Our partners at The Takeaway have been following responses across the country to last year's string of mass shootings.
Their last stop, Texas, focused on the story and activism of Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who said that a mass shooting she witnessed in Texas would have turned out differently had she been allowed to carry a gun.
Which is part of why WLRN is proud to present Weird Florida: On The Road Again. This latest hour-long documentary is the follow-up to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Fla. to Juneau, Alaska.
WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.
"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.
The Hollywood resident got the idea for the documentaries after spotting Carlson's 2005 book, "Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets." Taking a cue from the classic series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," the WLRN show also has segments on creepy legends such as a lake monster in the city of Frostproof and a "skunk-ape" north of Lakeland.
"It's not your typical PBS travel show which tells you about the types of food, the culture, the area and [has] these beautiful sweeping aerial pans,'' Laurenzo says. "'Weird Florida' is campy. We take a look at these roadside attractions."
Posted at 11:46 a.m. Friday, December 21:
WLRN takes viewers on a trip through Florida in search of weird places and whacky people, with its new documentary Weird Florida: On the Road Again ! This exciting new documentary was produced due to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska. To fulfill the desires of weird fans everywhere, the bizarre journey to Florida’s zaniest places will continue in this all new Weird Florida: On the Road Again.
A survey by Quinnipiac University finds voters are "dead-set" against a series of proposed school reforms by Gov. Rick Scott.
The worst offender is a plan to set different achievement goals for students based on their race. 71 percent of those surveyed think it's a bad idea, with just 7 percent saying they like it.
Most respondents don't like a proposal to charge lower tuition for freshmen and sophomores than for upperclassmen. And they also don't think liberal arts majors should have to pay higher tuition than students who major in fields like math and engineering.
Both Broward and Palm Beach County school chiefs say the deadly shootings last week in Connecticut have sparked a number of phony threats against district schools.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that hoaxes have surfaced in Davie, Pompano Beach and Coral Springs. Palm Beach County school officials say they've been dealing with similar threats circulating on social media websites.
The shootings in Connecticut have sparked many debates in Florida about gun control.
Meanwhile, one state leader is stepping back from comments about guns in schools.
State House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley of Ocala told the Associated Press Monday gun-free zones like schools are targets for deranged people and it might be wise for teachers and principals to carry guns.
Hear what he's saying now in WLRN Miami Herald News:
Just as last week’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut reignite the national debate over gun control, Florida will soon issue its one-millionth concealed weapons permit. And that has gun control advocates worried that what happened in Connecticut could more easily happen in the Sunshine State.
Some Florida politicians are calling for bans on assault weapons. Others want to see more people armed.