Florida grasshopper sparrows vs. fire ants
7:01 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Here's One Way To Help The Almost-Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow: Kill Fire Ants

Less popular than even the Burmese python? The red imported fire ant is a blight on Florida's landscape.
Credit AZRainman / Flickr Creative Commons

Fire ants are notorious Florida invasives, leaving a trail of painful welts and blisters in their wake. Those pesky exotic intruders also happen to be a serious threat to some of the state's most vulnerable endemic species. This includes the Florida grasshopper sparrow, which recently made the March/April cover of Audubon Magazine as "the most endangered bird in the continental United States." 

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Ultra Music Festival
7:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Map: How Far Does The Sound From Ultra Music Festival Travel?

Shaded area indicates the reach of Ultra's sounds. This is not a scientific map, but rather one based on observations. We drew the lines from the point where ambient sounds from the urban environment become louder than the music itself.
Credit Daniel Rivero / WLRN

 

For more than a hundred thousand electronic dance music fans from across the world, Ultra Music Festival is heaven on earth. But tell that to the people who live and work close by.

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Ultra Music Festival
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ultra Might Be Damaging Your Ears As It Rattles Your Windows

A sound level meter reading safe sounds blocks away. Any workplace with a constant level of 90 or louder must provide protection for employees. Ultra employees were provided protection.
Daniel Rivero WLRN

 Standing outside the gates of Ultra Music Festival, an audiologist and her colleague are staring at their sound level meters.  The devices track the decibel level of the atmosphere, giving us some unsettling clues as to how safe the environment is for your ears.

After an extended buildup, the beat finally drops.  As the fans go crazy, the bass starts to pump.  Even a few hundred feet from the stage, casual conversation is strained.

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On WLRN Channel 17 - Tuesday, March 26 at 8 PM
8:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NOVA: Earth From Space

Visualization of charged particles streaming down onto the atmosphere, creating a stunning aurora as viewed from the International Space Station.

Witness a groundbreaking special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of Earth. This groundbreaking special reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of Earth.

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Weird Florida
5:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Lake Placid Celebration

Lake Placid Unique Trash Can

In celebration of Lake Placid’s recent accolade as being named America’s Most Interesting Town by Reader’s Digest, the Tour Lake Placid Society hosted a premier screening of WLRN’s Weird Florida:  On the Road at the Caladium Arts and Crafts Co-op. 

Show times were 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  It started out with a full house of 68 people, the second showing had 55, and the third had 44 for a total of 167 people who watched the video.  Everyone loved it.  There was a drawing for a free book and DVD, which was later donated to the Lake Placid Public Library.

TV Stories
5:46 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Big Weird Florida Bash

Ashley's Restaurant
Photo by Michelle McArdle

From the shadows of Ashley’s Restaurant fans gathered
for a Big Weird Florida Bash !!

Over 100 people showed up for a special screening of the new episode of WLRN’s Weird Florida: On the Road Again.   This event took place at Florida’s well-known haunted eatery, Ashley’s Restaurant which lasted until 11pm.  In addition to the screening, there was live music, a real séance led by The Great Cindini, and a remote broadcast on Spookhunters Radio from America’s skeptical ghost hunter Owen Sliter.  
Books and DVDs were sold as well as a raffle for giveaways. 

April 25 at 9pm on WLRN TV
5:29 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Shelter Me: An Inspiring Series Celebrating Shelter Pets

Every year, 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America’s shelters.

“Shelter Me” is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories.

“Shelter Me” focuses on the success stories to bring more people into the shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance.

With stories ranging from adopted shelter dogs now volunteering at local hospitals to a family choosing a new feline friend to join their lives, “Shelter Me” emphasizes all of the positive work these animals contribute to the world.   

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Politics
2:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Gov. Scott Takes Left Turn As Approval Ratings Flounder

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll at a news conference in Fort Lauderdale two days before they were elected.
Credit Gov. Rick Scott/flickr

Gov. Rick Scott seems to be trying to appeal to a broader base. He’s done some things lately that suggest he’s willing to turn left a little bit.

Scott thrilled Democrats and irked his fellow Republicans when he suddenly changed his position on the Medicaid expansion in Florida.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Food For Your Brain

Neal Barnard MD
www.nealbarnard.org

03/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  She visits with Dr. Neal Barnard author of Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1.

http://www.nealbarnard.org/

Video courtesy of TED Talks:

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Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Like Father, Like Daughter: School Board Member on Education Priorities

Raquel Regalado
Credit http://district6.dadeschools.net/
  • An ambitious Miami-Dade school board member--who happens to be daughter of Miami's mayor--talks up education priorities for state lawmakers. What Raquel Regalado has to say about teacher raises, charter schools and the transition away from F-CAT's.

     

It's all in the family. 

Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado grew up listening to her father Tomás host one of Miami's most popular radio talk shows. She watched as her famous dad won a spot on the Miami City Commission, and eventually become mayor in 2009. 

Now, she's got a high-profile job of her own, and may be following in dad's footsteps.

The younger Regalado hosts her own Spanish-language radio program on La Poderosa, 670 AM, and was elected in 2010 to represent district 6 on the Miami-Dade School Board. 

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