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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Emerging Artists
11:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Miami-Based Limited Fanfare Records Succeeds On Rock And Roll, Not Rocket Science

Stallone is one of the bands with local ties on Miami-based Limited Fanfare Records.

Record labels -- the kind that lovingly hand-pick a few bands and release real, tactile product by them -- aren't exactly cash cows in 2013. Yet two years of solvent success shows that Brian Kurtz, the proprietor of Miami-based indie outfit Limited Fanfare, has discovered a niche. In releasing music and promoting concerts by, and even managing, a selected handful of promising underground rock and roll bands, he's managed to move physical units. Imagine!

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Tonight at 9pm on WLRN Channel 17
10:30 am
Thu March 21, 2013

A Girl's Life

music
9:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Fela! An Afro-Beat Musical In Miami

Fela! the musical is based on the life and songs of Nigerian protest singer Fela Kuti.
Credit courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Fela! is in Miami this week. The production is based on the complex life-- and music-- of late Nigerian activist, musician and singer Fela Kuti.

Kuti is known worldwide for founding the musical genre afro-beat. But in Nigeria, he’s known for using his music to protest the country’s military government through the 70s and 80s.

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Education
7:01 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Referendum Would Give Miami Dade College A Half-Cent Tax

Miami Dade College would benefit from a proposed half-cent tax.
Credit Photo from Miami Dade College's Facebook page

Lonnie Robinson fell on hard times in the early 80s with drugs and alcohol. Addiction kept him out of college for decades, and he found himself living under a bridge. During the day, Robinson found solace at a Miami Dade College library in Liberty City, where a reading program changed the future course of his life. He graduated from the college in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

"No other college would accept me," said Robinson, who’s 59. Today, Robinson visits the same library daily, where he hopes to mentor and inspire younger students.

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News
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Puerto Rico's Murder Problem

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the ACLU, the police are part of the problem. But changes are afoot.
Credit Dave Conner / www.flickr.com

Fifteen thousand people are leaving Puerto Rico every year, and half of them are coming to Florida. Many are leaving because of an explosion of violence on the island. Over the last several years, the murder rate has been between five and seven times the national average. 

Miami New Times reporter Michael E. Miller traveled to Puerto Rico to find out how things got so bad. The answer? Drugs and police, says Miller. Here's what he found out

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Aesthetics and Values
3:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Student Curators Bring Miami Art To Florida International University

John Bailly leading his students through Wynwood art galleries.
Constanza Gallardo

This evening, academics and artists will meet to celebrate the closing reception of Aesthetics and Values at  the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum

The exhibition isn't just an art show; it's a class with the honors college of Florida International University.

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Floridians Would Get Right To Speak Before Public Boards Under Proposed Legislation

Floridians would have the right to speak at public meetings under proposed laws.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Citizens do not have the right to speak before a public board or commission takes official action, according to Florida’s Constitution. Though Florida citizens have a right to access public records and meetings, they do not have a right to be heard before governmental bodies take official action any given proposal.  This means that city council members, county commissioners and other officials could vote on issues without letting citizens have their say.  

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Politics
1:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Capitol Visitors Get Up Close With Humvee And Military Chopper

Kid plays with the machine gun mounted on a Vietnam War era helicopter.
Jordan Michael/WLRN

Tuesday was Military Appreciation Day at the Capitol.

National Guard equipment from around the state was parked in the courtyard – the space between the old and new Capitol buildings.

“We have over 12,000 airmen and soldiers in the state of Florida,” said Major Blake Heidelberg, logistics officer with the Florida Army National Guard’s 83rd Troop Command.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Free Your Mind at Peace In the Park

Peace in the Park, Festival of Spirit
peaceintheparkflorida.org

03/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with British-born Jamaican percussionist Willie Stewart, a headliner at Peace in the Park Florida this weekend.  This festival of spirit also features WLRN Morning Edition host Wanda Myles.  In this delicate time of worldly imbalance, this community event offers an afternoon to unplug and experience a very special day of peace.

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