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Miami Stories
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Miami Theater Brings A Lifetime Of Inspiration

Veronica Diaz as the lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

 

This story, as told by Veronica Diaz, is part of an oral history series.

Let’s set the scene: It’s early 2004, and my mother is taking my younger sister and me to go watch Cats: The Musical at what was then known as Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami Beach.

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History
1:14 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Take A Look At Old Maps Of Florida And The World

Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum atlas in 1570. Considered the world's first atlas.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

It may be fair to say many of us today will take out our phones or simply log into our GPS units in our cars and allow a soothing, distant voice to guide us to our destination. 

There was a time though when finding our way meant pulling over and unfolding a 4-by-5-foot map littered with white lines for roadways. Highways and freeways were either red or blue, and small drawings marked different points of interest. 

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History
5:54 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Keys Library Acquires Historic Document — A 19th-Century "Facebook"

Breana Sowers, archivist with the Monroe County Public Library, examines a wrecking log-turned-scrapbook that the library recently acquired.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

In the 1840s, Alexander Patterson was a notary public who recorded the depositions of shipwreck salvagers. He noted their accounts of efforts to save valuable cargos from ships that ran aground on the reefs along the Florida Keys.

Sometime during the 1860s and 1870s, someone — probably one of his daughters — used his logbook as a scrapbook, pasting onto its pages pictures and newspaper stories of the day.

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History
7:09 am
Wed January 7, 2015

When Key West Was Cuban

Key West Cigars box label
DeWolfe and Wood Collection Monroe County Public Library

 In the '60s, '70s and '80s, waves of Cuban immigrants crossed the Florida Straits, seeking political freedom and economic opportunity. Soon they were starting their own businesses and winning political office, infusing Cuban culture into the DNA of a South Florida city.

The city was Key West. And this was the 1860s, '70s and '80s.

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History
3:52 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Broward County's Watery Relationship With The Everglades Over A Century

HIS LEGACY: Gov. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, as lampooned by a contemporary cartoonist. His drainage attempts were small-scale and ineffective but they built his reputation.
Credit WLRN filew

Broward County is a few weeks into a year-long run-up to its centennial in October of 2015, a century since Florida's second-biggest county was manufactured from pieces of Palm Beach and Dade counties.

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Missing Link?
12:48 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hear Why Investigators Think They Found Part Of Amelia Earhart's Plane

Credit Miami Herald

  Have you ever wondered why there is an Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah near Opa-locka Executive Airport?

The missing pilot's last stop in the continental United States was in Miami in 1937 -- months before she vanished on her around-the-world flight attempt. What happened to her, where it happened and why has been one of aviation's more widely speculated-upon mysteries.

Now, a piece of metal -- likely attached as a repair before Earhart took off -- may have been identified in a Miami Herald photograph taken the day she disappeared.

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Useful Facts
1:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

How Much Do You Know About Florida Beer History?

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Mark DeNote doesn't teach his middle school history students about beer. But he did write Florida's history of "the drink of the working class" in his book, "The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide."

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News
10:08 am
Mon November 10, 2014

MDC Unveils Berlin Wall On 25th Anniversary

Germany donated a piece of the Berlin Wall to Miami Dade College, which was unveiled on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Wolfson Campus to commemorate the 25th anniversary of when the wall was torn down.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

This past Sunday marked 25 years since the Berlin Wall was torn down. A wall that for nearly 30 years cut off the free West Berlin from the communist East Berlin and East Germany.

Miami Dade College commemorated the anniversary by unveiling a four-ton piece of that wall donated by Germany.

It was raining on and off at the downtown Wolfson campus -- similar weather to 25 years ago in Germany when the Berlin Wall was knocked down.

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History
9:20 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Meet The Tuskegee Airman In Your Own Backyard

Lt. Col. Leo Gray is one of a few dozen remaining Tuskegee Airman. He began training in Tuskegee, AL in 1943.
Credit Philip Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage for "Living history: Tuskegee aviator visits UAA." Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Lt. Col. Leo Gray was born in Boston in 1924. A trumpet player and track runner, he joined the Army in 1943. A year later, he flew solo for the first time, a training flight in Tuskegee, Ala.

Gray flew with the 332nd Fighter Group, arguably the most famous of the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1941, for the first time, the United States Army began training black pilots.The Army was still segregated and trained the men in the same location: Tuskegee.

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History
1:11 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Story Behind Miami's Projector, The 'Death Star Dumbbell'

The Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector is the last of its kind still in use in the world.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

At the center of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Planetarium stands a masterpiece of its time: the Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector, a 1960s state-of-the-art machine that's the last of its kind still in use.

Forty-eight years ago, this heap of black aluminum began dazzling Miamians with the brilliance of an unadulterated night sky. In light of the museum's planned move to a new downtown building, the projector will probably not see another year of use.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A World More Concrete: Real Estate & The Remaking Of Jim Crow South Florida

10/28/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the history of real estate and land usage in South Florida, since the inception of the City of Miami to today’s three-county urban mass. Not unlike other American communities, Miami’s black population was exploited by white entrepreneurs and politicians . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

World War II Historian Rick Atkinson & “The Guns At Last Light”

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10/06/14 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents. We learn about little-known details of the largest military operation in history: World War II’s “Operation Overlord.”  Allied forces began it on “D-Day,” in June of 1944. The planning was meticulous, and the result was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s global domination plan. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with historian Rick Atkinson

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Education
5:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

After Protests Over History Curriculum, School Board Tries To Compromise

Students line a busy intersection and overpass in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., on Sept. 25, protesting a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 3:56 pm

Hundreds of Colorado high school students have walked out of class in the past two weeks to protest proposed changes to the Advanced Placement history curriculum.

The firestorm of protest was sparked by a resolution in August from Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams. When she heard that conservatives across the country were upset about the new AP history curriculum, she proposed a committee to review the district's courses.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

South Florida History Quiz with Dr. Paul George October 2014 Edition

Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper and Dr. Paul George
Cesar Barroso of miamihoje.com

10/01/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is another edition of the popular South Florida History Quiz with historian and author Dr. Paul George.  Listeners are invited to answer questions about local history, pop culture, sports and more . . .Here’s a sample: In 1881, a Philadelphia  man was  called “The Savior of Florida” after buying four-million acres of  land.  It triggered the state’s first land boom.  Who was he?

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Keys Blog
12:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

For Whom The Air Cools: Ernest Hemingway's Key West Home To Get AC

Soon-to-be-cool cat: The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West has been approved for air conditioning, 163 years after it was built. The museum's famous cats still have to live outside.
Credit Monroe County Tourist Development Council

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is already hugely popular with visitors -- but soon they'll be able to stroll through the writer's Key West home in more comfort, especially during the sweltering subtropical summer.

The house, built in 1851, is now set to have air conditioning installed for the first time. At the moment, stand-up fans offer the only relief.

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