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Sailor Stews
8:00 am
Sat December 28, 2013

A Word On Food: Chilau

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

A play of light mesmerized me as I lay in bed, savoring the last moments of an unmoored  consciousness. I allowed my mind to wander as I simply enjoyed the light show and worked on understanding where it was coming from and how it was working.

The process of cooking is nearly identical for me. The analyst in me came to realize that the fluttering sequences of light and shadow dancing on the unadorned wall placed me in the room that once was my son’s. The light of the early morning sun punctuated by the rhythm of the ceiling fan sought to keep me lulled and sleeping longer.

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The Florida Roundup
12:15 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Take Our First Annual News Quiz On South Florida Stories From 2013

Images from some of the big stories from 2013 in Florida. Do you remember them?

    

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Politics
11:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Turks & Caicos Drownings Latest Sign Of Spike In Haitian Migration

Haitian migrants in an overloaded vessel similar to one that capsized off the Turks & Caicos Islands Christmas morning.
Credit rapadoo.com

Christmas Day turned tragic when a boat carrying Haitian migrants capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands. Seventeen of the more than 50 passengers were killed, while some fled and are still being sought.

This is just the latest in a growing spate of Haitian disasters on the Caribbean. Last month 30 Haitians drowned in a similar incident off the Bahamas.

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Links
8:51 am
Fri December 27, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Dec. 23-27

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I'm digital editor here, and this week I was particularly proud of the WLRN news team for a policy-changing story that made it to our top five. You may have heard us talk about it on the Florida Roundup last week: A majority African-American school in Jacksonville will change its name, currently that of an early Ku Klux Klan leader. Find the details below, but not before the top story of the week:

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StateImpact Florida
8:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

The Best Of StateImpact Florida From 2013

Emma Jane Miller speaks against Common Core State Standards in October. She said standards developed with support from private groups is education without representation.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

From Common Core, to Florida's next standardized test and changes to high school graduation requirement, education was a top story time and again this year.

Here's a selection of some of our most important, interesting and favorite education stories of 2013.

Click on the headlines to read the full story and listen to the broadcast versions.

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Memories Of An Inaugural Poet
8:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken

2013 Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Richard_Blanco.com

Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.

He could only have one guest. But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.

“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”

So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.

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Year In Review
7:12 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

LISTEN: Florida Lawmakers Reflect On Partisan 2013

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This wasn’t a pretty year in Washington and Florida lawmakers are as upset about it as voters. Matt Laslo has this look back at the highs and lows from our congressional delegation. 

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Miami Stories
7:05 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Tooling Around Miami As A Teen In The ’60s

The author as a teenager in the 1960s.

This is the story of Joe Arango as told by him.

My Miami story began the day my KLM flight touched down from Cuba at Miami International Airport.

I was traveling alone in 1961 at the age of 11. I was going to some unknown destination, which turned out to be an orphanage in Colorado, arranged by Operation Pedro Pan. I was reunited with my mother and two younger sisters almost two years later in Miami (we were some of the lucky ones).

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Anniversary
5:12 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Richmond Heights, Developed As Community For Black Servicemen, Celebrates 65 Years

FOUNDERS: Early residents of Richmond Heights at a community occasion. Many of the men were World War II veterans and it was their service that neighborhood developer Frank C. Martin, a white man, wanted to honor.
Credit Mona Bethel Jackson

This weekend brings an opportunity to learn something about a southwest-of-Miami community called Richmond Heights.

It's a black neighborhood, always has been. But its founding and the history that developed from its unlikely roots make a good story, and add a pleasant nuance to common ideas about post-war race relations.

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News
12:38 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Florida's New Minimum Wage Takes Effect In January

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  Recent protests across the country were aimed at doubling the federal minimum wage. In Florida the minimum wage will go up on Jan. 1, but not nearly by that much. Each year, the state’s minimum wage is automatically increased based on inflation. WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Kenny Malone has more details:

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Miami Accents
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Do You Sound Like You're From South Florida? Take The NYT Quiz

Our Miami talk is markedly different from the Southern drawls heard farther north in the state, but even within the four South Florida counties, twangs and tones are varied.

The New York Times this week released a dialect map to show its readers how their speech lines up with their hometowns. A quiz asks readers how they pronounce words like "caramel" and "aunt," and the answers generate a color coded map, which also highlights three of the cities whose residents speak most like the quiz taker.

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Our Shopping Obsession Causes Teenagers' Materialism

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As long as I can remember, and even before I was born, the angst of the stereotypical teenager -- the James Dean-like rebels without a cause, the "Breakfast Club" members, the mischievous, too-cool-for-rules Zack Morris from "Saved by the Bell" – has been king.

And with good reason.

Teenagers are moody.  They are self-centered -- bordering on narcissistic.  And a study published this summer claims today’s teenagers are also more materialistic than any generation before them.

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Holidays
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me

Maria Murriel WLRN

Despite Miami's widespread Nochebuena culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans."

During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Señora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.

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6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Il Volo: We Are Love

The three Italian tenors -- 19-year-old Piero Barone, 18-year-old Ignazio Boschetto and 17-year-old Gianluca Ginoble -- known to their fans as Il Volo return to WLRN-TV for their second PBS special, "Il Volo: We Are Love," filmed at The Fillmore on Miami Beach in March.

With special edition album coming out, the Italian trio have been touring since creating a splash with Hollywood actress and director Barbara Streisand  during her fall tour last year.

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Food
2:57 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Forget The Caja China – Give Hallacas A Try This Nochebuena

The Venezuelan hallaca
Credit madrid.olx.es

Gringos like me don’t forget their first hallaca.

Mine was lying on a simple white plate, in the coastal town of Lecherías, Venezuela, on the patio of my future in-laws’ home. It was a soft Caribbean Christmas Eve in 1985.

The tawny tamal was swaddled in smoked banana leaves that reminded me of the lush, exotic foliage of an Henri Rousseau painting. I unwrapped it, cut into it, took a bite – and rediscovered Christmas.

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