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, sometimes referred to as "the Sundance of radio."

Ways to Connect

Miami native Aaron Lebos says his new album, "Turning Point," is meant to be played loud. It's a mix of rock, jazz and influences from around the world, fusing a jam-band sound with some of the sonic complexities of jazz. Lebos is a trained -- very trained -- musician, having attended an alphabet soup of South Florida's academic institutions. This week, Aaron came in to the WLRN studios and gave us a rare solo acoustic performance of his ballad " Emmalise ," from his band's first album, ...

Rui Dias-Aidos

From April 26 to 28, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach is looking hard at the way technology is changing music, and how the group itself is part of that equation. NWS is hosting the annual Network Performing Arts Production Workshop , which connects people from the arts, technology and education. New World's building, designed by Frank Gehry, and the adjacent park are testament to some big technological shifts in classical arts. Its fellows take master classes with musicians across the...

Margaretta K. Mitchell

The poet Robert Hass headlines the O, Miami Poetry Festival at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the Wallcast from the park just outside the building. Hass was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-97 and now teaches at U.C. Berkeley. He won the Pulitzer, a MacArthur Genius grant and it seems like just about every major literary award there is. In honor of National Poetry Month and our own "This is Where" poetry contest , we...

Stuart Mullenberg

There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states. In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into three separate segments , and we could have easily kept going. But still, m aybe it just seems like we're weirder because this is where we are, this is what we know. Isn't New Orleans weird? Isn't Chicago? (Well sure, but...

Courtesy of Jodi and Zach Ziskin

This is a story about a song. So you really kind of have to hear it. Check it out: Just before Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County in 1992, Zach Ziskin had left South Florida for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His cousin, Bruce Berman, rode out the storm in a closet in Country Walk, while the house he was in blew apart all around him. After the storm, everyone was trying to figure out how to help. Bruce and Zach , who were in a band called No End, did the thing they...

Jimmy Katz / Nonesuch

Fifty years ago Sunday the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show. That means it's been 50 years since kids all over the country put down their band instruments and picked up the electric guitar. Pat Metheny was one of them, and because of that, in a way, the Beatles are responsible for an important chapter of jazz history. So is Metheny's older brother, who introduced him to Miles Davis, which led him down the road of his own continually evolving brand of improvisation. When Pat Metheny...

Sailing The Sloop With Seeger: A Local Remembers

Jan 28, 2014
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 . The Clearwater was modeled on an 18 th Century Dutch sailboat – 10 years ago it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Seeger, Aunapu and the rest of the crew first set sail in 1969, making their way down...

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. Eddy Balzola's band...

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. Of the 100 or so submissions that came in to the library, Dylan was one of 20 students picked to spend Saturdays working alongside a published...

An Interview With PAMM Director Thom Collins

Dec 5, 2013
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? TC: We look at the diversity of this community, and we use it as an index. We'll grow audiences here, who will be able to see themselves in what we do. This is...

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 backgroundseven 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. Her school, the Fine Arts Conservatory, expanded to six branches throughout Miami. For 25 years, students from different racial...

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...

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 Dr. Shirley Bailey Johnson was given her first job walking door-to-door for voter registration campaigns at age 10 by a...

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 . These are the first lines of Richard Blanco's poem, "Cooking with Mamá in Maine" from his book, Looking for the Gulf Motel . Two years since trading mangos for these maples,...

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. She was revered by droves of followers. Celebrities like Julia Roberts and Arlo Guthrie spent time with her on the ranch, and spoke glowingly about her. But as ...

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