Under the Sun

Under the Sun
2:10 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

The Everglades Runs Through Their Blood

Frank Denninger considers himself a spokesman for the Gladesmen.
Trina Sargalski

The Jones family has lived in the Everglades for five generations. They’ve made their livelihoods 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.
 

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Under the Sun
2:32 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Not Your Average Science Conference

Xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

WLRN’s Dan Grech crossed an item off his bucket list and reported the opening story of this week’s episode of This American Life. Dan got back to his nerdy roots and covered the Hundred Year Starship Public Symposium, a conference in Orlando on building a spaceship to travel to the stars.

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Under the Sun
1:46 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Finding Solace, A New Life In Miami

WLRN

On September 11, 2001, Tanya Villanueva Tepper’s fiancé, Sergio Villanueva, was one of the 343 New York City firefighters who didn’t make it out of the World Trade Center. Tanya is featured in the new documentary,Rebirth, which follows five people affected by those attacks, over the course of the last decade. The film airs Sunday on Showtime on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Tanya now lives in Miami, where she has found solace and a new life. She spoke with Under the Sun co-host Alicia Zuckerman.

Haiti Earthquake
1:49 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Surviving Survival: Earthquake Victims In Limbo

Haitian earthquake survivors Agathe Jean-Michel, Marie Jubert Attagant and their daughters speak with translator Dr. Marie-Denise Gervais at the health clinic at North Miami Beach High School.
Tina Antolini

After the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, thousands of Haitians fled to South Florida to escape the devastation in their country. Some were able to leave Haiti on tourist visas. Others came as guardians to their injured children. No matter how they came to the country, most have been living in limbo in the United States.

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Under the Sun
3:11 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

All In A Day’s Work: A Man And His Mangos

Mangoes featured at the 2010 International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Trina Sargalski / WLRN

It’s mango season in South Florida. Thanks to our humid climate and poor soil, this region excels at mango growing – only rivaled by Hawaii. The man who knows most about mangoes in Miami is Dr. Richard Campbell, the senior curator of tropical fruit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.

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Under the Sun
1:22 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Fugitives On The Run, Bondsmen On The Hunt

Diaz questions occupants inside a house in Homestead.
Colby Katz / Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

If you ever find yourself charged with a crime, a bail bondsman can be your best friend. When a judge sets bail and the defendant doesn’t have the money to pay, the bondsman posts the money in exchange for an upfront fee – usually 10 percent of the bond amount – and property as collateral. All the defendant has to do is show up to court.
 

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Under the Sun
1:18 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

American Fare At “La Vaquita”

Store manager Yoselin at the Palmetto Bay Farm Store.
Julia Longoria

Farm Stores have been a staple of South Florida since the 1950s, when the chain opened its first drive-through store in South Beach. Generations have taken advantage of its convenience, picking up necessities such as milk and eggs and treats such as ice cream. Today, there are 100 stores across South Florida.
 

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Under the Sun
1:08 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Cuban Nostalgia For 3 Cents A Cup

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For many Cubans living in South Florida, the pre-Castro years in Cuba represent a golden era. Nostalgia for friends, family and yesteryear traditions can be felt at Cuban coffee counters across South Florida. One local business owner decided to take this yearning for tradition one step further by selling coffee for 3 cents, the price it was sold for in pre-Castro Cuba.
 

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Under the Sun
1:11 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

No Simple Answer To Bullying In South Florida

Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bullying is not a new phenomenon. It has been around for decades, but schools across South Florida are reporting that the frequency and severity of the incidents are getting worse. In the past year alone, a West Palm Beach student was attacked in math class and a Deerfield Beach middle school student slipped into a comma after being kicked in the head.

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Lip Service
1:02 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

True South Florida Story: Drama

Esther Martinez shares her story with the audience.
David Samayoa

Lip Service co-producer Esther Martinez read her story Drama at a live event she helped produce with Under the Sun at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. The full show will air on WLRN June 4-5.

By Esther Martinez

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Lip Service
12:59 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

True South Florida Story: Rosa’s Corner

Terence Cantarella shares his story with the audience.
David Samayoa

Terence Cantarella read his story Rosa’s Corner at a live event produced by Under the Sun and Lip Service at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. The full show will air on WLRN June 4-5.

By Terence Cantarella

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Lip Service
1:20 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

True South Florida Story: Respect

Brenda Mezick shares her story with the audience.
David Samayoa

Assistant State Attorney Brenda Mezick read her story Respect at a live event produced by Under the Sun and Lip Service at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. The full show will air on WLRN June 4-5.

By Brenda Mezick

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Under the Sun
4:14 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Walter And Edith, By Jeremy Glazer

Alicia Zuckerman

Jeremy Glazer is a legislative analyst, a former high school teacher and a Miami native. On his phone message, he has been known to identify himself as a “future hall-of-famer,” but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame or what his achievement will be. He recently finished his first novel and is looking for a publisher.

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Under the Sun
4:11 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Confessions Of A Refugee Boy

Simon & Schuster

Learning to Die in Miami is author Carlos Eire’s follow-up to his 2003 memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana. In his first book, Eire wrote about his childhood in Cuba before and during the Castro revolution.

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Under the Sun
4:24 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Flip The Script: The Past And Present Of North Miami Senior High School

Ted Grossman

Fifty years ago, North Miami Senior High School students lived in neighborhoods where most kept their doors unlocked at night. They say they felt safe riding their bicycles throughout town – some streets weren’t even paved. Today, many students at the school say they don’t feel safe in their school or their neighborhoods.

North Miami Senior High’s demographics have also changed. In 1960, the segregated school was all white. Today, most students are of Haitian descent. According to the school, 31 out of 2,700 students are white.

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