Alicia Zuckerman

Editorial Director

Alicia began making radio as a 7-year-old in rural upstate New York using two cassette recorders and appropriated material from Casey Kasem’s American Top 40. Twenty years later, she began her real-world radio career as a reporter and producer for NPR’s On the Media. Her reporting has aired on NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, including The World, Studio 360 and This American Life. Alicia is the founding producer of WLRN’s award-winning weekly public affairs program, The Florida Roundup, as well as the co-creator of Under the Sun on WLRN, the award-winning series of feature stories, interviews, audio postcards, and original fiction. Among the artists she has interviewed for WLRN are Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn UpshawMark Morris, Tom Wolfe and They Might Be Giants. Before coming to Miami, she covered arts, culture, and breaking news for WNYC in New York City, where she reported on Carnegie Hall, puppet opera, arts education, Hungarian strudel, strong cheese, two presidential elections, and nuclear power. She was also the lead classical music and dance reporter at New York magazine. She has also written for the Miami Herald, Details magazine, Dance magazine, Symphony magazine, Jazziz magazine, and others. Her online reporting has appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Tablet and Electronic Music Foundation, which she helped launch. Alicia holds a B.A. from the University at Albany (New York) where she studied English and music, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was a 2013 USC Annenberg/Getty arts journalism fellow. In 2013, she won the Edward R. Murrow award for large market feature reporting for Her Own Little Paris. She co-hosted and co-produced the WLRN radio documentary, Remembering Andrewwhich won bronze at the 2013 Third Coast International Audio Festival, often referred to as "the Sundance of radio."

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Music & Culture
6:46 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sailing The Sloop With Seeger: A Local Remembers

Pete Seeger and Allen Aunapu in 1969.
Credit Christina Leps

Allan Aunapu was 26 in 1967, when he went north from Miami to work on the Sloop Clearwater, which would be bound for the Hudson River. The sloop came from the imagination of legendary folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday, Jan. 27, at 94 years old.

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Miami Beach Arts
6:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Van Dyke, Lincoln Road's Legendary Jazz Venue, Plays Last Tune

The band Oriente at the Van Dyke Sunday night
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

After almost two decades a famed South Florida live music venue is no more.

Located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, in the historic Van Dyke building built in 1924, Van Dyke Cafe had its last call on Sunday, Jan. 26. Patrons were invited for a special celebration and toast at 5 p.m. to commemorate the closing. The venue was well known for hosting live jazz and became a staple of the beach's people-watching haven, Lincoln Road Mall.

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Books
6:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers

Dylan's story, Alaska, in the book published by the Miami-Dade Public Library. Listen to him read from his story, above.
Richard Etienne

Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "Yeahhhh," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.

The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the Miami-Dade Public Library's young adult writers-in-residence program. 

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Pérez Art Museum
5:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

An Interview With PAMM Director Thom Collins

The Perez Art Museum opened to the public Wednesday. Take a short, virtual tour by clicking through these photos.
Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The museum's director doesn't expect you to love everything in the museum. He doesn't even really want to you to.

Here's an edited version of the interview with Thom Collins, but we do recommend listening -- he has a really good voice.

AZ: What does it mean to create a museum for this community?

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

“Her Own Little Paris In Miami”

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband.
Marice Cohn Band for The Miami Herald

Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

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Sports
11:11 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Slideshow: Swimmer Diana Nyad Finally Makes It From Havana to Key West, Sets World Record

Key West resident Tom Theisen points to Diana Nyad's flotilla, still a few miles offshore Monday morning.
Tom Theisen

"She freaking made it." That's what the note posted at 3:14 p.m. to the Google map on her website, where Diana Nyad's journey had been tracked in yellow dots and time stamps, said. Thirty-five years after her first attempt, Nyad did it -- she reached the shores of Smathers Beach in Key West Monday, after pushing off from Havana on Saturday. This was her fifth try, and her fourth in three years.

The 64-year-old swam 111 miles and now holds the world record for swimming the farthest without a shark cage. 

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History
10:34 am
Wed August 28, 2013

MLK's March On Washington: Hear From The Folks Who Were There

Rev. Martin Luther King delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963, as captured by photographer Bob Adelman, who tells us about being there that day and shooting this photo.
Credit Bob Adelman

Editor's Note: Below are Americans with South Florida connections who went to hear the Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., one of the most significant civil rights events in history.  Their bios are compiled from public and private sources. Listen to what they have to say. 

