South Florida http://wlrn.org en Rally For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Spurs South Florida Involvement http://wlrn.org/post/rally-kidnapped-nigerian-girls-spurs-south-florida-involvement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A sea of green and white flooded into Rolling Oaks Park on Saturday, as more than 150</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;people rallied</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to raise awareness of the recent kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:55:59 +0000 Selima Hussain 32508 at http://wlrn.org Rally For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Spurs South Florida Involvement Fast-Food Workers Gather To Protest Minimum Wage In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/fast-food-workers-gather-protest-minimum-wage-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late in the morning on Thursday, about 50 people gathered at Jackson Memorial Hospital&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to protest South Florida’s minimum wage of $7.93</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The group</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;marched through a steady drizzle of rain to a nearby Wendy's.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We can’t support our families with what we’re making,” said Rebecca Ray, who works at the Wendy’s. “So we’re doing something about it.”</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 22:21:53 +0000 Wilson Sayre & Selima Hussain 32404 at http://wlrn.org Fast-Food Workers Gather To Protest Minimum Wage In South Florida The Secret Lives Of Local Opera Singers http://wlrn.org/post/secret-lives-local-opera-singers <p>When you see someone singing onstage at the Florida Grand Opera or the Adrienne Arsht Center, do you think about what goes on behind the scenes -- not just the costumes or the sets, but in the singers' lives?</p><p>Believe it or not, some of South Florida's opera singers work in electrical and mechanical engineering, accounting, education and law enforcement during the day.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The Engineers</strong></p><p>Husband and wife Martin Nusspaumer and Maria Antunez&nbsp;worked as engineers in their native Uruguay.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:41:22 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 31580 at http://wlrn.org The Secret Lives Of Local Opera Singers FIU Professors Win Grant For Sea-Level Rise Project http://wlrn.org/post/fiu-professors-win-grant-sea-level-rise-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida International University is one of twelve colleges in the country to win a grant from the </span><a href="http://journalists.org/next-gen/challenge-fund/winner-florida-international-university/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this year. Four </span>FIU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> journalism professors proposed a project on sea-level rise in South Florida.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:32 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 30731 at http://wlrn.org FIU Professors Win Grant For Sea-Level Rise Project South Florida History with Professor Dr. Paul George http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-history-professor-dr-paul-george <div></div><div>03/17/14 - Today on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> we visit noted historian <strong><a href="http://www.historymiami.org/tours/">Dr. Paul George</a>&nbsp;</strong>of <strong><a href="http://historymiami.org">History Miami</a></strong>. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 29335 at http://wlrn.org South Florida History with Professor Dr. Paul George This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories http://wlrn.org/post/floridian-life-ira-glass-our-weird-stories <p>There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-weird-heres-what-was-weirdest-year" target="_blank">three separate segments</a></strong>, and we could have easily kept going. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:37:19 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 29209 at http://wlrn.org This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts http://wlrn.org/post/how-doral-woman-became-victim-anti-chavista-witch-hunts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pietra </span>Diwan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes pride in the master’s degree she earned in history back in her native Brazil. But a passion for historical accuracy may cost her the business she built here in South Florida.</span></p><p>As a historian, Diwan pays attention to document details. That’s why she raised flags last month when Venezuelan friends here started posting Facebook photos of the ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:29:04 +0000 Tim Padgett 29078 at http://wlrn.org How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts For Venezuelan Protesters, A Time To Ask: What's The Endgame? http://wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-protesters-time-ask-whats-endgame <p></p><p>There comes a moment in every political upheaval when the sound and fury of protests have to hook up with the clarity and practicality of platforms.