Aired 3/19/13 on WLRN Channel 17
8:46 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Newtown, Columbine...How Does This Keep Happening?

Questions From Town Hall
8:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing

THE PROBLEM: This is what worries some of WLRN-Miami Herald News audience -- money and its effect on politics and legislation.
Credit gnerk on Flickr

  TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House and Senate are taking ethics and elections seriously this year. Bills to widen voting opportunities by restoring pre-2011 early voting days and hours are making their way through both chambers.

But there's a bill in the House that would originally have increased campaign contribution limits from their current $500 to $10,000.

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7:01 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Shark Tagging Program Seeks To Turn The Tide For Misunderstood Species

A bull shark is ventilated during a shark tagging expedition off the coast of Miami.
Credit Megan Jacobson /

On Saturday morning, Neil Hammerschlag stood on the stern of a charter boat frequently used for his innovative shark tagging and research program. The boat had departed just after 9 a.m. from Miami Seaquarium's docks. It stopped just a few miles offshore, Miami's skyline still visible in the distance. 

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Ethics And Politics
6:05 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Ethics Reform In Florida Called 'A Mixed Bag'

The Senate convenes on the opening day of the legislative session to pass an ethics reform bill. Some say the bill actually weakens ethics rules.
Credit LaCrai Mitchell/WLRN-Miami Herald News

At the WLRN Miami Herald Town Hall meeting last month, Barbara Ricano from Sunrise wanted to know:

“After so many ethics violations and repeated ethical issues involving campaigns and elected officials, why are the consequences so minor? Why is there no real teeth to any of the penalties?”

Members of the ethics commission have complained that while they have the ability to fine office holders who commit violations, they don’t have the authority to collect those fines.

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz wants to change that.

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Topical Currents
11:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

“Members Only” Edition

03/19/13 -  Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” edition with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and special guest host/news anchor Phil Latzman.  During our Spring Pledge Drive, we turn the tables, so to speak, and have listeners solicit new members to the WLRN family.  When did you first contribute to public radio?  What makes you continue to support it?  Think about those “driveway” moments you’ve enjoyed over the years.  That’s Topical Currents  Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Under the Sun
6:35 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Read The Runners-Up (Amateur)

Susan Brown
Susan Brown

In April, we invited unpublished writers to submit their work as part of our Write South Florida contest.   There were three categories in the contest: Amateur, College, and Children. These are the runners-up from the contest in the Amateur category.


by Susan Brown

I‘ve spent more of my life in water than on land.   Not surprising for a third generation fisherman, I ‘spose.  Probably explains why I jumped at the chance to live in the old fish house.  That, and the fact we got history.

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End of the Line
6:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

End Of The Line: Postcard From Alabama Jack’s

Betty Whitten is a regular at Alabama Jack’s. She clogs to the music of the Card Sound Machine Band.
Robert Lyle

If you follow U.S. 1 to the very end of the Florida peninsula, veer onto Card Sound Road, and make your way through the mangrove swamps, you’ll find it.  A wooden shanty with a roof but no walls: an open-air bar and restaurant.  It’s the very last place on the U.S. mainland.  And it’s called Alabama Jack’s.

End of the Line
6:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

End Of The Line: Artists Transform Your Old Prom Dress Into A Tree

Daphne by Guerra de la Paz
Guerra de la Paz

If you’ve ever donated an old coat or a dress, or even pair of socks, to a thrift store, there’s a chance it ended up in the Saatchi Collection in London. That’s because the Miami-based duo, Guerra de la Paz, makes thrift store throwaways into art.

Alicia Zuckerman went with them to their “art supply store,” as they call it, so they could show her how come up with their creations.

Under the Sun
6:31 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Edwidge Danticat’s Letter To Miami

Author Edwidge Danticat during an interview with Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books.
Trina Sargalski

This piece originally aired July 2011.

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Canoe Project
6:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Terence Cantarella Launches Monday 4/16. Why Is He Doing This?

Map of South Florida canals from 1924.
Florida State Archives.

Terence Cantarella launches on his four day Canoe Project exploration on Monday morning from near NE 69th St. and Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

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