Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Dade Begins Probe Of Voting Problems

Some voters in Miami Dade waited hours to cast a ballot.
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Miami-Dade officials have begun their investigation into why voting in Florida's largest county was such a mess earlier this month.


 

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:17 am
Thu November 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Consumer Confidence Slips in FLA

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.
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Consumer confidence takes a dip in the Sunshine State.  However, economists remain optimistic about Florida's future, and energy is one of the main reasons why.

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Birds At Risk
7:11 am
Thu November 29, 2012

As Birds Head South, They Often Run Into Trouble And Find Help In South Florida

This red shoulder hawk is being treated for a leg injury at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Nick Songonzi is an animal care technician at the center.
Credit Marva Hinton

This time of year, many birds from the north began migrating south for the winter. Some will stay here in South Florida while others will pass through the region on their way to the Caribbean. Increasingly, these birds are running into man-made obstacles that leave them with injured eyes, wings and beaks.

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News
6:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Consumer Confidence Drops This Month

Holiday Shopping
Credit Suz Or Sooze

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. 

  Hear from an economist who isn't concerned about the decline in confidence… at least not yet.  

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News
4:54 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How Cell Phones Are Fighting Poverty In Latin America

Alex Counts, Grameen Foundation CEO And President
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The stated goal of the Grameen Foundation is to help the world’s poorest  improve their lives and escape poverty by helping to provide access to financial services , such as small loans and savings account, to find  new ways to generate income and obtain important information about their health, crops and finances.

Grameen Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide.

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Sounds of Basel
2:15 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

What Does Fania Records Have To Do With Art Basel Miami?

The musicians of Fania Records include Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Ismael Miranda.
Credit Fania Records

The legendary salsa label hosts a free music and art event at PAX in Little Havana during Art Basel Wednesday, Dec.5 through Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Legalizing Marijuana
1:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Florida Groups Seek Legal Status For Pot

Reefer Madness: Times have changed and advocates for legal pot hope attitudes have, too.

Florida advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws  felt the rush on Nov. 6 when two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana and Massachusetts approved its use for medical purposes.

So they really like their chances for their own proposed measures, two for medical and one for out-and-out legalization.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

South Florida Post-Election Issues

11/28/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with regular contributor and Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  We’ll follow up with South Florida election ramifications . . . and of course, take your calls.  Is the large Miami-Dade Cuban-American vote now swinging to Democrats?  And what effect will charter-enacted County Commission term limits foretell?  We’ll also check up on post-election Broward County politics and government.   http://www.watchdogreport.net/

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Art Basel 2012
12:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Seven Signs That Art Basel Miami Is Almost Here

A geodesic dome under construction in the Design District before Art Basel Miami 2011.
Credit Trina Sargalski

You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.

Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.

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