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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: Florida’s supervisors of elections are more than a little upset with new laws telling them how to do their jobs; The association that represents Florida attorneys is also concerned about a new state supreme court rule that could restrict diversity when it comes to required continuing education courses; Governor Ron DeSantis prepares to send Florida law officers to Arizona and Texas to help with border patrol; After years of murkiness, the waters in Florida’s magnificent Wakulla Springs, the world’s largest and deepest, are once again running clear; And it’s the “case of the vanishing lake.” Tallahassee’s Lake Jackson has disappeared through a sink hole into the Floridan Aquifer. But experts say that’s a good thing.
  • On tonight’s program: You won’t find things like “Critical Race Theory” being taught in Florida Public Schools. The State Board of Education has so ruled with the enthusiastic support of Governor Ron DeSantis; Governor Ron DeSantis signs new legislation making changes in the property insurance market aimed at reducing expensive litigation. Private and public insurers are applauding. But even some lawmakers still have their doubts; A former Florida governor would like to have his old job back. He’s criticizing the current governor for many things, including changes to the state’s voting rules; Florida leaders are working to help military members as they transition from active duty to civilian life; Summertime also means algae bloom time for parts of Tampa Bay and the Piney Point Wastewater spill may be at least partly to blame; And a federal court bans the use of a chemical used as a citrus pesticide. A chemical that some researchers worry might have devastating long-term impacts on people.
  • On tonight's program: Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s new state budget earlier this week. But left out of it was federal money that he says shouldn’t have been there in the first place; On the very first day of Pride Month, Governor Ron DeSantis signs into law a bill banning transgender women and girls from competing in female school sports; A battle royal over affordable housing in Florida is over for the moment. But disappointment still remains; School districts are releasing their kids for the summer and are looking back on how they managed to keep teaching during a pandemic. But the work isn’t done quite yet; A legislative move to pre-empt local regulation of cruise ship traffic winds up targeting only one specific city; And we travel to a Florida wildlife refuge where we meet an endangered animal from another land....a very LOUD endangered animal.
  • On tonight’s program: Governor Ron DeSantis is going to battle against Big Tech firms over censorship. But those companies are fighting back; The Florida Elections Commission, now tasked with even more work than before, finds itself understaffed; No general revenue money sent to Florida from the federal government was used to help provide utility relief for customers who’ve experienced disconnections. Now some are saying it was the state legislature that dropped the ball; Florida Taxwatch unleashes its 2021 list of budget turkeys; Florida lawmakers have given harness race tracks the okay to stop holding live races, but operate slot machines and card rooms. Thoroughbred tracks still have to race and some say that could hurt standard-bred horse businesses; And researchers who care for manatees are seeing many of the gentle giants suffering from an affliction that’s causing them to literally waste away.
  • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers have signed off on a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It’s expected to earn the state at least 500-million dollars in annual revenue. But how will lawmakers spend the money?; One of the main legislative players in the new Seminole Compact deal will give his take on the agreement; Florida’s governor and education commissioner grab onto the latest conservative flashpoint: how and what students should be taught about American history and civics; All across Florida, restaurants are experiencing a hiring crunch; A former Florida Chief Financial Officer is raising objections to the state’s new Internet sales tax law; And days ago, Florida’s State House Democrats chose their next two leaders. They’ve already begun thinking about how to regain seats in the House after losing some of them in the last election.
  • On tonight’s program: Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a major expansion of the state's school choice voucher program; Local governments could now face penalties for creating their own gun regulations even if they’re unwritten. But some worry the move could open cities and counties up to more lawsuits; A national survey shows rural Americans are less likely to get vaccinated compared to those living in urban and suburban areas; Florida State University faces a choice--hire a president to get to the top tier of research schools, or go with a politician who can bring in the money; A former Florida House Speaker - now a retiring university president - gives this session's speaker high marks; And the case over whether Zachary Wester, a former Jackson County sheriff, planted drugs in motorists’ vehicles during traffic stops kicked off this week. Wester took the stand Friday to tell his side.
  • On tonight’s program: A plan closing a loophole in parental notification in Baker Act cases has mental health advocates cheering; Robbie Gaffney speaks with lawyers over the legality of Florida’s proposed transgender athlete ban and whether it discriminates against transgender students on the basis of sex; We compare and contrast election laws passed by the Georgia Legislature, with those just passed by Florida lawmakers and signed into law by Governor DeSantis this week; After being mostly trounced in the 2020 election and essentially steam rolled during the legislative session just ended, Florida Democrats are shopping for a winning strategy; And lawmakers are gearing up for a special session on a new gambling proposal. Legislative leaders say they plan to vet the already controversial plan carefully.
  • On tonight’s program: The hankie drops in mid-afternoon on the final day and Florida’s 2021 lawmaking session is over. But not before lawmakers passed a record-busting budget; When the House Appropriations chair is a North Floridian, it’s not surprising that part of the state gets a bigger slice of the Florida budget pie than it’s used to; Governor DeSantis is planning to sign off on election law changes that are opposed by Democrats and voting rights groups; Proponents of a Purple Alert for Florida say the proposal will help fill a gap in the missing persons’ alert system; Special Capital Reporter Steve Bousquet gives his take on how this year’s legislative session turned out; And a bill barring vaccine passports is on the way to the governor’s desk. But some worry the measure leaves people have been vaccinated open to discrimination
  • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers take aim at Florida’s skyrocketing property insurance rates. But while some blame frivolous lawsuits and bad actors, others argue there’s more at play; After a stand-alone measure banning transgender girls and women from female scholastic sports teams failed to pass, it returned as an add-on to another bill, much to the distress of Democrats in the Florida Legislature; In a rare display of actual bipartisanship, a police reform bill makes it through the Florida Legislature; As the end of session nears, Florida lawmakers are still hammering out legal guarantees for online data privacy; And there was an emotional end to a political career interrupted by the worst school shooting in U.S. history.
  • On tonight’s program: More restrictions for Florida voters now appear almost inevitable; The Florida Legislature draws closer to restraining social media companies’ ability to police their content; Environmentalists are urging Governor DeSantis to veto a bill they say would derail local plans to transition fully to renewable energy; A veteran Capital Reporter gives her take on what’s been a priority for this year’s Florida Legislature; And lawmakers say some people are facing discrimination based on whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.