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.

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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

It’s About Florida: Senator John Legg

Jan 15, 2015

Parents are protesting. School Districts are petitioning. Teachers are frustrated and now the state legislature is getting involved. The issue: the state of Florida’s school accountability and testing infrastructure. A model put in place 15 years ago has been experiencing frequent change during the past several years, and now lawmakers, and the Department of Education are asking the same question: which tests are really necessary?

Today we’re speaking with the newest president of Florida A&M University, Elmira Mangum. She’s the 11th president of FAMU and the first woman to lead it. Mangum is trying to raise FAMU’s global profile, and redefine the role of the state’s only public, historically-black institution. Along the way, she’s shaking things up as the future of one of FAMU’s oldest partnerships—the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, hangs in the balance. Our conversation with FAMU President Elmira Mangum, coming up on It’s About Florida.

Guest:  FAMU President Elmira Mangum

Host: Lynn Hatter

John Thrasher

WFSU’s, “It’s About Florida” returns November 20. Our Guest: new FSU President John Thrasher. Host: Lynn Hatter

Florida’s jury system may get scrutiny from lawmakers during the 2014 legislative session.  There are questions about how many people should comprise one, especially in cases where capital punishment is an option.  But what about the composition of juries?  Is anyone qualified to sit on one?  Does Florida’s system make it easier for lawyers to manipulate the outcome of cases?  Those will be among our topics tonight on this edition of It’s About Florida.  We talk with Panama City State Attorney Glenn Hess about what issues legislators should address and lawyers should mind.

State of Florida / Florida Department of Children and Families

The recent spate of child deaths under the Department of Children and Family’s watch has once again raised concerns that the agency isn’t doing enough to protect the kids in its care. We speak with Department of Children and Family’s Secretary David Wilkins about the death of four children within six weeks and what the agency is doing now to protect kids.

Guests: DCF Secretary David Wilkins and Director of Child Protection and Transformation Kelly Sweat Darnell

Lynn Hatter / WFSU-FM

It’s been a hard year for Florida A&M University. It was placed on accreditation probation following the hazing death of a band drum major and incomplete audits. But the year has also come with some major gains, including a newly accredited business school and high marks in some higher education rankings. We speak with interim FAMU President Larry Robinson about the state of the school.

Host: Lynn Hatter
Guests: Dr. Larry Robinson, Interim President, Florida A&M University


It’s About Florida: Agriculture

Jun 21, 2013
Florida Farm Bureau

This week on It’s About Florida we take a look at the state of Florida’s agriculture industry. The head of Florida’s main agriculture lobbying group weighs in on citrus greening immigration and a new Everglades restoration bill recently signed into law.

Host: Lynn Hatter

Guest: John Hoblick, President of the Florida Farm Bureau