Life in Cuba
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Yoani Sanchez on Cuba-US Relations, Her Future And Life After The Castro Brothers

Sanchez says she would want exiled Cubans living in Miami to participate in the formation of the new government in Cuba after the Castro regime ends.
Credit Terence Shepherd

Famed Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez visited The Miami Herald editorial board Monday morning. We spoke to her in our studios with translation by WLRN's Patricia Sagastume.

Sanchez discussed the way people in Cuba perceive Miami, how she hopes to change things in Cuba through her blogging and the future for Cuba after the Castro regime ends.

You can read full coverage of her visit at miamiherald.com.

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Baby Boomer Drug Addiction
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Have You Talked To Your Parents About Drugs? The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse

More baby boomers are seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs.
Key Foster Flickr/Creative Commons

Baby boomers have become addicted to drugs at an alarming rate. 

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health,  released in 2012, found illicit drug use among people between the ages of 55 and 59 had increased more than any other group.

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Community Contributor
2:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’

Hialeah Police Lt. Leo Thalassites holds a plaque outside Hialeah City Hall after he was named the oldest active police officer in the country.
Credit Theo Karantsalis

Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.

He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since.  And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Why Lawmakers Choose Myths Over Evidence

Professor David Schultz
http://schultzstake.blogspot.com/

04/01/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Professor David Schultz, author of AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE AGE OF IGNORANCE.  He contends that lawmakers on all levels ignore clear evidence and prefer myths of belief when creating legislation and policies . . . and that money, special interests and simple ideology figure in recycling old policies.  That’s Topical Currents . . .

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Artists in Residence in Everglades
11:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

For Inspiration, Everglades National Park Inserts Artists Deep In The Swamps

Naomi Fisher is the current resident artist in the Everglades AIRIE program. Her work will screen on March 30 at Everglades National Park.
Credit Naomi Fisher / AIRIE

Discussions of South Florida artist enclaves and art incubators typically reference places like Wynwood in Miami, FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale, or downtown Boynton Beach. Rarely do the Everglades enter into the conversation. Artists in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE) could change that. 

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Marlins Park
11:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

How The Marlins Stadium Deal Has Changed South Florida

Was it the Marlins stadium deal alone or the combination with the player purge that damaged the team's relationship with South Florida?
Credit Junior Henry / Flickr, Creative Commons

The public funding in the Marlins stadium deal has been called one of the biggest boondoggles in sports history. But hardly any stadium now is built with only private funds. Why do governments fund these facilities?

On April 1, opening day of Marlins' season, Rick Horrow with WLRN-Miami Herald News hosted a special roundtable, Foul Ball! The Future of the Marlins in Miami, a two-hour radio special on the impact of the Marlins stadium deal. Some of the guests included:

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9:31 am
Mon April 1, 2013

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Chewing Gum, Sweat-Free Suits, And More: 5 Observations From The Capitol

The Florida Senate meets in an organizational session. This same group was recently caught doing the Harlem Shake in Senate Chambers.
Credit flsenate.gov

We're nearly halfway through the legislative session, and your roving Capitol bureau reporters are ready for a nap.

We'll need one, since the busiest days are still weeks away.

It was quiet at the Capitol in the days before Easter. So this seemed like a good time to share some observations made while covering the Florida Legislature.

Everybody chews gum. Lawmakers and lobbyists in particular can, in fact, walk and chew gum at the same time.

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Feral Cats in Florida
8:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Feral Cats Bill Pits Animal Welfare Advocates Against Conservationalists

Feral cats are a contentious topic in Florida.
Credit Austin Evan / Flickr Creative Commons

Animal welfare advocates are at odds with wildlife conservationalists as the Florida Senate prepares this week to look at a controversial feral cat bill. 

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Tracy Samilton covers the auto beat for Michigan Radio. She has worked for the station for 12 years, and started out as an intern before becoming a part-time and, later, a full-time reporter. Tracy's reports on the auto industry can frequently be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as on Michigan Radio. She considers her coverage of the landmark lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of affirmative action a highlight of her reporting career.

Tracy graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. Before beginning her journalism career, she spent time working as a legal assistant at various firms in the Ann Arbor area.

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