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Capital Report
Fridays, 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT & 9:00 pm ET

Capital Report is also available as a podcast.

Reporters from public radio stations across the state bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business, or the arts, Capital Report provides information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9 WFSU-FM Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1 WFSW-FM Panama City, and on participating public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Capital Report is broadcast weekdays at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm ET on 88.9 WFSU-FM Tallahassee, weekdays on 89.1 WFSW-FM Panama City, and on participating public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Latest Episodes
  • On tonight’s program: While coronavirus vaccines remain in short supply, Florida businesses might get legal immunity from pandemic-connected litigation during the upcoming lawmaking session; Even if COVID-19 vaccines become more available than they are now, some groups of people are still hesitant to roll up their sleeves and get the shot; There may be issues with Florida’s vaccine distribution and acceptance, but we’ll also speak with a few folks who say there’s reason for optimism; In the wake of this week’s chaos in Washington, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing legislation to up the penalties for protestors who become violent. The bill has its supporters. It also has some opponents; While some farmers have struggled during the pandemic, officials say hemp growers have seen an increase in demand; And a Florida entrepreneur is urging state and local governments to make more tracked chairs - kind of a cross between a wheelchair and a bulldozer - available to folks with disabilities.
  • On tonight’s program: Now that the 2020 election is in the rear-view mirror, we’ll learn what renowned Political Scientist Susan McManus had to say about it; Despite a constitutional amendment passed in 2018 to restore voting rights for most Florida felons, state lawmakers kept insisting in 2020 that felons would first have to pay off every fee connected with their crime. Even if nobody knew how much that might be; Governor Ron DeSantis proposes legislation that would crack down on what he calls “mob violence”; It seems many common commodities went missing during the first months of the pandemic; Recent changes at the post office meant sending things through the mail this holiday season required a combination of calculus and luck; And despite a raging pandemic, Florida’s college spring breakers in 2020 insisted they were doing whatever it took to stay safe.
  • On tonight’s program: Parts of a famous Florida coastal highway are slowly slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Now state officials are scrambling to reverse the erosion; Decreased water flow in the Apalachicola River isn’t just threatening the region’s famous oysters. It’s also causing concern for the trees critical to North Florida’s tupelo honey production; Many residents of storm-tossed Northwest Florida are hoping nature-based tourism can help buttress their battered economy; One of Florida’s once thriving wild-bird species - nearly pushed to the edge of extinction - is slowly rebounding; And a renowned Florida environmental writer discovers and reveals a heart-warming connection between the natural world and caring for her father during his last days.
  • Florida's Baker Act wasn't designed for children. Yet they're the fastest-growing segment of the population being sent for involuntary psychiatric exams. More 100 kids a day are being Baker Acted. Solutions to the problem aren’t easy. And the reasons why children end up in the mental health system are complex. This special report by Lynn Hatter explores what happens when kids get committed.
  • On tonight’s program: With the first of what could be several vaccines now approved by the feds, how soon might the first shots be available in Florida?; The pandemic sparks the creation of a special committee in the Florida Senate. Its Chair, Senator Danny Burgess, says it’ll cover a lot of ground; Lawmakers are calling the Paycheck Protection Program a success. But the initiative still has some problems as many small businesses wait for more aid; Today’s knock-down-drag-out political environment has too many Americans doubting the very lynchpin of democracy; Investigators uncover a scheme to sell the content of the tests used to certify Florida teachers; And the law enforcement raid this week on the home of a former Florida data scientistprompted the resignation of a state official who insisted he could no longer work for a government that would do such a thing.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida becomes the third state in the country to surpass the mark of one million coronavirus cases. But Governor Ron DeSantis says that doesn’t mean a new lockdown will be needed; While COVID-19 case numbers soar in Florida, many of the state’s business leaders worry that could lead to a soaring number of lawsuits; Lawmakers who have always opposed tax and tuition hikes may have to reverse course as Florida’s revenues collapse because of the pandemic; A bill allowing firearms on Florida college and university campuses will be back for the 2021 lawmaking session. Its sponsor, Republican Representative Anthony Sabatini, insists the idea is to protect Second Amendment rights. Not everyone agrees; Last month’s election was marked by lots of partisanship, much of it fueled by what people were reading on the Internet; And postal workers are seeing tons of packages this holiday season.
  • On tonight’s program: A Bay County attorney appears to urge local G-O-P supporters to temporarily register to vote in Georgia ahead of the Senate runoffs in a video that streamed live on the local Republican Party’s Facebook page; After Florida Republicans win big in the recent election, the state’s Democrats are rethinking their strategies; An appeals court in Tallahassee is considering yet another challenge to a local mask mandate; As coronavirus cases have climbed in Florida, so has the number of people struggling to keep their families fed; Imagine going into the pandemic with serious mental AND physical health problems; Advocates are sounding the alarm in the wake of a massive human trafficking bust in the Capital City.
  • On tonight’s program: The new speaker of the Florida House says there will be no talk of police defunding in HIS chamber during the 2021 Lawmaking Session; As state lawmakers face significant budget shortfalls tied to the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate’s newly installed president says tough decisions are likely on the way; Florida Democrats actually lost legislative ground during the recent election. But party leaders insist they’re not sitting around bemoaning their fate; Florida’s education commissioner promises distance learning will continue to be an option for the state’s public school students; While coronavirus cases are up in Florida, the state is actually seeing fewer deaths in this latest surge; Pandemic or no, Florida businesses are looking for a Black Friday revival; The Florida Housing Finance Corporation has some special deals worked out for the state’s veterans and active duty military personnel.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida has been known as a political swing state. But is the state still swinging in the wake of the 2020 election?; As Florida folks try to influence neighboring Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs, the question seems to be: is Georgia the new Florida when it comes to election drama?; The Florida Legislature is expected to soon tackle the pandemic head-on. The priority? Making sure customers who get infected with COVID in a place of business can’t come back and sue that business; The Florida Legislature is headed for reorganization. The new house leadership is already setting down rules of engagement; Affordable housing remains scare in the North Florida region racked by Hurricane Michael more than two years ago, but now there are local offices focused on solutions to that problem; LGBTQ advocates say Florida still has a long way to go when it comes to treating transgender and gender non-conforming students in higher education; One of the new members of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame is an airman of color who saw the segregated past of America’s armed forces up close.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida is watching from the sidelines amid a tightening race for President. For the first time in nearly two decades, the state’s election was largely problem free; Voter turnout was higher-than-usual across the state. We'll hear more about how voters' family, friends and neighbors played a role in getting them out to the polls; And President Donald Trump’s decisive Florida win further cements the state in the Red; The election caps a long week for Florida and the nation. We’ll break it down tonight on Capital Report.