11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America. Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.
If you’ve driven down Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami over the past few months, you might be wondering what lurks behind the brightly colored banners and trailer trucks north of the AmericanAirlines Arena.
That’s the site for Museum Park -- the Pérez Art Museum, PAMM, along with its future neighbor, the Frost Museum of Science.
Because of ongoing construction, PAMM is difficult to find. To show taxi drivers exactly where they can drop off their customers, PAMM gave away free coffee and donuts to cabbies Monday morning.
Ligia Houben left Nicaragua for Miami after her father died. She lost her familiar homeland shortly after losing her parent. As part of her grieving process, she wrote extensively. Her efforts became a self-help book that introduced 11 principles for transforming loss. She was astonished by the magic in her numbers.
Listen to her story below.
Houben now teaches classes in Ethics, Religion, and Death and Dying at Florida International University, Kaplan, and Miami Dade College.
It’s hard to be a fan of hurricanes. Two out of three Haitians don’t have enough food to eat these days – thanks largely to storms like last year’s Hurricane Sandy and how they’ve ravaged Haiti’s agriculture.
And yet we need hurricanes once in a while. They’re a sort of planetary thermostat that cools oceans and redistributes hot air. Their rains more effectively alleviate droughts, and that can be a help instead of a horror to impoverished countries like Haiti.
It's not unusual to find a Florida panther among the other "big cats" in a typical Florida zoo. But the Palm Beach Zoo's new arrival is one with a poignant history.
The 12-year-old Florida panther named Mirasol -- nicknamed "Mira" -- is in quarantine at the Palm Beach Zoo and will be seen by visitors starting next month.
Mira had lived virtually her entire life at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Homestead. But when its founder was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he contacted state wildlife officials to help him find homes for his animals.
11/26/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist David Laskin, who’s chronicled the amazing divergence of his German Jewish family after the rise of Nazism. One branch emigrated to Palestine and embraced socialism. Another branch went the other way, and came to the US. They founded the famous Maidenform Bra Company. A third family branch chose to stay put in Europe. All of them were exterminated in the Holocaust.
We’re excited to announce that WLRN's television production “Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory!” has been honored with a Suncoast EMMY Award for best documentary.
The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners this weekend at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Hialeah Speedway was awarded best documentary under the category of Nostalgia Programs.
On behalf of WLRN, we want to congratulate producer Debra Hall Greene for her excellent work.