Roberta Walker tells us her heart warming story if growing up with Miami and visiting her over the years.
It’s almost snowbird season. The sight of snowbirds escaping the bitter northern cold is common in South Florida. Not so common is a Canadian woman who makes her way to Carlan Mobile Home Park in Davie several times a year to visit her childhood nanny who is now 95 years old.
Donna Bailey tells Sammy Mack about the day she met her husband.
It had been 38 years since Don Bailey posed for his popular carpet ad – a spoof of a famous Burt Reynolds picture. In March 2010, Under the Sun reporter Sammy Mack convinced Bailey to pose again, wearing exactly the same … smile.
Author and former Miami Herald columnist Ana Menendez, who has been living in Amsterdam, is returning to South Florida for the Miami Book Fair International, the eight-day literary party beginning Nov. 13. Ana has a new book titled Adios, Happy Homeland and will be speaking about it during The Writer’s Voice panel at the fair Sunday, Nov. 20.
This story is part of WLRN's new investigative blog, What's the Story? It originally ran as part of WLRN's Under the Sun What's Up With South Florida? series, in March of 2010.
Some time ago, journalist Nicholas Spangler wrote in The Miami Herald, “He calls to mind Michelangelo’s David, with a mission from a more swinging time.” He was referring to Don Bailey, the naked carpet guy you’ve noticed on the billboard driving down I-95.
Ruth Morris's experiences as an immigration beat reporter have colored her vision of what it means to transition from immigrant to American. She tells WLRN that an unlikely event renewed her faith in what it means to be an American and the opportunity it provides.
Immigration officials say there is an often an increase in the number of people applying for U.S. citizenship before a presidential election.
Former Under the Sun producer Ruth Morris is one of those immigrants who wants to become a citizen. For three years, Morris covered South Florida immigration, a beat that can earn you a slew of angry emails. It can also make you cynical, according to Morris. Some of her readers got angry when she used the term “undocumented workers.” They preferred “illegal aliens.”
Editor Dan Grech assigned Assistant Producers Kenny Malone and Trina Sargalski to report a story about getting past the doorman at nightclubs. With the detachment appropriate to their position, Kenny and Trina arrived at Club Space in downtown Miami ready to report on the velvet rope.
Whether we like it or not, South Florida is known for sun, beaches…and skin. Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy. These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager. Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.
Carmen Maria Romero was one of the four medical workers in Haiti whose voices you heard in After the Quake: Patients and Healers. She’s a physical therapist who had already been volunteering in Haiti for ten years, and who traveled there last January to help with the relief efforts.
Romero was so moved by the suffering and the resilience of her patients that she decided to quit her job and relocate to Haiti.
Journalist and professor Madeleine Blais contemplates a move back to South Florida for a job teaching as a visiting professor at Florida International University. As part of her employment paperwork, she’s asked to sign an oath of loyalty to the state of Florida. As a journalist, this kind of thing makes her suspicious. She reflects on her previous years in Miami as she contemplates signing the oath and moving back:
Green Card Stories (Umbrage Books)is a collection of profiles and photographs of fifty immigrants from around the country by journalist Saundra Amrhein and photographer Ariana Lindquist. Amrhein has been a journalist for seventeen years. She spent ten years at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times.) Immigrants profiled include a triathelete, a magician, a flea market worker, small business owners and executives.
This is a place that’s sunny, warm, and flat. It seems like it should be a pretty perfect place to ride a bike. It’s not.
Last month, the 36-year-old father, husband and amateur triathelte Aaron Cohen was hit and killed by a car while riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The tragedy revived a debate about how drivers and cyclists share—or don’t share—our roads.