Elaine Chen

Elaine is senior producer of news and public affairs at WLRN-Miami Herald News. She produces The Florida Roundup, a Friday news show, and works on building audience engagement around the issues we cover. Elaine moved from New York City, where she was a lawyer for the city government.  She put aside the legal briefs and discovery requests to be back in public radio.  Before WLRN, Elaine worked as a producer for public affairs shows at WNYC and WYPR.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Tallying It Up: Election Problems, Citizens Insurance And Miami-Dade Prayer

Secretary of State Ken Detzner is touring around the 5
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On the Florida Roundup :  Local leaders and scientists gather in Palm Beach county to discuss how sea-level rise is “sinking in” in South Florida.  Citizens Insurance is awash with complaints about its "incentive plan" to have private insurers take over some of its policies. Will you be paying for it, hurricane or not? 

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Public Insight Network
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Dade Commission's Polarizing Call To Prayer

The Miami-Dade Commission has brought back the spoken prayer to hold before their official hearings.
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The Miami-Dade County Commission’s 8-3 decision to reinstate spoken prayer before its official meetings is sparking passionate responses on both sides of the issue. 

A sponsor of the bill to bring back spoken prayer, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, called it a matter of "freedom of speech," while Commissioner Sally Heyman, part of the trio opposed to the measure, said it was "unfair to members of the community to be subjected to a religious point of view."  Since 2004, the commission has opened its meetings with a moment of silence during which commissioners and the public could do as they pleased. 

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Thu December 6, 2012

So, You Like Space Flight? Naked People? Doggies? Art Basel Has Something For All

Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum shows contemporary art works that refer to Renaissance art.
Credit Elaine Chen

Often “Art Basel” is used as shorthand for the many arts events that coincide with the Art Basel fair itself, which takes place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

But throughout Miami, galleries and artists are exhibiting their work so there really is something for everyone this week.  Below is a small sampling for various persuasions. 

You hate contemporary art: Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum.  

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

What Art Basel Has Done For Miami

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Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide.  In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how.  Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami. 

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The Florida Roundup
2:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

How Climate Change Is Reshaping South Florida

The Keys are particularly vulnerable to a rise in sea level.

On The Florida Roundup: Hurricane season has officially ended.  South Florida was saved from any severe hurricanes, but we see the effects of climate change as beaches erode, roads crumble and flooding inundates parts of region.  

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The Florida Roundup
6:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Climate Change Signs Abound, Locals Say

Climate Change? James' walking trail in the Keys is frequently flooded these days.
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With its low-level waterfront communities, South Florida is particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

But perhaps no area is more vulnerable than the Florida Keys.

James from Cudjoe Key tells us that a nature trail he has walked for 10 years is now regularly flooded, even at low tide.  Here is a photo he sent us:

While much has been written about the danger to South Florida caused by rising water levels, Pamela from Miami points out that Miami should pay attention to its air:   

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The Florida Roundup
2:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Marlins Trade Away Top Players - And Fans' Trust

With the Marlins purge, does Miami have a bit of buyer's remorse over the mostly publicly-funded stadium?
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The Marlins latest fire sale is official: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approved the trade of 5 of the team’s top players.  

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The Florida Roundup
5:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

What's Going On With Obamacare, Early Voting And The Miami Marlins

The Marlins' purge of some of its top players has upset fans and local officials still fuming over what some viewed as a lopsided stadium deal between the team's owner and the city and county.
Credit Bob B. Brown

This week on The Florida Roundup:  Have state GOP leaders taken the election as a cue to change course? 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Coral Gables Drops The Pickup Ban

Voters in the City of Coral Gables end the prohibition on overnight parked pickup trucks.
Credit Elaine Chen

The City Beautiful has begrudgingly decided to accept the working man's auto.  

On Election Day, voters in Coral Gables voted to end the city's 50-year old prohibition on overnight parked trucks.  The question whether to keep the law was put on the ballot by citizens (unlike the 11 state constitutional amendments).   

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The Florida Roundup
4:06 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Why Florida Is Still Figuring Out “That Whole Voting Thing"

As of Friday, counties in Florida are still tallying ballots, thus cementing the state's national reputation as a place that can't run an election. Why do voting problems continue to plague Florida?
Credit Dan Grech

"An irrelevant laughingstock," a "benign tumor," a state that should just be "

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Post Election Analysis
3:14 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

The Day After: A WLRN-Miami Herald News Post-Election Special

The voting is over, ballots have been cast, and even though all the results may not be in--Florida has spoken.  Many voters voiced their frustration with the long lines and are demanding to know: why did the state shorten early voting and what went wrong on election night?  President Obama won this election, but the biggest news in Florida is the state's continued troubles with administering an election.  

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The Florida Roundup
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Into The Fray: Florida's Voting Issues And Ballot Measures

Early voters have faced long wait times. Above, voters at the Miami Beach City Hall.
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Florida is ready to vote. Or is it?  Over 3 million Floridians have already voted early in person or by absentee ballot.  Early voting totals continue to be strong in mostly Democratic South Florida.  For many, lines at the polls are long, while still others wait by the mailbox for their absentee ballots.  

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The Florida Roundup
6:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Absentee, Early Or Day-Of: Florida Voters Tell Us What They Plan

Over a million absentee ballots have already been cast.
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Early voting starts tomorrow, and many say they plan on taking advantage of the pre-Election Day hours.  Mary from North Miami writes:

I like the feeling of participation and community that comes with standing in line with neighbors I don't even know. But there's a limit to the number of hours I want to devote to this experience, and I want to make sure my vote gets in, so I'll probably be voting early next week.

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The Florida Roundup
4:18 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Voting In Florida Starts This Weekend: What To Expect

Line of early voters in 2008 in Plantation. This year, early voting starts on Saturday.
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On The Florida Roundup, host Phil Latzman hears from you about how you're planning to vote - by absentee ballot, early voting or Election Day at your polling place.  Already Florida has had about 1.1 million votes cast by absentee ballot.

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The Florida Roundup
4:14 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

How Education Figures Into The Presidential Race

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On this week's show: we focus on education and compare the policies of the presidential candidates.  

President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on issues such as paying teachers based on student performance.  The main difference between the two is on the question of vouchers.  

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