Under the Sun

Under the Sun
1:42 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

The Last Cougar In Kendall Village

Florida State Archives

A Lion Among Us

WLRN Miami Herald reporter and Under the Sun associate producer Kenny Malone recently interviewed Angel Pardo, the owner of a 16-year-old cougar named Kimba.  She’s one of just a few mountain lions licensed to live in residential areas in South Florida after new restrictions kicked in last August.

Malone’s piece helps us understand what it’s like having one as a pet, and as a neighbor.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:12 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Hip Hop For Haiti

Mecca aka Grimo

We caught up with hip-hop artist Mecca aka Grimo at a recent TPS rally. TPS (Temporary Protected Status) is short-hand for a legal shield that allows immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily, while their home country recovers from natural disaster, or unrest. Haiti has seen plenty of both, but Haitians have never received the protection.

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Under the Sun
2:57 pm
Sat June 27, 2009

Dave Barry On South Florida And The “Zany Thriller” Novel

Dave Barry brought Miami, in all of its glory, to the forefront of the country’s consciousness as a syndicated humor columnist for The Miami Herald.  Listen (above) as Under the Sun co-host, Dan Grech, speaks with Barry about his first impressions of the city after arriving from Philadelphia.  In a nutshell: “My God this is the weirdest place I’ve ever seen in my life…I’m not going to bring my family to this insane place.”

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Under the Sun
2:47 pm
Sat June 27, 2009

Cities Of Refuge

Miami skyline
Carlos Barria

Perhaps more than anyone else, writers understand the need for a safe place to pursue their craft. Unfortunately, in some countries a poem or an essay can lead to persecution, arrest, or worse.  Find out how writers like Russell Banks, Salman Rushdie and

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Under the Sun
2:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2009

Russell Banks: Miami In A Word

Russell Banks helped found Cities of Refuge for exiled writers. He is the best-selling author of Affliction and Continental Drift, among other novels. On a recent trip to South Florida, he sat down with Under the Sun’s Ruth Morris to discuss efforts to establish Miami as a city of refuge. She also asked him to describe the city in just one word. Click on the player (above) to hear his answer, and why Miami reminds him of Montreal.

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Under the Sun
3:03 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Under The Sun Receives Humanities Grant Award For Episode 3 (Updated)

The logo for the FL Humanities Council

Under the Sun is pleased to announce that we won a grant to produce an episode about all things literary in South Florida.   This third episode aired on Saturday, June 27 at noon on WLRN 91.3 FM and WKWM 91.5 FM.  We are excited to bring you this program about writing and the arts throughout our communities. 

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Under the Sun
3:06 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Haitian Cuisine And Stories With Liliane Nerette Louis

Liliane Nerette Louis
Trina Sargalski

Good food and good stories are two of life’s greatest pleasures.  I usually write about food at Miami Dish, but today Under the Sun ventures into the culinary world.  Last Sunday, I saw Liliane Nerette Louis present at the Historical Museum of South Florida.  She is all about good food and good stories; she is both an honored storyteller and a masterful cook.

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End of the Line
3:15 pm
Tue March 10, 2009

End Of The Line: Palm Meow – The Cats Retire To Florida

Robert Lyle interviews Noir.

When Under the Sun heard about a cat retirement home in Broward County, our interest was more than a little bit piqued.  So, we sent Under the Sun’s resident retiree, Robert Lyle, over for a visit.

He met with Steve Kilmer and Ella Schutt, owners of Palm Meow in Hollywood.  The many amenities of this retirement community include daily brushing and cat massage, videos of mice and other furry creatures, relaxing classical music, and individualized play sessions.   Sorry, cats only.

Under the Sun
3:13 pm
Tue March 10, 2009

What’s Up With South Florida?: South Florida’s Own Bridge To Nowhere

What’s Up With South Florida?

This story originally aired in 2009. But we are still interested in hearing about your design solutions/problems and questions you have about I-95.

In our segment, What’s Up With South Florida?, we invited you to tell us what you find confusing or unusual about South Florida.

End of the Line
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2009

Episode 2: End Of The Line

The old Bahia Honda bridge was built over Flagler’s Railroad, which was sometimes called “Flagler’s Folly” because it was such a crazy idea at the time.
Alicia Zuckerman

Episode 2 of Under the Sun explores the theme of South Florida as the “End of the Line.”

We bring you an audio postcard from Alabama Jack’s, a legendary bar and restaurant at the tip of the U.S. mainland.  Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books talks with author Les Standiford about Henry Flagler’s unflagging desire to build a railroad to Key West.

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Under the Sun
2:25 pm
Fri February 6, 2009

The Quest Of Queen Brown

Queen Brown often discusses youth violence on her radio show.
Kenny Malone

You may have heard of Queen Brown.  Her son was killed two years ago, and ever since, she’s pushed for an end to youth violence.  In speeches and articles, Queen talks about the wrenching experience of losing her son.  But the fallout of his death still haunts her.  Kenny Malone has her story.

Under the Sun
2:19 pm
Fri February 6, 2009

All In A Day’s Work: 17-Year-Old Jai A’lai Announcer

Ryan Esdale practices at Dania Jai A’lai, where he is an announcer.
Trina Sargalski

In our recurring segment, we explore the ways people in South Florida make a living.  Meet Ryan Esdale, a 17-year-old announcer at Dania Jai A’lai.  He dreams of going pro.  Trina Sargalski produced this story.

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Under the Sun
2:32 pm
Mon January 19, 2009

Taste A Miracle

Alicia Zuckerman holds a miracle fruit seed
Mark Opatow

A tiny berry called a “miracle fruit” transforms your taste buds for about two hours.  The fruit is from a tree originally grown in West Africa.  The grower who ships them across the U.S. is based here in South Florida.  His name is Curtis Mozie and he calls himself the Miracle Fruit Man.  Alicia Zuckerman went to the Fort Lauderdale farm for a tasting.