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There's no place anywhere else in the country quite like South Florida. From the Keys all the way up t​he​ Palm Beach​es​, WLRN's new daily program Sundial brings you the stories that make our home unique. Interviews about news, politics, music, sports, arts, and food, all with a local twist.

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Lily Oppenheimer

Set up cameras, react, edit, and repeat. Do this well enough and you just might rack up a million followers on Youtube.

Miami Herald

Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez emphasized on Thursday that the county cannot afford to extend the Metrorail south and should instead upgrade the South Dade busway. 

Gimenez joined Sundial to discuss how the county should address traffic and improve mass-transit in South Dade. The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization deferred a vote on the matter at a meeting last month after no clear agreement was reached. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The debate over bus or rail returns to Miami-Dade this month, when the county's Transportation Planning Organization will gather Aug. 30. Miami-Dade County  mayor Carlos Gimenez has been a proponent for rapid bus transit. On Sundial, Gimenez argues the bus system is a more cost-effective option for the county.

Adrienne Arsht Center

One actress in South Florida is aiming to show people what it's like to be a Latina. 

There are no costume changes and 24 Latina characters in ¡FUÁCATA! or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe -- all played by Cuban-American actress Elena María García, who was raised in Broward. The idea is that whether audience members are from South America, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico or Mexico, they'll be able to relate.

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

A Florida law now requires students new to a school district to disclose whether they have received mental health services. The controversial new requirement is one of several school safety measures passed after the February Parkland school shooting. 

The required disclosure is already raising privacy concerns. And parents say they're unsure about what qualifies as mental health services. 

Daniel Bock / Miami Herald

Over the past 20 years, a special team at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has rushed around South Florida, preventing venomous snake bites from turning fatal. 

Kionee McGhee / Twitter

Pressure is growing against the private company in charge of handling SunPass fees and millions of Floridians are facing major headaches with the toll system's billing.

Conduent State & Local Solutions, the company SunPass contracts for payment processing, has been experiencing technical problems since June. Thousands of SunPass customers have received inaccurate bills and some have even been double-billed.

Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

You may have noticed brown, smelly mounds of seaweed covering beaches in South Florida and the Caribbean. It's called sargassum, and it's threatening the tourism industry, sea turtle populations and local fisheries. The weeds even produce a toxic gas that can be harmful to people. 

Florida Atlantic University professor Brian Lapointe joined Sundial to discuss why the bloom could be among the worst ever seen globally. 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

State Rep. Kionne McGhee wants Florida to stop collecting money from tolls while it responds to problems with the SunPass system. The Democrat says Gov. Rick Scott should create an independent auditing committee to investigate the state's handling of unprocessed toll payments and other customer service complaints. 

Florida House of Representatives

State Rep. Kristin Jacobs says Florida must do more to address sea-level rise and other water-related issues as the state faces increasing threats from climate change.

Jacobs, a Democrat, is running for reelection after representing parts of Northwest Broward County in District 96 since 2014.

Josh Liberman / UM Shark Research

Kristin Jacobs is once again running for the Florida House District 96 seat in Northwest Broward. During her first term, she was the leading voice behind the South Florida Regional Climate Compact, an agreement and model for counties across the state of Florida to address climate change. Jacobs also led a significant push for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act and is the leading Democrat on the Agricultural Committee.

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Victoria Burgess has long enjoyed testing herself with physical challenges. But on June 27, she did something no other women has ever done before. 

The Pompano Beach fire inspector paddleboarded the 105 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West. She overcame four-foot seas, heat, endless winds and exhaustion to complete the trip in about 27 hours.  

Latino Salud

While South Florida continues to have the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses in the country, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Latino men have the highest rates of HIV infection among different demographic groups. 

Janna Pelle

South Florida SunPass users might want to double-check their accounts. The tolling system has a backlog of more than 100 million unprocessed payments that dates back to early June. The problem stems from struggles to overhaul SunPass' processing system. Some SunPass users fear they could face huge bills as processing resumes.

Miami Herald

Saima Farooqui is running in the Democratic primary for District 96 in Broward County and if elected she could become the first Muslim ever to be elected in the Florida State House.