One Dish, One Story: Mole With Oscar

Sep 13, 2016
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“When you cook Latin American dishes in Miami, you are basically up against all Latin American grandmothers and that’s very tough,” says Oscar del Rivero, laughing, while we stand together in the kitchen of Talavera Cocina Mexicana. 

“People from Latin America often compare my dishes to how their abuelas used to prepare them – or even more complicated: how they remember that those dishes tasted,” he says. 

It has been four months since WLRN launched Pricecheck, an online guide to bring clarity to health care costs in Florida. Along with our partners WUSF in Tampa and Health News Florida and with input from our audience, we created a searchable database of prices of common health care procedures and supplies aiming to answer a single question: "How much does it cost?"

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The Irish aren’t entirely strangers to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Saint Patrick’s Battalion fought for Mexico in the 1800s. Irish tycoon Denis O’Brien owns Digicel, one of the Caribbean’s largest cell phone companies.

But Ireland’s new government has set out a specific agenda for engaging Latin America that’s unusual for a European country outside Spain and Portugal. And Miami figures prominently in that strategy.

Shane Stephens, Ireland’s consul general for the Southeast U.S., based in Atlanta, spoke with WLRN’s Tom Hudson during a recent visit to Miami.

Scott Fraser / City of Key West

When it comes to sea level rise, Key West is pretty much as vulnerable as it gets. The island's average elevation is less than five feet above sea level. A tide gauge at Key West Harbor tracks the steady rise of the sea over the last century.

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  Over the weekend, many people in South Florida and throughout the nation took part in ceremonies marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

One group of South Florida military veterans observed the anniversary by providing more service. The Miami platoon of The Mission Continues nonprofit traveled to Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park.

  The group has been working with the Suncoast chapter of the National Parks Conservation Association to help out the parks. The National Park Service is marking its centennial this year.

It’s the height of Hurricane Season and a tropical wave is moving through The Bahamas.

It will cause widespread rain and cloudiness in Florida this week, said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman.

Rain and cloudiness is expected across the peninsula Tuesday, generally rotating around a weak area of low pressure from east to west. Some of the rain could be locally heavy, especially in the afternoon hours when there may be some enhancement from sea breeze interactions.



Puerto Ricans are on track to become Florida’s largest Latino demographic according to a new report from the Hispanic Federation and the ratings company Nielsen. New data show nearly one million Puerto Ricans live in Florida now, most in central Florida.

Associated Press

Victims of the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and their families have until Monday September 12th  to submit claims for the OneOrlando fund. 

At least 228 claims already have been filed for the more than $23 million fund.

Donations will be accepted through September 23rd, and distributions will begin September 27th.

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After policy makers in Washington D.C. this week once again couldn’t agree on a bill to fund the fight against Zika, Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Friday criticized both parties for politicizing the issue.

Speaking to reporters in Doral, he expressed his frustration about the ongoing battle on the hill. "My own party has taken far too long to take this issue seriously. We should have dealt with it in March, when we first raised it."

Miami Herald

This week in Decision Florida, Scott Arceneaux, senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign in Florida, and Susie Wiles, co-chair of Donald Trump Florida, discuss the approaches of both candidates to win the hearts and minds of voters in the swing state.

Here are some of the  highlights of the conversation: 

Zyscovich Architects via Miami Herald

Negotiations on a new 24-acre development in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood came down to the wire Thursday -- literally.


In a last-minute deal that earned the approval of Miami commissioners, the Mana Wynwood development group agreed to pay as much as $25 million to bury unsightly power lines on its property and throughout Wynwood. If the power lines aren’t buried within five years, Mana Wynwood will pay into a fund to help the Wynwood neighborhood with infrastructure improvements.


Kyle Holsten / WLRN

A group of researchers and doctors convened in Miami this week to discuss how different specialists are responding to the Zika virus.

Organized by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the conversation ranged from mosquito control to pediatric research—but one of the hottest topics at the discussion surrounded Zika virus testing.

Researchers at UM have applied for a grant to develop rapid Zika testing.

Associated Press

A deep space craft is on a 4 billion mile mission to snag a sample of an asteroid.

Launching into a clear blue sky at Kennedy Space Center, an Atlas V rocket sent OSIRIS-REx on a seven year mission to asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft heads to an orbit around the sun before it sling-shots around Earth on its way to Bennu — about a two year journey.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Several hundred concerned citizens attended -- and often interrupted -- a heated, last-minute Miami Beach City Commission workshop to discuss use of the pesticide Naled to control mosquitoes that may carry Zika. They say they're worried the pesticide is more harmful than the birth defects that can be caused by the virus.



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On opening night for the Marlins in April, it was Miami vs. the Detroit Tigers. As the booming voice in the stadium announced the lineup, a new guy walked from the bullpen onto the field: Number 54, Wei-Yin Chen, a native of Taiwan.