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6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Slideshow: How South Florida Helped Train D-Day Troops

Servicemen march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Circa 1944.
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Before American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, troops were preparing for D-Day on the beaches of South Florida.

They were doing jumping jacks on the sand in Miami Beach.

In the sky were big, green military planes.

That’s because before Florida was prime real estate for waterfront mansions and tourism, it was the perfect place to train soldiers.

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11:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Stories Of Conflict: Cuba, Rommel & The Art Of War

On Tuesday nights, WLRN presents stories of conflict: wars, warriors and weapons. 

On January 14, starting at 8:00 p.m., the line-up includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, the battles in the North African desert that helped turned the tide of World War II  and a new look at the art of warfare from the unusual viewpoint of the logistics that often decide who wins and who loses:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

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11/18/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents discusses the tens-of-thousand military veterans of World War Two still listed as “Missing-In-Action.”  Journalist Wil Hylton has written VANISHED:  The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War Two.  Traumatized family members have waited decades for researchers to finally put to rest what happened to sons, fathers and husbands.  Most of the M.I.A.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

The CIA's Shadow Warrior

SHADOW WARRIOR: William Egan Colby and the CIA
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08/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the intrigue surrounding the intelligence career of William Colby, with University of Arkansas history professor Randall Woods. He’s the author SHADOW WARRIOR:  William Egan Colby and the CIA.  His career began with the OSS during World War II.  He then joined the newly formed CIA, just before the onset of the Cold War, and was a controversial figure in Vietnam covert operations.  He became CIA director in 1973, but was later forced to resign.  His replacement was George H.W Bush. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1pm. 

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

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07/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with World War II historian Keith Lowe.  Though the European conflict ended in May of 1945, with cheering victory celebrations, the grim reality is that anarchy reigned. Lowe has written SAVAGE CONTINENT:  Europe in the Aftermath of World War IIAll told, some 30-million died in the conflict, and after the Axis surrender, civil amenities were in shambles and civil war arose. Learn more on Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

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2:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’

Hialeah Police Lt. Leo Thalassites holds a plaque outside Hialeah City Hall after he was named the oldest active police officer in the country.
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Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.

He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since.  And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.

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