Under the Sun

Lorelei Ramirez: College Winner

Mar 18, 2013
Lorelei Ramirez

Lorelei Ramirez was the winner in the College category of Under the Sun‘s unpublished writers competition.

Flagler Street

by Lorelei Ramirez

This is what we’ve got


Palm trees

Swaying in the breeze along the

Not the sea or shining sands under the sun but


In the middle of streets

Dark paved roads and honking horns and not quite so clean air

Between walking girls and whistling men in dirty white cars

Pickup trucks

And bus


My Mom Kissed Fidel

Mar 18, 2013
Magda Montiel Davis

This post goes in the “It’s a Small World” category.

Read The Runners-Up (College)

Mar 18, 2013
Sadie Kurzban

In April, we invited unpublished writers to submit their work as part of our Write South Florida contest.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.

Mommy the Commie and Me

by Sadie Kurzban

Front Row Seat to Death Row Execution

Mar 18, 2013
Renjith Krishnan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Before his execution by lethal injection in Florida State Prison on September 28, Manuel Valle had spent 33 years on Death Row for killing Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978 and wounding another officer during a traffic stop. Valle was driving a stolen car and ran a red light. Officer Pena pulled him over and was subsequently shot in the neck. Valle fled, but was caught two days later.

There Everglades Runs Through Their Blood

Mar 18, 2013
Trina Sargalski

The Jones family has lived in the Everglades for five generations. They’ve made their livelihods in Mack’s Fish Camp, a spit of marshland that straddles the county line between Broward and Miami-Dade out west. They live among seven-foot alligators, painted turtles, blue herons and white egrets. They make a living fixing airboats, renting out bungalows and serving as guides for tourists and government researchers. They are known as Gladesmen.

Five Questions: Peter Zalewski

Mar 18, 2013

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

Free Divers Add Depth To Their Lives

Mar 18, 2013

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.

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Here at WRLN, one of our intrepid contributors, Terence Cantarella, has embarked on a four day long excursion in a canoe through Miami’s network of canals. His mission: to travel around the county on its forgotten waterways.

We named this journey the Canoe Project– a concerted effort to shed some light on these canals that completely surround us here in Miami.

Lindsay Lonano: Kids Winner

Mar 18, 2013

Lindsay Lonano was the winner in the Kids category of Under the Sun‘s unpublished writers competition.

Lindsay Lonano

The Swamp

The green swamp

Bursts open with abundant life.

A slowly moving log appears

Upon the still surface.

Unsuspecting little bird

Unaware a predator lurks.

Munch! Fast moving predator

Eyes atop his head, delighted!

Alas! Not full yet

He slides upon a rabbit.

Prey, gone in a flash

Where did it go. Woe!

Premiere Episode

Mar 18, 2013

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