Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR's Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.

The New York Times calls her “the talk of librarian circles.” Readers can’t get enough of her recommendations while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next.

News
5:45 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: FPL Gets Nuclear Cost Approval

Turkey Point Nuclear Plant
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The Florida Public Service Commission today approved $151 million dollars in advance nuclear costs for Florida Power & Light.

 That's the total amount that FPL requested and the vote was unanimous. It means that a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will be charged $1.69 a month for the advance costs beginning in January 2013. The costs were approved despite objections from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which argues that FPL has failed to demonstrate its intent to actually build the new Turkey Point reactors.  

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Airport Food
2:40 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Food Network Opens Up Its First Restaurant At Fort Lauderdale Airport

Fort Lauderdale's airport will be the site for the Food Network's first restaurant.
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The Food Network-- a famous cable channel featuring popular cooking shows and competitions-- has broken into the restaurant biz, and its first location is (believe it or not) the Jet Blue terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

It's  the only restaurant serving hot food at the terminal and it has the Food Network logo plastered over every bit of the cafeteria-style decor. 

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Sculptures
1:36 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

You Can Spot Bigfoot In the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

Bigfoot will be unveiled this Tuesday at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
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This week, you can find Bigfoot at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens... that is, a large sculpture of a man with unusually large feet.

Idan Zareski's "Bigfoot" will be unveiled on Tuesday at the Gardens. The sculpture, "Bigfoot," has already been featured in other countries all over the world. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

“At Your Service” Pet Care Call-In Show

Dr Ian Kupkee
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11/26/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of  Kendall’s  Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors.  We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls.   Also a report on how the Miami-Dade Pet Trust straw ballot approval will play-out.  It calls for low-cost spay and neuter services and a no-kill animal shelter.

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Higher Ed
12:30 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Why Rick Scott's $10k Challenge For Colleges Might Be A Gamble

Scott is challenging colleges to find a bachelor's degree program that costs $10,000 or less.
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Gov. Rick Scott issued a challenge to colleges all over the state asking them to find a way to offer a bachelor's degree program that costs no more than $10,000 for all four years.

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The Florida Vote
12:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Top Republicans Confess: Voter Suppression Was Goal Of 2011 Florida Election Law

Jim Greer: Voter suppression was the goal, voter fraud was the marketing.

The whole idea behind the voting law state legislators passed in 2011 was to discourage Democratic voters.

That's the bottom line in a Palm Beach Post story by Dara Kam and John Lantigua. Although the law was presented as an urgently needed defense against voter fraud, sources including former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and former state GOP Chairman Jim Greer and some Republican campaign consultants tell the Post a very different story:

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Working Life
9:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Eight Careers That Seniors Rule (Plus 10 More In Their Sights)

Retirement Deferred : British supermodel Daphne Self, 83, and rock star Mick Jagger, 69
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How to be normal after your 65th birthday: according to a handful of new statistics we found on Careerbuilder.com (and a few other sources), the normalest thing you can do is get a job as an embalmer in South Dakota.

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City of Miami
9:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

City Of Miami Fails To Meet Its Own Financial Guidelines

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and other city officials received word that the city isn't following its own financial rules.
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A look into the City of Miami's finances this year shows the city failed to meet its own financial rules and benchmarks.

According to The Miami Herald, "Miami failed to comply with eight of its 13 financial standards in the 2010-11 budget year, according to an internal audit published late last month."

Among the shortcomings:

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:19 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sandy Still Impacting Florida Beaches

Parts of the seawall have been toppled along northern Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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Alarming beach erosion continues in South Florida thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Experts in erosion say the damage is the worst in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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