Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right

Constitutional Myths
http://www.rayraphael.com/

06/12/13 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Humboldt State University Senior Research Fellow Ray Raphael.  A prolific author, Raphael’s latest work is CONSTITUTIONAL MYTHS:  What We Get Wrong and How to Get It RightOne myth is that the Founding Fathers wanted limited government.  Instead, they created a republic, rather than a democracy. Another is the Bill of Rights.  It was initially opposed by each state delegation. Learn more on Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Not So Quiet Rebellion Against Florida's State Bird

The roseate spoonbill is often mistaken as flamingo.
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Birding blogger Nicolas Lund recently argued in an article for Slate magazine that Florida should change its state bird to the Flamingo.

He was actually advocating for several states to change their birds, but he seemed particularly peeved with Florida’s current choice:

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Film
6:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami Filmmaker Opens The Screening Room To Promote Video As An Art Form

Carola Bravo at the newly opened The Screening Room.

Video as an art form has come a long way. Although artists started seriously working with the medium at least a half century ago (some will pinpoint Nam June Paik’s German exhibition in 1963 as its official arrival on the scene), it remained somewhat the stepchild, not getting a lot of respect until the last couple decades. And in Miami, video art – good video art – was late in taking hold with local artists and in shows. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, and yet there have been few outlets dedicated to highlighting the form.

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Journalism
6:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Building Miami's Silicon Beach One Startup At A Time

A warm greeting on the wall of office space inside The Lab Miami.
Credit Marie Gilot

As classmates at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Wifredo Fernandez and Daniel Lafuente were “always cooking up ideas for businesses” that the pair dreamed of launching.

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I'm a reporter with Harvest Public Media based at KUNC, covering the wide range of agricultural stories in Colorado.

Sara Hossaini is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She brings a blend of documentary journalism and public interest communications experience developed through her work as a nonprofit multimedia consultant and Associate Producer on national PBS documentary films through groups such as the Center for Asian American Media, Fenton Communications and The Working Group. She likes to travel, to get her hands in the dirt and to explore her creative side through music, crafts and dance.

Ailsa Chang is a Congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Since joining NPR in September 2012, Chang has covered the first major gun control legislation to reach Capitol Hill in two decades, recovery efforts after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and a multitude of law enforcement issues, including reforms by the overstretched and underfunded police department in Camden, NJ.

Chang spent six years as a lawyer before becoming a journalist. Prior to coming to NPR, Chang was an investigative reporter at NPR member station WNYC from 2009 to 2012 in New York City where she covered criminal justice and other legal issues.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Comprehensive Governmental Protections For Consumers, Workers, and the Environment

Freedom to Harm
yalepress.yale.edu

06/11/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at federal regulatory and state civil justice systems with University of Texas Administrative Law professor Thomas McGarity. He’s written FREEDOM TO HARM:  The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire RevivalMcGarity contends there’s been a return to the political economy which dominated the American Gilded Age Society. He points to weakened environmental laws and looser bank safety policies. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  
Americas
11:41 am
Tue June 11, 2013

How Venezuelans in South Florida Are Shopping For Toilet Paper In Caracas

A woman in Venezuela stocks up on toilet paper and other necessities.
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Last week a Venezuelan-American friend in New York sent me an e-mail raving about a new, free mobile phone app called Abastéceme. Its most important use: locating toilet paper. Well, that and about two dozen other basic everyday items, from rice to deodorant, which are in chronically short supply these days in Venezuela.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Miami Musician Karina Iglesias Talks About Life During, After 'The Voice'

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To many serious musicians, reality TV singing competitions — American Idol and all the variants trailing in its wake — don't rank highly.

And Miami's Karina Iglesias considered herself very much a serious artist, gigging around town since 2002 with as many as eight different bands, hustling both the covers and original circuits to support herself as a professional musician.

By night, she performed with as few as two and as many as 20 people backing her up, lighting up both clubs and corporate events with her bold, soulful voice.

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