Sundial

Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m.

There's no place anywhere else in the country quite like South Florida. From the Keys all the way up the Palm Beaches , 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.

Are you a book lover? Sundial has a monthly book club dedicated to read, share and discuss books and characters that are unique to South Florida. You can join the conversation here.

Do you love live music? Sundial brings you the best of the local music scene in its Live from the 305 concerts. Check out the latest performance, as well as a conversation with the artists, here

Alejandra Martinez

Ivan Nieves and David Torres, a couple from Puerto Rico, used to own a restaurant, hair salon and a boutique in San Juan. But one year ago, Hurricane Maria seriously damaged the business, leaving them unable to work. 

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As conversation and controversy swirls around family separation, Puerto Rico’s death toll and immigration activism, Maria Hinojosa is at the forefront. Considered one of the most prominent Latina journalists in the U.S., the host of NPR’s Latino USA is in South Florida for a special event on immigration and the First Amendment at Florida Atlantic University. She joined Sundial to discuss the event and key immigration stories Latino USA has been following.

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Money is one of the biggest determinants when it comes to deciding whether to evacuate during a hurricane.

The results of a 1,000-person questionnaire conducted by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative found one in five Floridians won’t evacuate during a hurricane. It also suggests Floridians aren’t as prepared as they should be for the storms.

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As Hurricane Florence approached North and South Carolina Thursday, Cyndee O’Quinn from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network joined Sundial to give us the latest details on the storm.

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Two immigration attorneys are fighting to protect the rights of LGBTQ asylum seekers facing persecution in their home countries.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, O Cinema Wynwood is hosting a panel about immigration issues focused on how they impact the LGBTQ community. They will be screening a documentary web-series titled “Finding Home” about LGBTQ asylum seekers in Los Angeles.

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Florida is less than two months away from the general election on Nov.6. In this year’s election, there are two races in the national spotlight: senator and governor. The Senate race is between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott and the governor's race between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Congressman Ron DeSantis. Sundial talked to A.G. Gancarski, writer for Florida Politics, about the two major races on the ballot, governor and senator.

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What is it like to be a teacher in South Florida? What are the challenges teachers face daily?

According to the Florida Education Association (FEA), approximately 250,000 students started school without a permanent teacher. There are more than 4,000 teacher openings across the state. 

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One year ago, South Florida awoke to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma.

The storm had slammed into the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, bringing catastrophic winds and rain. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm surge and tide produced flooding of 5 to 8 feet in the Lower Keys and winds reached 120-mph in Big Pine Key.

The storm left piles of torn down trees, couches, porta-potties, refrigerators, furniture and other debris across the islands.

Over the past year, South Florida has worked to rebuild. WLRN's Sundial producers traveled to the Keys to talk to Lynda Wells, Douglas Mader and Brian Vest, three Florida Keys residents with one mission: to help improve the lives of people in their community after the hurricane.

You can hear/read their stories below. 


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Improv U, an improv school in Delray Beach open to people of all walks in life, is hosting the third annual Palm Beach Improv Festival on Sept. 6 to 9, where improv artists from across South Florida will perform and give workshops.

Anthony Francis, founder of Improv U, and Rebecca Loveless, a teacher at the school, joined Sundial to talk about the improv community in South Florida, their journey to improv in South Florida and how they use it in their daily lives.

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Aurora Oliphant uses the internet to look up Bible scriptures on YouTube for her church meetings and comedy videos like Abbott and Costello.

Oliphant, 70, is a recent graduate of the Senior Planet program, a 10-week course in Broward County through the South Florida Institute of Aging that teaches people 60 years and older the basics of using the web. The group is bridging the digital divide for seniors by teaching them to use computers and mobile devices.

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On Wednesday, the Marjory Stoneman Douglass Commission met for the first time since the start of the school year. At the meeting, the commission discussed the implementation of school resource officers, funding for safety measures and surveillance video from the Parkland shooting. WLRN Broward reporter Caitie Switalski joined Sundial and offered an analysis of yesterday’s meeting.

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Saltwater intrusion is just one of the risks facing South Florida's drinking water. 

The Biscayne Aquifer, a 4,000-mile sponge-like rock formation that filters and stores the region's clean groundwater, is also being polluted by sewage runoff and other contaminants. 

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The Biscayne Aquifer is a long rock formation with tiny holes that allow for water from various sources to flow into it. Located below South Florida, it stores groundwater and is the main source of drinking water for Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. But climate change threatens the aquifer. Christopher Flavelle covers climate change and adaptation policy for Bloomberg News and joined Sundial to talk about the threats to South Florida’s drinking water.

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

The U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, is collecting DNA to track a new snake hybrid in the Everglades.

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In what some are calling the "Year of the Woman" in politics, Florida women are running for office in record numbers. More than 100 ran for local and statewide office in the state’s primaries and won.

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