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Earthquake Anniversary
11:53 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Four Years Later, Rebuilding Continues, Haitians Ask: 'Remember'

Wilson Sayre WLRN

Reporter Wilson Sayre went to one of several events held in Miami to commemorate the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Hear what she heard at the march below.

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake was reported off the coast of Cuba Thursday, Jan. 9, just days before the anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude quake that devastated Haiti four years ago. 

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Tue., Jan. 14 starting @ 8p
11:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Stories Of Conflict: Cuba, Rommel & The Art Of War

On Tuesday nights, WLRN presents stories of conflict: wars, warriors and weapons. 

On January 14, starting at 8:00 p.m., the line-up includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, the battles in the North African desert that helped turned the tide of World War II  and a new look at the art of warfare from the unusual viewpoint of the logistics that often decide who wins and who loses:

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News
8:10 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Two Dead As Flash Floods Hit Parts of Palm Beach County

Flooded streets in the Kings Point section of Delray Beach
Credit Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center

The flooding left behind by heavy overnight rainfall in parts of Palm Beach County is more than just a nuisance that closed schools and blocked roads.

Now, it has caused two deaths.

The Palm Beach Post reports that a 56-year-old woman drowned after accidently driving her car from a flooded street straight into a canal.  A 90-year-old man died after he fell into a canal while out for a walk. 

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The End Of The Road
1:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95

Nearly 2,000 miles of human accomplishment end unceremoniously near Coconut Grove.
Credit Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald

The U.S. Census 2006-2010 American Communities Survey says the most popular commute is, by far, from Broward to Miami-Dade County. It estimates 125,000 make that drive to work every day.

For nearly an hour and a half, Broward-to-Dade commuters sit on Interstate 95's crowded lanes, some investing in express-lane tolls while others face the red-eyed inertia of cars ahead.

One commuter says of her peers' brake lights: “Look at them. Red little demon eyes stopping you in your tracks. Interfering with your making a living."

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Education
1:03 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Another School Choice In Florida: Single-Sex Classrooms

These boys are part of the All Male E.A.G.L.E. Academy at Bond Elementary School in Tallahassee. The acronym stands for Extraordinary Ambitious Gentlemen Leading in Excellence.
Gina Jordan/StateImpact Florida

A handful of public schools in Florida have either all-girls or all-boys classrooms. More could be coming.

Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, is behind a bill that would have one school in districts throughout the state offer only single-sex classes. The proposed legislation would create a pilot project in designated districts for two years.

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Homelessness
6:53 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

City Of Miami Approves Changes To Homeless Protections

The Miami City Commission approved changes to an historic settlement that protected the rights of the homeless.
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr user Andrew Brown

Behind closed doors on Wednesday, the Miami City Commission approved major changes to the Pottinger settlement.

The historic court agreement has protected the rights of Miami’s homeless since it first went into effect in 1998. The original Pottinger agreement protected what’s called "life sustaining activities" like sleeping on the street, lighting fires for cooking and urinating in public — all without being arrested.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:33 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

What Don't You Like About Yourself?

At the intersection of religion and science. Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer in his office on Bay Harbor Islands. The Orthodox Jew attracted controversy after producing a video mocking Jewish stereotypes.
Credit Tom Hudson

Between our finances, fitness, beauty, working -- even our souls. We can spend thousands of dollars on making ourselves better. The self-help business is booming: from personal trainers to plastic surgery, how are we spending money to help ourselves?

Americans spent almost $12 billion on the self-help industry in 2012, according to independent market research firm MarketData.  Diet, exercise, motivational speakers, help-yourself books and other strategies are aimed at making us feel better, eat better, be better.  It is the business of better.  And business is good.

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Big Bird
8:00 am
Sat January 11, 2014

A Word On Food: Turkey

Click the play button above to the hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.

The first time we rolled down Highway 1 in the Florida Keys was 1971. Sometimes you would not see an oncoming car for 10 to 15 minutes. The darkness on those narrow bridges we crossed was nearly overwhelming.