</p><p>For anti-government demonstrators in Venezuela, that moment's arrived.</p><p>Since Feb. 12, the oil-rich but deeply divided country has been rocked by student-led unrest. Protesters are lashing out at President Nicolás Maduro’s heavy-handed socialist government and its inability to solve a raft of economic and social crises, including South America’s worst inflation and murder rates.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:56:30 +0000 Tim Padgett 28556 at http://wlrn.org For Venezuelan Protesters, A Time To Ask: What's The Endgame? Haunted Hondurans: Fleeing The Most Violent Place On Earth http://wlrn.org/post/haunted-hondurans-fleeing-most-violent-place-earth <p>What do you when you live in the most violent place on earth and you can’t take another day of it?<br /><br />We’re not talking about Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan. This is about Honduras, in Central America, little more than a two-hour flight from Miami. It has the highest murder rate of any nation in the world today, more than 80 per 100,000 people. Its second largest city, San Pedro Sula, has the worst homicide rate of any urban area in the world, almost 175 per 100,000.<br /> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:40:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 23925 at http://wlrn.org Haunted Hondurans: Fleeing The Most Violent Place On Earth How Many People Are Going Hungry In South Florida? Maybe More Than You Think http://wlrn.org/post/how-many-people-are-going-hungry-south-florida-maybe-more-you-think <p>South Florida is known as a place where the wealthy live and play, but activists say that image can hide some of the problems facing residents in poorer areas-- specifically the issue of hunger.</p><p>The organization <a href="http://www.feedingsouthflorida.org/home.htm" target="_blank">Feeding South Florida</a> raises awareness and food donations for people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The group serves the whole region from Palm Beach to Monroe County and it’s ramping up its efforts this month to get more people engaged in solving the problem.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:28:56 +0000 Arianna Prothero 20026 at http://wlrn.org How Many People Are Going Hungry In South Florida? Maybe More Than You Think Top Foreign Real Estate Buyers In Miami Are Brazilians http://wlrn.org/post/top-foreign-real-estate-buyers-miami-are-brazilians Transcript <p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: I'm Greg Allen, in Miami. To gauge the impact of Brazilians here, you only need to go downtown and look up.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)<p>ALLEN: Just a few years after the housing downturn, in Miami, once again, cranes and construction crews are hard at work building high-rise condominiums. Thousands of units are going up all over town, and many are being built for Brazilians.<p>SORAH DAIHA: For the same price of something that you buy here, you're going to have to pay three times more to get in the best neighborhood in Sao Paulo or Rio. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:40:34 +0000 Greg Allen 19023 at http://wlrn.org What Rising Interest Rates Mean For South Florida Real Estate http://wlrn.org/post/what-rising-interest-rates-mean-south-florida-real-estate <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">At the end of June, mortgage interest rates moved into the fours. Psychologically, the jump has given buyers an itch. Rates have surged since the U.S. Federal Reserve began to slow its purchases of U.S. government bonds on which market rates are based. Those purchases have kept interest rates at record lows. What does this mean if you're buying or selling in the local market?</span></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:40:17 +0000 Karen Rundlet 17695 at http://wlrn.org Being Asian In South Florida Means Disbelief, Stares, And Latin Confusion http://wlrn.org/post/being-asian-south-florida-means-disbelief-stares-and-latin-confusion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If I were to write a personal ad, it would go something like this: short male, black hair, brown eyes, caramel-colored skin. Then I would probably go on at length about my sculpted body and model looks. You’re thinking Latin male, right? What if I added slightly oval eyes, like large almonds? What would you think then? Asian? In South Florida? No way. There are no Asians in South Florida.</span></p><p></p><p>Perhaps not many, but there are.</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:24:40 +0000 Ly Nguyen 17268 at http://wlrn.org Being Asian In South Florida Means Disbelief, Stares, And Latin Confusion South Florida History Quiz 6/3/13 http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-history-quiz-6313 <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">06/03/13 - Monday’s&nbsp;</span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 15094 at http://wlrn.org South Florida History Quiz 6/3/13 The Miami River's Murky History http://wlrn.org/post/miami-rivers-murky-history <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 13744 at http://wlrn.org The Miami River's Murky History