Robert Lyle

Robert Lyle is a veteran international financial journalist who, until the global economic crisis, divided his time between Florida and Cornwall in Great Britain. For more than 25 years, he was the Washington-based senior economics correspondent for the RFE/RL radio networks in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was also a regular contributor to the BBC and other international radio networks from bases in Detroit, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Aix-en-Provence, France, and Munich, Germany. As a break from financial reporting, he has written about food and beer for the Los Angeles Times and One-and-Ale, a Cornish brewing magazine. He has written travel stories for National Geographic Traveler and Washington Flyer magazines. Since moving to South Florida, he has produced stories for WLRN's Under the Sun program and done daily news coverage for WLRN-Miami Herald News. He also occasionally appears as an extra or in minor roles in films.

End of the Line
6:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

End Of The Line: Postcard From Alabama Jack’s

Betty Whitten is a regular at Alabama Jack’s. She clogs to the music of the Card Sound Machine Band.
Robert Lyle

If you follow U.S. 1 to the very end of the Florida peninsula, veer onto Card Sound Road, and make your way through the mangrove swamps, you’ll find it.  A wooden shanty with a roof but no walls: an open-air bar and restaurant.  It’s the very last place on the U.S. mainland.  And it’s called Alabama Jack’s.

Foreclosure Crisis
6:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Florida's Mortgage Mess: When Help Is At Arm's Length

Sometimes lenders are hesitant to take on government programs that could help foreclosure victims.
Credit Robert Lyle /WLRN

Foreclosure help in Florida comes with conditions.

Florida pops to the top of the list anytime someone mentions home foreclosures.

The federal government and the major banks are trying to help people modify mortgages so they can stay in their homes. But those programs frequently come with caveats and conditions.

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Foreclosure Crisis
6:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Florida's Mortgage Mess: Among The Worst In The U.S.

Florida's mortgage issues are widespread.
Credit Jeff Turner /Flickr

Florida's foreclosure crisis isn't over, but there are resources.

For the last three months, Florida has led the nation in the number of homes in some stage of foreclosure.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg. Since the start of the recession, the foreclosure crisis has been a horror story for the Sunshine State.

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End of the Line
3:15 pm
Tue March 10, 2009

End Of The Line: Palm Meow – The Cats Retire To Florida

Robert Lyle interviews Noir.
Kilmer

When Under the Sun heard about a cat retirement home in Broward County, our interest was more than a little bit piqued.  So, we sent Under the Sun’s resident retiree, Robert Lyle, over for a visit.

He met with Steve Kilmer and Ella Schutt, owners of Palm Meow in Hollywood.  The many amenities of this retirement community include daily brushing and cat massage, videos of mice and other furry creatures, relaxing classical music, and individualized play sessions.   Sorry, cats only.