Wilson Sayre

Reporter

Wilson Sayre was born and bred in Raleigh, N.C., home of the only real barbecue in the country (we're talking East here). She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she studied Philosophy.

Sayre took a year off school to live in a Zen monastery in Japan and quickly realized that a life of public radio would be a bit more forgiving. Upon returning to the States, she helped launch a news program at UNC’s college-radio station, WXYC. Through error and error, she taught herself how to make radio stories.

She worked with NPR member station WUNC in Chapel Hill, interning for The Story with Dick Gordon. Then she went on to help to run WUNC's Youth Radio Institute, teaching at-risk teenagers how to make radio.

Sayre likes to keep chickens, pickle okra and make sound collages.

Sayre initially came down to WLRN in 2013 for a reporting fellowship. After that, she decided she couldn't leave. She's continues her a mission to get more Miamians to wear overalls and say y'all.

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Art
5:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Fairchild Hopes Chihuly's Colorful Glass Works Will Bring Crowds

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Large, colorful, fanciful glass works now dot the lush landscape of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. The pieces are Dale Chihuly’s encore to his 2005 installation at the gardens.

For this year’s show — the largest-ever for the internationally renowned artist — thousands of pieces of glass were installed at 24 sites in, among and even hanging from trees and plants. Other pieces appear to float in ponds around the gardens.

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News
2:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Three Days Of Police Brutality Protests In South Florida

Protestors in Miami on Sunday walk on a deserted I-195.
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Until this past weekend South Florida had been relatively quiet amid a large, nationwide protest movement in response to several killings by police officers.

That changed Friday, when around 400 protesters shut down Interstate-195 in Miami. It was rush hour during Art Basel weekend.

There was a smaller protest in Fort Lauderdale -- around 100 people -- on Saturday and another Sunday in Miami maxing out at 200 people.

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News
10:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

#ShutItDown Protest Of Police Killings Blocks Art Basel Traffic

At the closing of the protest, a line of people stood holding a sign saying "black lives matter."
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Protests in Miami and Fort Lauderdale shared the spotlight with Art Basel this weekend.

During Friday rush hour, around 400 people gathered in Midtown Miami, eventually moving to completely block Interstate-195.

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Art Basel
6:57 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

On Scrap Wood, Broken Doors And Shag Carpets, Purvis Young Painted Overtown

A piece of Purvis Young that features horses, a common symbol for freedom in his work
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Amidst all the new and cutting-edge art on display at Art Basel and surrounding fairs, an exhibition of late painter Purvis Young’s work is a well-deserved resurrection.

“A Man Amongst the People: A Purvis Homecoming” is the first art show in the newly renovated Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The exhibition represents a homecoming for work made by the former Overtown resident.

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Books
1:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Botany Tour For The Book Fair: Stories From Michael Largo

Michael Largo in front of a Blue Agave, which is used to make tequila. The agave blooms once, for three days just before it dies.
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Say you walk into an office building. On the reception desk is a nice, lush, green-leafed plant with white dots on it. You think, “how nice and outdoorsy.”

Chances are it's a deathly, toxic plant called a "dumb cane."

That's one of the tidbits included in Michael Largo's most recent publication, "The Big, Bad Book of Botany." It’s an encyclopedia-style book about botany sprinkled with surprising, funny and historical tales of plants.

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Libraries
2:32 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Using Hip Hop To Bring South Floridians Into The Library

Samira Rojas shows off her poem about pollution at the Hip Hop Shakespeare Workshop.
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By setting a few soliloquies from Hamlet to a beat, Oscar Fuentes - also know as the Biscayne Poet - showed that the poetry in rap songs is not all that different from Shakespeare.

It was part of the Hip Hop Shakespeare workshop at the Arcola Lakes branch library in Liberty City. 

“Shakespeare has always been like a highbrow of literature and the language,” Fuentes says, “and today you have amazing writers, amazing hip-hop writers that are not given the credit they deserve as intellectuals.”

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News
7:47 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

A List Of South Florida's Regulations On Homelessness

Click the link to the left to explore an interactive explaining some of the most recent homeless regulations
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Fort Lauderdale has come under fire for arresting a 90-year-old man who was feeding the homeless after the city passed tougher regulations on how outdoor “feedings” can be held.

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Veterans Day
4:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

France's Government Recognizes US Vets' Role On French Soil

The Legion of Honor Medal was awarded to three veterans living in South Florida.
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The Star-Spangled Banner was not the only national anthem sung at Tuesday’s Veterans' Day service at the University of Miami.

Philippe Létrilliart, the French Consul General, was a guest of honor at the proceedings, where he awarded three Legion of Honor medals to current South Floridians who fought in France.

The Legion of Honor is the highest decoration in France. It was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize people with exceptional merit. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur were both recipients.

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History
1:11 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Story Behind Miami's Projector, The 'Death Star Dumbbell'

The Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector is the last of its kind still in use in the world.
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At the center of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Planetarium stands a masterpiece of its time: the Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector, a 1960s state-of-the-art machine that's the last of its kind still in use.

Forty-eight years ago, this heap of black aluminum began dazzling Miamians with the brilliance of an unadulterated night sky. In light of the museum's planned move to a new downtown building, the projector will probably not see another year of use.

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Marijuana
6:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Would Amendment Two Put Halloween Candy At Risk?

Critics of Amendment Two say weed-laced candy could be an issue if voters approve the initiative.
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Anti-Amendment Two groups in Florida are using Halloween to highlight what, in their opinion, is another strike against the legalization of medical marijuana: marijuana-infused treats called “edibles.”

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News
1:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Cracks Down On How Groups Can Give Food To The Homeless

Fort Lauderdale is considering cracking down on how the organizations feed the homeless out on the sidewalks.
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UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning. 

Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is now attempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.

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Arts
4:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

In Miami, Panhandling Ban Extends To Street Performers

Patrick Rogers Sr. plays trumpet on the sidewalks of downtown Miami, but sometimes he's told he can't play because of the area's anti panhandling zone.
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A few days a week, Patrick Rogers, Sr., goes to downtown Miami to play trumpet on the sidewalk. But often enough, police stop him because they see street performance as a violation of Miami’s panhandling ban.

A couple musicians and lawyers are trying to figure out how to change that. Attorney Justin Wales and a few friends are drafting an ordinance whereby the city would allow street performers like Rogers to play unfettered.

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Business
4:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Too Many Contracts For White Men In Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach County wants to see if it awards a disproportionate amount of contracts to white, male-owned businesses.
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Palm Beach County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $750,000 on a new disparity study to see if a disproportionate amount of contracts have been awarded to white, male-owned businesses, as opposed to women- and minority-owned businesses.

Because of a 1989 Supreme Court ruling, cities can’t set up special programs to favor minorities until there’s evidence of discrimination.

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Homelessness
12:11 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Executive Director Of Homeless Trust Talks About New Role

Around 800 people are homeless living on the streets in Miami-Dade County. The Homeless Trust was established to help those individuals.
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Vicki Mallette is wrapping up her first 90 days as the new executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. She left her post as acting director of development, advocacy and communications for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces to assume the  new position.

The Homeless Trust was founded in 1993, when there was a public call to deal with the thousands of men, women and children living on the streets, in shelters and in transitional housing across the county.

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Transportation
7:29 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Bus Fares Will Go Up In Broward

The new fee schedule hopes to affect minorities and the poor less.
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Broward County will increase its bus with about half of those hikes starting in November and the rest kicking off in October 2015.

The challenge in changing public transportation fares is that increases tend to disproportionately affect minorities and the poor.

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