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3:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Life and Death Of Cuba's Largest Counterculture Music Festival

Filmmaker Diddier Santos

In 1998, the cultural climate in Cuba wasn't exactly conducive to artistic freedom.  While a thriving underground music scene did exist, official radio and television channels were notoriously selective, only airing artists who echoed the Communist Party line.

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That's So Miami
12:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Congrats On Our O, Miami-WLRN Poetry Project

A month-long poetry project between O, Miami and WLRN drew thousands of submissions from South Florida readers and listeners.

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Community Contributor
8:27 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Desegregation Pioneer Recalls School Integration In Miami

A woman escorts her two daughters to Orchid Villa School in Miami during desegregation.

I was born in Nashville and spent the first four years of my life in Tuskegee, Ala.

My father, Dr. John O. Brown Sr., moved to Miami in 1955 to begin his practice in ophthalmology. To this day, I'm glad he did.

We had neighbors who were white and black. Our next-door neighbor was an older white lady who inspired my mother's love for growing orchids and my brother's passion for collecting butterflies.

I attended schools -- Jackson's Toddle Inn and Floral Heights -- that were all black. I remember those as happy years.

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Environment
8:06 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels?

Broward Co. Mayor Kristin Jacobs says the area isn't getting enough funds to cover beach restoration.
Credit Broward County

Throughout the legislative session, we've been bringing questions you asked during the WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall to legislators in Tallahassee.

Today's question concerns an environmental issue that's threatening coastal communities.

Barry Waterman of Pompano Beach asked about sea level rise:

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Archaeology
6:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

More Evidence Of Tequesta Civilization Unearthed Near Miami River

The Third Avenue Circle, pictured with archeologist Ray Skinner and FIU archeology student Adrian Espinoza
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

Two months ago, twelve dump trucks bursting with dirt and fill from a downtown Miami construction site made their way to the Everglades Outpost, an animal rescue facility in Florida City.

Barbara Tansey, the facility’s owner and overseer is slowly sifting through the remnants looking for clues. Though volunteers occasionally come to help, at some moments the elderly Tansey is entirely on her own, tirelessly sifting in hopes of revealing any artifact.

It should be mentioned that twelve truckloads is an insane amount of dirt.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Actor as Author - Colin McPhillamy Walks into China

Colin McPhillamy's latest book, An Actor Walks into China.

Actor Colin McPhillamy is finishing up his run in Exit the King at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach.  He is also a published author, and reads an excerpt from his second book, An Actor Walks into China.  To learn more about Colin, visit www.mcphillamy.com, and to hear more excerpts, log onto www.artsradionetwork.com.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

When Curry Chicken Calls, You Have To Answer

Credit Wikimedia Commons

I was sitting on the verandah of a hotel overlooking Waikiki beach waiting for a lunch menu. The mighty Pacific Ocean purred like a Lamborghini in the distance. I'd spent hours walking in Chinatown from early morning looking for beautiful and unique dishes I love to use for the thematic ‘Tasting Menus’ at our restaurant. But I had little luck and a keen hunger was rising up in me.

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Bike Culture
5:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Ditch Your Car And Ride A B-Cycle

Broward B-Cycle offers commuters a chance to ditch their cars for short trips around various county locations.
Credit hollywodmargaritaville.com

Riding a bike is a childhood right of passage.  As we age, we move from tricycle to bike with training wheels to classic two-wheeler. But at some point we shift from bikes to the expanded mobility of owning a car.

Kathryn Moore, program manager at Broward B-Cycle, thinks people should consider going back to the basics when it comes to getting around downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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Bike Culture
12:28 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Lose Yourself On Two Wheels Touring Miami's Artsy Subculture

Credit facebook.com/MiamiCriticalMass

Miami's quickly growing bike scene remains tightly interwoven with the city's other do-it-yourself-spirited, artsy subcultures.

Sure, there are plenty of people with fancy road bikes and Lycra suits joining Critical Mass and speeding along on group rides. But a large number of the scene's most outspoken two-wheelers are young people who push for bicycling less as an exercise form per se.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

The Week's Top Florida News: Dolphins And Diplomas

Join us Friday at noon on 91.3 FM WLRN for an hour's discussion on the week's headlines, including:

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Miami Dish
11:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

This Weekend, Find Poetic Inspiration At The Bottom Of A Cocktail -- Literally

Read A.E. Stallings' "Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther" at World of Beer.

This weekend, you might notice that the humble coaster beneath your drink has a surprising message. Unlike the fool sitting next to you at the bar, the verses on your coaster are lucid, articulate and wise.

Paul Christiansen, a poet and graduate student at Florida International University, spearheaded the poetry coaster project. It's part of O Miami, a month-long poetry festival with the goal of exposing everyone in Miami-Dade to a poem in April.

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Ethics Game
10:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Are You A Dirty Politican? Play Our Ethics Game

Are you squeaky clean or Tallanasty?
Credit Martin Tews / Creative Commons/Flickr

Everyone loves to complain about political corruption.  But would you do any better?  Play our interactive game, Tallanasty, and find out if you would be a cleaner Florida politician.

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Community Contributor
8:39 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Miami Must Move Toward More Open Spaces As The Metro Area Grows

A New World Symphony "wallcast" concert.
Credit Rui Dias-Aidos

I spent a recent night watching a performance of the New World Symphony being broadcast on a wall at the New World Center. As the symphony performed inside, the video played simultaneously on a soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall on the building’s façade. It was a dazzling night, with hundreds of people speaking multiple languages gathered on blankets and chairs, toting picnic baskets, children and pets.

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Remix The News: David Kobert, Miami Dolphins And Circus Politics

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium upgrades.
Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th. 

Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:

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Florida Legislature
10:59 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Hope For Health Care Compromise Dwindles

The Capitol buildings in Tallahassee.
Credit Wikipedia

House Republicans rejected a bipartisan Senate proposal to accept $51 billion in federal health care money on Thursday, diminishing hopes that lawmakers will reach a health care compromise before the legislative session ends next week.

After five hours of targeted questions and impassioned debate, Republicans rejected an attempt by renegade Republican Rep. Mike Fasano to accept the Senate plan to provide federally subsidized health coverage to more than 1 million Floridians.

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