Airs On WLRN TV - Mon., Jan. 20 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

It's Nature Night! Africa, The Himalayas & Orangutans

Monday nights on WLRN are a wild, wild ride.  The evening is dedicated to natural history documentaries you won't want to miss. The action 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 20, WLRN Channel 17 presents the following line-up of beautiful films about wild animals from breathtaking locations around the world:

Nature: The Himalayas (8:00 p.m.)

The Himalayas are the highest mountain range in the world, spanning thousands of miles and boasting an exceptionally diverse ecology. Forests, wetlands and grasslands are as much a part of this world as the inhospitable, frozen mountaintops that tower above them.

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On The Tracks
8:00 am
Sat January 18, 2014

A Word On Food: Blood

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

I walked into our restaurant kitchen and I inhaled an aroma I’d known before I knew it’s name. It was blood. It spiraled me back in time to a grocery store where my mother shopped when I was young. She carried me in there before the age of three and slung me from hip to hip while she selected our food and put it in the cart. By the time I was five, I knew the owners names, Mr. and Mrs. Petersen.

Though small, the store was pretty amazing for the time. They had a full butcher case that Mr. Petersen personally manned. He had a box of sawdust that he used to toss like chicken feed onto the wooden floors to sop up the blood that fell off his knives. A vibrant produce section lined one whole wall of the store. It relied on the area’s farms and orchards. Though the fish choices were few, they were fresh Great Lakes fish. There was even a baked goods cabinet by the check out area. Mrs. Petersen added in her own home-baked Greek specialties that lent a sense of exotica to the rural store in our town.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Saturday, Jan. 18 @ 9p
9:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

David Geffen

David Geffen has helped shape American pop culture for more than 40 years as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist.

Known for being press and camera-shy, Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this amazing two-hour documentary, which airs Saturday, January 18, on WRLN Channel 17 at 9:00 p.m.

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How Much Is Enough & MLK
6:36 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

MLK: A Bootless Man Cannot Lift Himself By His Bootstraps

Rev. Martin Luther King delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963, as captured by photographer Bob Adelman, who tells us about being there that day and shooting this photo.
Credit Bob Adelman

Today, Florida’s poverty rate is just over 17 percent and the city of Miami’s hit 29.5 percent in the most recent Census data. At the end of the 1960s, poverty levels in the South hovered around 18 percent of the population.

It was during that time when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent much of his energy organizing what he called the "Poor People's Campaign." It worked to achieve economic justice and equality for poor people -- a disproportionate number of whom were black.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Doing Business While Black

South Florida business owners: (from top right) Felecia Hatcher of Feverish Pops, Adrian Foster of Foster Construction, Suzan McDowell of Circle of One Marketing and Kevin Michael of Invizio
Credit Tom Hudson

The quartet pictured above own and operate their businesses.  Some may consider them black businesses.  Some may not.  But they all operate in a commerce climate in South Florida that has been partially shaped by an economic boycott 24 years ago. In 1990, South Florida’s tourism industry was boycotted by blacks for three years.

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Commentary
6:19 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Holy Hispaniola! New Haitian Cardinal Rises While Old One Next Door Stumbles

Bishop Chibly Langlois, Haiti's first Roman Catholic cardinal.
Credit haitilibre.com

Pope Francis didn’t have to say it. He let the timing say it for him.

The pope this week named Haitian Bishop Chibly Langlois as one of 19 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. In the process, he all but declared a shift in clerical power on the large Caribbean island of Hispaniola. And he may also have delivered a rebuke to the Dominican Republic, the country that shares that isle with Haiti, and to the D.R.’s controversial cardinal, Nicolás López.

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Arts
6:14 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Boynton Beach Arts District Picks Up The Pieces After Flood Loss

Boynton Beach Arts District founder Rolando Chang Barrero surveys a heap of soil, all that's left of the District's urban garden
Credit Christine DiMattei

There goes two-and-a-half years of work.

That’s what Rolando Chang Barrero says he was thinking as he surveyed the damage from last week’s flash floods on the Boynton Beach Arts District he founded not long ago.

“I was scared to open the door,” says Chang Barrero of the scene he walked into last Friday.  “The water was above the door about seven inches.  I just didn’t want to open the doors or the gates because I didn’t know what I was going to find.”

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How Much Is Enough?
5:35 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

How Many Renters Are In Your Neighborhood? These Apps Will Tell You

City Data's housing map.

Something about housing stats in particular seems a bit more voyeuristic than say, just the average age of a neighborhood's residents. Housing numbers create a figurative window into people’s private spheres that is a bit uncomfortable at times, but the stats help visualize in a different way the place we call home.

Here's a list of websites that map different aspects of Miami's housing market:

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Allan Harris Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

Allan Harris live at Umbria Jazz Festival.
Pat Harris www.twitter.com/allanharris

01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.  www.AllanHarris.Com  

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If I Were Mayor
8:52 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado Responds To Your Ideas

What would you do if you were in charge of Miami?

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves.

We spoke with Miami mayor Tomás Regalado who won a second term last November.

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