05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.
State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th.
Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:
WLRN's recent letter to the NYT sparked an online avalanche of reactions. Join our live chat on Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. when Nathaniel Sadler will hear why you think Miami is 'flawed but fabulous.'
Inspiring millions of virtual fans with heartfelt dispatches and persistent calls for greater political freedom, blogger Yoani Sanchez is the most visible symbol of both sweeping change inside Cuba and the modern power of social media to crack some of the world's most closed societies.
Shaded area indicates the reach of Ultra's sounds. This is not a scientific map, but rather one based on observations. We drew the lines from the point where ambient sounds from the urban environment become louder than the music itself.
In April, we invited unpublished writers to submit their work as part of our Write South Florida contest. There were three categories in the contest: Amateur, College, and Children.These are the runners-up from the contest in the Amateur category.
FULL MOON FISH HOUSE
by Susan Brown
I‘ve spent more of my life in water than on land. Not surprising for a third generation fisherman, I ‘spose. Probably explains why I jumped at the chance to live in the old fish house. That, and the fact we got history.
If you’ve ever donated an old coat or a dress, or even pair of socks, to a thrift store, there’s a chance it ended up in the Saatchi Collection in London. That’s because the Miami-based duo, Guerra de la Paz, makes thrift store throwaways into art.
Alicia Zuckerman went with them to their “art supply store,” as they call it, so they could show her how come up with their creations.
In April, we invited unpublished writers to submit their work as part of our Write South Florida contest. There were three categories in the contest: Amateur, College, and Children. These are the runners-up from the contest in the College category.
Hundreds of Miami-Dade middle and high school students listened to “Two Pianos” by Morton Gould. Afterwards, they wrote poems inspired by the music. It was part of a contest called the Piano Slam. The point is to inspire young people, using classical music, to create their own forms of artistic expression.
In our first episode, you’ll hear the voices of a Holocaust survivor who made pool cues in Miami Beach and a migrant tomato picker who struggles for higher wages in Immokalee. After losing her son, Queen Brown has taken up the fight to end youth violence, and to make peace in her own family. Two cat burglars remember how they made off with millions of dollars in jewels from Palm Beach mansions. The Miracle Fruit Man introduces our co-host Alicia Zuckerman to a magical berry. A 17-year-old announcer at Dania Jai A-lai hopes to revive a fading sport. And in our regular “What’s Up With So