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The Florida Roundup

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.

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  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we spoke with a UF doctoral student who studied the use of authoritarian language in the 2020 presidential campaign (02:11) and then explored the power of language with two Florida poets (13:01). Later we heard from the deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water about new limits for PFAS chemicals (23:49) and then spoke with Central Florida Public Media’s Brendan Byrne about the end of an era for space exploration (32:54). Plus, we looked into Sarasota County’s truancy court (37:21). And finally, we shared solar eclipse stories (43:31) and found out why fuzzy caterpillars are becoming a nuisance for some (46:55).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about the three high-profile decisions from the state’s highest court on abortion access and recreational marijuana use with Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (03:32), South Florida-based family physician Dr. Chelsea Daniels (19:33) and Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce (31:45). Plus, Colorado State releases its annual forecast for the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season (37:00) as Lee County prepares to sue FEMA over its loss of flood insurance discount (38:27). And later, a look at why homebuyers are getting priced out in the Tampa Bay area (39:57). Also, why online gambling could provide millions to save land and fight sea rise in Florida (43:48) and the rise in calls to the state's gambling hotline (45:30).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about warm waters in the Atlantic and what it means for coral reefs with Brian McNoldy and Dalton Hesley with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science and WLRN’s environmental editor, Jenny Staletovich (00:30). Plus, we talk with the Orlando Sentinel’s Skyler Swisher about this week’s legal settlement reached in the ongoing feud between Disney and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ allies (26:00). And later, why the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse in Baltimore is a chilling reminder for Tampa Bay residents (37:14), "mangrove rangers" roam the coastline in a bid to preserve our disappearing mangroves (38:33) and a conversation with photojournalist Octavio Jones about his recent reporting trip in Haiti (44:52).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about a proposed federal bill to lower property insurance rates with Broward County Commissioner Steve Geller (02:47) and then discuss concerns on Capitol Hill over the state’s largest home insurer with the Insurance Information Institute's Mark Friedlander (10:52). Then, we talk about why real estate commissions could be changing and what it means for Florida realtors with the Consumer Federation of America's Stephen Brobeck (26:46). Plus, a recap of this week’s elections (37:21), an update on the turmoil in Haiti and its impact in Florida (39:20), why some state universities are giving students more time to decide (46:34) and March Madness meets spring training (47:44).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we were joined by NPR’s Sarah McCammon to discuss her new book, “The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church” (02:50). Then, we spoke about the settlement reached this week in a case against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law with the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs (20:42). Plus, we heard from Dr. Ashley L. White with the NAACP about their advisory to student-athletes considering Florida public universities (29:12). And later, a collection of environmental news from around the state (37:18).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we look at some of the most notable bills that passed during the 2024 legislative session with WMFE’s Danielle Prieur (00:30) and WFSU’s Gina Jordan (05:35). Then, we ask the President of FHA how a major healthcare cyber attack is impacting Florida’s hospital system (09:08). Plus, we are joined by a White House senior advisor to talk about what President Biden’s SOTU means for Florida voters (19:23). Next we preview a Reveal report about navigating post-Roe v Wade abortion laws (30:52). And later, spring break grips the state (37:21) and a roundup of recent sports stories (43:40).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we spoke with the chair of the Hillsborough County-City Planning Commission about transportation challenges and possible solutions (06:34). Then, we turned to an infectious disease expert for guidance on Florida’s measles outbreak (21:57). Plus, the latest in the effort to restrict books in Florida’s schools (33:12). And later, we bring you a few environmental stories from across the state (37:25).
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we look at a bill moving through the Legislature that would prohibit local governments from enacting heat ordinances with reporter Valerie Crowder.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, a WLRN investigation looks into how a new state law is eliminating public unions that had represented tens of thousands of state and public government workers. We spoke with the reporter behind that investigation as well as the law’s sponsor in the Florida House. And six years later, we remember the Parkland 17 and look at how the March For Our Lives movement has affected the NRA’s influence nationally. Plus, we hear about a Florida man briefly stealing the spotlight on Super Bowl Sunday and another Florida man who did something no one else has done in a Super Bowl — and now is going to the Hall of Fame.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about a proposal to prohibit children 16 and under from creating social media accounts with the bill's House sponsor and then an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (13:20). After that, we turn to a reporter in El Paso, Texas, for more on how Florida’s National and State Guards are being used at the U.S. Southern border. Later, WLRN’s health reporter breaks down this week’s Florida Supreme Court hearings over the abortion ballot measure, and then we round up education stories from the week. And finally, Netflix subscribers in Florida brace for a new tax.