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Florida Matters tackles tough issues, highlights little-known stories from our part of the world, and provides a greater perspective of what it means to live in the Sunshine State. Join us each week as we journey across the state to explore the issues important to Floridians and cover the challenges facing our community and our state.

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On this week's podcast, we've got the highly-regarded political analyst Susan MacManus in the studio to unpack Governor Rick Scott's last State of the State address. MacManus also answers the question of why Florida's national elections are so closely divided between Republicans and Democrats, while our state representatives are overwhelmingly Republican. Dr. MacManus joins WUSF's Florida Matters co-host Robin Sussingham and producer Stephanie Colombini.

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Gov. Rick Scott delivered his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.

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On this Florida Matters More podcast, we talk about whether ethnic newspapers' niche markets will help them survive the demise of  traditional print media. It may all depend on if they, like other print outlets, can figure out how to make money from their social media.

One of the area's leading African American family-owned newspapers, The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Tampa's preeminent Hispanic newspaper, La Gaceta, is approaching 100 years. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the history and cultural impact of ethnic publications in the Tampa Bay area.


One of the area's leading newspapers, The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. This week on Florida Matters we're taking another listen to our discussion on the history and cultural impact of Tampa Bay's ethnic publications.

 


On this week's Florida Matters More podcast, host Robin Sussingham is joined by Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald Tribune; and WUSF's Steve Newborn. They discuss politicians who've shaken things up this year, like House Speaker Richard Corcoran and attorney John Morgan, plus what they consider the most under-reported stories of the year.

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Massive hurricanes, corrupt politicians and the tragic death of a famous manatee – there was a lot of big news in Florida this year. This week on Florida Matters we talk with local journalists about some of 2017’s top local stories.


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Last week we shined a light on the historic neighborhood Progress Village and this week on Florida Matters its story continues.

In the second half of our special two-part series Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Progress Village we hear more residents of Tampa's first affordable housing suburb share their memories growing up there, and talk about how the neighborhood has changed.


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This week on Florida Matters we'll hear the second half of our special two-part series Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Progress Village. We'll hear more residents of Tampa's first affordable housing suburb share their memories growing up there and talk about how the neighborhood has changed.

In this preview, we hear from Alfred Sheffield. His family moved to Progress Village when it was first founded in 1960.


On this podcast with Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham, WUSF News Director Mary Shedden and Florida Matters Producer Stephanie Colombini, hear more about the pioneering families of Tampa's Progress Village, and why the sense of community was so strong in that neighborhood. We ask whether the Progress Village elders have a lesson for us in how to build the bonds of community.

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Progress Village was Tampa's first affordable housing suburb, and this week on Florida Matters we'll hear its story.


Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

This week on Florida Matters we'll hear the first episode in a special two-part series called Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Progress Village.

We'll hear residents of Tampa's first affordable housing suburb share their memories growing up there. And they'll talk about their hopes for the neighborhood's future.

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There's plenty of opportunities to see popular live music acts in the Tampa Bay area, but some major artists rarely pay us a visit. One local tribute band is putting their own unique flair on songs you may never get to hear live.


Sometimes when something is as universal, necessary and mundane as eating, it's hard to make "food" sound special. But not for the people on this Florida Matters.

WUSF has been talking to people who communicate their passion about food in particularly interesting ways. Food...as muse.


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Sometimes when something is as universal, necessary and mundane as eating, it's hard to make "food" sound special. But not for the people on this Florida Matters.

WUSF has been talking to people who communicate their passion about food in particularly interesting ways. Food...as muse.

Our guests include:

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This week on Florida Matters we're taking another listen to our show about people who communicate their passion for food in particularly interesting ways.

In this preview, Florida Matters reporter Bobbie O'Brien visits the kitchen of Tampa Bay Times cookbook reviewer Ileana Morales Valentine as she tests a new recipe.


Want to hear more about live music in the Tampa Bay area?

Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham sat down with Florida Matters producer Stephanie Colombini and WUSF reporter Daylina Miller and asked them about their experiences with and impressions of the local music scene.


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Throughout this past year, members of WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR have been highlighting live music that makes the Tampa Bay Area a little more special as part of our ongoing Art Populi series.

This week on Florida Matters we hear some of those stories.


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The Tampa Bay area boasts some world class performing arts venues. But you don't have to pay big ticket prices to hear great music. As part of WUSF’s ongoing Art Populi series on live, local music, we visit a restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg where jazz reigns every Monday night.


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More than two months after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, thousands are still fleeing the island and many are coming to Florida.

This week on Florida Matters we'll discuss the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to Florida during the latest edition of our monthly news roundtable.


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