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Under the Sun
5:55 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Five Questions: Peter Zalewski

Peter Zalewski, principal of Condo Vultures

Five years ago, Peter Zalewski was working as a business journalist, but he jumped into real estate before the condo crisis hit and founded Condo Vultures. His provacatively named real estate firm has grown by leaps and bounds, helping buyers to sift through the foreclosure stats and find steals in South Florida’s real estate collapse. Last year, he also appeared in Michael Moore’s

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Under the Sun
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Free Divers Add Depth To Their Lives

Niki Roderick and Martin Stepanek

South Florida is becoming a freediving hub, thanks in part to renowned Czech diver Martin Stepanek, who founded Freediving Instructors International in Fort Lauderdale. His partner Niki Roderick– also an accomplished free diver– teaches courses too.

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Under the Sun
5:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Premiere Episode

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

Under the Sun
4:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Alternative Spring Break

Alicia Zuckerman

It’s a time-honored tradition. Spring breakers descend on Miami from across the nation this time of year to guzzle beer, work on their tanlines and hit the clubs.


Or there’s Alternative Spring Break, where you sit in a windowless room, guzzle coffee, and fill out reams of immigration paperwork. You can compile proof of residence, and file for fee waivers. Sound appealing?

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Under the Sun
4:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Episode 4: Second(hand) Chances

Heather Klinker and Jennifer Rousseau at the Give Good Works thrift store in Wynwood
Sammy Mack

Give Good Works, a Wynwood thrift store and charity, gives your old and gently used items a second chance.  However, the point is to give people a second chance.  Jennifer Rousseau, who works at the store, transformed her life with the help of the shop’s founder Heather Klinker.

“A lot of people would have given up on us girls,” said Rousseau. “Heather didn’t. She kept going. She’s a hero to me. I love her.”

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Under the Sun
4:27 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Human Hair Is Farmers’ Friend

A circular hairmat is placed around a plant.
Dan Grech

That’s according to Blair Blacker, and he should know.  In this story, host Dan Grech visits a warehouse in Florida City with Blacker to have a look at a novel product– mats made from human hair.  Blacker says the mats fertilize plants better than most herbicides, plus they prevent weeds and conserve water.  The circular mats, made by SmartGrow, fit snugly around a plant’s base and biodegrade over time.

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Under the Sun
4:23 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The People Robert Frank Saw

Robert Frank (American, b. Switzerland, 1924) Elevator—Miami Beach, 1955
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with funds contributed by Dorothy Norman, 1969, Photograph © Robert Frank, from The Americans

This photo of a forlorn, slightly bored young hotel elevator operator was taken on the beach in 1955, at the Sherry Frontenac Hotel (65th and Collins).  It has become one of Frank’s most famous photographs and the face of the exhibition, “Looking In:  Robert Frank’s the Americans” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It runs through Jan. 3.

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Under the Sun
4:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Episode 4: Hispanic Versus Latino

Top row: Cesar Guida (parents are Cuban), Kim Lewis (mother is from Peru), Vania Campos (Peru) Bottom row: Michael Lombrozo (European, lives in Miami), Rubi Rosado (Mexican tourist), Carlos Reyes (Honduras)
Jose Maya

Dan Grech gets a government form in the mail and he’s asked to decide: Is he Hispanic, or “a big white guy?” He’s pretty sure he’s not Latino.

To sort it all out, he invited demographer Maria Aysa to the studio.

In this piece, she explains the difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino, and why some people are so adamant about using one instead of the other.

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Under the Sun
3:51 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What’s Up With South Florida?: Inglish Gratis

In our regular What’s Up With South Florida? feature, you decide what we investigate.  You voted overwhelmingly for an explanation of the “Inglish Gratis” sign outside of Hialeah High.  This photo had been circulating virally through email.  It was brought to our attention by  photographer Tomas Loewy.  In Episode 3 of Under the Sun, Kenny Malone set out to solve the mystery of this misspelling. (-T.S.)

Funding for this episode provided by a grant from The Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Under the Sun
3:37 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Dinner Set Gang

Dominick Latella retraced his steps with Lyn Millner for this story
Lyn Millner

The writer Somerset Maugham called Florida a “sunny place for shady people.”  A couple of decades before Bernard Madoff hit Palm Beach, a pair of cat burglars hit mansions up and down the coast.  Lyn Millner tells us where they are now.

 

Before becoming a jewel thief, Dominick Latella played guitar with a band called Two + Two in New York.  Here are some songs from the band’s record:

Broward Identity Crisis
2:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

From Miami-Dade To Broward, The Case For Being Mindful When Renaming Counties

Image of the 'Dade Massacre,' which accelerated the Second Seminole War. There are five different Dade Counties in the US, and a Dade City in Florida.
http://lookingtowardportugal.blogspot.com/

Amid chatter that Broward County is considering changing its name to reflect the county’s biggest city-- Fort Lauderdale-- this all got me thinking about the names that we give to our counties in South Florida.

As time goes forward, the histories of the place names that we know become obscured.  After some amount of time they take a life of their own as names become places, and we scarcely think of the individual.

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Coccothrinax barbadensis
6:58 am
Fri December 21, 2012

The Not-So-Little Palm Tree That Couldn't

The not-so-little Barbados silver palm that can't.
Photo by Patrick Griffith
  • Hear the radio story here.

This is the sad story of a very tall tree.

"This one right here," says Patrick Griffith, slapping his hand on a rough, grayish trunk, "coccothrinax barbadensis."

Griffith is executive director at the Montgomery Botanical Center, a 120-acre horticultural haven less than two miles from the more famous – yet 50 percent smaller – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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6:57 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Cockroach Eater's Death Still A Mystery

Lead in text: 
Big puzzle this morning: What killed Edward Archbold? The expert view: These were SANITARY roaches and they're not fatal no matter how many you eat. To win a big snake.
This video posted by YouTube user John-Patrick McNown shows Archbold winning the contest (Graphic): Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out.
Remembering Andrew
1:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kindness Awards

A nomination for a “Kindness Award” received by Homestead councilwoman Judy Waldman.
WLRN

One of the themes that’s emerged as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, is how the storm inspired a lot of good intentions, as well as just pure kindness.

In 2002, Homestead sought to commemorate the tenth year anniversary of the storm. The area had been, by far, the hardest hit during the storm.

Judy Waldman was on the Homestead City Council the year Homestead was planning the commemoration.

She said what struck her most about the time following the hurricane was the way people had banded together and helped their neighbors and strangers.

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Under the Sun
4:23 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

The Miami Heat And Their City: Up To The Challenge To Redefine

The Miami Heat and the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena during the NBA playoffs in April.
Jacqueline Reyna

The NBA Finals have turned the nation’s attention–and cameras– toward Miami and Miami Beach. As the Miami Heat try to clinch the finals, Jordan Melnick wants to remind us all that there’s more to Miami than South Beach. It all started with these words by LeBron James: “In this fall–this is very tough–in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”

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