It's About Florida

It's About Florida is a half-hour discussion program focusing on topical issues in the state, from roundtable discussions with news trackers to one-on-one discussions with leading newsmakers. It's About Florida captures the headlines and goes behind the issues with in-depth discussions on diverse topics such as immigration, the environment, and the economy, just to name a few.

It's About Florida will be broadcast monthly on Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET on 88.9 WFSU-FM & 5:30 pm CT on 89.1 WFSW-FM.

Listeners can email comments or questions about the program to wfsufm@wfsu.org.

It’s About Florida: Amendment One

Jun 18, 2015

Nearly 75 percent of Florida voters approved a water and land conservation Amendment last November. Amendment One was hailed as a sound source of funding for environmental issues the ballot proposal’s supports felt had been under-funded for years. Now Florida lawmakers have prepared a state spending plan, divvying up more than $750 million generated by the Amendment. But backers of Amendment say the environment is being shortchanged yet again. Tonight, we’ll explore the legislative conversation around environmental spending, and try to answer the question: where did the money go?

It’s About Florida: Special Session Preview

May 21, 2015

Today we’re speaking with reporters Tia Mitchell and Matt Dixon. Tia is the Capital Bureau Chief of the Florida Times Union and Matt is the statehouse bureau chief of the Journal Media Group—which includes the Naples Daily News and Treasure Coast newspapers. Our conversation comes two weeks before the legislature reconvenes in Tallahassee to get a budget in place, after a contentious and abrupt end to the regular legislative session. That end resulted in a lawsuit against the House—which departed early.

It’s About Florida: Session Roundup Part 2

Apr 18, 2015

Guests: Gray Rohrer, Kathleen McGrory and Tia Mitchell. We’re at the halfway point of the 2015 legislative session. Gray is a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee Bureau. Kathleen McGrory covers state government and politics for the Miami Herald, and Tia Mitchell is the statehouse bureau chief for the Florida Times Union.  We’ll talk about the ongoing dispute over healthcare funding, and what it means for the rest of the legislative session.

Guests: Orlando Sentinel Reporter Gray Rohrer

Miami Herald Reporter Kathleen McGrory

It’s About Florida: Session Roundup Part 1

Mar 19, 2015

Today we’re speaking with Reporters Gray Rohrer and Kathleen McGrory at week three of the 2015 lawmaking session. Gray Rohrer is a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee Bureau and has reported for other publications like the Florida Current covering the Legislature and state government for the last four years. Kathleen McGrory covers state government and politics for The Miami Herald. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall.

Guests: Orlando Sentinel Reporter Gray Rohrer

Miami Herald Reporter Kathleen McGrory

It’s About Florida: Legislative Preview

Feb 19, 2015

Today we’re speaking House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner. Our conversation comes two weeks before the start of the annual lawmaking session, and there are already bills moving through both chambers. Lawmakers will have to decide whether to accept billions in federal funding to insure more Floridians, and whether to renew a deal on gambling with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  Our conversation with the state’s top legislative leaders, coming up on It’s About Florida.

Guest: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Senate President Andy Gardiner

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