WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29

Dec 2, 2013

Our holiday spirit showed last week, when we ran stories of name-your-price puppies at the shelter, the allure of Miami's old Jewish delis and speculations about the future of our local book industry. But here's what you liked best:

The Mistakes Of Martelly: Why Haiti's President Faces UnrestMichel Martelly's presidency has been controversial, or at least curious, from the start. The former carnival singer is not doing so well for Haiti, but it doesn't look like he'll be stepping down soon.
This story was a web exclusive. A radio version was not produced.

What Children's Authors Make Of Common Core And Education Policy: A big part of the Miami Book Fair International is its children's alley. WLRN's StateImpact education reporter Sammy Mack talked to children's authors about Common Core's emphasis on nonfiction and how classroom policies affect their wirting process.

Buy And Borrow: Books And Libraries In South Florida: After the buzz of Miami Book Fair International, the Sunshine Economy looked at the book business in and around our metropolis. Below, hear a segment on the state of public libraries and their plans for the future.

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine Responds To Your Ideas: Following our If I Were Mayor project, we took your ideas for betterment to newly elected Miami Beach mayor Phillip Levine. He addressed residents' concerns and outlined some of his own priorities for the city. 

Potato kugel from 'The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat'
Credit Donna Turner Ruhlman

Thanksgivvukah Meal Tips From Michael Ruhlman, Josh Marcus And Other CooksEveryone loves a little nostalgia, and these meal tips from local Jewish-food connoisseurs tied the holidays together with Miami history. Our story on the history of Jewish delis, which popular here in post-WWII times and again now, but in a new fashion, went hand in hand with this Thanksgivvukah post. Hear the interview with Jewish-food lover and "The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat" author Michael Ruhlman below.