South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Art Deco Weekend, Frost Art Museum, Sunshine Blues Festival and our Florida Keys calendar

Art Deco Weekend
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01/11/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush of The Miami Design Preservation League brings us the details about the 36th Annual Art Deco Weekend. Contributor, Judith Bishop, speaks with Klaudio Rodriguez about an exciting season of openings at the Frost Art Museum at FIU. Bob Weinberg previews the first Sunshine Blues Festival at Mizner Park.

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Voting Problems
12:59 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

County Election Officials Want More Early Voting Days And Fewer Words On The Ballot

THE WAIT: Progress seemed illusory as Florida voters waited in line on Nov. 6. Country elections supervisors say a longer early voting period and a shorter ballot could help.
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Florida's county elections supervisors are preparing to approach the Legislature with their own fixes for the voting problems that worsened the state's already-sketchy reputation for competence last year.

Their plan: Require at least eight day of early voting with an option for 14 in counties that need it, and hold lawmakers to the same 75-word limit on ballot questions for constitutional amendments that citizens must observe with their own ballot initiatives

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Anniversary Of The Earthquake In Haiti And Spotlight On Poet Richard Blanco

Above is a neighborhood in Haiti before the earthquake. One caller, Henryka of Coral Gables, who has worked in Haiti for the past 4 years, says the focus should not be on reconstructing what was there, but building something better.
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On The Florida Roundup:  Saturday marks the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.  How has it affected us in South Florida, home to the nation’s largest Haitian diaspora?   We take your calls on what you have seen in Haiti and what responsibility we have to this country less than 700 miles away.   Why has development been so slow after so many promises?

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StateImpact Florida
11:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Why States Are Designing Two Tests For Common Core Standards

Common Core assessments are being developed by two consortia of states.

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia are working toward full implementation of Common Core standards.

But there's a split in the way states will measure what students have learned. Two different testing systems are on the table.

One test will average a series of test results to determine a student’s score. The other is a single, adaptive test which tailors questions based on a student’s past answers.

The tests are being designed now for use by 2014-15.

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Key West Literary Seminar
9:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Can’t Make It To The Key West Literary Seminar? Meet Us There On Twitter

Curt Richter pairs real portraits with fictional biographies.
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Just because you can’t drive down for the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar, doesn’t mean you can’t take part.

WLRN is teaming up with the KWLS folks to bring the conversations online.

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Voting Problems
9:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Republican Party Spokesman: ‘More Than One Way To Fix' Voting Problems

These voters in Miami waited in line about three hours before casting their ballots.
Credit Phillip Pessar/flickr

The elections supervisor in the state capital says the Legislature will have to make changes to avoid what happened during the last election.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have filed bills in Tallahassee to increase the number of early voting hours.

Proposals by the Democrats call for a return to 14 days of early voting.

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Haiti Earthquake Anniversary
8:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Three Years After The Haiti Earthquake, An Unsure Future For One Woman And Her Country

Fabienne Jean prepares food in Haiti.
Credit Nick Kozak

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her right leg three years ago in the earthquake in Haiti.

Fabienne’s right leg was crushed and had to be amputated. When she danced again, she was hailed as a symbol of Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery.

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered during the year he spent reporting on this story, the quest to rebuild one woman’s life would take much more than that.

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Haiti
8:01 am
Fri January 11, 2013

On The Anniversary Of The Haiti Earthquake: Has The Diaspora 'Checked Out?'

Jacqueline Charles
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It's been three years since an earthquake leveled Port au Prince and shook all of us indirectly in South Florida, home to the nation's largest population of Haitian-Americans.

Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles remembers January 12, 2010, well.

That day, Charles was in the process of writing a story about Haiti's latest mess, a controversy over the government taking a loan from Venezuela to help the country rebuild an airport.

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Florida Everglades
7:43 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Now, It's Personal: Sen. Bill Nelson Headed To The 'Glades To Hunt Enemy Pythons

WATCH OUT, SNAKE: Sen. Bill Nelson will be packing a pistol and a machete when he joins the Everglades python hunt.

The big Everglades python hunt starts Saturday and, so far, 670 people have signed up for the fun and a chance at cash prizes.

Among them is our intrepid U. S. Senator, Bill Nelson. He and a companion -- described in the Tampa Bay Times as a "rancher from Davie" -- will strap on pistols and machetes on Thursday  to go after the huge Burmese pythons that Nelson has  worried so much about, occasionally to the amusement of his Senate colleagues.

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World Music In Miami
7:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Femi Kuti Followed Dad's Dangerous Road To Afro-beat Stardom In Nigeria

Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti can sing as well as play the saxophone, trumpet and organ. He is entirely self-taught.
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Listen to the broadcast version of this story, and hear Femi Kuti’s songs ‘Can’t Buy Me,’ ‘Dem Bobo,’ and ‘Oyimbo’ as well as Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie.’

    

This Sunday, Nigerian Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti will be performing in Miami. Femi is known for using music to protest against the Nigerian government -- a legacy he inherited from his father, the legendary Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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