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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O, Miami
12:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

With Shadow Puppets, Federico Garcia Lorca's Poetry Comes To Life

Julia Miller (left) and two other puppeteers create a scene in "My Soul's Shadow."
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Behind two white screens on a concrete loading dock with no air conditioning, six overhead projectors hum away. People quietly dart around, picking up what look like small cutouts of faces and figures. They place them on the projectors and with almost imperceptible motions move then across the hot screens.

Sometimes a person stands in front of the projectors, his crisp profile forming a silhouette on the other side of a white screen. He interacts with the shadows of these various cut outs - opening a drawer, taking the bite of a giant apple or falling out of a boat.

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Falling Into The Gap
1:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Medicaid: For The Loafer-Wearing Special Interests Or For The Neediest Floridians?

Cynthia Louis at a free mobile health clinic, one of the few places she can go to get health care as a person in the "coverage gap."
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This is the fourth and final part of our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Cynthia Louis is a big fan of President Obama. A collage of pictures of the president is propped up against the living room wall along with pictures of her children and a certificate of appreciation from her church.

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Falling Into The Gap
8:17 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Selling Eggs For Medicine: Tradeoffs People In The Gap Make For Health Care

Cynthia Louis in one of Florida International University's Neighborhood HELP Program parked in parking lot of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens.
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 This is the third part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Every Tuesday, a giant blue bus parks in front of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens. Inside looks like a doctor’s office with a reclining exam chair and anatomical charts. You only know that it’s not a traditional office when it shakes as people get on and off.

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Falling Into The Gap
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.
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This is the second part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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Falling Into The Gap
12:37 am
Mon April 20, 2015

What It's Like To Be In The Health Coverage Gap In Florida

Cynthia Louis, 57, is one of an estimated thousands in Miami-Dade who are uninsured but would receive Medicaid if the Florida Legislature would approve it.
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This is the first part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

The Affordable Care Act was originally supposed to cover a lot more people in Florida than it has. When Florida chose not to expand Medicaid, about 850,000 people were left without insurance.

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Health Care
12:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Floridians Affected By The Health Coverage Gap

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Thousands of South Floridians too poor to afford health insurance on their own are going without.

These people end up in what is called the "coverage gap" because they earn too little to get help buying health insurance under Obamacare, but they don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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#MB100
12:42 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Which One Is Better: Miami Or Miami Beach?

Credit Photo on left by Wyn Van Devanter, right by Katie O'Connor / Flickr (https://flic.kr/p/5idr27)

Miami Beach is celebrating its centennial on Thursday with a giant concert with performances by Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli and Flo Rida.

And while non-South Floridians and some sports anchors might not realize there's a difference between Miami and Miami Beach, people who live in each city hold a lot of pride for their hometowns. And sometimes, it leads to rivalry.

So my colleague John O'Connor and I each took up the cause for our side of the causeway. Take a listen for what lovers of each city had to say:

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Food
1:24 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Miami May Make It Easier For Farmers Markets To Get Permits

Miami is considering a measure that would create a path for farmers markets to get permits for cheaper than currently available options.
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The Miami City Commission will vote Thursday on a measure that would pave the way for farmers markets to get operating permits in the city.

Several years ago Miami approved a pilot program to make it easier for some small new farmers markets. On Jan. 1, 2014, that program lapsed and no one really took notice. Until an organization in Wynwood tried to get permission for a new farmers market and was told the special permit no longer existed.

Since then, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has introduced an ordinance that would permanently reinstate the program.

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Criminal Law
8:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Supreme Court Extends Federal Ruling About Juvenile Sentencing

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The Florida Supreme Court has reached a groundbreaking decision about inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for crimes they committed while they were still kids.

The decision makes 2012's Miller v. Alabama apply retroactively. It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled mandatory life sentences without the opportunity for release were cruel and unusual.

For the past three years, 201 Florida inmates have been in a kind of limbo. They're inmates who were sentenced to life in prison without parole as juveniles before the Miller ruling.

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Elections
5:00 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Click Here To See Ongoing Tally Of Broward Municipal Election Results

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Eight municipalities in Broward County are holding elections Tuesday, March 10, that will affect about 230,000 registered voters.

Residents in Miramar and Plantation will cast their ballots for mayor, as well as for open commission seats. Voters in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach, will select all commissioners or council members today.

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Philanthropy
11:13 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Students How To Give Away Thousands Of Dollars

Chloe Castro talks to her team about installing solar panels on a Camillus House residence.
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The names of prominent South Florida philanthropists are hung on buildings, printed in program notes and regularly thanked at cultural gatherings -- names you probably recognize: Arsht, Knight, Frost.

Unfortunately, many South Floridians are not in a position to give away thousands of dollars to a cause they believe in. But a new course at Florida International University is giving a few students a taste of what it’s like – the accolades and the work that comes from charitable giving.

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Economics
10:42 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Income Is Only One Of The Ways South Florida Is Segregated

South Florida is of the most economically segregated metro-areas in the US. Housing developments like Liberty Square, contribute to some of the separation of the rich and the poor, but it's isolated rich enclaves that make that segregation the most pronounced.
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A new study from the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute ranks South Florida in the top 10 percent most segregated metro areas in the United States.

“Segregated Cities” ranks the degree to which 359 metro areas nationwide are segregated by income, education achievement, type of occupation and overall segregation. South Florida is 39th in the study's overall evaluation.

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Wastewater Treatment
3:35 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Swimmers, Watch Out For That Effluent

A swimming advisory is in effect at Oleta State Parks and other popular swimming destinations due to the release of untreated water.
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Swimmers beware: Miami-Dade County is having trouble holding its water.

The deluge over the weekend bathed the region in as much as eight inches of rain in some areas. But near Oleta River State Park, the flooding brought some badwater.

The North District Wastewater Treatment Plant overflowed, releasing about five million gallons of partially treated wastewater into the waters around the park.

Maul Lake, Sand Spur Island, and Biscayne Bay waters inside Haulover Inlet were also potentially affected.

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Michel Martin
7:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Giving Personality To The Immigration Debate

Panelists Diane Guerrero, Etana, Edwidge Danticat, and Richard Blanco share stories of finding their home.
Credit Ryan Stone for NPR

Joy, surprise, disappointment, hope, and the many shades of emotion in between were expressed center stage during a night of conversation and storytelling about immigration on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Michel Martin, former host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” hosted the show "Long Way Home: Immigrant Stories of Old Roots and New Routes" in collaboration with WLRN. The production is part of a series of live events Martin has been hosting across the country.

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Science
6:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Big Money For Unique Ideas At New Frost Museum Building

Two Innovation Fellows will be selected in time for the opening of the museum's new building.
Credit Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Science innovators got a challenge today as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science announced a new innovation fellowship it will offer starting in 2016. Two will be offered the first year: one for an invention to restore coral reefs and the other to help reduce people’s exposure to carcinogens.

The winner will get $100,000 to support the 12- to 18-month fellowship.

The money is part of a $1 million gift from Ted Caplow, CEO of Caplow Applied Science or CappSci, who has served various roles at the science museum in the past three years.

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