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7:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Got A Face For Public Radio? Then Try This Name Generator

NPR fave Ira Glass is considered a good name, and many would say, a good face.
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It's almost a chicken-and-egg question. Do reporters and hosts with worldly or intellectual-sounding names naturally seek out public radio? Or are they drawn to this career after recognizing their fellow fancy-monikered peers on the air? Either way, among the staff at National Public Radio there are definitely a lot of fancy first-and-last-name combos like Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Douali Xaykaothao.

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Entrepreneurship
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Get Rid Of Your Junk With A College Hunk

Miami franchise owners Christopher Poore (left) and Ron Rick (right).
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Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Poore opens the door with a warm and welcoming smile. He turns and walks back into his new office. A lounge area with couches and a wooden table are off to one side in front of a wall painted bright orange and green, the colors of his alma mater. 


His business partner Ron Rick ,23, enters the room sporting a buzz cut and green polo shirt with a muscle man logo on it. The two are laid-back entrepreneurs who became friends as undergraduates at the University of Miami.

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That's So Miami
1:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

We Really Love Driving! Vote For The Best 'Traffic Ballad'

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All month long, WLRN and our partners at O, Miami Poetry Festival have been collecting poems either starting or ending in "That's So Miami" and compiling them on our Tumblr page. We have seen some amazing poems, and as the month begins to wind down, we decided to put the best theme poems up for a vote.

A universal favorite among Miamians: traffic.

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That's So Miami
1:13 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Congri, Pastelito, Rum: Vote For The Best 'Ode To Miami Food'

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What makes Miami's food culture so great?  Vote for a poem from our That's So Miami project that best describes a culinary favorite.

UPDATE: POLLS CLOSED AFTERNOON OF 4/25, WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THAT'S SO MIAMI READING AND FINALE

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That's So Miami
12:54 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Lo Mejor De That's So Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Spanglish Poem

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One of the beautiful things about nuestra ciudad is the way that you can pasar todo el dia switching it up between English and Spanish, dependiendo del tema.

UPDATE: POLLS CLOSED AFTERNOON OF 4/25, WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THAT'S SO MIAMI READING AND FINALE

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That's So Miami
12:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Vote For The Best 'Ode to Miami's Flaws'

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Since Julia Tuttle’s arrival in 1891, Miami has grown like crazy: more people, more homes, more roads, more 

  boom. Dense tropical hardwood trees that covered the City of Miami were chopped down and urbanization moved west into the Everglades.

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Great Outdoors
12:34 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Florida's National Parks Are Free Through April 26

Sunrise on Long Pine Key Nature Trail.
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In celebration of National Parks Week, every national park in the United States is free of charge through Friday, April 26.

These include Everglades National Park and the Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West.

For a complete list of Florida's National Parks, go to the website by clicking here.

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History
11:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Plan Preserves Jackie Gleason Theater In Miami Beach

The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach
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One of the most contentious aspects of the plan to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center has been settled: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater will stay.

The theater had been slated for demolition by Portman-CMC, one of the two teams still in the running for the massive overhaul project. But with music and history lovers lined up in support of saving the theater, the team said that its plan has changed.

“We listened to the community,” said Jack Portman, vice chairman of Portman Holdings and John Portman & Associates.

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Community Contributor
8:41 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler Covers The World Of Dance, In Eight Minutes Or Less

Niura Marquez/Nu Flamenco Collaborative’s “La Nina de mis Ojos.”

The Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler was a mixed bag of performances that introduced audiences to contemporary dance, ballet, new flamenco and traditional African dance forms. The performances, billed as six- to eight-minute samplers, highlighted the scope of dance talent that exists in Miami. Produced by Dance NOW! Miami and Miami Dance Futures, the goal of the sampler is to give local talent exposure and to expose audiences to dance forms that they wouldn’t normally seek out.

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That's So Miami
2:21 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Odes To Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Poem

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All month long, WLRN and our partners at O, Miami Poetry Festival have been collecting poems either starting or ending in "That's So Miami" and compiling them on our Tumblr page. We have seen some amazing poems, and as the month begins to wind down we have decided to put the best of these poems up for vote.

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News
7:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

How Urban Explorers Record History South Florida Forgot

Aerojet Missle Silo (not to be confused with Nike Missile Silo, this facility is outside of the Everglades and not open to visitors)
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Built in 1964 as part of the Cold War response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nike Missile Silo was abandoned in 1979, but the former complex remains eerily intact within the southern portion of Everglades National Park. It is a reminder of a time when South Florida was a focal point of international politics, and it's also one the region's more famous abandoned sites.

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Rollercoasters
6:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Reporter's Notebook: A Musical Ode To A Roller Coaster

The Dania Beach Hurricane, on the side of I-95, opened in 2000 and stopped running in 2011.
Credit Kenny Malone

The Dania Beach Hurricane was the largest wooden roller coaster in Florida. Depending on your definition of "is" and "roller coaster," it might still hold that title. The ride shut down in April 2011, but the monstrous jungle of lumber still looms over I-95. The track is still there. The trains are still there. The Hurricane just doesn't run anymore.

And now the coaster's owners are trying to give the entire thing away to charity. But, no surprise, that's proving difficult. (You can listen to that story above.)

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Earth Day
1:53 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Al Gore: How Six Trends Will Impact Florida, The World

Al Gore
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Today is Earth Day. 

And here in low-lying, hurricane prone Florida, the day has special meaning.

Sea-level rise is no longer something so incremental that we don't notice.

It's real and visible, and planning for a future of rising oceans has become a top priority for local towns, cities and counties across the state.

For some perspective, WLRN turned to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who has become one of world's foremost thinkers on the consequences of global warming and climate change.

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Miami Dish
11:13 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day At The Restaurant: Miami Chefs Weigh In On How Pro Kitchens Can Go Green

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As today is Earth Day, a few Miami chefs chimed in on how they try to reduce waste or recycle at their restaurants.

Jen Chaefsky, owner and general manager of Macchialina:

“Our water glasses are made out of recycled wine bottles. It’s something small, but every little bit helps; plus it’s a cool element that guests love to learn about.”

Sam Gorenstein, chef and owner of My Ceviche:

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Community Contributor
8:36 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Retired Teacher Says Armed Educators Will Keep Children Safe

Retired teacher Evelyn Stahl says arming teachers will help prevent school shootings.
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When a mentally ill person entered a Connecticut school and slaughtered children and teachers, it was the last straw for some people. In this ultra liberal, politically correct climate in which we find ourselves today, the immediate outcry was to ban this and ban that. The very thought that teachers should not have the right to defend themselves and their pupils is laughable.

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