Food Prices
8:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

$5 A Pound? Tomato Price Threat Seen As Tactic In Trade Dispute With Mexico

EXTREME TOMATO: The price in Japan is nearly five dollars for a single tomato. In the U. S., a prediction of five-dollars-a-pound is being debunked as a scare tactic to preserve Mexican market share.
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Will stopping Mexican tomatoes at the border raise tomato prices prohibitively for American consumers?

An importers group predicted recently that if the 1996 tomato agreement with Mexico is terminated, tomatoes could rise to $5 a pound in American supermarkets. Florida growers now say that's a scare tactic by interest groups who favor Mexican imports. "Under no circumstances will this be true," said Edward Beckman, president of Certified Greenhouse Farmers.

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Florida Legislature
8:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Youth Is No Barrier To Power In Tallahassee

MR. CHAIRMAN: Very young guys run very powerful committees in the Florida House. How did that happen?

Number crunching by a Florida university professor has led to an odd conspiracy theory about the Florida House of Representatives.

Not that Prof. Mark Soskin actually subscribes to the theory himself. As you hear on TV a lot, he's just sayin'.

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Housing
6:45 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Foreclosure Process Hammers Florida's Housing Market

FORECLOSED IN THE 305: Florida's balky legal process has given it the highest foreclosure rate in the U. S.

A decade ago, speculators in Florida were pumping up a huge housing bubble.

"You couldn't go wrong," Tampa real estate attorney Charlie Hounchell says. In that overheated period from 2001 to 2006, "you could buy a house and make $100,000 a year later by selling it," he says.

But the party ended in 2007 and the hangover persists. The state now has the highest foreclosure rate in the country, beating out Nevada for the first time in five years.

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Arts
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Miami Guitarist Aaron Lebos: Don't Use The F Word

Aaron Lebos (left) with Jim Gasior, keyboards; Eric England, bass; and Rodolfo Zuniga, drums.
Credit Brian Fernandez

When Miami native Aaron Lebos was a kid, his parents told him to choose between violin and piano. "I chose piano," he says, "obviously." But his big brother played electric guitar, and he wanted to too. He thought it was "cooler." Eventually, he got his hands on a guitar of his own and made his way through jazz studies programs at Miami Dade College, University of Miami and FIU. 

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Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

Robin Sussingham is a reporter/producer and host at WUSF Public Broadcasting.  A native of Lakeland, she frequently reports on events and issues in Polk County.

She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and has an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and online reporting. 

Arts
2:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

A Zine Renaissance: Why Miami's Tech-y Young Artists Are Turning Back To Old-Fashioned Printed Paper

Edwin Beauchamp and Gusto Mendoza, the creative minds behind the new design studio Coloform, are, naturally, all over the web. Of course, like any good twenty- and thirtysomething artists of their ilk, they're all over Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, even relatively stodgy Facebook, and pretty much everywhere else in the digital world.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Joan Cartwright, Andre Watts, Melton Mustafa and our Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Amazing Music Women concert telling the stories of women in Jazz and Blues.
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02/01/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz vocalist and pianist, Joan Cartwright, shares her excitement about her Amazing Music Women concert telling the stories of women in Jazz and Blues. Charles Greenfield interviews renowned pianist Andre Watts about his career and his upcoming Arsht Center performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Miami Art Museum
12:32 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Largest Hurricane Proof Glass Pane Installed In Future Museum

Latest in the series of aerial photos documenting the progess of the Perez Art Museum Miami
Daniel Rivero

Having a world-class museum set a few short feet from Biscayne Bay has both its advantages and its headaches. As the Miami Art Museum plans to make its move to future Museum Park, they know this all too well.

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Immigration
12:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Rubio's Path Through Immigration Politics May Be Tough As Illegals' Path To Citizenship

THE PATH IS THE PROBLEM: University of Miami law professor David Abraham (inset) says Sen. Marco Rubio's path to citizenship for illegals, tough as it is, may still be too much for the Tea Party to accept.

Now that a group of key senators and the president have proposed their plans for immigration reform, what would some of the proposed changes mean to South Florida's unique immigrant communities? We hear from  University of Miami immigration law specialist David Abraham.

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