Sundial

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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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On Tuesday, Florida House leaders proposed a higher-education budget that includes cuts prompting state universities and colleges to spend money from their reserve funds. WLRN’s education reporter, Jessica Bakeman, joined the program. She is in Tallahassee covering the legislative session.

Unlike other state agencies, colleges and universities do not need to send their leftover general revenue back to the state treasury each year. The House argues that schools keep those dollars and as a result funds have grown, explained Bakeman.

Inmate deaths in the Florida prison system are up 20 percent over previous years. Last Friday, The Florida Department of Corrections released information that 428 inmates died last year. On average, the inmates who died have been younger than in previous years.

Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown covers the prison system extensively. She joined the program to talk about the different issues present in Florida prisons.

The current owners of the Marlin’s are clearing  house. Notable examples include slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Mr. Marlin himself, Jeff Conine. Reportedly, Derek Jeter has also expressed interest in removing Homer,  the moving monument designed by Red Grooms and set off when a Marlin hits a home run.

Jeter’s hands are tied when it comes to dispatching the colorful structure.

Homer belongs to the taxpayers and it is owned by Miami-Dade County. The structure cost around $2.45 million  to complete and 75 percent of the funding came directly from taxpayers.

Ninety-two Somali detainees await their fate after a failed deportation attempt prevented them from reaching Somalia. The plane, reportedly charted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  and destined to Mogadishu, only made it as far as Dakar, Senegal where it was parked on the runway for a day. We talked to Rebecca Sharpless, a law professor at the University of Miami and head of the university’s immigration clinic, which along with some advocacy groups is suing the government over alleged mistreatment of these detainees.

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Today on Sundial: Salvadorans were the most recent refugee group to lose Temporary Protected Status (TPS). It's now likely that Hondurans will also lose theirs. What's the latest update on groups like these and Nicaraguans and Haitians? What are people doing to stay in the U.S. or find another country that may take them in? We talk with Ana Quiros of Catholic Legal Services about TPS and about the recent raids by immigration services.

Coffee is an integral part of any breakfast in Miami. Of the many different coffee drinks available, none are as native to the Miami culture as the colada -a bittersweet Cuban espresso shot served in diminutive styrofoams cups meant to be shared with friends, co-workers or even strangers.

Coladas are usually served in the small walk-up windows- or "ventanitas"- of the restaurants that populate South Florida.

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Author Ta Nehisi Coates didn't hold back on his stinging criticisms of President Donald Trump during a recent visit to Miami. Coates, a writer for the Atlantic, has written extensively on race in America. The event was put on by Miami's Book Fair and Books & Books. It was held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus on Thursday, Jan. 11. 

We'll go back to that event and listen to a large portion of the conversation between Coates and WLRN's Nadege Green, who was the moderator of the event.

Hip-hop has had a steady presence in mainstream media. Successful Hip-Hop movies like "Boyz In The Hood" and more recently "Straight Outta Compton" validate the appeal the genre has on different audiences. Lately, Hip-Hop has gravitated to the playhouse. The meteoric success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "Hamilton" is a testament that Hip-Hop may have a place in the theater.

Important news involving Latin America affects many South Floridians. U.S.-Cuban relations are strained. Puerto Rico continues to recover three months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island. Venezuela’s constant political turmoil continues to oppress its citizens. Thus, continuous coverage of Latin America is vital for 2018. WLRN’s America’s editor, Tim Padgett, joined the program to talk about what to expect for Latin America in the new year.

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On Tuesday, Broward County became the latest municipality to ban conversion therapy for kids. The ban passed in a unanimous vote.

The controversial therapy, designed to psychologically change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, has proved to be harmful to kids and teens. Broward County follows the lead of Palm Beach County, which was the first in the state to pass the ban.

Florida is gearing up for the gubernatorial election come this November. Last Friday, Rep. Ron DeSantis officially announced he would enter the governor’s race.  The move comes after receiving an endorsement from the president on Dec. 22 via Twitter. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida.”

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Hollywood has created its share of movies about teachers. And in most of those films, the teaching profession is seen as a noble, almost heroic, position in society. Teachers can be heroic, but it's never the same as in the movies.  

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Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo was one of the first to call for the resignation of Sen. Jack Latvala. We spoke to her about the upcoming legislative session and the air of discomfort around the capital over numerous claims of sexual harassment. She also told us she was once the victim of sexual harassment when she was younger. 

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Florida lawmakers are making final preparations for the 2018 legislative session, which is set to begin Tuesday,  Jan. 9. There will be a lot on the docket for both chambers, but there's no question that this session will take place under the dark cloud of sexual harassment controversies. A couple seats are empty from lawmakers who resigned after being embroiled in such cases. 

The Puerto Rico-bound cargo ship SS El Faro sank in 2015, leaving a total of 33 deaths. The tragedy was the worst American disaster at sea in three decades.

The report from the Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation into the sinking of the SS El Faro blames not only the captain and the shipowner, TOTE Inc., but also the ship’s inspectors and the Coast Guard itself for the accident.

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