Earth Day
3:30 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Student Eco Film Comes Full Circle Via Miami Nature Center

Bertha Vazquez

“When you contaminate the water, you contaminate yourself,” explains science teacher Bertha Vazquez to her students at Miami’s George Washington Carver Middle School. “You’re part of an ecosystem.”

Since 1991, Vazquez has taught students what they can do to save the planet through an integrated curriculum that weaves together science, human behavior and facts about climate change.

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Eric Athas is a Digital News Specialist at NPR Digital Services where he assists in the development of NPR's member station training and product initiatives, with a focus on social media. 

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Record Store Day, Bass Museum, Dranoff Piano Competition, Keys Calendar & Chef Norman Van Aken

Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

04/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, music and event producer, owner of Sweat Records, Lauren Reskin, has the lowdown on the 6th Annual Record Store Day and Sweatstock taking place Saturday the 20th in Miami. Judith Bishop covers exciting events at the Bass Museum of Art with Silvia Karmen Cubina.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Florida Roundup: Gun Control, Medicaid, Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro, former vice president under Hugo Chavez, wins Venezuela's presidential election with 50.7% of the vote. His challenger Henrique Capriles received 49.1%.
Credit chavezcandanga / Creative Commons/Flickr

Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon on WLRN:

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Politics
11:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Citizens Property Insurance Rates Could Skyrocket Under Proposed Legislation

Attorney Sean Shaw is a critic of Citizens Property Insurance. He is founder of the group Policyholders of Florida.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The Florida Legislature is considering big changes to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

The state-run insurer is supposed to be the last resort for property owners in high risk areas who can't get coverage in the private insurance market.

Citizens Property has about 1.3 million policy holders.

The company is trying to reduce its risk by raising premiums and sending hundreds of thousands of customers back to the private market.

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Community Contributor
8:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Five Centuries Later, Florida Remembers Ponce de León's Tumultuous Arrival

Juan Ponce de León came to Florida searching for the Bahamas, not the fountain of youth.
Credit Photo via the Granger Collection, N.Y., and Visit Florida

Juan Ponce de León served as governor of Puerto Rico for a tumultuous five years. During that time, the native Taínos tried unsuccessfully to overpower him, but, in the end, it was the son of Christopher Columbus who unseated him during a political struggle for power in the New World. Ponce de León’s new “asiento,” or assignment, from Spain’s King Ferdinand II was to set sail and find – not the fountain of youth, as is widely thought – but the island of “Benimy.” After being at sea for nearly a month, he finally sighted land, but it wasn’t Bimini.

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Journalism
6:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pursuing Reckless Cops Wins Sun-Sentinel Its First Pulitzer

Sun-Sentinel Investigative Reporter Sally Kestin
Credit Christine DiMattei

It was a humdinger of a story.

A Miami police officer in a marked squad car is pursued, pulled over and handcuffed by a Florida state trooper after speeding down the turnpike like race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

A dash-cam video of that pre-dawn October chase in 2011 went viral and sparked a three-month investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper into how local police officers routinely endangered the general public through reckless driving.

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3:24 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

THE LOST BIRD PROJECT

Todd McGrain
Credit The Lost Bird Project

The Lost Bird Project is a documentary about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly

eco-friendly kitchens
www.upstairsstudioarchitecture.com

04/18/13 -1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricarmen Martinez, a principal in the Upstairs Studio Architecture with tips on how we can make our kitchens more eco-friendly whether building a new kitchen or making an existing kitchen greener.  What's the best type of l

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Gun Control
1:24 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Wasserman-Schultz: GOP Faces Consequences After Gun Vote

Credit Deborah Acosta / WLRN / The Miami Herald

It's been a busy week in Washington, D.C.

As lawmakers react to the Boston Marathon bombings, parts of the Capitol had to be evacuated after suspicious letters addressed to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and President Barack Obama were intercepted at mail screening facilities.

While dealing with that scare, members of Congress are getting their first look at a proposal for immigration reform put forth by the so-called "Gang of Eight" Senators including Florida's freshman Republican Marco Rubio.

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