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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: The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe V Wade today isn’t the only news about abortion in Florida; The Democrat who came within a hair’s breadth of the Florida Governor’s Mansion now faces multiple federal charges; Whatever happened to all the so-called “Blue Dog Democrats” that used to control so much of the state’s political landscape?; A flood of new federal spending is headed for the Florida Everglades; A sad anniversary in South Florida as people there recall the deadly collapse of a condominium in Surfside; And Florida’s first lady is recruiting to fill jobs at the Department of Children and Families.
  • On tonight’s program: Friday, June 17 was the final day of candidate qualifying in advance of Florida’s August 23rd Primary Election. We learn who made the cut, some of them at the last minute; Two North Florida incumbent U-S Representatives -- one Democrat and the other Republican -- are going head-to-head in the midterm elections to represent 14 counties in the Panhandle region...; Although now retired, one of the most interviewed political science professors in Florida still has some fascinating thoughts on the state’s present political cross-currents; At least one Florida School District Superintendent says a law’s vague language has scared a lot of teachers who are worried that they could be sued for saying the wrong thing; The governor has appointed a director for the new Florida State Guard; And Father’s Day weekend brings a new law in Florida to help encourage more fathers to be more involved in the lives of their kids.
  • On tonight’s program: A battle over gun policy at the local and state level goes to the Florida Supreme Court; The Florida official whose office vets and issues concealed carry permits has some thoughts about local gun oversight pre-emption; It seems Florida lawmakers will not be returning to Tallahassee for a special session to consider new restrictions on guns; Florida’s elementary school students are struggling when it comes to reading. A noted reading expert suggests online learning may actually be part of the solution; Not all reading materials may be permitted for Florida’s public school students in the wake of the state’s newly enacted guidelines on “appropriateness”; For years, many behavior problems in school were laid at the feet of attention deficit issues and students were prescribed medication to improve the situation. New research is suggesting that may have been a mistake; And we learn what the new state budget signed by Governor DeSantis might mean for the endangered Florida Everglades.
  • On tonight’s program: A North Florida school’s third graders wind up at the bottom of the state’s reading proficiency rankings. And some are blaming the outgoing charter school operators who were in charge; As expected, Florida’s new law restricting abortions is being litigated; By excusing itself from the battle, the Florida Supreme Court lets stand Governor DeSantis’s new congressional maps that did away with majority-minority electorates. Unlike the new districts; Does the supposed Democratic front runner in the Florida gubernatorial sweepstakes really have to debate his opponents?; For the first time, a Black woman is set to take the reigns of the Democratic leadership in the Florida House; And as South Florida falls under a tropical storm warning, we get a look at what the rest of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season may hold for the Sunshine State.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s special lawmaking session on propping up the state’s collapsing home insurance system is now history. What happened?; The Texas massacre of elementary school children enflames passions across the nation…including right here in Florida; Abortion remains a front-and-center issue at the Florida Capitol; Florida’s new secretary of state talks about recent election law changes. Including the one that creates a special “elections police force”; A nationally-known equal rights advocate says Florida has seen anti-gay laws before. But this time, there’s a difference; Educators start pushing back against a new Florida law that is already leading to some books being pulled from school libraries and classrooms; And we visit a Tampa home whose owner has brought in an expert to see in advance what threats a hurricane might pose to the property.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida lawmakers return to the capitol Monday for a special session about the state’s troubled property insurance market; Legislative Democrats are trying to convince the Republican leadership that affordable housing should also be part of the special session and accusing the GOP of ignoring the matter during the regular session that ended in March; Florida faces a possible conflict between a new state law and an existing state constitutional amendment when it comes to the potential end of Roe v Wade; The on again-off again status of Governor DeSantis’ preferred map for Florida’s fifth congressional district is on. Again; And the two leading contenders for Florida governor slug it our from different sides of Broward County, the incumbent hoping to capitalize on his many recent legislative successes.
  • On tonight’s program: After a circuit judge rules against a newly redrawn Florida congressional district, that ruling is already being appealed by the state. That court will decide whether the circuit judge’s logic is sound; Florida’s higher starting salary for public school teachers is actually higher than what some experienced teachers are being paid. And that’s causing problems; A Florida Supreme Court vacancy means another judicial appointment coming up for Governor Ron DeSantis; A sudden lack of infant formula on store shelves has many new moms scrambling; Although Obamacare remains a popular source of healthcare coverage options, some uncertainties are looming; The Atlantic Basin may face another busy hurricane season, which begins in two weeks; And a new commander takes over during ceremonies at Key West’s Naval Air Station.
  • On tonight’s program: News that the U.S. Supreme Court may strike down Roe v Wade is roiling the nation and the state of Florida. We’ll have team coverage on what it all means; It seems the abortion issue isn’t only of interest to women of child-bearing age; What some are still calling a “hostile takeover” of Florida’s county health departments by state government awhile back is having some negative impacts on public health; Fewer Florida school children are getting their mandated vaccinations nowadays. It seems the COVID pandemic has made the words “vaccines” and “mandates” toxic; And we hear from some actual teachers in response to the question, “How’s your morale nowadays?”
  • On tonight’s program: State leaders say they wanted to address property insurance during the recent legislative session, they just couldn’t come to an agreement. Now, they’re preparing to try again; Several communities in the Panhandle could lose out on funding for local projects in this year's state budget if a government watchdog group gets its way...; There’s a new commissioner in charge of Florida’s Department of Education; Some higher education bills passed during this year’s session could wind up complicating life for those who run Florida’s colleges and universities; And Florida’s jobless numbers are low amid staffing shortages, giving workers unprecedented leverage.
  • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers are getting ready to meet in Tallahassee this week to take up Governor Ron DeSantis' congressional map...; Besides redistricting, will Florida lawmakers also take on skyrocketing property insurance rates as more and more homeowners complain to those same lawmakers; Doctors worry about what will happen to patients who can’t needed abortion care in Florida; Just a week after Governor DeSantis signed the controversial Parental Rights Bill into law, some Florida teachers are already re-thinking their career choice and some students are feeling targeted; A Tallahassee man faces murder charges in the killing of the activist who was pivotal in the passage of the law allowing gay marriage in Florida; Expanded mental health resources are now available for vets in Southwest Florida; And state conservationists gather for a first-ever summit to protect and even expand Florida’s wildlife corridor.