Brazilian investors buy Miami real estate. Haitian earthquake survivors attend South Florida schools. It's clear what happens in Latin America and the Caribbean has a profound effect on South Florida.

WLRN’s coverage of the region is headed by Americas editor Tim Padgett, a 23-year veteran of TIME and Newsweek magazines.

2:39 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

New Broward Center Lounge Offers Taste Of High Life

A theater patron enjoys a drink inside Club Level at the Broward Center while a Miami Heat game plays on one of the lounge's two flat-screen TVs.
Credit C. DiMattei

At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, it's intermission during a production of "War Horse."

Eric Chirinsky stands at the bar of the Broward Center's new lounge Club Level, drink in hand, watching the Miami Heat battle the Chicago Bulls on a flat-screen TV.

"I just figured I'd check it out and see how our home team was doing tonight," he says.

But his wife, Katarina, isn't focused on pro basketball right now.  She's sitting alone, enjoying a plate of hors d'oeuvres and a glass of bubbly.

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Session 2013
2:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The 7 Things To Know About Florida's Legislative Session

So many issues made the headlines during the state's 60-day legislative session.  But if you haven't been following the ins-and-outs of Tallahassee, we have you covered.  Here are the 7 main events from Florida’s recently concluded legislative session.

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Invasive Species Cookbook
2:36 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Why Florida Has The Most Invasive Species

Originally from Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Bahamas, Cuban treefrogs are one of more than 130 invasive amphibians and reptiles in Florida.
Credit Jeff Wright/Flickr

Florida has a big problem with invasive species, and the idea of chowing down on the pests has been gaining in popularity. So far, there’s a cookbook dedicated to lionfish, an invasive species cooking contest and even an invasive species sampler tent at The Grassroots Festival on Virginia Key this past February. 

As Lanette Sobel with the Fertile Earth Foundation said, “If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.”

Unfortunately, that tactic, however appetizing, is probably not enough to outpace the invaders wreaking havoc on Florida’s ecosystem.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Chef Norman Van Aken & Palm Beach Arts Cal

Museum of Contemporary Art

  05/10/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater, speaks with Judith Bishop about MOCA, North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Charles Greenfield discusses the South Beach Chamber Ensemble with founder and artistic director, Michael Andrews. Chef Norman Van Aken continues his series A Word On Food and our Palm Beach arts calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Winners And Losers From Florida's Legislative Session

Join us for The Florida Roundup today at noon for a special look back at the 2013 state legislative session and a follow-up with participants from our WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall in February.

Below you can be part of a live, online discussion curated by our social media editor, Danny Rivero.

Click here for The Seven Most Important Things You Should Know About Florida's Legislative Session

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11:24 am
Fri May 10, 2013

TED Talks Education

Sir Ken Robinson on TED Talks Education

TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and WNET, in partnership with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), present TED’s first-ever original television special featuring content created and curated exclusively for the show.

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Invasive Species Cookbook
11:14 am
Fri May 10, 2013

How to Make Burmese Python Nuggets

Chef Kris Wessel and his python display at an invasive species dining event.
Credit Maurice Cohn Band / Miami Herald

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe:


Origin: Southeast Asia

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Dr. John Henning Schumann is a writer, internist, and medical educator at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. His medical practice consists of adult primary care, in addition to training residents and medical students. He serves as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at OU.

He previously worked to improve patients’ experiences at teaching hospitals in Boston and Chicago before moving to Tulsa in 2011. He writes the popular blog GlassHospital, which demystifies medicine and health care.

Session 2013
7:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

How Did The Arts Fare In Session 2013?

Compared to other states, Florida's legislators are middle of the road when it comes to funding the arts.
Credit Ines Hegedus-Garcia/flickr

Over the course of the recently concluded legislative session, we approached lawmakers with questions from South Florida residents that came out of last February's WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall.

Here's one:

What's being done to promote and protect development of local artists across the state?

The short answer is: not much.

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