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The Florida Roundup

Every Friday at noon, Melissa Ross and Danny Rivero discuss issues that are resonating throughout the Sunshine State. You can add your voice to the conversation by calling in live during the program.

Latest Episodes
  • 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.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we talked about proposed changes to the state’s child labor laws with Florida Rep. John Snyder and WLRN’s investigative reporter Danny Rivero. Then, we spoke with legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about the current state of journalism and American Democracy. Plus, we round up some news stories about homelessness in Florida before checking in on a new Orlando-area volleyball team. We also preview “Never Drop the Ball,” a new documentary that explores how Black baseball players built a brand of baseball out of segregation and into a worldwide pastime.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we spoke with the director of the Congressional Budget Office about how the country’s population is expected to get older. Then, we talked with FSU researchers about Florida’s rapidly aging coastal communities. Plus, we spoke with a Politico reporter Gary Fineout and UCF political science professor Aubrey Jewett about how Gov. Ron DeSantis’ move away from the presidential race will affect state politics. We also spoke with former state Sen. Jeff Brandes about how the governor’s return affects Florida’s Republican Party. Then, later, a briefing on recent legislative news.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we speak with a Jacksonville-based owner of a Kava Bar about kratom, and we look into the Tampa Bay Times’ multipart investigation into the kratom industry with some of the reporters who contributed to the series. Then, a conversation with longtime Florida reporter Matt Dixon about his latest book exploring the battle between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis. And later, we find out how federal lawsuits are challenging the way real estate agents have been paid for decades. Plus, why some lawmakers consider changing Florida’s official state bird.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we fact-checked Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address with PolitiFact. Then, we spoke with the former secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration about Florida’s plan to import prescription drugs from Canada. Next, we heard from Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Hollywood, about his push for condo reforms and then spoke with the new chairman of the Florida Republican Party. Plus, an update on winter storms from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network and some recent education news. Finally, we ask: Is it “Sani-belle” or and “San-a-bull”?
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we talked about the proposed amendment to shift to partisan school board races in Florida with state Rep. Spencer Roach and FAU associate professor Meredith Mountford. Then, we discussed the push to get abortion rights on the 2024 ballot with the president of Women’s Voices of SW Florida. And later, we heard from a spokesperson for the campaign to put recreational marijuana up to a vote. Plus, we caught up on some recent health and environmental news stories from across the state.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we look back at some of the Sunshine State's biggest stories in 2023, including Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign and other political news; changes in public education; record heat; Hurricane Idalia; and rising home insurance rates.
  • This week on The Florida Roundup, we bring you two special reports: Growing Up With Guns, a series from WUSF examining the way guns can endanger kids' lives and futures, and Bright Lit Place, a podcast from WLRN News that explores what fixing the Everglades would mean for Florida and the world.