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The South Florida sun appeals to almost everyone: tourists, snowbirds, even embattled prime ministers looking to unwind after saving a nation from the threat of a Nazi invasion. After the end of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his Conservative Party lost the elections of 1945, forcing Churchill to resign as prime minister.

Uncertainty looms at the Florida Supreme Court as three judges near retirement at the same time Gov. Rick Scott leaves office in January 2019. Who will pick the three vacant spots on the court: Gov. Scott or his successor? The decision may change the balance between conservative and liberal members of the court.  

Croquetas, churrasco, Cuban-sandwiches, café con leche and tostada— these are very recognizable parts of Miami’s gastronomy. Locals and tourists alike revel at the sight, smell and taste of such cuisine. Now, you can add donuts to that coveted list and they look like something out of Homer Simpson's wildest donut-dreams. 

Thusday on Sundial:  Nursing homes in Florida have been in the national spotlight due to the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where 12 patients died as result of a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.  

The next Florida legislative session is quickly approaching and on file are numerous bills that address many issues regarding nursing homes. The Sun Sentinel’s Dan Sweeney, who covers the  Legislature and statewide political issues, joins the program to talk about the future of standards and practices in assisted-living facilities in the state.

Today on Sundial: Haitians living in the U.S.  have until July 2019 to return to Haiti or leave the country. The decisions come after the Department of Homeland Security ended  Temporary Protected Status for Haitians Immigrants earlier this month. Marleine Bastien, executive director of Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), an advocacy group dedicated to serving the needs of low-income women and their families, joins us to understand more about the Haitian TPS termination.

Today on Sundial: Political parties in Florida are in turmoil. Over the past months, many sexual scandals and harassment settlements have come to light in Tallahassee. Matt Dixon, bureau chief of Politico Florida, joins the conversation on the sleazy side of Florida’s politicians.

Today on Sundial: Miami Beach’s new mayor, Dan Gelber, joins us in the studio to talk about the future challenges the city faces.

Miami Beach residents can expect a low-key  style from Gelber, who understands the intricacies of policymaking and knows the influence the mayor can have in the city. Gelber has a very different style than his predecessor, Phillip Levine, who has officially launched his run for governor.

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The Miami Herald’s top political reporter will soon have a bigger platform.

Patricia Mazzei — who has worked at the Herald for a decade, most recently as its lead political writer — starts early next month as the Miami bureau chief for the New York Times. She’ll be based here in South Florida, after first working for a few months in New York City.

“We’re going to tell the story of Florida for people not just elsewhere in the country but elsewhere in the world,” she told Luis Hernandez, host of Sundial, WLRN’s new daily news show.

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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Miami Sound Machine and Miami bass dominated Miami music in the 80's and 90's.

Back then, bands like 2LiveCrew were at the top of the hip-hop scene in Miami. Ten years before that, KC and the Sunshine Band's "Shake Shake Shake" blasted over the airwaves. 

Now, Pitbull and DJ Khaled top the charts on mainstream radio. But there’s more to Miami's music scene than just these famous artists. A lot more. And Lauren Reskin is standing at the gate of the industry in the Magic City. 

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Today on Sundial: Palm Beach County prepares for the arrival of the president this week. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw discusses with us the community's preparatory measures for the visit and what residents need to expect.

Trump arrives at the start of the holiday season and the eve of the largest shopping weekend of the year. The presidential visit will cause some traffic rearrangements and delays, as well as certain restrictions.

Sherriff Bradshaw will be in charge of overseeing the protection of the president, his family and staff.

Today on Sundial: Open enrollment season to sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is  underway. The deadline, however, is coming up fast. The closing date is Dec. 15.

This year, Congress  botched many attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. But it implemented a shorter enrollment period and  allocated almost no federal funds for advertising. Surprisingly, enrollment nationwide is almost 50 percent higher now than at this point last year.

People are fascinated by true-crime stories. It's evident in the television programs and documentaries that are strewn across the network and on-demand landscape. The topic is especially hot right now in the podcasting realm. 

South Florida's Mike Boudet has taken this fascination and turned it into an award-winning podcast that rivals podcasts like Serial and S-Town in popularity and reach.

Boudet, who's been enthralled by the justice system since youth, is the creator of Sword and Scale.

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There is assistance available to homeowners and business owners who are still recovering from Hurricane Irma damage. We spoke with John Mills of FEMA and Richard Daigle of the SBA on Sundial to answer listener questions about how to get that assistance.

Monday on Sundial: Khizr Khan, the father of slain United States Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who challenged then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Khan made national news last year when he lashed out atTrump during his speech at the DNC. While waving a paper copy of the Constitution, Khan asked: “Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy”.

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