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Haiti Earthquake
2:34 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Hear The Hymn: Mwen Pap Sa Bliye

WLRN

This hymn is the one you hear under our piece, “Faith in the Aftermath.” The original segment explores how parishioners at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church here in Miami leaned on their faith and on song after their country’s massive earthquake– to heal and to release their grief.

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Haiti Earthquake
2:44 pm
Sat July 17, 2010

A Special Hour On Haiti

WLRN

In this episode, we look at how the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti changed life here in South Florida. We tell stories from a school that absorbed quake survivors, from a church that opened its doors to the grief-stricken, from lawyers’ offices where Haitians applied for an immigration shield, and from a hospital tent where tired doctors were uplifted by a song.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:07 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Patrick Farrell: An Audio Slide Show From The Quake

Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AUDIO SLIDE SHOW.

Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell has been traveling to Haiti for years.  In fact, it was has evocative work about the victims of Haiti’s disastrous 2008 storms that won him the Pulitzer Prize.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:03 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Songs From A Tent Camp

A young woman prays at the site of the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, just days after the earthquake.
Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

While I was reporting on the earthquake in Haiti, I was often taken aback by people singing. Walking down the street, a nun stretched her palms to the sky and seemed to be singing a question to the heavens.  And on my last night in Port-au-Prince, I recorded quake survivors singing at 3 a.m., as they danced around a tent camp– no toilets, no air conditioning, little food– singing.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:23 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Docs In Haiti

Dr. Dave Pitcher

Hundreds of medical professionals rushed to Haiti after the quake, working in miserable conditions to save lives, practicing what some called “Civil War medicine.”  Many still return to lend a hand, among them scores of Haitian-American nurses, doctors, and social workers from South Florida.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:28 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

More Voices Of Teen "Ambassadors" From Boyd Anderson High

Under the Sun listeners were introduced to students James Celestin and Michel Philco from Boyd Anderson High in our “Teens Buddy up with Quake Survivors” story.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:33 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Hurricane, I Mean Earthquake

In Haiti, after the January 2010 earthquake.

Have you heard anyone slip up and say “the hurricane in Haiti,” when they meant to say “the earthquake”?  Hurricanes and earthquakes are both disasters, but could these words become interchangeable?

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Under the Sun
2:29 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

From Your Ears To Ours: The Tale Of Lot 180

Lot 180 salt shakers
Kenny Malone

In December, we originally aired “The Tale of Lot 180.” Producer Kenny Malone searched for the story behind  deceased Udavilla Rutherford’s unclaimed collection of salt shakers, held at the Florida Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

We received this comment from Carolyn Lane about  “The Tale of Lot 180:”

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Under the Sun
1:31 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Interview With Barbara Ann Martin Of Que Pasa, U.S.A.?

Carmencita and Sharon
WPBT2

Barbara Ann Martin played Sharon, Carmencita’s friend, on the TV show Que Pasa, U.S.A.? More than thirty years later, she is still recognized by fans of the show in Miami and around the country.   She finds this a little unsettling, but is happy to still make so many people laugh.

Since Que Pasa, U.S.A.?, Martin has worked mostly in communications, broadcast and film production. She  lives in Miami.

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Under the Sun
1:23 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Episode 4: Chickens In South Florida

Michal Zacharzewski (stock.xchang)

There are some people who think that if a parrot is considered a pet, then a chicken should be as well.  They keep a small number of “domestic chickens” in their yards.

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Under the Sun
1:19 pm
Thu January 28, 2010

Jeremy Glazer Reads “Souvenir”

Jeremy Glazer
Jeremy Glazer

Jeremy Glazer is a legislative analyst, a former high school teacher, and that rare breed– a Miami native.  He identifies himself as a “future hall-of-famer” on his phone message, but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame, or what his achievement will be.  He recently finished his first novel.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:47 am
Thu January 21, 2010

Calling Home To Haiti

Pictures of missing loved ones on a board at the Haitian Relief Information Center.
Ruth Morris

Gracia Desille is 57, a grandmother and a dry cleaner.  After Haiti’s earthquake,  she became one of thousands of Haitian-Americans in South Florida desperately searching for news about their families back home.

“I try try… call. I buy (phone) cards. I buy cards. So many cards…” she told me. “Nobody answers.”

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Haiti Earthquake
12:02 pm
Sat January 16, 2010

Marleine Bastien: Helping And Hurting

A woman prays for earthquake victims at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church.
Ruth Morris

The day after Haiti’s devastating quake I walked into Notre Dame D’Haiti church in Miami to find people singing hymns, their palms turned to the sky, their rosary beads swinging gently.  Some knelt, slouching over the pews in front of them, heads buried– a posture that suggested grief as much as prayer.

Little Haiti seemed to be moving in slow motion as people first grappled with the magnitude of the destruction in their homeland.

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Under the Sun
1:45 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Episode 4: The Tale Of Lot 180

Lot 180 salt shakers
Kenny Malone

A tinker, a tailor, a soldier’s things– his rifle, his boots full of rocks
And this one is for bravery, and this one is for me
And everything’s a dollar in this box.

– Tom Waits

South Florida has long been a retirees’ paradise, and also a final resting place. But when people die, their family doesn’t always show up to gather their belongings.

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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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