Americas
8:26 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Caribbean Deluge Disaster Raises New Climate Change Warnings

A man in St. Vincent and the Grenadines inspects an SUV washed away in flooding and landslides on Christmas Eve
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On Christmas Eve, the islands of the eastern Caribbean were hammered by 15 inches of torrential rain. The flooding and landslides killed at least 13 people. South Florida’s Caribbean diaspora is gathering relief supplies - and officials are sounding the climate change alarm.

Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, calls last week’s downpour “a disaster of a proportion…we have not seen in living memory.” Gonsalves himself lost a cousin killed in a landslide.

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Public Radio Resolutions
5:38 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

WLRN Staff Offer 2014 Resolutions. But Will We Keep Them?

When the fireworks end, we have plans.
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The first moments of every New Year are accompanied by a number of reliable staples: the cacophony of explosives, the smooching of lovers (or strangers), and a proliferation of New Year’s resolutions.

Every year we see headlines in the news about keeping your resolutions, but these always appear early in the year then seem to simply fade away. (Resolution-keeping strategies in July, maybe?)

Whether resolution plans persist or materialize, conjuring up ideas for self-improvement is a holiday tradition.

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Dominoes
3:47 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Not Your Grandpa's Dominoes: A New Generation Discovers A Classic Game

A new generation is discovering the game of dominoes.
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Bruno Poso was only seven when he was initiated into his family’s domino clique.  

“I didn’t even know what I was doing, but it was the best thing I had ever known,” said Poso, who learned how to play dominoes by watching his father and grandfather. “To be there with the men and being a boy, it was amazing.”

At 29, Poso has his own clique. He drives two to three times a week from his home in Coral Gables to Havana Cuba Cigar Company in Miami Lakes to play dominoes with other guys who enjoy the game. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Author Salman Rushdie (Rebroadcast)

Salman Rushdie
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12/31/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is an interview with novelist Salman Rushdie, by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.  Rushdie, of course, authored Satanic Verses in 1988.  It enraged Muslim clerics, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death.

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Year In Review
7:43 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Florida Is Weird. But Here's What Was Weirdest This Year.

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Florida can be a pretty weird place, and it's something of a holiday tradition for news organizations throughout the state to put together lists of the weirdest stories of the year. (Read our "Why South Florida Can't Have Nice Things" roundup from last year.)

We decided to go straight to the people on the front lines: WLRN-Miami Herald News anchors, producers, editors and reporters. Here are what they thought were the most bizarre Florida stories of 2013. 

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Party Safe
5:42 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Pitbull And The City Of Miami Don't Want You To Fire Your Gun On New Year's Eve

Miami officials are urging revelers not to shoot in celebration.

On the last day of the year people all over South Florida will be looking to bring in 2014’s first moments with a bang. But Miami officials are asking that guns be excluded from those New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On Monday, county commissioner Audrey Edmonson took a swing at tackling celebratory gunfire again this year with the “One Bullet Kills the Party” campaign.

Pitbull, also known as Mr. Worldwide, is the face of the campaign which seeks to make people aware of the dangers of celebratory bullets that cause can injuries, property damage, and in some cases, death.

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StateImpact Florida
4:25 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Children's Authors On Education Policy: Michael Buckley Talks Bullying And Non-Fiction

Michael Buckley is a best-selling children's author.
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  Children’s author Michael Buckley has spent a lot of time thinking about bullies. He’s the bestselling author of the NERDS series, which features a bunch of nerdy kids who deal with bullies during the school day and moonlight as top-secret superheroes the rest of the time.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Novelist Allan Gurganus

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12/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez visits with novelist Allan Gurganus.  He’s known for documenting southern US sentiments and the bittersweet lives of the citizens of a present-day fictional town in North Carolina.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times

“Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”
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12/30/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents, when we begin with Andy Lee Roth, coauthor of Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times.”  The book chronicles news censorship and under-reported stories from the past year.

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StateImpact Florida
12:41 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Children's Authors On Education Policy: Sheila Keenan Talks Common Core And Graphic Novels

Sheila Keenan is author of the new graphic novel, Dogs of War.
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Sheila Keenan, author of a new graphic novel for kids, called Dogs of War, says she tries not to think too much about classroom policies when she writes.

Her latest work is about the relationships between soldiers and dogs during World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. It’s fiction, but she did a lot of research to make sure it was historically accurate.“Good storytelling is good storytelling,” says Keenan.

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