In our regular What’s Up With South Florida? feature, you decide what we investigate. You voted overwhelmingly for an explanation of the “Inglish Gratis” sign outside of Hialeah High. This photo had been circulating virally through email. It was brought to our attention by photographer Tomas Loewy. In Episode 3 of Under the Sun, Kenny Malone set out to solve the mystery of this misspelling. (-T.S.)
Funding for this episode provided by a grant from The Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
When you see a book titled Florida Poems, you might imagine titles and verses about bright sunshine and sand-swept beaches, with a picturesque Key West sunset thrown in. You know, kind of like the poetry version of those generic landscape paintings that hang in every Florida seaside motel? (With the exception of paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, but that’s another story for another time.)
Host Alicia Zuckerman was intensely curious about how young poets graduating with Masters of Fine Arts degrees expect to make money. Since the average poetry journal pays just $20 for a poem, it’s not exactly a way to make a living. Sure, writing by candlelight because you can’t pay FPL has a certain romance to it, but what happens when you run out of matches? So how do poets expect to pay their bills?
The writer Somerset Maugham called Florida a “sunny place for shady people.” A couple of decades before Bernard Madoff hit Palm Beach, a pair of cat burglars hit mansions up and down the coast. Lyn Millner tells us where they are now.
Before becoming a jewel thief, Dominick Latella played guitar with a band called Two + Two in New York. Here are some songs from the band’s record:
For years, billiards aficionados made a kind of pilgrimage to a place called Star Cue. It was a tiny shop just off Fifth Street in South Beach—tucked behind Flower Bazaar, an upscale floral boutique. Holocaust survivor Abe Rich made some of the country’s most coveted pool cues. Tristram Korten stopped in and spoke with Rich shortly before he passed away.
“What’s Up with South Florida?” is our regular segment where we invite listeners to tell us what they find confusing or unusual about South Florida. We took a poll so you could decide what we should investigate. You flocked to the birds. So what’s up with all of those birds congregating at South Florida intersections each evening? Carey McKearnan finds out.
If you’ve spent time at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, you might have noticed the steady stream of cruise and cargo ships going in and out of Port Miami. These hulking ships are one of the signature images of South Florida.
All of these ships are driven in and out of the port by a highly trained group of sea captains, also known as harbor pilots. Harbor pilots know the waters around the port well–they have to be able to draw a map from memory as part of their qualifications.
Terence Cantarella takes in a stray and battered dog–a pit bull. It’s illegal to have a pit bull in Miami-Dade. The dog is also kind of crazy. Cantarella tries to find a way to get rid of the dog that sits well with his conscience. It doesn’t quite work out.
The pit bull ban in Miami-Dade may be reversed. The Florida Legislature is discussing bills during their 2012 session that may veto any laws outlawing a specific breed of dog.