Weird News
9:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Job Posting: Crocodile Handlers Wanted In South Florida

Yikes! Think you can handle this?
Credit nps.gov

If you’re an outdoorsy type, Florida wildlife officials have a job for you.

But there’s a catch. Actually, several catches – all with very sharp teeth.

In the United States, the only place you’ll find an American crocodile in the wild is South Florida. It used to be an endangered species.

But not anymore.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Fri., Jan. 24 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

A Night Of Drama! DCI Banks, Dalziel & Pascoe, Circus

DCI Banks

WLRN presents some of television’s best crime and mystery dramas every Friday night.

Tune in to Channel 17 to see hit British police procedurals, such as DCI Banks, built around the driven and intense detective Alan Banks and Dalziel & Pascoe, featuring two Yorkshire detectives with very different styles; followed by Circus, a behind-the-scenes look at the world beneath the Big Top, with a real-life cast of characters in the greatest show on Earth.

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Finances
4:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Miami Hispanics Not Saving Much For Retirement, Study Says

Wells Fargo Financial Health Survey in Miami Area
Wells Fargo

A recent survey by Prudential Financial advisors reveals the Hispanic American community places a priority on funding near-term goals, making it more difficult for Hispanics to prepare for retirement.

From Oct. 28 to Nov. 18 last year, the study polled 1,023 Americans who identify as "Hispanic." It covered several financial topics and what the driving force is behind making financial decisions in Hispanic American households.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Delivering Calorie Counted, Portion Controlled Meals

Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean.
http://deliverlean.com/

01/23/14 - 1:30 Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean, a diet meal delivery service.  It's mid-January and many of us are still trying to drop the Holiday pounds – DeliverLean delivers calorie counted, portion controlled meals in many categories. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

Roman Krznaric
http://www.romankrznaric.com/

01/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British sociologist and writer Roman Krznaric, author of HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?  Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.  He says people should embrace past wisdom and escape what he terms “status anxiety.”  He’ll join us from London.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  She’ll tell us about a new diet meal delivery service.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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How Much Is Enough?
8:39 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Riding The Bus Is Cheaper Than Driving. Isn't It?

The view from inside the 120 bus en route to South Beach.
Credit Wilson Sayre

On the surface, taking public transportation in South Florida is unquestionably cheaper than driving.

But there are hidden costs associated with a commute, stemming from the amount of time behind a wheel or sitting on a bus, and the value of your time in both financial and immaterial terms.

I wanted to find out: At what point is it more valuable to drive than to take public transportation?

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For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multiplatform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is currently reporting for “Frontline” on immigration detention.

How Much Is Enough?
2:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Race To Work: Public Transit Vs. Private Car

Reporter Wilson Sayre compares a private commute versus a public one, riding the public transit from Kendall to Miami Beach while a friend, Willie Avendano, drives his car.

Click on the markers in this map to see time stamps of their journey and hear their banter and narration. Can you guess who won?

Airs On WLRN CH 17 Thurs., Jan. 23 Starting @ 8p
9:01 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

It's History Night! Freedom Riders, Sister Rosetta & Instruments Of Change

American Experience: Freedom Riders

WLRN looks back on Thursday nights at some of the most important milestones in human history with powerful and award-winning documentaries from around the world, including from our own backyard right here in South Florida. 

On January 23, Channel 17 takes a historic bus ride to revisit one of the most significant victories in the U.S. civil rights movement and presents Sister Rosetta Tharpe with her colorful mix of gospel music and good 'ol fashioned rock & roll.

(Editor's Note: Due to technical difficulties, Mary Pleasant has been postponed. Instead, WLRN will air an original production, Instruments of Change, at 10:00 p.m. See below for more details on the program.) 

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Transportation
6:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing

Only 2.2 miles of the Old Seven-Mile Bridge remain open to foot traffic.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The prospects for the Old Seven-Mile Bridge in the Middle Keys have turned 180 degrees in the past several weeks. The historic bridge and popular walking spot once in danger of being shut down is now close to receiving more than $77 million for repairs and 30 years' worth of upkeep.

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