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805: The Florida Experiment

805: The Florida Experiment

Update: 2023-07-1630


Governor Ron DeSantis is running for president on the argument that he'll do for America what he's done for Florida. So what's it like in Florida?

  • Prologue: Florida is now the fastest growing state, and DeSantis says people are moving there from all over because of him. We speak to people who did make the move, at least in part, for DeSantis’s policies. (6  minutes)
  • Act One: Among the big items in DeSantis's run for president is medical freedom. Producer Zoe Chace wanted to understand its appeal and its growing popularity. So she spent some time in Sarasota County, where one man — at the side of former Trump appointee Mike Flynn — is creating a sort of little parallel universe for this very thing. (33 minutes)
  • Act Two: DeSantis has passed law after law about what can and can’t be taught in Florida classrooms, starting as early as elementary school. And last spring, Florida Republicans introduced a bill initially proposing to ban things like critical race theory and identity politics, or students majoring in things like gender studies in Florida universities. Reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi followed how things unfolded at one of the biggest universities there, Florida State, from the bill’s introduction all the way to its passage. He explains how professors and students have been preparing. (25 minutes)
  • Act Three: Among the legislation introduced by DeSantis that has passed is a ban on minors receiving transition care. The bill passed into law a few months ago. We speak with a teen whose family has since had to flee the state in order to access the care they needed. (2 minutes)

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Comments (9)


So many whiners!!

Oct 7th

Clint Hudson

Any show that calls ivermectin "horse medicine" is purposefully misleading its listeners, even if it's not effective against COVID.

Jul 24th

MAGA candidates overwhelmingly lost.😋

Thank Jezuz republicans are being slaughtered wholesale by easily preventable illnesses. Luddites always win the Darwin award. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Check out the loser scrolling like an LOSER with no life! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

Jul 20th

MAGA candidates overwhelmingly lost.😋

No one obsesses more about the details of male on male gay sex and what's under the clothes of trans people than backward superstitious luddite republicans. Pretty sus...closeted even. 😬 😋 Cuckchublickens need a safe space. Maga (Make America Gay Again) is a symptom of mental illness, likely brought about by a continous low level of gay panic. Shrieks of terrified denial in three...two...🤴 While you cry I'm busy tanning. 😎 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Check out the loser scrolling like an LOSER with no life! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

Jul 20th

Jeff Lohr

I urge you all to read The Real Anthony Fauci.

Jul 20th

Lloyd Higley

Great now you've a political podcast

Jul 18th
Reply (2)

Rick Wagner

Why do you bother talking to these idiots? We know they are anti-science fools. Why give them any attention? You aren’t telling us anything we don’t know

Jul 17th
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