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This Miami Life
12:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

South Florida In The Cross-Hairs: Charles Carter

Charles D. Carter
  • The story behind the program that build Nike missile bases around South Florida.
  • Where the Nike Army bases were located. You might be surprised to find there used to be one in your neighborhood.
  • The Russian-American cat and mouse game that played out in Miami. Also, where the soldiers would spend their free time.

October 1962 was life-changing for Miami native Charles Carter. Though he was only 16, he skipped school to go to an Army Recruiting Office the morning after President Kennedy's speech revealed Russian missiles in Cuba. Because he was underage, his parents had to give permission for him to enlist. Luckily, they did. And soon Carter found himself manning a missile site in the 'Glades -- one of four hastily erected around South Florida in the fall of '62 (pictured in above photos taken by Carter).

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Cuban Missile Crisis
8:06 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

How The Cuban Missile Crisis Shaped Miami

Miss Miami 1963.
Charles D. Carter

How the Cuban Missile Crisis shaped Miami.

Where were you on October 22, 1962?

If you aren’t old enough to remember, ask someone over 50. That day, when President Kennedy revealed in a national TV broadcast that there were missiles in Cuba, was life altering for many, especially in South Florida.

It was a day that inspired Miami native Charles Carter, who was 16, to skip school and go to the Army Recruiting Office. With his parents' consent, he successfully enlisted in the military and was assigned to one of the four, hastily built missile sites in the Everglades - a mere 90 miles from a potential nuclear threat.

Producer Rich Halten spoke to Carter and several other people who lived through that time, tapping their memories about the Cuban Missile Crisis,  as this week marks the 50-year anniversary. 

Archival audio is from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.

We were also fortunate to gather tales and memories from members of the Public Insight Network to enhance the already incredible story Halten produced. You can listen to the radio story above, and you can read what contributors remembered and thought of those two horrifying and sleepless weeks below.

Two Sleepless Weeks 

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The Florida Roundup
5:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

How Obama and Romney Differ On U.S. Relations With Cuba And Haiti

The Florida Roundup, live from Lynn University.
Deb Acosta

There's one more presidential debate left, and it takes place in the most crucial swing state of them all.  Host Phil Latzman along with panel of journalists, politicians and an academic discuss U.S. foreign policy and domestic issues important to Florida voters.  

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Fidel Castro
10:37 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Castro Brushes Off Death Rumors, Proves He's Still Alive With Pictures

Fidel Castro.
Granma

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:53 am

The lead story on the digital version of Cuba's communist newspaper Granma puts to rest the death rumors that have plagued Fidel Castro for weeks.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Week After Latest Death Rumors, Cubans Get Letter From Fidel Castro

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro in March, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Havana.
L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-pool Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:19 am

One week after the latest rumors of his death, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has emerged — sort of — in a letter he's said to have written.

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Cuba
2:55 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Cuba Softens Travel Restrictions With A Big Catch

Raul Castro has promised to ease Cuba's travel restrictions for some.
Fotos Gov/Ba/ Flickr

Today the Cuban government announced that Cubans will no longer need an exit visa from the state in order to leave the country for travel, etc. However, the government simultaneously cracked down on travel for high skilled workers.

As of January 14, 2012, Cubans will only need a visa from the country they are traveling to in order to leave the country. 

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Under the Sun
1:08 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Cuban Nostalgia For 3 Cents A Cup

Healingdream / Freedigitalphotos.net

For many Cubans living in South Florida, the pre-Castro years in Cuba represent a golden era. Nostalgia for friends, family and yesteryear traditions can be felt at Cuban coffee counters across South Florida. One local business owner decided to take this yearning for tradition one step further by selling coffee for 3 cents, the price it was sold for in pre-Castro Cuba.
 

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Under the Sun
4:36 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

In Their Shoes: A Narrow Escape From Mariel

Boats docked in Key West during the Mariel boatlift.
Dale M. McDonald (Florida State Archives)

Listen as Alfredo Malagon tells WLRN-Miami Herald News reporter Rick Stone the story of a harrowing inspection by Cuban authorities at a detainment camp before his family left the island. 

The music in this piece is “Jazz Sepulchre” by Up, Bustle, and Out.

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