But above us the constellations came through. The starlight was an explosion of skyward imagery that guided us forth. Now we drive across these islands on the same highway and struggle to find a gap where you hope to find the darkness once again and the attendant miracle of the stars. Returning here, I am reminded of the words of ancient Heraclitus, “No man ever steps in the same river twice for its not the same river and hes not the same man.

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Airs on WLRN TV - Mon., Jan. 13 starting @ 8p
5:03 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

It's Nature Night! Camels, Iraq And Mountains

Monday nights on WLRN are the wildest nights of the week. For lovers of natural history documentaries, this is a night you don't want to miss. It starts with the award-winning PBS series Nature and follows up with some of the best wildlife films from the BBC and elsewhere. 

This coming Monday, January 13, WLRN Channel 17 presents the following line-up of beautiful films about wild animals from breath-taking  locations around the world:

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The Florida Roundup
12:12 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Slot Machines In Downtown Miami?

The Genting Resort World, which owns the former site of the Miami Herald, hopes that by down-scaling to include only slot machines, it can increase its odds.
Credit Credit Lynn Kelley Author / Creative Commons/Flickr

Place your bets.  A new push is on for new gambling in South Florida. We look at the new idea that could bring slot machines to the bay front in Miami.  

Also, Florida is the first state to execute a prisoner in 2014 with the killing of Thomas Knight, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row.

And fifty years after declaring war on poverty: how much is enough to live on in South Florida?

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Palm Beach Symphony
7:55 am
Fri January 10, 2014

'Four Seasons' Remix At Henry Flagler's Gilded-Age Mansion

Whitehall is Henry Flagler's Gilded Age mansion in Palm Beach.
Credit Courtesy of Palm Beach Symphony

The Palm Beach Symphony’s performance on Thursday, Jan. 9, promises to be an evening of both rich music and architecture.

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Arts Preview
11:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

McCraney's 'Radical Edit' of Shakespeare Play Lands In Miami Beach

Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony in 'Antony and Cleopatra'
Credit Hugo Glendinning

It’s a long distance from the rough streets of Liberty City to the bright lights of Stratford-Upon-Avon in England.  But playwright and director Tarell Alvin McCraney has made that journey – and along the way, acquired a resume that would make many artists green with envy.

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Jobs
11:20 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

South Florida Democrats Join National Effort For A $10 Minimum Wage

Florida's $7.93 minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum of $7.25. Efforts are underway around the country to bolster the minimum to more than $10 an hour.
Credit pbarcas/flickr

Florida’s minimum wage rose by 14 cents on Jan. 1, to $7.93 per hour. But two South Florida lawmakers say that doesn't go far enough.

They’ve filed bills to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The wage increase would also apply to workers who earn tips, like restaurant servers currently making $4.91 per hour.

Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, and Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Opa-Locka, say they’re trying to get more people out of poverty.

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Commentary
11:12 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Miss Venezuela Murders: Maduro Needs To Create Police Instead Of Plots

Mónica Spear and ex-husband Thomas Henry Berry. Both were murdered by gunmen during a botched roadside robbery in Venezuela on Jan. 6.
Credit Thomas Henry Berry / Facebook

Latin American leaders don’t know how to stop their violent-crime epidemic, but they sure know how to spin it.

Former Miss Venezuela and telenovela star Mónica Spear and her ex-husband were murdered Monday night during a botched highway robbery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Their 5-year-old daughter was shot, too, but survived. As the shocking news spread throughout Venezuela and then Miami, where Spear often lived and worked, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro hit a spin cycle I’ve seen countless other presidentes employ after high-profile homicides.

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Arts Preview
11:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Miami City Ballet Kicks Off New Year With Catalán Folk Music And Bare Feet

Miami City Ballet dancers Jeanette Delgado in Jardí Tancat.
Gio Alma/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music.

Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities.

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