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 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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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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  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.

How Much Do You Know About Florida Beer History?

Nov 20, 2014
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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."

MDC Unveils Berlin Wall On 25th Anniversary

Nov 10, 2014
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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.

Meet The Tuskegee Airman In Your Own Backyard

Nov 10, 2014
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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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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.

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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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

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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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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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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The recurring image of a pierced heart in a gallery at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is almost certainly coincidental. But former Miami Herald art critic Helen Kohen says for this exhibit, titled "The Miami Generation: Revisited," the motif is fitting.

"It’s an enormously strong symbol of a huge change in your life and a huge switch-over,” says Kohen. “To lose their native land. To be an exile."

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07/24/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with HistoryMiami President and CEO, Ramiro Ortiz.  We hear about the upcoming traveling Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor, Latinos in US popular music.

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You can’t just tear down a house in Key West’s Historic District. Even if it’s in pretty bad shape. That’s why people were so surprised when the city -- which normally enforces the preservation rules -- came up with a list of five houses in Old Town that could be torn down.

One of those houses “looks like it’s sitting on limestone piers which are not anchored on anything , so the building’s sitting here unsecured,” says Ron Wampler, the city’s chief building official.

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