Cuba Baseball Deal, A Podcast About Periods & Seminole Art History

Jan 7, 2019

For decades, if Cuban baseball players wanted to play in the U.S. Major Leagues, they had to defect. But in 2016, during the Obama administration, the U.S. and Cuba reached an agreement that allows for players to arrive directly to the United States. The decision has been criticized by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who says it conflicts with the U.S. embargo. The deal has also faced pushback from the Trump administration. Fort Lauderdale-based attorney Paul Minoff represented Cuban baseball players caught in contract disputes with agents in developing countries. Minoff and WLRN's Latin America correspondent Tim Padgett joined Sundial to explain the historical context of the agreement and the fight it faces ahead.

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There are thousands of phrases that refer to getting your period: “It’s that time of the month," "I’m on my rag," "It’s mother nature’s week," and many more. And as more women participate in the fight for gender equality and the #MeToo movement, WLRN web editor Jessica Weiss and her friend Stefanie Kleinburd, a women's health coach, decided it was time to break the silence around the topic of periods. Last October, Jessica and Stefanie launched their podcast, The Flow Down, all about periods. They talk about topics from the menstrual cycle, to the shame and stigma surrounding periods and self-care. Weiss joined Sundial to explain the impetus behind the podcast and discuss some of their favorite episodes.

A new exhibition at History Fort Lauderdale highlights artwork from South Florida’s contemporary Seminole artists. “Seminole Art Scenes from the Frontlines” features documentary films, paintings, and clay sculptures that pay homage to the Seminole’s rich history in South Florida. Erica Deitz, a contemporary painter, and Samuel Tommie, a filmmaker, painter and environmental activist, joined Sundial to talk about how the Seminole community has been essential to key environmental issues in the region.