That's So Miami
12:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Vote For The Best 'Ode to Miami's Flaws'

Credit @drsherer on Instagram

Since Julia Tuttle’s arrival in 1891, Miami has grown like crazy: more people, more homes, more roads, more 

  boom. Dense tropical hardwood trees that covered the City of Miami were chopped down and urbanization moved west into the Everglades.

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Great Outdoors
12:34 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Florida's National Parks Are Free Through April 26

Sunrise on Long Pine Key Nature Trail.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In celebration of National Parks Week, every national park in the United States is free of charge through Friday, April 26.

These include Everglades National Park and the Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West.

For a complete list of Florida's National Parks, go to the website by clicking here.

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11:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Plan Preserves Jackie Gleason Theater In Miami Beach

The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach

One of the most contentious aspects of the plan to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center has been settled: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater will stay.

The theater had been slated for demolition by Portman-CMC, one of the two teams still in the running for the massive overhaul project. But with music and history lovers lined up in support of saving the theater, the team said that its plan has changed.

“We listened to the community,” said Jack Portman, vice chairman of Portman Holdings and John Portman & Associates.

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Community Contributor
8:41 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler Covers The World Of Dance, In Eight Minutes Or Less

Niura Marquez/Nu Flamenco Collaborative’s “La Nina de mis Ojos.”

The Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler was a mixed bag of performances that introduced audiences to contemporary dance, ballet, new flamenco and traditional African dance forms. The performances, billed as six- to eight-minute samplers, highlighted the scope of dance talent that exists in Miami. Produced by Dance NOW! Miami and Miami Dance Futures, the goal of the sampler is to give local talent exposure and to expose audiences to dance forms that they wouldn’t normally seek out.

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Hansi Lo Wang is a reporter covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team.

Based in Washington, D.C., he previously served as a production assistant for NPR's Weekend Edition and was awarded the NPR Kroc Fellowship, during which he reported for NPR's National Desk and Seattle public radio station KUOW.

A Philadelphia native, Wang founded a radio reporting program for high school students in Philadelphia's Chinatown in 2008. He has also worked as a refugee housing coordinator.

Every year, 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America’s shelters.

That's So Miami
2:21 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Odes To Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Poem

Credit @ilianaarrazola on Instagram

All month long, WLRN and our partners at O, Miami Poetry Festival have been collecting poems either starting or ending in "That's So Miami" and compiling them on our Tumblr page. We have seen some amazing poems, and as the month begins to wind down we have decided to put the best of these poems up for vote.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Life Beyond Death?

Proof of Heaven

04/23/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Harvard educated surgeon Eben Alexander about his near death experience.  Five years ago, a rare form of meningitis and a coma created a powerful personal story.  Alexander has written, PROOF OF HEAVEN:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife. A surgeon for 25 years, Alexander says he discovered the identity of a spiritual guide from his medical crisis. That’s Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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7:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

How Urban Explorers Record History South Florida Forgot

Aerojet Missle Silo (not to be confused with Nike Missile Silo, this facility is outside of the Everglades and not open to visitors)

Built in 1964 as part of the Cold War response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nike Missile Silo was abandoned in 1979, but the former complex remains eerily intact within the southern portion of Everglades National Park. It is a reminder of a time when South Florida was a focal point of international politics, and it's also one the region's more famous abandoned sites.

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6:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Reporter's Notebook: A Musical Ode To A Roller Coaster

The Dania Beach Hurricane, on the side of I-95, opened in 2000 and stopped running in 2011.
Credit Kenny Malone

The Dania Beach Hurricane was the largest wooden roller coaster in Florida. Depending on your definition of "is" and "roller coaster," it might still hold that title. The ride shut down in April 2011, but the monstrous jungle of lumber still looms over I-95. The track is still there. The trains are still there. The Hurricane just doesn't run anymore.

And now the coaster's owners are trying to give the entire thing away to charity. But, no surprise, that's proving difficult. (You can listen to that story above.)

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