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One of the joys of living in South Florida around this otherwise horrid time of year is mango season. It's the juicy, refreshing antidote to looming clouds and the perennial beads of sweat that appear on your forehead everytime you walk out the front door.

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PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor returns to South Florida to co-moderate this year’s Gubernatorial Democratic Primary in the Miramar Cultural Center Monday. Sundial host Luis Hernandez will also moderate the debate. A Miami native, Alcindor joined Sundial to talk about what drives South Florida politics.

White House Correspondent of the PBS Newshour, Yamiche Alcindor is co-moderating the Florida Freedom Forum’s Debate for the Gubernatorial Democratic primary.
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Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent of the PBS Newshour, grew up in South Florida. She remembers living through hurricane Andrew and debating at Fort Lauderdale and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Local and statewide community groups have teamed up to host South Florida’s first Democratic primary gubernatorial debate on Monday.

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South Florida residents are more at risk of injury and death from defective airbags than people in other parts of the country, according to federal transportation officials.

Florida also ranks third in unrepaired vehicles with faulty airbags from the Japanese maker Takata, with more than 1.4 million defective airbags still in use. That compounds the fact that the region's climate makes the airbags more unpredictable and dangerous, officials say. 

There are nearly half a million cars in South Florida with faulty airbags from the Japanese airbag maker Takata. According to Florida Senator Bill Nelson, the state has seen the most deaths and injuries in the entire country due to the defective airbags, which may explode due to excessive heat and humidity.

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CÚCUTA, COLOMBIA | It’s not easy for Jesús Mendoza to talk about all the things he’s had to sell to buy medicine – life-saving medicine.

Wilson L. Sayre, a former reporter at WLRN Public Media, is 2018 recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. The annual $5,000 award, administered by WBUR and Boston University, recognizes an outstanding public radio journalist under age 35. 

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Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned as president of Peru in March because of a corruption scandal – just a month before he was supposed to host the Summit of the Americas this week in Lima. But here’s the kicker: This time the theme of that gathering of the hemisphere’s heads of state is ... corruption.

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Floridians have until March 9 to comment on President Donald Trump's draft proposal program that would allow for offshore drilling and seismic testing off the state's coasts.

Activists will be protesting and gathering comments to submit to the administration in Miami Beach on Sunday at CoastFest, an educational event hosted by Oceana, a non-profit organization that focuses on protecting the world's oceans.

 

Elected officials, business leaders and scientists will join to speak on the impacts of offshore drilling and seismic testing.

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This month, when you walk into a Colombian café in Kendall called La Candelaria, you’re met by música decembrina. December music. Meaning, Colombian Navidad or Christmas music. Old-time cumbia favorites like “El Año Viejo.”

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There are nearly two million gun licenses in Florida but figuring out exactly how many guns are in the state is a more challenging figure to extract. Florida, like most states, does not require gun owners to register their weapons. 

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World AIDS Day has been celebrated every Dec. 1 since 1988 as a day of remembrance for those whot have died of and those who are living with the disease. There were many events to mark the day in South Florida, from open-air concerts to free testing.  But experts and activists agree that the discussions about treatment and prevention of HIV should be part of an ongoing conversation in the community and not a once-a-year affair. 

Today on Sundial: Miami's new mayor, Francis Suarez, joined us in the studio.

Suarez, who was elected in November, made transportation a key issue in his campaign. He said he hopes to use his experience as vice chair of a county-wide transportation planning board to find solutions for traffic congestion and increase access to public transit.

He aims to make Miami one of the most resilient cities in the country, amid the threat of rising seas.

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