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Live Chat on Tuesday, 4pm
7:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Live Chat On Florida Education: What Will Happen In Session 2013?

February 19 At 4pm

StateImpact Florida and WLRN are holding an online education chat in advance of our WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall, where you'll get the chance to ask lawmakers about their education priorities this legislative session. 

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Hip Hop Symphony
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

VIDEO: A Hip Hop Symphony? Pablo Malco Shows South Florida Kids They Can Fulfill Their Visions

Dancer/actor/producer/teacher Pablo Malco is staging a Hip Hop Symphony in April in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Pablo Malco Foundation Inc. Facebook

Pablo Malco, born in Brooklyn and raised just outside of  Houston, always felt like something of "a misfit" in his youth. His parents are from the West Indies/Trinidad and even when he moved to southern California at the age of 16, he struggled to find a community with the diversity he craved.

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Education
4:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

StateImpact Florida: Putting Education Reform To The Test

StateImpact Florida puts education reform to the test.
Credit StateImpact Florida

StateImpact Florida journalists John O'Connor and Sarah Gonzalez travel the state to report on how education issues affect you.

Recent topics on StateImpact Florida include:

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Morikami Museum Curator Retires
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Morikami To Say Sayonara To Long-time Curator, Promises Public Won't Feel Any Pain

Tom Gregersen will retire at the end of the year from his 35-year post at Morikami Museum in Delray Beach.
Credit Morikami Museum

Changes are ahead for one of the country's largest museums dedicated to showcasing and preserving Japanese culture and history. Tom Gregersen, senior curator of the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, is leaving his post after 35 years with the institution. Gregersen came to the museum about six months after its initial launch in 1977, meaning he's been there "pretty much from the beginning." 

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Sea Level Rise Maps
2:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Interactive Maps Paint A Picture Of Sea Level Rise In Florida

This map, from 1917, shows Florida before the issue of sea level rise was on the mind of many a coastal resident.
Credit perpetualplum / Flickr Creative Commons

 A new study from a German research institute identifies urban areas most threatened by sea level rise and indicates that although sea level rise has been occurring for more than a century, it's not happening at a steady rate around the globe. This is due to regional variances in temperature, circulation, and ocean density.

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Town Hall on Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Veteran Tallahassee Lobbyist Says His Profession Gets A Bad Rap

Carl Adams, co-founder of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, says that the biggest priority for state lawmakers should be "to re-establish the public perception of the process as fair, transparent and responsible."

The job of lobbyists is to improve the image of their clients.  But lobbyists themselves could use some PR.

Carl Adams, who was a Tallahassee lobbyist for 35 years and founded the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, thinks that the system - campaign finance laws and the prohibition on private deliberation - is flawed, not the people.   

We asked Adams why his profession is so maligned. 

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Sweet Taste Of Latin America
11:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

How Chocolate Is Sweetening Ecuador's Economy

Santiago Peralta of Ecuador's Pacari Chocolate brings his sweet treats into the WLRN-Miami Herald Studios.
Credit WLRN Staff

There's a chocolatier in Quito, Ecuador, who is trying to sweeten the economic history of South America.

Santiago Peralta was tired of watching his country's prized cacao beans being shipped around the world so others could create prize-winning chocolate.

He was also weary of the low wages that simply exporting raw goods produced in his country.

So he had an idea. Start his own chocolate-making company and send ready-made Ecuadorian chocolate bars around the world instead.

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Florida Politics
11:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

As National Proxy, Florida's A State To Watch

WATCHING FLORIDA: Why? Because our personalities, trends and demographics so closely follow the country's.

Florida has always been a state to watch, if only as a guilty pleasure or perhaps in self-defense. But some major political stars are aligning and the pundits are beginning to agree, Florida will really be a State To Watch from now at least through the 2016 election.

The personalities-of-the moment are here. The game-changing demographics are here. And the Florida stage is set for epic -- and deeply symbolic -- political confrontations.

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Governor's Race
10:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Candidacies On Hold As Democrats Wonder: What Will Alex Sink Do? Or Charlie Crist?

AWAITING ALEX SINK'S DECISION: Nan Rich, Dan Gelber, Jack Seiler, Manny Diaz and Buddy Dyer.

Former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink now has what she desperately needed in 2012 when she ran for governor against Rick Scott and lost: name recognition.

And that may be why a handful of the state's top Democrats are waiting to see what Sink will do in 2014 before they decide to become candidates for governor. Sink didn't run an impressive campaign but she didn't lose by much and the thinking is that a little more name recognition might have made the difference.

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Community Contributor
8:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Miami Marathon: A First-Person Account From A Morning Hater

More than 18,000 people gathered in downtown Miami this year for the marathon.
Credit Mara Patterson

As someone who does not fit the description of a morning person, there are few things that entice me to get out of bed before the sun rises on a weekend. But at 6:15 a.m. on Feb.

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Measuring Success
7:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott's 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' Agenda Coming Under Fire

Last week, watchdog group Integrity Florida released a report that concluded questionable bonuses, conflicts of interest and a 'pay to play' mentality was hampering the efforts of Enterprise Florida, Florida's public-private job development agency. The increased scrutiny of what the state pays to lure companies to Florida come as lawmakers start to lay the foundation for the coming year's budget, against a backdrop of the governor's request for more spending on economic development.
Credit Integrity Florida

  Gov. Rick Scott's aggressive economic development effort got more legislative pushback Tuesday as budget committees in both chambers questioned the direction, expense and oversight of the governor's "jobs, jobs, jobs" agenda.

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Feature Film
3:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Charlie Carlson Makes Movie

Photo by: Tracy Robinson

Florida’s Master of the Weird, Charlie Carlson busy on the set of ‘ASHLEY’S SHADOW” a film based on his novel by the same name.  The movie is set in 1934 and centers around the real-life unsolved murder of Ethel Allen, a nineteen-year-old local who was found brutally murdered on the shores of the nearby Indian River.

Latin America
3:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Will A New Secretary Of State Put A New Focus On Latin America And The Caribbean?

Jose W. Fernandez, assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.
Credit U. S. State Dept.

Wednesdays on WLRN, we discuss issues related to Latin American and the Caribbean. Today: how a transition at the top of the U. S.  State Dept. might be felt in the hemisphere.

Some have said the Obama Administration has ignored that part of the world as it tried to put out other fires in the President's first term.

Now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been succeeded by John Kerry, might things be different?

Phil Latzman spoke with assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Jose Fernandez about the possibilities.

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Weird Florida
11:18 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Highlights from Weird Florida Event

The Great Cindini

(Theme from Twilight Zone echoes in your head while you read this…)

Picture if you will…

A television studio transformed into a circus sideshow.

A woman eats fire and throws knives at a human target.

A skunk ape lurks in the shadows.

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Arts
10:52 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Delray Beach Postpones Vote on 'Garage' Sale

Michelle Lynn of West Palm Beach joins a group rallying in support of Arts Garage.
Credit C. DiMattei

A crowd of about one hundred supporters of the Arts Garage gathered outside the venue Tuesday  and marched the few blocks to Delray Beach City Hall.  They were prepared to speak out against a bid by the law firm of Kanner and Pintaluga to buy the city-owned space that houses Arts Garage.

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