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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
  • On tonight’s program: A group of college professors says there’s no way to reopening classes safely this fall. Especially since many of the schools’ reopening plans were made before coronavirus cases really began to climb in Florida; As if a pandemic isn’t enough, a hurricane threatens Florida’s eastern seaboard; A flood of vote-by-mail ballots is coming to Florida’s county elections offices. We’ll find out if they’re ready for the tsunami; Some Florida election supervisors are extending their early voting periods; Most of those being held in Florida’s county jails aren’t felons. That means they still have the right to vote although exercising that right may be another matter all together; A Central Florida State Representative says a recent Supreme Court appointment made by the governor doesn’t follow the rules and wants the appointment reversed. The appointed justice, meanwhile, thinks the rules say otherwise; Whether it’s the local Shakespeare troupe or touring rock band, the performing arts shutdown imposed by the coronavirus is taking a heavy toll across Florida.
  • On tonight’s program: The demand of Florida’s Education Department to fully reopen schools this fall has attracted a teachers’ union lawsuit; The sometimes violent controversy over protective mask wearing looms over the possible reopening of Florida schools; Some Florida hospitals and their staffs fear the present COVID spike will push them beyond their abilities to cope; The ACLU, Dream Defenders and others have been asking for the release of certain Florida prison inmates due to COVID-19. But the Capital region’s state attorney says it’s tough deciding who to release and who to keep locked up; A landmark federal court case about the vote in Florida is suddenly settled; The incidence of child abuse typically increases during times of stress and uncertainty. But the number of such cases now being reported is down and a noted advocate has one possible explanation.
  • On tonight's program: The State of Florida demands all schools reopen for fall. But lots of local school district administrators and teachers are saying, “No way!” Democrats say it’s time to take a step back on the state’s reopening plans, including the demand to send kids back to the classroom; Masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus have become a political issue; The perpetrators in a bizarre murder-for-hire case are being punished. But so far, those believed to have hired them remain uncharged. The friends and family of the murder victim are determined to change that; Players within the online gaming community are getting the courage to speak out against sexual harassment and assaults they’ve been subjected to.
  • President Trump, the Florida Education Department and Governor DeSantis insist schools will reopen next month. Governor DeSantis wants a better count of how many in the state have been infected by the coronavirus. Florida’s rural food banks are among the most hard-hit victims of the coronavirus. Florida’s ban on evictions continue. But some legal experts worry a flood of evictions could happen when the moratorium ends. A new report says Florida should start taxing “miles driven” instead of “gallons purchased.” Some voting rights groups are worried about lackluster voter turnout during the upcoming elections and want to see some changes made.
  • Despite budget vetoes, the governor approves a teacher pay boost. Also this week, Florida’s Amendment Four is once again headed for court. We’ll delve into a tragic police shooting that doesn’t exactly fit many preconceptions and also find out why your neighborhood might be a lot noisier than usual this Fourth of July weekend.
  • As case numbers surge, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing back on concerns about coronavirus data as some say the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Also this week, there are some other numbers connected to the surging pandemic, namely the drop in Florida tax revenues, although some lawmakers gripe no one is asking them to help solve the problem. And we’ll also check into the controversy over whether or not Florida will have a statewide mandatory mask order anytime soon and discover that one of the state’s most consistently reliable Republican voting blocs has begun developing some Democratic cracks.
  • As state revenues plunge, Governor Ron DeSantis is readying his veto pen. Although a chainsaw may be a more appropriate tool. Is an increase in testing the reason for more case of COVID-19 in Florida? That depends on who you ask. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is crafting its own plans to help the state’s businesses deal with a likely double-whammy on the way. A law created to help protect police from undue scrutiny could create barriers for law enforcement review boards by allowing officers to intimidate and even attack people who file and investigate complaints. A landmark week for dreamers, but another Supreme Court ruling about LGBTQ workplace rights has some advocates saying their struggle isn’t over. The pressure is growing to remove an old confederate monument from the front lawn of Florida’s Historic Capitol.
  • Protesters are calling for police body camera video showing the shooting of Tony McDade. But law enforcement says that won’t be released until after an investigation and it’s possible the video may not exist at all. As protests continue across the nation, here in Florida the coronavirus numbers are increasing. With nearly nine thousand new cases in the past week, epidemiologists believe the protests are playing a significant role. For months the question was, will Florida schools reopen in the fall? The answer came this week. The Legislature set aside lots of money to boost affordable housing this year. But that funding may be in jeopardy if lawmakers have to do budget slashing in light of the economic downturn. Florida’s public/private business promoter is working on an aggressive marketing plan. A veteran Florida lawmaker decides to take at least a temporary break from public service. The first woman in Florida - and America - to head a state senate chamber has died at the age of 85.
  • High-profile killings of black people at the hands of police are raising many questions. Among them: should officers be able to claim victim privacy rights while acting on duty? As demonstrations against police violence continue, some of those who also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King say change can come if protestors will simply vote. Florida is facing a triple threat: a global pandemic, civil unrest and now, on top of everything else, it’s hurricane season! And it seems people of color are most likely to be harmed by this confluence of woe. Young climate activists get a setback in their lawsuit against the state. A national higher-education advocacy group wants to see Florida’s college students take actual courses on democracy and government in order to meet a state legal requirement for all college students to be functionally literate in civics. The number of people who were actually eyewitnesses to the D-Day invasion 76 years ago is dwindling fast. But we’ll talk with one on the eve of that momentous event’s anniversary.
  • 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.