Relive The Best Local Stories All Month Long

Jul 29, 2016

GOOD STORIES TOLD HERE ON WLRN, YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA STORYTELLER 

WLRN is known as "South Florida's Storyteller" station producing more local documentaries about your community and surrounding locations in the Sunshine State.  That's why we decided to dig deep into the WLRN archives to bring you top quality award winning original documentaries and just all out viewer favorites for you to enjoy all month long.  

Learn the origins of Miami's first people, get to know "Crazy Carl" Fisher, the man who raced cars and built Miami Beach.  Travel off the beaten path in Weird Florida and relive the glory days of music in All Shook Up.  Rediscover what you loved about these shows and more.  

  • August 3rd, 10:30 pm - OCEANS OF PINK 
  • August 5th, 11:30 pm - THE MAN WHO BUILT MIAMI BEACH/FIRST MIAMIANS
  • August 8th, 8pm - EVERGLADES SAFARI: Bald Eagles
  • August 10th, 10:30pm - WEIRD FLORIDA: ROADS LESS TRAVELED
  • August 10th, 11:30pm - PLIGHT OF THE PLUME BIRDS/MAN WHO BUILT MIAMI BEACH
  • August 11th, 9pm - NIXON'S THE ONE: The '68 Election
  • August 12th, 11pm - ALL SHOOK UP: Miami's Glory Days of Music
  • August 17th, 10:30pm - WEIRD FLORIDA: On The Road Again
  • August 17th, 11:30pm - THE FIRST MIAMIANS/KEY WEST WRECKERS
  • August 19th, 8pm - MUHAMMAD ALI: Made In Miami

 

 OCEANS OF PINK - Documentary - 

Oceans of Pink highlights the rise in popularity of dragon boat racing among breast cancer survivors across Florida and the participation in the sport among Hispanic women. 

  

  MAN WHO BUILT MIAMI BEACH - History

  Miami Beach was incorporated as a city 100 years ago by a group of visionary pioneers, but it was one of them - a colorful industrialist with a knack for publicity named Carl Fisher - who was most responsible for transforming a swampy jungle into the glamorous tourist resort of today.

  

  THE FIRST MIAMIANS - History

  Long before the first American pioneers established homesteads on the Miami River, its banks were occupied by the Tequesta indians. Today, archeologists have discovered the remnants of a Tequesta fishing village on a development site in downtown Miami, and what they are finding is completing a vivid picture of what life was like for this prehistoric community of first Miamians.

 

   EVERGLADES SAFARI WITH REY BECERRA - Nature/Environment

    

  With the Cypress National Park as the backdrop, host Rey Becerra goes in search of wildlife. In this first episode, Rey looks for the iconic bald eagle. Rey However, most Floridians do not know much about this fragile land. Viewers will learn this magnificent bird's characteristics, behaviors, dietary needs, population decline and measures for its conservation.

 

   WEIRD FLORIDA: ROADS LESS TRAVELED - Travel/History/Mystery

 

Celebrate Florida’s eccentricities as we travel the highways, byways and even down a few back roads in search of the Sunshine State’s weirdest and wackiest places. From Key West to the Gulf of Mexico, we chronicle this sightseeing adventure with Charlie Carlson, Florida’s Master of the Weird and his traveling companion Miss Scarlet. Delve into the unknown world of weird where you’ll discover a different kind of tourist destination.

  

 

   PLIGHT OF THE PLUME BIRDS - History/Environment

 

   PLIGHT OF THE PLUME BIRDS tells the story of how at the turn of the 19th century wading birds of the Everglades came close to extinction as plume hunters slaughtered them for the rapacious millinery. 

    NIXON'S THE ONE: THE '68 ELECTION - Historical Documentary

Narrated by Dick Cavett, Nixon’s the One: The ’68 Election (And How It Changed America) chronicles not only Richard Nixon’s stunning victory in the 1968 presidential race, but the ways in which that historic election gave rise to Red State-Blue State America. 

 

   ALL SHOOK UP: MIAMI'S GLORY DAYS OF MUSIC - Nostalgia

    All Shook Up: Miami’s Glory Days of Music traces this rich history of music in Miami. Told by those who lived it, witnessed it, played it and created it, this is a musical journey of two best decades in musical history, the '50's and '60's.  Through in-studio interviews, rare photos, original recordings and archive film, the musical landscape of South Florida unfolds. 

    WEIRD FLORIDA: ON THE ROAD AGAIN - Travel/History/Mystery

  

  Florida's Master of the Weird, Charlie Carlson and his canine companion, Lady isabel hit the road in search of more wild, wacky and weird adventures all over the Sunshine State. They travel over 1500 miles in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends!  

Sun Sentinel Article

 

   KEY WEST WRECKERS - History

KEY WEST WRECKERS tells the story of a thriving industry where wreckers made a good living by salvaging the beleaguered ships and their valuable cargo and crew.     During the golden age of sail, over 100 ships per day passed by Key West.

 

   MUHAMMAD ALI: MADE IN MIAMI - History/Culture

  Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami explores the critical role that Miami played in the evolution of one of the most significant cultural figures of our time, Muhammad Ali.  In 1960, a young boxer named Cassius Clay came to Miami, determined to become world heavyweight champion. In the end, he became something more—a legend.  See why, without Miami, there might never have been a Muhammad Ali.