WEDU produces a number of special programs that highlight issues of importance to Florida residents. Educational resources, community projects, and special event coverage are just some of the ways WEDU reaches out to the community.
WEDU is working alongside five other Florida stations to help communities address the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate Day is a multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast and participation from over 20 national partner organizations to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. Learn More
In the Tampa Bay Area, there are discussions surrounding mass transit as we all experience congestion and traffic chaos on a daily basis. But what is the road to the future? High speed rail, light rail, better bus systems, wider highways? WEDU takes an in-depth look at the issues and choices facing Tampa Bay as we pave the road to our transportation future with two programs. Learn More
There is hope, there is help. As we all face the financial crisis WEDU brings you information from experts, trusted resources, and the Tampa Bay Area. Learn More
Florida: Choosing the Future
FLORIDA: CHOOSING THE FUTURE challenges viewers to grapple with tough decisions in government policy, business development, education and citizen involvement – decisions that offer no simple “right answer” – but that must be decided now if Florida is to thrive in the 21st century. The moderator, distinguished legal scholar Professor Arthur R. Miller, guides a lively discussion with a panel of state leaders in business, education, politics and media through a scenario that, as it unfolds, reveals the dilemmas, the choices and the decision-making processes confronting all Floridians as we try to shape the state’s future.
Space coast. Climate control. Growth management. Retirement community. Florida has not only become an iconic state but one that has also given birth to new words in the American vernacular. Based on Gary Mormino’s book “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams,” The Florida Dream examines the great social, cultural and economic forces that drove the dramatic transformation of Florida. Watch Online
Since 2005, FLORIDA’S KIDS & ALCOHOL has addressed the issue of underage drinking in the state of Florida. The town hall series provides an in-depth discussion with parents, teachers, officials, and youth on the harmful effects. Designed to increase community awareness, the yearly discussion includes ideas for preventing youth from using alcohol. Learn More
WEDU’s Immunization series answers frequently asked questions, including Why are immunizations important and are they safe?" and addresses conflicting information about vaccinations online and in the media. Learn More
KIDS IN THE ARTS provides an insider’s look at the Florida Studio Theater’s 2008 Young Playwrights Festival, and the moving performances and inspiring stories of the young playwrights themselves who tell us firsthand the changes they have experienced through their participation and witnessing their written word come to life. Learn More
To some they were show people. To others they were sophisticated connoisseurs of art. But regardless of how people saw John and Mable Ringling, their rags-to-riches story is uniquely American. This documentary was made possible through the generosity of: A. Alexandra Jupin and John W. Bean in honor of Sava Katarzyna Kruszewska; David W. and Linda L. Houze; and Tana and John Sandefur. Watch Online
Memories of the March is an online collection of local stories and memories about The March. Experience history from those who lived it. WEDU and public broadcasters nationwide have created an online collection of eyewitness accounts of the March on Washington. Learn More
During RESPITE CARE: A CAREGIVING TOWN HALL MEETING, hosted by Cathy Unruh, approximately 100 community members, professionals and caregivers joined in a live-to-tape discussion to examine respite care needs and issues. WEDU delivers answers, solutions, “best-practices” and resources about respite care in our local community. Learn More
The Uninsured: Help and Hope
Health insurance is a proposition of risk. Some choose to be insured because they want to avoid the potential financial catastrophe that comes with a serious health event. For others, however, there really is no choice at all. They simply can’t afford private health insurance. That group, often referred to as the “working poor,” is the focus of THE UNINSURED: HELP AND HOPE. The one-hour program looks at the struggles of everyday residents on the west coast of Florida caught in the middle of America’s health insurance crisis.
Explore the history of Venice from a master planned community, funded in part by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers who wanted a sunny utopian for their brotherhood to today’s “new urbanism” which isn’t new at all for this charming city by the sea. Learn More
The Be More Awards were created to pay tribute to the many unsung heroes in the community served by WEDU – the area’s leading PBS station and public media company. Each year, this multifaceted program celebrates the human spirit and showcases the best work by nonprofit organizations, the individuals that support them – and WEDU. Learn More