Documentary

Emily Taguchi and Stephanie Walsh / ABC Documentaries

Feb. 14 marks two years since 16 students and one teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed on campus. Since the tragedy, students have organized nationwide protests focused on gun violence, successfully lobbied for legislation in the Florida legislature over school safety and started the next chapter of their lives in college and beyond. The upcoming ABC News documentary, "After Parkland," explores how the parents and students have recovered from the tragedy and were inspired to take action in very different ways.

How The '68 Election Changed America

Nov 11, 2018

Thursday 10pm - NIXON'S THE ONE: The '68 Election - History/Culture Documentary 

A WLRN Original Production

In 1962, Richard Nixon's once meteoric political career lay in ruins. The former vice-president had suffered two bitter losses; one in the 1960 presidential race against John F. Kennedy, the other in a bid for the governorship of his home state of California. Yet, only six years later, Nixon would be elected President of the United States. How did it happen? Why did it happen?

Discover how a small Florida town called Boca Raton and a tiny device turned the tide of World War II in WLRN’s  original production.

In the first year of World War Two, after the fall of France, Britain stood alone.  Hitler's U-boats operating in so-called Wolf Packs ruled the Atlantic, sinking American ships carrying essential supplies to the beleaguered British while President Franklyn D. Roosevelt hesitated to enter the conflict directly, believing Churchill would surrender in the face of the Nazi siege, as had the French.

A CENTURY IN THE SUN is the story of how Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler comes to Florida in the late 1800s, builds a railroad and hotel empire on the last American frontier, and launches a population boom that lasts a hundred years. 

The film traces Flagler’s impact on Florida through the 20th century, as it becomes the fastest - growing state in the U.S. 

It’s an iconic American holiday tradition like fireworks on the Fourth of July, trick or treating on Halloween or hunting for Easter eggs.  Every year on Thanksgiving Day before the family gathers around the table for a celebratory feast, all eyes are on the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Oceans of Pink

Jul 25, 2017

 At WLRN Television our mission is storytelling and we always have a number of original documentaries in production.  As your only Storyteller Station, we are always on the look out for inspiring, educational and entertaining programs about the people and places in your community. 

Travel with Florida's Master of the Weird!

Jul 11, 2017

WEIRD FLORIDA: ROADS LESS TRAVELED

Florida is a state known for its sun, surf, and sand, where South Beach is famous and theme parks are abundant.  But wait a minute! Florida also has a darker, offbeat and downright weird side, where ancient mysteries and legends reside. Florida can be a state of confusion with searches for bizarre beasts and answers to unexplained phenomena. 

Streets of Wynwood
WLRN

STREETS OF WYNWOOD  
Take a wild ride into the riot of color, creativity and chaos that is Miami’s street art scene.

Every year during the Art Basel fair, street artists from around the globe converge on Miami’s Wynwood district to transform its streets anew with a riot of creative colors. Streets of Wynwood transports the viewer into this nomadic subculture to meet some of world’s best exponents of urban art and to appreciate first-hand how this once clandestine tribe of taggers, graffiti writers and muralists have claimed their place in the broader art world. It’s a dazzling experience. 

Treblinka's Last Witness, Samuel Willenberg, Dies At 93

Feb 22, 2016
Courtesy Samuel Willenberg

With the death of Samuel Willenberg on Friday at 93, the last surviving witness of the horrific crimes committed by Nazi Germany at Treblinka has gone.

 

I met Samuel in Tel Aviv four years ago when WLRN asked me to produce a television documentary about the infamous death camp. It was an assignment I accepted with trepidation. After all, what else was there to say about the Holocaust? And how does one ask the last survivor of Treblinka to revisit the horrors on camera?

 

 

TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS, a WLRN original documentary, is a first-hand account of Samuel Willenberg’s life as a Jewish prisoner of the Treblinka death camp.  

WLRN Radio interview with Samuel Willenberg - 2014

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Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound

Sep 19, 2014

An Original Documentary from WLRN

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound tells the story of how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida and changed the face of soul music in Miami forever.

This one-hour film explores the early days of soul music in Florida, the era’s pioneers and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.
 

WLRN's hour long original documentary pays tribute to Florida Jews who have served in military campaigns from the Seminole Wars through Afghanistan, and who sometimes made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Stories From The Overseas Highway

Feb 11, 2013

WLRN's new documentary takes viewers on a rollicking ride along Florida’s only All-American Road.
Experience the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and meet a colorful cast of off-beat characters in this half-hour documentary about an unforgettable road trip on “the highway that goes to sea.”  Filmmaker Tim Long (Bohemia in the Tropics, Escape to Dreamland) heads off the mainland down US Highway One from Key Largo to Key West in search of the people who personify the Florida Keys’ unique, funky, laid-back island culture.

Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23: "Weird Florida" On Page One

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured WLRN's latest documentary, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:

WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.

"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.

Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory

Oct 8, 2012

A Production of WLRN

Hialeah Speedway, the legendary South Florida racetrack, was more than just a place. It was a moment in time, captured through the roar of the racecars on a Saturday night; on a short flat track that was once considered one of the most challenging in the country.

Our story begins back in the early 1950’s when an organization called the Greater Miami Racing Association decided to start a racetrack. They built it in the middle of nowhere, a sleepy little farm town west of Miami called Hialeah. But the fans started to come.

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