Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Surviving What You Think You Can’t

Augusten Burroughs
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06/20/13 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with Augusten Burroughs, who’s written the best-seller THIS IS HOW:  Surviving What You Think You Can’t.  There aren’t any quick fixes, but somehow, we get by.  And more.  South Florida’s mango season is in full swing.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:55 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Citizens CEO: Insurance Giant Is Unprepared For The Next Big Storm

Citizens CEO Barry Gilway
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The largest home property insurance company in Florida is $4 billion shy of what its head honcho feels it needs if a major hurricane were to hit the state this season.

In a recent interview, Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway tells WLRN Special Correspondent Tom Hudson if a once-in-every-one-hundreds-storm—say, something more destructive than Hurricane Andrew—hit the state, policyholders and possibly taxpayers could be on the hook for all that money.

Below is a portion of that interview:

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Climate Change
10:31 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Watch South Beach Disappear Under Sea Level Rise In Hypnotic New GIFs

Ocean Drive on Miami Beach would be submerged under five feet of water.
Credit Nickolay Lamm / StorageFront.com

Current climate change and sea level rise models indicate a very grim -- and water-logged -- future for South Florida and Miami in particular. But new imagery from researcher/artist Nickolay Lamm paints an almost hypnotic picture of these proposed realties for American cities like Miami, Boston, Washington D.C., and New York.

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Environment
7:38 am
Thu June 20, 2013

How Igor The Amazonian Pacu Fish Found A Place Called Home

Igor the Pacu fish has two sets of pectoral fins and a deformed face but he is still a favorite for many visitors at the Loxahatchee River Center in Jupiter.
Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

In the piranha- infested waters of the Amazon, a baby Black Pacu, the vegetarian cousin of the flesh-eating fish survives capture.  If it had nine lives, its next one was in a tropical aquarium in a Boca Raton seafood restaurant.

Weighing nearly one pound, the non-native Pacu was growing too big, too fast. Once again, the fish needed another home. The restaurant, The Ports of Call, was dismantling their aquariums so the Pacu was returned to its original owner.

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Music
7:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

How Latin Superstar Juanes Balances Family And The Singing Career He Loves

Juanes at Books & Books in Coral Gables for a signing of his memoir "Chasing the Sun."
Credit Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald Staff

The only instrument you notice walking into Juanes' sun-dappled home on Key Biscayne is an upright piano, covered with lesson books for his daughter Paloma, 7, who on this weekday morning is sprawled on a sofa, along with siblings Luna, 9, and Dante, 3, in pajama-clad, spring-break bliss.

The 19 Grammy Awards, racks of guitars and other trappings of the 40-year-old Colombian rock star's career are in his recording studio upstairs.

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Slice of Life
4:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Protecting The Everglades Through Portraits

Portrait Artist Nicholas Petrucci

Classically trained painter Nicholas Petrucci has dedicated much of his artist’s  life to portrait painting. He recently embarked on a new project,  painting portraits for a single cause.  What resulted was Guardians of the Everglades, a series of 10 portraits of people that he sees as the protectors of the Everglades.

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Community Contributor
10:29 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Win Or Lose Game Seven, This Heat Fan Will Enjoy The Ride

Aley Sheer

I am a Miamian. Miami is and will always be my hometown. I graduated from Miami Central High School, Miami Dade Junior College and Florida Atlantic University. And basketball is and will always be my favorite sport. My only son is a 23-year-old named Michael Jordan Sheer, which means he got his name before Jordan got any rings.

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Literature
8:34 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Has South Florida Displaced Los Angeles In The World Of American Crime Fiction?

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Everyone knows that South Florida has a seedy underbelly. The American fascination with crime-sex-and-violence-laden stories about South Florida has been going strong for quite some time, particularly on the silver screen.

Miami Vice, paved the way for today’s Magic City, CSI: Miami, The Glades, and Burn Notice. You don’t have to dig deep into contemporary pop cultural output to see that people are intrigued by South Florida’s lure. We’re a rap star mecca, and there’s a party-banging mention of the 305 in a lot of catchy club tracks.

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Journalism
6:30 am
Wed June 19, 2013

How The Wynwood Arts Scene Inspired This Miami Fashion Startup

The homepage of the soon-to-be-launched Vividly website.
Credit Vividly

Thanks to YouTube, anyone can be a filmmaker. Thanks to Quirky, anyone can be an inventor. And now thanks to Miami natives Sabrina and Silvia Scandar and their soon-to-be-launched website, Vividly, anyone can be a fashion designer.

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Americas
6:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

How 1993 Hunger Strikes Prepare Florida For A Possible Haitian Exodus Today

Many Haitian refugees took to rickety boats to escape their military regime's violence.
Credit Holly Ackerman/blog.gitmomemory.org

  The rise in the number of Haitians being detained at sea, at airports and at border crossings this year has the international community scratching as well as turning its head. More than 70 picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard in the waters off Puerto Rico; 33 by authorities off Jamaica; almost 3,500 in or off the Dominican Republic; 65 as far away as Peru.

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