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

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
  • From the “isn’t one disaster enough?” department, what happens if a major hurricane strikes Florida in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic? The possibility of cascading catastrophes could greatly complicate life for emergency managers and evacuees. The feds promised coronavirus tests would all be free of charge. But some aren’t. A government watchdog group has some suggestions on how Florida can start closing an ever-widening revenue gap. Sparks fly at this week’s Florida Cabinet meeting between Governor DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Kaylea (KAY-lee) Skinner is just one of many newly minted university graduates. She was hoping to go into event planning, but jobs in that field have dried up as a consequence of the pandemic.
  • As Florida reopens, visitors are again pouring in, particularly in the state’s Panhandle. It’s not only beaches and restaurants that have started welcoming visitors again. Florida’s workout facilities are open, too despite some daunting challenges. Florida lawmakers are taking notice of COVID-19’s racial disparities. So far the disease is far more deadly for minority populations. As applications soar, problems remain with Florida’s unemployment claims system, Governor Ron DeSantis insists one big problem is user error on the part of applicants. A receiver takes over the assets of the besieged Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. How could Florida’s state and local emergency management people keep people safe from hurricanes this season while also protecting them from the coronavirus?
  • Florida’s unemployment system is slowly getting better, but after finally managing to sign up, too many are finding no gold at the end of the rainbow. An advocate for nursing home residents says families are concerned about the safety of their loved ones in those facilities. Come Monday, more of Florida will be opening to consumers. Summer travel will look different this year. The State Board of Education decides that taking an exam instead of courses is equally effective when it comes to making sure students know how American government works. But not everyone agrees. The coronavirus has thrown a lot of plans out of whack for a lot of people. We take a look into how mothers-to-be are trying to make the best of it.
  • A federal court case this week considers whether released felons who can’t afford to pay all the fines and fees connected to their case can still be allowed to vote. A prominent Florida prosecutor is among those saying a recreational marijuana amendment to the state constitution should not go before the voters. Little by little, bit by bit, Florida’s economy starts to reopen. Of course when it comes to business, Florida’s biggest business is tourism. And COVID-19 has hit that business hard! A disease researcher sees a silver lining in Florida’s experience with the pandemic. And if you want to see the economy come back quickly, one of the best and simplest things all of us can do is simply wear a mask.
  • Governor DeSantis orders Florida to reopen for business a little at a time. Also this week, As Florida takes baby steps to reopen, experts say contact tracing is one of the most important tools for stopping the spread of infectious diseases. We’ll also explore how the online schooling forced by the coronavirus has shown a spotlight on Florida’s digital divide and we’ll talk to the attorneys who are suing the state over its failed unemployment system.
  • On this episode of Capital Report, Governor Ron DeSantis ponders the possibilities of how to reopen an entire state and we review the data available to help accomplish that task. Also this week, Governor DeSantis wants to ramp up testing for the coronavirus, including testing more people who aren’t showing symptoms. We’ll also talk with some Florida business owners about their take on how best to get the economy safely working again. And we’ll talk with a veteran Capital Reporter about the state’s still dysfunctional unemployment system.
  • As expected, the latest Florida jobless numbers that were released by the State Department of Economic Opportunity this morning, painted a grim picture. …
  • Florida’s COVID-19 cases continue to tick up, officials say showing linear growth.  Ryan Dailey reports Governor Ron DeSantis is giving updates on…
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Ken Lawson say fixes to the state’s broken unemployment system are in…
  • As some leaders in other states have issued universal shelter-in-place orders, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pushed the decision down to local…