Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Peanut Butter, I'm Nuts For The Stuff

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post.

If you’re like most people, you can be transported to a dream state when eating peanut butter.

If you’re like me, the dream is a long one and involves various forms, stages of life, battles with a sibling over who got the last spoonful, issues of textures and the divination of the knife’s scrapings on the clawed bottom of an empty jar.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Investing In Classrooms

Florida public school teachers will get about $250 dollars this year to spend on classrooms supplies.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

Teachers have gotten an annual stipend for more than a decade, helping make up for some of the money teachers spend out of their own pockets for student supplies.

WLRN's Sunshine Economy spoke with several teachers about what they spend and why.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Sen. Nelson: We Need A New Floodgate Policy For the Everglades

Commissioner Ron Bergeron of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stands in almost four feet of water in the Florida Everglades to show the hazardous high water levels.
Credit Patience Haggin

This year’s heavy rainfall has sent water levels in the Everglades to their highest level on record for this time of year.

The high water has caused animals to take refuge on a few tree islands, where they are more vulnerable to predators.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are calling for emergency action to have the floodgates opened immediately to lower the water levels in the conservation area of concern.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Arsht Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Chef Norman Van Aken and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Joshua Bell - Part of the Arsht Center's new season
Mendbeeth

08/23/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO, John Richard, brings us news about the incredible new season coming up for the Arsht Center. Charles Greenfield, speaks with Michael Ellert about the exciting fall performance dates for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths?

The recent deaths of so many children who had had contact with DCF has brought renewed scrutiny on a troubled agency: (clockwise from the top left, name, followed by their age at death, if known) Dontrell Melvin, unknown; Antwan Hope, 4; Dakota Stiles, 3; Ezra Raphael, 2; Aliyah Branum, 2; Jayden Morales, 2; Jewel Howard, 3; Cherish Perrywinkle, 8; and Christian Byrd, 2.

 

    

A Miami Herald investigation uncovers another 16 children who died in recent months even though their families were involved with the Department of Children and Families.  

"Is anybody here not outraged?" demanded one foster parent at a recent town hall, where a group of lawmakers heard from the public and received blame as well. 

Also, in just two months, Floridians are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of Obamacare. But Florida Governor Rick Scott is now worried about the privacy of patient information.

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Business
11:03 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Sawgrass Mills Mall: A Powerhouse Retail Property Expands

According to Sawgrass Mills Mall General Manager, Luanne Lenberg, the mall rents more Smart Cartes than Miami International Airport.
Credit Karen Rundlet

This week, Sawgrass Mills Mall announced that it will add the Jimmy Choo name to its lineup at the Colonnade Outlet Malls.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Retail

Jimmy Choo is a new-to-market retailer.

Business reporter Karen Rundlet visits the mall to find the well documented "suitcase shoppers."

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Freedom Riders airs on August 28 , 7 p.m
11:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Freedom Riders: Stories Of Courage

Freedom Riders

FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives- and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment- for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

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The Cuban Kitchen
6:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: A Mother's Cooking From Miami To Maine

Richard Blanco at home in Maine
Credit richard-blanco.com

Cuban cuisine has chewed its way into South Florida's culture. Many an abuela has shared family recipes for ropa vieja and bistec empanizado, through generations. WLRN wants a seat at your table to hear stories, memories or recipes from your kitchen.

  

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Superintendents Have Little Faith In School Grades

A letter grade can be one of the clearest methods to communicate quality. The USDA uses it for meat. S&P uses letter grades for credit ratings. The state of Florida uses it for public schools.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

But the leaders of the two largest public school districts in the state have little or no confidence in the current letter grading system used by Florida.

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Schools
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Summit To Map Florida's Education Direction

Credit StateImpact Florida

With Florida's public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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