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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: We bring you a follow-up story about the new Florida law signed last week against COVID vaccine mandates. A move that supporters insist is based on good, solid science; Florida’s Medicaid enrollment continues to climb, in part because nobody is getting removed from the state’s rolls; The threat of COVID is prompting more Florida seniors to avoid extended care facilities and opt instead to age at home; Seniors aren’t the only folks suffering increased mental and emotional anguish from the pandemic. It’s hitting African-Americans hard as well; And nearly a thousand Florida manatees have died so far this year and conservation advocates are pushing for Congress to pass a bill that would reverse a decision in 2017 that down-listed the manatee to threatened instead of endangered.
  • On tonight’s program: A special session of the Florida Legislature is over, but its result, the banning of mask and vaccine mandates, is already law and being implemented; Governor Ron DeSantis has repealed a 2002 law that gave Florida's surgeon general the power to mandate vaccines. Democrats are calling this a politically motivated stunt and say it's important to remember why the decades-old law was enacted in the first place; Healthcare facilities now have to abide by conflicting federal and state COVID-19 rules; Some lawmakers are concerned Florida’s recent special session may have done more harm than good; Republican Florida lawmakers have begun the process of pulling the state out of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law this week a measure that would set up a statewide workplace safety plan in response to OSHA’s coronavirus vaccination mandates; And a deal between the State of Florida and Seminole Tribe of Florida giving the Tribe exclusive rights to offer sports betting is attracting attention and opposition.
  • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers are coming back to the Capitol next week in response to Governor DeSantis’s Special Session call. Not all of them are totally down with drill; A Florida pediatrician issues an urgent call to get children vaccinated against COVID-19; A flood of federal infrastructure dollars could soon be headed in Florida’s direction; Roger Stone insists he doesn’t have anything personal against Ron DeSantis. He just feels DeSantis needs to align himself even closer with former President Donald Trump; Lawmakers are considering a bill that would let local governments, rather than the state, make decisions about smoking at public parks and beaches; And a young lady from Jacksonville speaks about pushing her personal envelope to become a page in the Florida Senate.
  • On tonight’s program: The University of Florida reverses the stance that its professors aren’t allowed to testify against the policies of state government; Not that long ago, even saying the words “Climate Change” was essentially forbidden for those in Florida State Government. It seems that has changed; Florida’s 2020 elections were among the smoothest in the country, but the governor wants to make more changes. That has one county elections chief – known as a deeply conservative Republican when he served in the state legislature – more than a little upset; And lawmakers say the pandemic has improved access to telehealth. They want to keep that going.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s coronavirus cases are dropping, but health experts say that doesn’t mean its time to drop prevention efforts, likes vaccines; The path to confirmation for Florida Surgeon General nominee Joseph Ladapo keeps getting steeper; Florida’s coronavirus cases are dropping, but health experts say that doesn’t mean its time to drop prevention efforts, likes vaccines; Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling a higher application fee for a medical marijuana license reserved for Black farmers discriminatory; For years, Desmond Meade lobbied on behalf of convicted felons to get their rights back after serving their sentences. We’ll hear an extended conversation with him; And much of the Halloween chocolate our kids will receive this Sunday was harvested by other little kids, often under slave-like conditions. A project at the Florida State University College of Law is attempting to stop the importation of the product to the U.S.
  • On tonight’s program: Governor DeSantis calls a special session of the Florida Legislature to oppose government employee vaccine mandates from the feds; Several Florida school districts battle a state rule banning local student mask mandates; A Texas-style abortion bill looks unlikely to move forward in Florida; Florida’s jobless rate keeps inching downwards. That’s a really good thing, because it seems the state’s unemployment system is still fraught with problems; Florida’s retirement system has been long considered a model for the rest of the nation. We’ll hear from the man who helped make it so; And we'll hear from a Democratic strategist on how state Senator Annette Taddeo's recent candidacy for governor could help the party's chances for success heading into 2022...
  • On tonight’s program: The culture clash involving parents and local school boards has now expanded into the national organization realm; A Texas-style anti-abortion bill is being teed up in the Florida Legislature. But there are differences, especially because of Governor DeSantis’s political aspirations; Police want lawmakers to make changes giving them more power to step in when someone talks on social media about plans to commit a crime; Florida lawmakers expect redistricting litigation to fly after they complete the state’s new election maps in the spring. Still, they insist they’re trying to keep everything fair; The state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida lawmakers for money to pay for things to help the state’s manatees. Part of that funding would go towards facilities that care for the injured creatures; And we get firsthand accounts of how the pandemic has strained all health care personnel. Including medical students.
  • On tonight’s program: What bird enthusiasts call the ‘Holy Grail’ of the species, will soon be declared Extinct; Political polarization is trickling down to school board meetings, where threats and harassment of local officials has caught the attention of the Justice Department; We’ll hear how one woman, a prisoner at Lowell correctional institution—is using social media to expose conditions at the women’s facility: We’ll break it down tonight on Capital Report; It’s been known for a while now that racism is toxic to a person’s health. Now, a group of Florida State University researchers, are trying to address the problem in healthcare; A top HBCU in Florida gets its biggest award ever to help create diversity among scientists; And the latest federal unemployment report is in, and it’s disappointing, to say the least.
  • On tonight’s program: After failing to get their proposal on the 2020 ballot, advocates are once again collecting signatures to put before voters a move to legalize recreational marijuana use in Florida; A Florida doctor shares his experience treating COVID-19 patients; Today, misinformation seems to be everywhere. A university initiative arms students with the tools to help them spot it; The new director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, who used to be an astronaut himself, talks of future spaceflights while recalling the U-S space program’s past glories; Scientists are learning lots more about how coral reefs protect coastal areas from storms; And environmental groups cheer a plan to cut down on Styrofoam use in Florida.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s new surgeon general says he’s in full agreement with those who say “follow the science” when it comes to pandemic policy; Hospitals heads say the coronavirus pandemic has stretched their workforce, now it’s stretching their bottoms lines as they attempt to fill in the gaps left by burnt out nurses; Florida lawmakers say they won’t draw the state’s election maps to intentionally benefit themselves this time. But only time will tell if this time, they really mean it; As Florida becomes an ever-more diverse state, it’s also becoming an ever-more Republican State. The state’s head Democrat will address that apparent disconnect; And Florida’s phosphate miners are eyeing new territory. And while many residents in those areas are worried, the industry insists it can do its thing safely and carefully.