WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 18-22

Nov 25, 2013

Miss Universe, Venezuela's Gabriela Isler.

  This pre-holiday week, from Nov. 18-22, we brought you a bit of nostalgia (see our "Delis Of Yore" post below), some future planning (that's two proposals for Miami-Dade structures) and a little current analysis in the form of beauty-pageant criticism.

Well, we brought you much more than just that. But here's what you liked best:

How Venezuela Won Miss Universe -- And Lost Its Relevance: Americas editor Tim Padgett on why it doesn't matter how many beauty queens Venezuela churns out. According to him, that being the country's claim to fame doesn't add up to much.

Gov. Scott Seeks Funds For Miami's Signature Bridge: Would you like Miami to have its version of a Golden Gate? Gov. Scott says this plan would design such a landmark for the city, as well as revitalize the former cultural hub of Overtown, currently in the I-95's shadow.

Key Facts Of Miami's Delis Of Yore, From Deli Historian Ted Merwin: Do you remember Wolfie's? Maybe you were a fan of the Rascal House instead. Delis in Miami Beach thrived after WWII, but what is the current state of Jewish food in the area? Ted Merwin explains the history and revival of Jewish delis.

What It's Like To Be Related To A President: Wilson Sayre tells people her first name is a "family name." She didn't divulge much about what family that meant until writing this personal essay, a beautiful listen in its radio form, about her great-great-grandfather Woodrow Wilson.

SkyRise, 1,000-foot Observation Tower, Planned For Downtown Miami: Developer Jeff Berkowitz says this new structure would be hurricane-safe. Do you like his idea?
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