Unemployment
7:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Did Gov. Rick Scott Keep His 700,000-Jobs Promise?

Gov. Rick Scott helped Hertz break ground last month on the rental car company’s new corporate headquarters. Hertz is relocating to Estero, FL from New Jersey, creating an anticipated 700 jobs in the state.
Credit Florida Governor's Office

Florida’s economy is improving, and soon voters will have to decide whether Gov. Rick Scott deserves enough of the credit to be reelected next year.

Scott made jobs his top priority. He said his administration would make efforts leading to 700,000 new jobs over seven years – a number above the economic growth forecast by state economists.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Breaking the Line: 1967’s Transformation Orange Blossom Classic Football Game

Samuel Freedman
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12/09/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities.  There were more implications than just a football title.

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Art Basel
8:12 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Brazil ArtFair Pushing Latin Artists To Basel Forefront

"A Cara de Reprovação" (The Face of Disapproval) by Brazilian artist Sesper, at Brazil ArtFair
Credit Brazil ArtFair/Galeria Logo

Brazil has proved itself a global force in soccer and music, architecture and business. But there’s one area where the South American giant has yet to produce a Pelé or a Veloso, a Niemeyer or an Embraer: art.

That seems odd considering Brazil’s richly creative culture and its awesomely idyllic surroundings. Mexico can claim the marquee power of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; Colombia has Botero. But the Brazilian art scene “is still finding its way internationally,” says São Paulo entrepreneur and art promoter Michel Serebrinsky.

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#WhatIsArt?
12:51 am
Mon December 9, 2013

PHOTOS: The People Of Basel As Art

Here are some of the people of Art Basel. This security guard at the Wynwood Walls is not very enthusiastic, but he's agreeable. Click through these photos to see more of the qualities of the folks who keep Miami lively.
Mark Hedden WLRN

Art Basel long ago grew beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center fair, and it has long been about more than just the art. Enough so that purists have complained about Miami's arts culture becoming an excuse for the kind of hyped-up parties that gave the area its shallow reputation.

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Art Basel
4:22 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Women In Art Symposium Tackles Inequality In Galleries

Beth Lipman with her work displayed at Art Miami. Women's work is under-represented in the art world.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Art Miami, an Art Basel satellite fair, held a symposium this week on women in the arts.

The event was designed to bring attention to inequality between men and women on gallery walls, both the amount of women artists and the value of their work.

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Italian Interludes
8:00 am
Sat December 7, 2013

A Word On Food: Sandwiches

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

I was near a small sandwich stand in an open-air market.

It was like many you would see almost anywhere in the world. A radio was playing a vaguely familiar tune. Soft drink cans and cigarette packs lined the windows inside the stand where a lady was stuffing soft buns with meats. There was a paper napkin dispenser advertising Coca-Cola.

This sandwich stand happened to be in Florence, Italy.

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Art Basel
8:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

#WhatIsArt Project: Do You Know It When You See It?

Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917) prompted lots of debate about what was considered art, although it is now generally considered an icon of 20th-Century art. Can you identify which one is the masterpiece? Hint: It's not the goth one.
Credit Elaine Chen / WLRN

News
5:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Anti-Church And State Group Adds Seasonal Banner To Capitol

Credit Tomas Castelazo / Wikimedia Commons

The Madison, Wis., group Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought in a seasonal display for the first-floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol, days after the Florida Prayer Network put up a privately funded nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

The foundation, a non-profit that advocates for non-theists and promotes the separation of church and state, proclaimed its "Bill of Rights nativity" banner as a counter to the nativity scene.

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Mandela Memories
4:56 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Madiba In Miami, Madiba In Chicago

Credit South Africa The Good News / Wikimedia Commons

In the summer of 1993 Nelson Mandela was touring the United States raising money for his African National Congress political party. He visited one of the most racially separate cities in the U.S. but had a much different experience compared to his visit three years earlier in Miami.

Mandela came to visit in early July. That summer I was working as an intern for a CBS News radio station in Chicago. I was assigned to help the reporter who was on scene at host Rev. Jesse Jackson's headquarters in Chicago's South Side, where the population is largely African-American.

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Opinion
2:17 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Mandela, Castro And The Caribbean Street

Nelson Mandela visits Fidel Castro and Cuba in 1990.
Credit cubahora.cu

If you live on the Caribbean street – and Florida is part of that street – here are three ways of looking at Nelson Mandela’s death yesterday.

Each, not surprisingly, involves Cuba and Fidel Castro. But in a larger sense they involve how immaturely we practice politics on this street – and how immaturely the world beyond this street views our politics.

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