Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor.

Politics
4:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Marketplace In Miami: An Economic Roundtable On Miami's Biggest Challenges

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Is Miami the city of the future? What economic challenges does it face going forward? Jeremy Hobson hosts a roundtable discussion with Paola Iuspa-Abbott, a reporter with the Daily Business Review, Andrea Heuson, a professor of finance at the University of Miami, and Dan Grech, formerly of Marketplace and now the news director at WLRN Miami Herald News.

One of the questions Marketplace asked: What is the biggest economic problem in South Florida right now? 

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Dinner in Minutes
1:30 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Monique Seillan and Pascal Oudin

Monique Seillan
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01/24/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Pascal Oudin, Chef/Owner of Pascal’s on Ponce and Monique Seillan co-owner of Chateau Lassegue and wife of the vigneron.

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Tourism
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Silver Springs, Oldest Florida Tourist Attraction, Will Become A State Park

OLD DAYS: This postcard was a boast about the clarity of Silver Springs.
Silver Springs

With fewer and fewer tourists ringing its cash registers and encroaching pollution clouding its trademark crystalline waters, Florida's oldest tourist draw, Silver Springs, is going out of business.

But it will not disappear. On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed to release the Marion County attraction's operators from its lease so that Silver Springs can become a state park.

Instead of having to stick it out for 16 more years, Festival Fun Parks will be released from its obligations in September.

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Traffic Woes
11:44 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Your Comments: 'Driving In Florida Is NOT For Beginners'

Florida we love you, but not the way you drive.

That about sums up the audience reaction to something that Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson mentioned on Wednesday morning.


Marketplace In Miami
10:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Searching Liberty City For American Dream

TOUR GUIDE: Miami Workers Center organizer Whitney Maxey led Marketplace to Liberty City.
Credit Charlton Thorp/Maretplace

Continuing its search for the New American Dream in Miami, the Marketplace Morning Report goes to one of the city's poorest neighborhoods:  Liberty City. Host Jeremy Hobson interviews local residents and takes a driving tour.

In the second segment, Hobson's panel of Miami journalists, including WLRN news director Dan Grech, returns for a discussion of what each panel member considers South Florida's worst economic problem.

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9:29 am
Thu January 24, 2013

More Pythons Than Mormons (But Give The Mormons Time)

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Florida's great python hunt out in the Everglades continues to fascinate. Here's Lizette Alvarez' New York Times piece about a group of amateur snake catchers that includes three Mormons from Miami.
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But on the outskirts of the Everglades this month, a different kind of hunt is taking place, and among those on the trail are three men with little macho swagger and zero hunting finery. They drive up gravel roads alongside the brush in a red "man-van" (a well-lived-in Toyota Sienna) and a blue Prius ("You can't beat the mileage," says one).
Florida's Future
9:15 am
Thu January 24, 2013

'Seven50' Summit Will Plan The Half-Century For New Mega-Region: SouthEAST Florida

Movers, shakers, thinkers and doers from the seven counties of Southeast Florida are meeting today in downtown Miami to forge a 50-year trajectory for the region's economy, culture and quality of life.

The Seven50 summit is a recognition that the old Dade-Broward-Palm Beach "South Florida" has swelled out of its borders to become a seven-county mega-region with six million residents and a desperate need for shrewd and unified planning.

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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.
Credit C. DiMattei

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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