading the charge.

Though a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana failed in November, a Republican lawmaker has filed a Senate bill to make medical marijuana legal for Florida residents.

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11:57 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Book Looks At The History And Future Of Testing In U.S. Schools

Anya Kamenetz is an education reporter for NPR and author of a new book on testing in U.S. schools.

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 7:58 am

Lots of people think there’s too much testing going on in schools right now. It’s one of the most contentious issues in education.

Lawmakers want to scale back the amount of time Florida students spend taking tests.

But at the same time, Florida is rolling out a new test tied to new math and language arts standards -- known as Common Core.

NPR education reporter Anya Kamenetz researched the history and use of standardized exams for her book, “The Test.”

Read an edited version of our interview with Kamenetz below.

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This Is NPR
11:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

NPR Launches A New Podcast Directory

NPR's new podcast directory is mobile-friendly and far more engaging, for both your eyes and ears.

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:50 pm

Today, we're rolling out a new podcast directory on, and we're excited to have a beautiful new home to showcase all of the podcasts from the NPR family.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Mon January 26, 2015

From New Jersey To Maine, Northeast Braces For Massive Blizzard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted this photo taken Monday of the storm bearing down on the U.S. Northeast.

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:26 pm

Update at 12:20 p.m. ET

Nearly 30 million people in the Northeast are bracing for what the National Weather Service is calling a potentially historic blizzard that could bring more than 2 feet of snow today and Tuesday to parts of the region.

Blizzard warnings have been issued all the way from the New Jersey shore to coastal New England from this afternoon through late Tuesday.

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