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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. Keep reading for details.

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 9:00 pm 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's legislative session, Capital Report is published online daily (Monday through Friday) by 6:30 pm. You can also find it as a podcast on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google.

Latest Episodes
  • On tonight’s program: Abortion access advocates and opponents share their thoughts as the state supreme court considers whether Florida’s 15-week ban violates the state constitution; Florida leaders recommend avoiding the new COVID booster shot -- against federal guidance; Call it the “forbidden fruit syndrome.” Ban books and a secret book club will spring up so more people can read them; When the state’s policy on teaching history is more than a bit murky, how are public school teachers responding to the possible pitfalls?; Proposed federal legislation may be great for farmers, but not so great for the low-income families that depend on their produce; As inflation eases, will the Federal Reserve back off on interest rate hikes? A big wig at the fed says, “Don’t get your hopes up.”
  • On tonight’s program: Dueling demonstrations take place outside the Florida Supreme Court as the justices begin considering the state’s new abortion law; When underage drinking results in a death, is the responsible party the young drinker or the bar that illegally served them?; Governor DeSantis’s visit to Jacksonville this week following a fatal shooting did not exactly go as planned; Florida’s Madison County isn’t considered coastal. But that doesn’t mean it’s immune from hurricane damage. Luckily, a lot of people are helping get things back to normal; Hurricane Idalia recovery continues as the small businesses in Steinhatchee struggle to get back up and running; A potential threat to North Florida’s vast underground springs has some residents pushing for the state to take over more of the land that sits atop those springs; And officials in Key West are considering naming the city’s airport after the late Jimmy Buffett and we explore the historic connection between Buffet and former Florida Governor Bob Graham.
  • On tonight's program: Recovery is a long way off for places like Perry, that were hit hard by Idaliah, but residents remain hopeful they can get through it—together; For some parts of North Florida like Wakulla County, Idalia was a case of a dodged bullet; For coastal areas like Clearwater Beach, storm surge was Idalia’s calling card, even though the center of the storm was far away; When hurricanes strike, the filing of a property insurance claim often follows shortly thereafter; A historic tree on the grounds of the Florida Governor’s Mansion was a casualty of the hurricane; And how might Governor DeSantis’s response to this week’s hurricane impact his political aspirations?
  • On tonight’s program: Voting rights advocates say they’re feeling cautiously hopeful after a court hearing on Florida’s congressional district maps. Opponents say the current maps violate the state constitution; Advocates want the state to take a break on removing people from its Medicaid rolls as thousands of recipients are losing health coverage because of confusion, not because they don’t qualify; New rules are now in place for how parents can challenge books in classrooms and school libraries; After lawmakers passed a slate of laws this session that target the LGBTQ+ community, some families are leaving the state; Florida’s new immigration law is putting added stress on students with undocumented family members; Officials say Florida hurricanes are getting wetter and are leading to greater concerns about the impact mold exposure can have on health; And Florida’s controlled burn program helps prevent wildfires like the deadly fire that devastated Hawaii earlier this month.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida public schools have staff shortages. But what that number is depends on who you ask; Could a lost Florida congressional district make a reappearance before next year’s election?; College life is stressful. So more schools are putting resources in place to help troubled students cope and succeed; How do you tell the world about the outstanding academics at Florida’s colleges and universities?; Florida’s July unemployment rate is up just slightly from June; And inflation isn’t only for consumer goods. The cost of money is going up, too.
  • On tonight's program: As the kids head back to Florida’s classrooms, it seems there are a lot fewer teachers to welcome them; Some college and university student groups may have to change their names because of Florida’s new rules against diversity, equity and inclusion; Women are struggling to access healthcare during and after pregnancy; Florida has a new requirement that hospitals check the citizenship status of patients. Supporters say it will reduce the burden on taxpayers for treating undocumented persons; A new hi-tech way to carjack is catching on in Florida; Governor DeSantis suspends another state attorney; And conditions are becoming unbearable inside Florida prisons that lack air conditioning.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida has always been about real estate. Except now, there’s a restriction on property sales to people from one specific country; Pushback against Florida’s new African-American History guidelines is coming from teachers, some state lawmakers and even from the vice president of the United States; Florida’s campaign against environment, social and governance when it comes to consumer products and investing may not be working out as intended by state policy makers; Super-heated sea water is bleaching the coral formations offshore of the Florida Keys; A proposed gas station atop Wakulla County’s delicate underground spring system is drawing fierce opposition; Most folks think of algae blooms as a bad thing. But it appears they may also be very useful in certain situations; And we get a preview of a new book about the Sunshine State.
  • On tonight's program: You may have heard about a proposed constitutional amendment to protect abortion access, but there’s also a proposal that would ban abortion in most cases; Pushback regarding Florida’s new African American History standards hits a new crescendo; Faced with dwindling numbers, Florida Democrats are stepping up their efforts to stay politically relevant; It seems not every energy source claiming to be sustainable truly is; New immigration laws in Florida are persuading a growing number of immigrants to leave the state; And three-quarters of a century ago, the United States did away with segregation in the nation’s armed forces and civilian federal workforce.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s new immigration law is being considered in federal court; Anti-discrimination advocates are pushing back against a new state law that bans many Chinese people from buying property in Florida...; A Florida researcher talks about what she found when she looked into the impact of fossil fuel energy companies on Florida utility policy; Soaring temperatures are proving deadly to children left in parked cars; We have an update on how new Florida laws are impacting the state’s convention and meeting trade; A Sarasota attorney is the newly-elected president of the Florida Bar; And we go angling for a fish that hasn’t exactly been the most popular among those who fish for sport.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s property insurance market gets even more turbulent; But there may be a glimmer of light in the darkness of the property insurance tunnel; The regional Federal Reserve president talks interest rates and inflation in Florida; Nearly half a billion dollars for broadband expansion has been awarded across Florida this year, and more federal funding is on its way; More than 100 Floridians recently walked across the stage at Camp Blanding, signifying their completion of the state’s newly revived State Guard boot camp; And maternal mortality is rising—especially for minority groups.