LGBT Issues
6:40 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids

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  Conversion therapy, which is meant to turn gay people straight, may soon be banned for young people in Florida.

A bill by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) would ban conversion therapy for everyone 18 years old and younger, but it would only apply to conversion therapy offered by licensed professionals like psychologists and counselors.

Religious groups and other non-professional organizations would still be able to offer the therapy for young people.

The American Psychological Association says these therapies have not been proven to be effective or safe.

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3:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies

Jackie Evancho

Great Performances will present 13-year-old classical crossover prodigy Jackie Evancho’s second television special Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies.

The new special, a follow-up to her popular debut special Great Performances Dream With Me in Concert, will be recorded in the opulent splendor of the newly restored Orpheum Theatre, one of Los Angeles’ most revered  landmarks, and will feature such evergreens as “Pure Imagination,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

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Mid-day Links
3:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 11-15

Credit Florida Department of Transportation

  Last week, we plunged into the problem of sea-level rise in South Florida. You may have heard lots of experts and lots of facts -- enough to lose track of all the real-estate risks and saltwater-invasion projections. So I've fished out the stories that got the most traction from readers and listeners like you.

Again, here are WLRN's top-five stories this week:

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12:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miami Immigration Conference Presses On, Reform Or Not

The National Partnership for New Americans' immigration advocates help immigrants navigate legalization paperwork.

In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference -- which concludes Tuesday at the downtown Hilton with a mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens -- hundreds of government, business and NGO leaders discussed ways to better usher immigrants into America’s mainstream.

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11:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Sinkhole Maps Will Show State's Vulnerability

Sinkholes are found all over Florida, particularly in the central corridor. A sinkhole swallowed this home in Sebring 25 years ago.
Credit Florida Geological Survey

Florida is susceptible to sinkholes because so much of our landscape sits on rocks that dissolve easily, such as limestone.

The Florida Geological Survey is building a map to show the risk of sinkholes around the state. The project is the result of what happened last year after Tropical Storm Debby.

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Elevation Zero
8:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise

Oceanographer and author John Englander sees sea-level rise in a storm drain.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In an upscale section of east Fort Lauderdale near the Intracoastal Waterway, John Englander kneels down and examines a storm drain.

“This is where we’re going to see the first evidence of sea-level rise,” says Englander, who points out the water in the drain has risen several inches within only 20 minutes.

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Elevation Zero
8:10 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Having 'The Talk' About Sea-Level Rise With Kids

Alejandra, an elementary-school student, exercises what she learns about sea-level rise by clearing litter from the beach.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

  Earlier this week, we looked at how kids who live in coastal Florida learn about sea-level rise. They witness it all around them: on television, in school, sometimes in their front yards.

Even so, big, landscape-changing events in nature can be tough for children to understand.

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Friday Business Report
8:08 am
Tue November 19, 2013

What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice?

Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.

Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:06 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Giving It Away: Philanthropy In South Florida

Illustration by Tom Hudson

Wednesday is the second annual Give Miami Day. It's an effort by The Miami Foundation to focus charitable giving for local organizations. Miami and South Florida have a history of giving, though our relatively young metropolis may lack the generational giving enjoyed by older, more established areas.

Sanford Ziff, Jorge Perez and the Knight Foundation's Alberto Ibarguen are three who are working to change that.

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Sarah is the Senior Producer/Public Insight Analyst at Michigan Radio. Her job is to encourage people to share what they know and become sources for Michigan Radio and to help tell those stories.

Before coming back to Michigan and jumping into journalism Sarah was a civil rights lawyer in New York and a consultant to social justice organizations in California.