Rethinking The Opioid Crisis, Bee Hives In Public, Recording Artist Sonali & Celebrating Haiti

May 4, 2018

Guests for Sundial on Wednesday, May 2, 2018:

South Florida has not been spared in the nation's opioid crisis. In Palm Beach County alone, there were 600 opioid related deaths last year. Dr. Dennis Patin specializes in anesthesiology and pain management. He joined the program to discuss what's fueling the opioid epidemic and alternative treatments for pain beyond prescribing medication. 

Danielle Bender is the 2017 Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge winner. She wanted to address the dwindling honey bee population, and proposed placing hives in public locations. She has now installed honey bee hives in three locations across Miami. Bender, who was once afraid of bees, aims to educate the public on the importance of bees to the environment. Her organization, Public Hives, offers workshops on beekeeping; participants can sign up on the website

Singer and songwriter Sonali Argade is a Marjory Stoneman Douglas alum and Parkland native. She will be performing ahead of Pitbull at the upcoming SunFest in West Palm Beach. In a previously recorded conversation she discussed growing up in Parkland, music and her Lyme Disease diagnosis. After the interview she performed on the roof of WLRN via Facebook Live (you can see her performance below).

May is Haitian Heritage Month, and a number of events will celebrate Haitian culture throughout Miami. The Little Haiti Book Festival will feature authors from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Author Michele-Jessica Fievre is among the organizers. She read a passage from one of her books and spoke about her experience as a Haitian immigrant.