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Hear what Florida is talking about each week with newsmakers and journalists discussing issues defining the Sunshine State, hosted by Tom Hudson.This show is co-produced by WLRN in Miami and WUSF in Tampa.Ways To ConnectX: @FloridaRoundup(305) 995-1800Subscribe to the podcastiTunes


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Hear what Florida is talking about each week with newsmakers and journalists discussing issues defining the Sunshine State, hosted by Tom Hudson.This show is co-produced by WLRN in Miami and WUSF in Tampa.Ways To ConnectX: @FloridaRoundup(305) 995-1800Subscribe to the podcastiTunes








Florida's insurance market, controversies for both political parties and environmental news

This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about some of the biggest challenges to stabilizing Florida’s insurance market with the state’s insurance commissioner, Michael Yarwosky, and Tim Cerio, president/CEO and executive director of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. And later, we speak with the Miami Herald’s senior political correspondent about calls for the head of the state’s Republican Party to step down and the Florida Democrats' decision to cancel its presidential primary. Plus, a collection of environmental stories from across the state.


DeSantis-Newsom debate; education news

This week on The Florida Roundup, we discussed the debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom with fact-checking from PolitiFact Florida’s Samantha Putterman and then simulcast with LAist daily news show AirTalk to hear what both Floridians and Southern Californians thought about the showdown. And later, we hear some of the major education stories from across the state. Plus, a Florida distillery will bottle a new signature rum from The Rolling Stones.


Waiting for America

On the Florida Roundup, we look at the impact of President Biden's humanitarian parole for migrants, one year later. Throughout the hour, we explore the WLRN News’ series “Waiting for America” with some of the reporters who contributed to it.


Sports betting; Medicaid unwinding; Florida’s wildlife

This week on The Florida Roundup, Seminole Hard Rock Casino has relaunched its sports betting app after a court fight over bringing sports betting to the state. We talk about the stakes with sports betting attorney Daniel Wallach, the head of No Casinos John Sowinski and Jessica Cattelino, author of “High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty.” Plus, we look at how the Medicaid unwinding process is going with WMFE’s Joe Mario Pedersen and WUSF & Health News Florida’s Stephanie Colombini, and later KFF’s Jennifer Tolbert. And later, we catch up on some of the wildlife stories from across the state.


Florida politics and its national influence; special session recap

This week on The Florida Roundup, we heard from some Florida voters about what’s on their minds ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Plus, we talked with a U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, a Republican member of Florida’s congressional delegation, and Adam Kinzinger, a former Republican U.S. lawmaker. And we spoke to veteran Capitol reporter Mary Ellen Klas about Florida’s influence on national politics. Then later, a recap of this week’s special legislative session from our partner stations.


State of Downtown Report; Florida flamingo mystery; College football

Monday on First Coast Connect: 2023 State of Downtown Jacksonville Report and one writer's quest to find a Florida flamingo.


Homeowners' insurance; Disney employee exodus; Clay County School District settles with DOJ

The property insurance market has been in crisis for several years in Florida. Some insurance companies like Farmers and Progressive are not writing any new home insurance policies. Others, like United Property and Casualty, have gone bankrupt.


Florida's Supreme Court considers abortion ban; Legislature will address Iran; flood mitigation continues in coastal communities

This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about the legal limbo around abortion access as the Florida Supreme Court considers a challenge to the state’s 15-week ban. Plus, Politico’s Gary Fineout joins us for a preview of November’s special legislative session. And later, a collection of stories about coastal communities' efforts to mitigate flooding.


U.S. Humanitarian Parole Program; Florida’s Israel flights; schoolbook reviews

This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about the U.S. Humanitarian Parole Program with Luis Miranda, principal deputy assistant secretary for communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Plus, we look at Florida’s chartered flights from Israel with the Miami Herald’s Ana Ceballos. And later, an update on how school districts are navigating book reviews.


COVID data; 2024 Elections; 5 years after Hurricane Michael; Jacksonville music history

This week on The Florida Roundup, we discuss Florida settling a COVID infection information lawsuit that it fought for two years, new laws that may change how you cast your ballot in the 2024 election, and the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Michael's impact on parts of the panhandle.


Book removals; speaker of the House ousted; Florida wildlife stories

Florida schools have removed more books from public school libraries than any other state. Plus, a Florida Republican leads the charge to bring down the Republican U.S. Speaker of the House. And: wandering bears, a livestream of eagles and hazy skies from wildfires ... we present some wildlife stories throughout the state.


One year after Hurricane Ian; state minimum wage to increase; fact-checking Florida claims from GOP debate

This week on The Florida Roundup, we take a look back at Hurricane Ian one year later with reporting from Florida Public Radio member stations. Plus, we look at the state’s minimum wage increase with FIU’s Dr. Maria Ilcheva and then WUSF’s Gabriella Paul. And later, fact-checking Florida claims in the latest GOP debate with PolitiFact’s Samantha Putterman.


Childcare and Florida’s economy; government shutdown; Florida sports

Pandemic-era federal funding for child care centers set to run out by the end of the month. We look at how those funds have been used. Plus, we talk about the looming federal government shutdown and what it means for Florida. And later, how a South Florida hockey team is fostering a generation of female players.


Medicare drug pricing; new state rules for educators

Medicare is now going to negotiate the prices of medications. Also, educators are trying to navigate controversial new rules about school curriculum.


Struggling to make ends meet; union and government jobs; jail troubles across the state

Inflation, higher interest rates and the high cost of housing are stretching paychecks; Florida's union membership is among the lowest; Duval and Miami-Dade jails are under fire.


Idalia recovery efforts underway in Florida's Big Bend

Hurricane Idalia hit Florida as a major storm with historic high water. Are record high storm surges and rapidly strengthening storms our future?


Changes to higher education; Florida's housing market; controversial Flagler school assembly

A much different year begins on campus at Florida’s public universities after big changes pushed by the governor. Also, the cost of borrowing money to buy a house is rising, and a Florida school superintendent apologizes after Black students were singled out for an assembly about test scores.


The suspension of Florida’s affordable housing director; the evolution of high speed trains

This week on The Florida Roundup, we look into the suspension of Florida's affordable housing director and what it means for the new Live Local Act. Plus, Brightline's Miami-to-Orlando service is coming soon — what's next for Florida's high-speed rail? We get into that and other transportation news.


DeSantis removes another state attorney; Immigration Divide, WMFE’s new multimedia series

We talk about Gov. Ron DeSantis' action this week to suspend Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell of Florida's 9th Judicial Circuit. Plus, we get a preview of WMFE's new series Central Florida Seen and Heard: Immigration Divide.


Florida’s worsening teacher shortage; PragerU for K-12 schools; vouchers for all

With back-to-school season in full swing, we talk about the latest in education news, including how various districts are handling a teacher shortage, the approval of PragerU educational materials in K-12 schools and Florida's recently expanded vouchers program.