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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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Protestors want to see the end of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's dictatorship. This week, four more people died in confrontations between Nicaraguan security forces and protesters. Roughly 300 people have been killed since protests began in April, prompting international condemnation and calls for Ortega to step down.

Legendary Dancer Continues To Pass On The Art Form In Miami

Jul 19, 2018
Alejandra Martinez

The Miami City Ballet has become one of America's leading dance companies in the last three decades. And Edward Villella was an essential part of that. The legendary dancer is one of the company's founders and a former star performer in the New York City Ballet. Villella based the style of the Miami company on dance he learned from New York City Ballet founder and choreographer George Balanchine.

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On July 13, Walter Edward Stolper, a Nazi sympathizer, was caught in the act of pouring gasoline around his Miami Beach condo unit with the intent of igniting it. He was originally charged with attempted arson, but that was elevated to attempted murder. Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates says the case is likely to be considered a hate crime.

"[Stolper's] got two very powerful prosecution teams, the state and the feds looking at him," Oates said Wednesday on Sundial. "And again we avoided a tragedy because someone heard something and alerted law enforcement." 

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Daniel Oates is the Miami Beach Police Chief. He has been following an ongoing story about a Miami Beach resident who was trying to burn down his condo unit. The resident claimed he wanted to kill all the Jews in the building.

Shortly after his mother died in 1987, Brian Gordon Sinclair stumbled upon a copy of “A Farewell To Arms,” Ernest Hemingway's famous novel set during World War I. Sinclair fell in love with the writing and knew he wanted to learn more about the author.

Former Village of Biscayne Park Police chief Raimundo Atesiano and two former Biscayne Park police officers have been charged with pinning burglaries on a teenager who didn’t commit them. Last week, the Miami Herald found that the department was arresting people of color in order to improve or show “perfect stats.” The former police chief has denied the charges. Miami Herald reporter Charles Rabin appeared on Sundial to discuss the internal review of the department’s practices.

Green Algae In Lake Okeechobee Thrives In High Temperatures

Jul 16, 2018
CHARLES TRAINOR JR / Miami Herald

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott ordered a state of emergency for seven counties around Lake Okeechobee as a result of toxic algae blooms. Now the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the lake because the algae has spread to both Florida coasts, hurting home values, tourism and local businesses. 

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The Everglades Foundation is kicking off a campaign to include the Everglades Reservoir in this year’s federal Water Resources Development Act bill. The reservoir is designed to move water away from Lake Okeechobee and reduce the spread of the discharge causing the toxic algae blooms on both coasts. The announcement comes days after Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency as a result of the toxic algae blooms. Dr. Steven Davis is the chief ecologist at the Everglades Foundation. He joined Sundial to discuss the dangers of toxic algae. 


Local 'Mango Maniac' Wants To Create A Mango For The Future

Jul 13, 2018
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There are a variety of mangoes found around South Florida: Haden, Mulgoba and East India, Julie. Experts say that the first mangoes arrived to the city in the 1700s--from pirates.

In a new study from the University of Florida, Florida Hospital and the Obesity Action Coalition, researchers looked at the health data of 9 million Floridians and found that 37 percent of Floridians are considered obese. That is 10 percent higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Since last Friday, at least three people have died in Haiti in riots that left parts of the city burned and pillaged. The unrest is due to a massive increase in fuel prices.

Who makes the best Cuban sandwich in South Florida? It’s a seemingly simple question, with decades of history—and an equally long rivalry—behind it. It’s a lot of talk for just a few slices of ham, mojo pork, pickles, mustard and swiss cheese between Cuban bread. 

Jai Alai, The Best Cubano & Miami's Art Scene

Jul 11, 2018
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Miami has a long and complicated relationship with the game of Jai Alai. In the 1980s the game was a huge deal in the city; it was played by celebrities and royalty. Its presence has not disappeared. A new casino with Jai Alai was approved by the state last week, with developers from West Flagler Associates setting their eyes on the Edgewater neighborhood just north of downtown.

In the bid to build a soccer stadium and sports complex in Miami, developers have set their sites on a larger location: a city-owned municipal golf course next to Miami International Airport.

Miami-Dade High Schoolers Enter The Workforce For The Summer

Jul 10, 2018

Gone are the days when internships involved making copies and getting coffee.

This summer, about 2,000 high school students in Miami-Dade County are completing paid internships in programs from banking to information technology, and law enforcement to hospitality, through The Children’s Trust Summer Youth Internship Program.

The program offers work experience and school credit to students by placing them in fields related to their goals and interests. 

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