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Kali Duffy, YoungArts photography finalist

A group of young photographers from around the country huddled outside the Little Haiti Cultural Center this week listening to Carl Juste, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the Miami Herald.

Juste, whose father Viter Juste is credited for coining the name Little Haiti, was schooling the photographers about the neighborhood’s vibe.

“People live on their porches, people greet. People exchange ideas and conversation outside their homes,” he said.

Alex Markow Photography

Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos first got turned on to Frank Zappa not from classic albums like "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" or "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar," but by playing his orchestral music when they were students at Juilliard (at different times).

Andrew Kaufman

When the Panama Canal expansion was completed over the summer, tens of thousands of Panamanians celebrated the accomplishment at a ceremony.

The expansion represented economic opportunities for Panama -- in the form of tolls collected from increased shipping. It also created an opportunity for national pride. It’s also the reason that Port Miami has been expanded, in order for the post-Panamax ships to be able to dock here.

Photographer Andrew Kaufman has been documenting the entire process.

Erica Abad glides down the ancient canals of Xochimilco, a borough of Mexico City, on her gondola-like boat. Her cousin, Efren Lopez, steers their boat — called a chalupa — by pushing against the canal floor with a long wooden pole, while Abad flips a sizzling quesadilla on a steel griddle fitted into the boat. When a group of people on a nearby barge signal to them to order some quesadillas, Lopez navigates the boat toward them. And Abad places a few more quesadillas on the griddle for their customers.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Eight guys on horseback are sprinting up and down a field, whacking a hard plastic ball at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour.

Half are in black and white, the other half dark blue. They’re all wearing, well... polos.

It’s the opening of the 2017 Palm Beach polo season.

The first game of the Herbie Pennell Cup pitted Mount Brilliant of Kentucky against Wellington’s own Villa del Lago. The team is led by 31 year-old Argentine sensation Hilario Ulloa.

They call this high-goal polo. This is big leagues.

Carrie Fisher passed away this week and she's obviously going to be remembered for her role as Princess Leia. But she has been in a lot of movies. 

Winter break and holidays often mean long car or airplane trips that can feel even longer driving alone or with a car full of sleepy family members. Whether you're looking for entertainment on a long solo sojourn, a car full of kids, or a road trip with friends we've got you covered to make sure you are entertained!

Road trip:

Monroe County Public Library

Key West residents are following William Hackley's every move - even though he has been dead for 150 years. 

Trying to relate biblical narrative to actual historical events is a complex field of scholarship that attracts interest both from inside and outside academia.

It's hard to imagine a time when red and green weren't synonymous with Christmas, but they haven't always been the holiday's go-to colors. Arielle Eckstut, co-author of Secret Language of Color, attributes the palette's rise to two things: holly and Coca-Cola.

Larry Chidsey / Courtesy

When composer Carlos Surinach emigrated to the United States from Spain in the early 1950s, he took with him the memories of his homeland's flamenco-style music.

He's often best remembered for his collaboration with masters of modern dance, including Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey.

Surinach's "Ritmo Jondo" -- which translates to "deep rhythm " -- was used for a dance piece widely considered one of Humphrey's masterpieces.

Courtesy Knight Foundation

Miami Arts Week started with good news for the whole region, with the announcements of the winners of the 2016 Knights Arts Challenge. 

The contest, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will give $2.78 million to 44 local  artists and projects aimed at exploring the authentic voices of South Florida and bringing art to neighborhoods from Key West to Palm Beach. All winners have committed to find funds to match Knight's commitment (it's one of the conditions of the grant). 

After a bitter and divisive presidential election, many are approaching Thanksgiving with trepidation, even hoping to avoid politics entirely. WFSU gets some advice on how to find common ground.

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