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Aired 3/13/13 on WLRN Channel 17
9:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

I Dreamed A Dream...About WLRN!

Aired 3/11/13 on WLRN Channel 17
8:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

We have a really big show tonight...

Aired 3/8/13 on WLRN Channel 17
10:18 am
Fri March 8, 2013

It's Gonna Be a Really Big Show!!!

Aired 3/7/13 on WLRN Channel 17
10:09 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Music! Life! Culture! Cuba!

Airs Monday, March 11th at 8 P.M.
9:58 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Ed Sullivan Comedy Special

George Carlin - THE ED SULLIVAN COMEDY SPECIAL

For 23 years, "The Ed Sullivan Show" featured America's premiere comedy legends performing their acts for millions of Americans every week. This special from the Sullivan archives brings back the original stars that defined the history of comedy, in their prime doing their original acts. The talent line-up includes classic bits from Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jack Paar, Jackie Gleason, Victor Borge and many more.

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Airs Tuesday, March 5th at 7 p.m.
3:45 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

A 60s POP FLASHBACK: HULLABALOO

Hermans Hermits

Hosted by Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, this special is the first-ever retrospective of the fondly remembered and highly influential 1965-66 NBC primetime series “Hullabaloo.”

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Aired 2/27/13 on WLRN Channel 17
8:42 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Weird Florida: On the Road Again

Aired 2/26/13 on WLRN Channel 17
9:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Nova: Building Pharoah's Chariot

Aired 2/24/13 on WLRN Channel 17
12:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory


Sunday 8pm on WLRN Channel 17

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New Documentary Airing This Week
2:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Stories From The Overseas Highway: Q&A With Filmmaker Tim Long

Airing on WLRN Channel 17 on the following dates and times:

Friday, February 22 @ 11:30 pm

Saturday, February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 24 @ 9 pm
Wednesday, February 27 @ 7:30 pm

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WLRN's Documentary
3:38 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Stories From The Overseas Highway

WLRN's new documentary takes viewers on a rollicking ride along Florida’s only All-American Road.
Experience the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and meet a colorful cast of off-beat characters in this half-hour documentary about an unforgettable road trip on “the highway that goes to sea.”  Filmmaker Tim Long (Bohemia in the Tropics, Escape to Dreamland) heads off the mainland down US Highway One from Key Largo to Key West in search of the people who personify the Florida Keys’ unique, funky, laid-back island culture.

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Documentary Airing This Week
4:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Cuba's Secret Side: How To Order A Pizza In Havana

Filmmaker Karin Muller spent three months filming in Cuba clandestinely-- and was detained over a dozen times

Airing Sunday, February 10 and February 17 at 2:00pm on WLRN channel 17

Filmmaker and author Karin Muller had always heard the argument over Cuba, but was never satisfied with what she learned.

According to some it is a tropical paradise, and according to others it is a police state that people are dying to escape from.

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Weird Florida
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Weird Florida Quiz: Watch, Answer, And Get A Free Book!

Answer the quiz below and you just might get a copy of this very unique book. You have to watch the show to answer, of course!
Daniel Rivero

 

If you live here, you know: Florida is weird. 

It’s so weird, we sort of take it for granted.

Which is part of why WLRN is proud to present Weird Florida: On The Road Again. This latest hour-long documentary is the follow-up to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Fla. to Juneau, Alaska. 

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Documentary
11:46 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A New WLRN Documentary "Weird Florida: On The Road Again"

Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23: "Weird Florida" On Page One

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured WLRN's latest documentary, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:

WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.

"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.

The Hollywood resident got the idea for the documentaries after spotting Carlson's 2005 book, "Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets." Taking a cue from the classic series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," the WLRN show also has segments on creepy legends such as a lake monster in the city of Frostproof and a "skunk-ape" north of Lakeland.

"It's not your typical PBS travel show which tells you about the types of food, the culture, the area and [has] these beautiful sweeping aerial pans,'' Laurenzo says. "'Weird Florida' is campy. We take a look at these roadside attractions."

Posted at 11:46 a.m. Friday, December 21:

WLRN takes viewers on a trip through Florida in search of weird places and whacky people, with its new documentary Weird Florida: On the Road Again !  This exciting new documentary was produced due to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska.  To fulfill the desires of weird fans everywhere, the bizarre journey to Florida’s zaniest places will continue in this all new Weird Florida: On the Road Again.

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New Documentary
4:21 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists

"The Whole Detail" by artist Jen Stark

Premiering November 14 at 8:00pm on WLRN channel 17

Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists is a documentary about seven young exceptionally talented visual artists who live and work in Miami, a city that is in the middle of a cultural explosion. The program takes viewers inside the working worlds of these uniquely creative people, at the same time giving insight into the history and trajectory of Miami’s own recent creative development.

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