SHIRLEY JOHNSON

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The Cuban Kitchen
6:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: A Mother's Cooking From Miami To Maine

Richard Blanco at home in Maine
Credit richard-blanco.com

Cuban cuisine has chewed its way into South Florida's culture. Many an abuela has shared family recipes for ropa vieja and bistec empanizado, through generations. WLRN wants a seat at your table to hear stories, memories or recipes from your kitchen.

  

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Radio
10:19 am
Tue June 4, 2013

How a Jewish Brooklyn Housewife Became A Guru In Rural Florida

Before she was Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Joyce Green had dinner on the table for her Italian husband every night at 6 p.m. sharp.
Credit yogabenessere/flickr.com

  Joyce Green started doing yoga to lose weight. Then she said she had a vision of Jesus, and from there she became Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, the wildly charismatic leader of the Kashi Ashram church on a ranch in Indian River County, north of Vero Beach. And that's who she was for the rest of her life, right up until she died last year. 

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News
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Puerto Rico's Murder Problem

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the ACLU, the police are part of the problem. But changes are afoot.
Credit Dave Conner / www.flickr.com

Fifteen thousand people are leaving Puerto Rico every year, and half of them are coming to Florida. Many are leaving because of an explosion of violence on the island. Over the last several years, the murder rate has been between five and seven times the national average. 

Miami New Times reporter Michael E. Miller traveled to Puerto Rico to find out how things got so bad. The answer? Drugs and police, says Miller. Here's what he found out

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End of the Line
6:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

End Of The Line: Artists Transform Your Old Prom Dress Into A Tree

Daphne by Guerra de la Paz
Guerra de la Paz

If you’ve ever donated an old coat or a dress, or even pair of socks, to a thrift store, there’s a chance it ended up in the Saatchi Collection in London. That’s because the Miami-based duo, Guerra de la Paz, makes thrift store throwaways into art.

Alicia Zuckerman went with them to their “art supply store,” as they call it, so they could show her how come up with their creations.

Under the Sun
4:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Alternative Spring Break

Alicia Zuckerman

It’s a time-honored tradition. Spring breakers descend on Miami from across the nation this time of year to guzzle beer, work on their tanlines and hit the clubs.


Or there’s Alternative Spring Break, where you sit in a windowless room, guzzle coffee, and fill out reams of immigration paperwork. You can compile proof of residence, and file for fee waivers. Sound appealing?

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Under the Sun
4:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Episode 4: Second(hand) Chances

Heather Klinker and Jennifer Rousseau at the Give Good Works thrift store in Wynwood
Sammy Mack

Give Good Works, a Wynwood thrift store and charity, gives your old and gently used items a second chance.  However, the point is to give people a second chance.  Jennifer Rousseau, who works at the store, transformed her life with the help of the shop’s founder Heather Klinker.

“A lot of people would have given up on us girls,” said Rousseau. “Heather didn’t. She kept going. She’s a hero to me. I love her.”

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Under the Sun
4:23 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The People Robert Frank Saw

Robert Frank (American, b. Switzerland, 1924) Elevator—Miami Beach, 1955
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with funds contributed by Dorothy Norman, 1969, Photograph © Robert Frank, from The Americans

This photo of a forlorn, slightly bored young hotel elevator operator was taken on the beach in 1955, at the Sherry Frontenac Hotel (65th and Collins).  It has become one of Frank’s most famous photographs and the face of the exhibition, “Looking In:  Robert Frank’s the Americans” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It runs through Jan. 3.

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Under the Sun
3:44 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Young Poets

Alicia Zuckerman interviews members of the Miami Poetry Collective. (L to R) Laura McDermott, Yaddyra Peralta, James May, Jessica Machado, Alicia Zuckerman
Nick Vagnoni

Host Alicia Zuckerman was intensely curious about how young poets graduating with Masters of Fine Arts degrees expect to make money.  Since the average poetry journal pays just $20 for a poem, it’s not exactly a way to make a living.   Sure, writing by candlelight because you can’t pay FPL has a certain romance to it, but what happens when you run out of matches?  So how do poets expect to pay their bills?

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