Robert Benincasa is a computer-assisted reporting producer in NPR's Investigations Unit.

Since joining NPR in 2008, Benincasa has been reporting on NPR Investigations stories, analyzing data for investigations, and developing data visualizations and interactive applications for NPR.org. He has worked on numerous groundbreaking stories, including an exclusive on the independence level of nursing home residents, the safety of automated aircraft, and a government mandate to produce $1 coins that Americans don't want.

Prior to NPR, Benincasa served as the database editor for the Gannett News Service Washington Bureau for a decade. In 1995, he joined the Burlington VT Free Press as a staff writer.

Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What’s with the explosion of new restaurants in South Florida?

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Child Abuse Prevention

Family Resource Center of South Florida
http://frcflorida.org/

05/30/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an explanation of the Florida “Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act.”  Child abuse reporting is now mandatory even for non-parents or caregivers.

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Cinema
7:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

How To See Indie Films In Miami Before New York Or Los Angeles

What's going on here, exactly? Find out before anyone else at O Cinema in June.
Credit thegoodsondocumentary.com

In certain intellectual and artistic circles, it’s almost a sport to complain about how Miami gets every bit of culture last among the country’s larger cities. And yet, every day a little piece of evidence appears, shining like a beacon of hope in a sun-bleached mental vacuum.

Indie film buffs, take particular note of the latest development to benefit you: GATHR, a nationwide sort of film-previewing club that’s now offered in Miami at O Cinema’s Wynwood location.

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Community Contributor
6:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Teachers May Sometimes Feel Like Sisyphus, But Pushing That Boulder Has Its Benefits

Neyda Borges was selected the Region I Teacher of the Year in 2011.

What have I learned this school year?

I've learned that teaching is hard. Not only because of the curriculum, not only because of the new tests, new rules, new measures. Not only because there are tests, tests, and more tests. But because it so often feels like an insurmountable, thankless, stressful endeavor.

The rules are always changing. The tests are always changing. And the blame for anything and everything that goes wrong usually falls squarely on our shoulders.

But teaching is also so rewarding.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Why A New Gun Bill Ticks Off Mental Health Advocates

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Credit faxpilot/flickr

The Florida Legislature passed a gun control measure this year that would prevent more people with mental illness from buying guns. 

It essentially closes a loophole that enables people who seek mental health treatment to buy guns.

The bipartisan bill even got strong support from the National Rifle Association.

But some critics think it may do more harm than good.

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9:14 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Il Volo We Are Love

Il Volo

The three, young Italian tenors, Piero Barone (19), Ignazio Boschetto(18) and Gianluca Ginoble (17) of Il Volo proved to win the hearts of PBS viewers nationwide in March 2012 with more than 2,100 broadcasts of their DPTV special  from the Detroit Opera House, Il Volo Takes  Flight. Now, they return with their second PBS special, Il Volo We Are Love, filmed at The Fillmore on Miami Beach in March.

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Television
5:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Tarpon Springs Fundraising Concert

Music instruments from Tarpon Springs High School

The Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts performs at their Spring Concert in an effort to raise funds for the Macy's Parade and the tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma.

Watch videos of Spring Concert

Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team. In this role, Chow is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online, and blogging.

Prior to coming to NPR, Chow worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pet Care and Animal Welfare

Der Shpark, Bonnie's rarely seen cat.
Bonnie Berman

05/29/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover issues involved with housecats who are seldom—if ever--taken for a vet exam. Also with us is dog trainer and behavior specialist Edel Miedes of South Florida’s K-9 Advisors.

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