Dance
5:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Continuing Coverage Of Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet's studios in Miami Beach.
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WLRN followed developments at the ballet throughout 2012, starting early in the year with the announcement of who would succeed Mr. Villella when he retired in 2013.

In September, Villella suddenly resigned 8 months ahead of schedule. WLRN’s Alicia Zuckerman produced a feature story that incorporated sound from an earlier Villella interview.  The following month, on the night of the ballet company’s first performance without Villella, WLRN aired an interview with his successor, Lourdes Lopez

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StateImpact Florida puts education policy to the test.
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Education
4:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

StateImpact Florida: Putting Education Reform To The Test

StateImpact Florida puts education reform to the test.
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StateImpact Florida journalists John O'Connor and Sarah Gonzalez travel the state to report on how education issues affect you.

Recent topics on StateImpact Florida include:

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Morikami Museum Curator Retires
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Morikami To Say Sayonara To Long-time Curator, Promises Public Won't Feel Any Pain

Tom Gregersen will retire at the end of the year from his 35-year post at Morikami Museum in Delray Beach.
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Changes are ahead for one of the country's largest museums dedicated to showcasing and preserving Japanese culture and history. Tom Gregersen, senior curator of the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, is leaving his post after 35 years with the institution. Gregersen came to the museum about six months after its initial launch in 1977, meaning he's been there "pretty much from the beginning." 

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Sea Level Rise Maps
2:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Interactive Maps Paint A Picture Of Sea Level Rise In Florida

This map, from 1917, shows Florida before the issue of sea level rise was on the mind of many a coastal resident.
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 A new study from a German research institute identifies urban areas most threatened by sea level rise and indicates that although sea level rise has been occurring for more than a century, it's not happening at a steady rate around the globe. This is due to regional variances in temperature, circulation, and ocean density.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Martha Stewart is 'Meatless' in Miami

Martha Stewart
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02/14/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the legendary Martha Stewart . . . she’s in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with her latest book, MEATLESS.  And more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Relationships: Chemistry With Anyone

Liel Lowndes
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02/14/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with communications expert Liel Lowndes, author of HOW TO CREATE CHEMISTRY WITH ANYONE.  Evolution, genetics and past experiences are factors in relationships.  And more.  Linda Gasseneheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker discuss Valentine’s Day champagnes & cognacs.  Also, the legendary Martha Stewart . . .

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Town Hall on Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Veteran Tallahassee Lobbyist Says His Profession Gets A Bad Rap

Carl Adams, co-founder of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, says that the biggest priority for state lawmakers should be "to re-establish the public perception of the process as fair, transparent and responsible."

The job of lobbyists is to improve the image of their clients.  But lobbyists themselves could use some PR.

Carl Adams, who was a Tallahassee lobbyist for 35 years and founded the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, thinks that the system - campaign finance laws and the prohibition on private deliberation - is flawed, not the people.   

We asked Adams why his profession is so maligned. 

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Sweet Taste Of Latin America
11:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

How Chocolate Is Sweetening Ecuador's Economy

Santiago Peralta of Ecuador's Pacari Chocolate brings his sweet treats into the WLRN-Miami Herald Studios.
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There's a chocolatier in Quito, Ecuador, who is trying to sweeten the economic history of South America.

Santiago Peralta was tired of watching his country's prized cacao beans being shipped around the world so others could create prize-winning chocolate.

He was also weary of the low wages that simply exporting raw goods produced in his country.

So he had an idea. Start his own chocolate-making company and send ready-made Ecuadorian chocolate bars around the world instead.

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Florida Politics
11:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

As National Proxy, Florida's A State To Watch

WATCHING FLORIDA: Why? Because our personalities, trends and demographics so closely follow the country's.

Florida has always been a state to watch, if only as a guilty pleasure or perhaps in self-defense. But some major political stars are aligning and the pundits are beginning to agree, Florida will really be a State To Watch from now at least through the 2016 election.

The personalities-of-the moment are here. The game-changing demographics are here. And the Florida stage is set for epic -- and deeply symbolic -- political confrontations.

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