Sundial

Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m.

There's no place anywhere else in the country quite like South Florida. From the Keys all the way up t​he​ Palm Beach​es​, WLRN's new daily program Sundial brings you the stories that make our home unique. Interviews about news, politics, music, sports, arts, and food, all with a local twist.

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Guests for Sundial Tuesday March 20, 2018:

We revisited an interview with developer Avra Jain. She is the person behind the revamping of the Vagabond Motel on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami's MiMo district. She joined the program earlier this year to tell us how she transitioned from remodeling properties as a hobby in New York City to dedicating herself full-time to developing real estate in Miami. Listen to the full interview here

Guests for Sundial on Monday, March 19, 2018:

We revisited an interview we had with Miccosukee Indian School teacher William Osceola. The k-12 school has about 150 students and the most recent graduating class had seven students. Osceola told us how the accredited school is modeled to highlight Miccosukee tradition but also provides an education that parallels traditional public school outside of the reservation. 

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Guests for Sundial on Thursday March 15, 2018:

Stephen Kajiura is a professor of biological sciences at Florida Atlantic University. For the last eight years, Kajiura -who specializes in sharks- has been boarding a small plane and flying off the Florida coast surveying the water, recording schools of sharks. He and his team have captured video of thousands of sharks migrating up and down the coast, many of them closer than beach-goers realize. 

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Guests for Sundial on Wednesday March 14, 2018:

We revisited a past interview with Haitian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat. She spoke with us in 2017 about her book, The Art of Death, which she wrote as part of her journey after her mother's passing.

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Guests for Sundial Tuesday, March 13 2018:

Scott Zucker , vice president of Audubon Everglades, called in from a Palm Beach County Commission meeting to discuss efforts to preserve the 37 areas of natural land in the county. He spoke about how he is asking lawmakers to set aside the necessary funding to maintain the areas and prevent them from being developed. 

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Guests for Sundial on Monday, March 12 2018:

Jeff Goodell is a climate reporter and author. He recently wrote  "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World." Goodell  joined the program from WAMC in Albany, New York, to discuss what the future of living with rising seas will look like. 

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has a new film, "Godard Mon Amour," showing at this year's Miami Film Festival. Hazanavicius spoke about the film, his career and the French cinema industry. 

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Guests for Sundial on Thursday, March 8 2018:

WLRN's education reporter  Jessica Bakeman joined us via Skype to give us the latest from Tallahassee, where the legislative session was extended into next week because both chambers were unable to reach a budget agreement. Bakeman also discussed the controversial gun reform bill that was passed through the House and awaits Gov. Scott's approval.

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Guests for Sundial on Wednesday March 7:

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is one of the Democratic candidates running to be Florida's next governor. He shared his position on issues like gun reform, expanding Medicaid and public education.

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Guests on Sundial for Tuesday, March 6:

Gubernatorial candidates from across the state are preparing for the primary elections that are taking place in August. Miami Beach's former mayor, Philip Levine, has tossed his hat in the ring to run to be Florida's next governor.  He spoke about his plans leading up to the primary elections and what he hopes to accomplish should he become Florida's next governor.

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Guests for Sundial on Monday, March 5:

Democratic State Rep. Kionne McGhee, from District 117 in Miami-Dade County , discussed Senate Bill 7026, also known as the  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

Daniel Bock / Miami Herald

Guests for Sundial on Thursday, March 1: 

WLRN education reporter Jessica Bakeman joined us from Tallahassee for an update on budget talks and gun legislation from the state's capital. Bakeman also provided insight on the impact Miami-Dade County Public School's Superintendent Alberto Carvalho departure would have if he decided to take a job offered to him as chancellor of New York City public schools. (Carvalho declined the offer later that day.) 

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Guests for Sundial on Wednesday, Feb. 28:

City of Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli discussed the city commission vote that banned assault weapons even though state law forbids local governments to pass gun laws.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened its doors to students today for the first time since the Feb. 14 mass shooting.  WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski spoke to us about how students, parents and faculty handled being back in the school. Also, MSD student David Hogg told us how he felt on his first day attending class after the shooting. 

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Guests for Sundial Tuesday Feb. 27:

City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez spoke on the importance of technology and how he plans to use it to make the city safer and elevate Miami's status as an economic hub.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior Demitri Hoth spoke to us about returning to school on Wednesday after the Feb. 14 mass shooting. 

Zak Stern, better known as Zak The Baker, told us how his quest for self-fulfillment led him to open a kosher bakery and deli that has become a Miami staple.

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Guests for Sundial on Monday, Feb. 26:

WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski spoke about the "re-unification orientation" held for the parents and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas as they prepare to reopen this upcoming Wednesday.

Stoneman Douglas High School senior Diego Pfeiffer spoke about the transition from survivor to activist and how he feels about returning to school. 

Miami Herald Political reporter David Smiley on the criticism of Broward officers Stoneman Douglas response and the requests to have Broward Sheriff Scott Israel suspended. 

Guest for Sundial on Thursday, Feb. 22:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting survivor turned gun reform activist David Hoggs addressed conspiracy theories accusing him of being a "crisis actor" and what he hopes to achieve through advocacy. 

Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates was in charge of the Colorado police department in 2012 during the Aurora theater shooting that took 12 lives. He relayed his experience in that situation and answered questions about what is fiscally feasible and likely to happen reform school safety. 

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