Hurricane Sandy
7:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Drill, Baby, Drill: Post-Sandy Restoration Work Begins On Fort Lauderdale's SR A1A

Workers begin drilling along a section of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale.
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A four-block stretch of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale that got a pounding from Mother Nature last fall is now getting a drilling by construction workers.

Between October and November, crashing waves, high tides and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of the beach, seawall and roadway just north of Sunrise Boulevard. 

This week, an enormous rig positioned along the beach will drill about 40 feet down, to prepare the way for the installation of a new seawall.

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Marketplace In Miami
6:49 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Hispanic Growth Leads With Media

  The Marketplace Morning Report continues its week in Miami with a look at the growing Hispanic influence in Miami-Dade County and what it predicts for the country as a whole.

Host Jeremy Hobson visits the studios of Spanish-language broadcasting giant Univision to compare the media preferences and cultures of Hispanic and Anglo audiences.

And, in the second half, a roundtable of journalists, including WLRN news director Dan Grech, measures the growth of Hispanic influence and how it changes the path to success for everyone.

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Sawgrass Mills
6:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Sawgrass Mills And The Luggage Phenomenon

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Listen to radio story here.

If you had to distill the Sawgrass Mills phenomenon into one image, it would be this: a lieutenant colonel in the Brazilian army weaving through a river of humanity while tugging around a tiny purple piece of carry-on luggage.

About 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, on the edge of the Everglades, is a place widely considered Florida’s second-largest tourist destination. It’s not a theme park. It’s not a beach. It’s not the Everglades. It is, according to the owners, the largest collection of outlet and retail value stores in the country.

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4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Book Your Calendars For Booklegger's 'Library On The Run'

The Broken Shaker, a cocktail bar tucked in the art deco Freehand Miami, will host a book-trading event Thursday.
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Miami Beach is going literary, literally.

Thursday, local book enthusiasts can sit around, handcrafted cocktail in hand, and talk literature. Better yet, they can leave with a free book.

The event is put on by Bookleggers, a community mobile library often referred to as “a library on the run.”

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Economic Incentives
3:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Florida Gave Tax Breaks To Industries Blamed For Mass Shootings

The National Rifle Association has blamed violent video games and films for recent mass shootings. The state of Florida gives economic incentives and tax breaks to both industries as well as gun manufacturers.
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Q&A with Miami Herald political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa

Florida taxpayers are helping subsidize three industries that have been blamed for recent mass shootings: violent movies, bloody video games and high-powered assault weapons.

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Topical Currents
2:40 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Overcoming Childhood Neglect

Jonice Webb

01/24/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Dr. Jonice Webb, who specializes in the effects of childhood emotional neglect.  She’s written Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect,  which details how old scars can still influence adult well-being and behaviors.

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2:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Bill Would Give Ethics Commission More Power With Expansive Overhaul

A bill, which would give the Ethics Commission more power to collect fines and strengthen conflict-of-interest laws, unanimously passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
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A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that supporters called the most expansive overhaul in decades of the rules elected officials must follow, even as the measure obscured what could be a battle with the House over campaign finance laws.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tampa Times Media Critic Eric Deggans Discusses His Book, Race Baiter

Eric Deggans TV/Media Critic for Tampa Bay Times

01/23/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Tampa Bay Times TV and media critic Eric Deggans, author of RACE BAITER:  How the Media Wields Dangerous Words.  Deggans says modern media uses racial tensions to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic, and plays to ingrained stereotypes and assumptions.

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Latin America
12:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Cuba's New Travel Rules May Cause An Influx

El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan Tamayo.
Credit Phil Latzman

Wednesdays on WLRN, we take time out for discussions and stories concerning our hemispheric neighbors in Latin American and the Caribbean.

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Marketplace In Miami
9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Resurgent Miami Housing Makes Billionaires As It Challenges Normal-Income Buyers

CONDO KING: Asked if ordinary Americans can still aspire to home ownership, billinaire chairman George Perez of the Related Group says, sure they can. They may not get it, but they can always aspire.
Credit Jolie Puidokas/Marketplace

In the Marketplace Morning Report's second Wednesday segment, host Jeremy Hobson wonders if home ownership is still part of the American Dream. He speaks with Miami's billionaire condo king, chairman George Perez of the Related Group, and introduces WLRN's Karen Burkett with a story about the challenges that home buying poses to normal-income people competing with investors for the same properties.

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