Nirmal Mulaikal

Intern, Fall 2019

Nirmal Mulaikal is a rising senior at Northwestern University studying journalism and political science.

He fell in love with storytelling and writing at an early age as an avid follower of sports, politics and comedy. Mulaikal has covered numerous issues as a reporter, including sugar cane burning in Florida, the impact of the 2019 government shutdown on military education institutions, and a wrongful conviction in Oklahoma.

He has appeared in USA Today, Florida Today, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Military Times, Tulsa World, The Macon Telegraph and The Medill Justice Project. He is a huge fan of NPR and is excited to be interning with WLRN. He hopes to work as an investigative reporter in the future with a focus on audio.

Courtesty of Amanda Smith Photography

Music means a lot to Patricia R. When she sits in her chair and hears the music, she is reminded of her dad.

“See, my father had a bar when I was growing up. So when they had the country music band come, he'd say to me, ‘go out and dance Pat’. And I was like, eleven, twelve years old. I used to go out there and dance,” she said.

Patricia has dementia (we are not using her full name to protect her privacy).

Courtesy of Karli Evans

On this Thursday, Dec.5, episode of Sundial: 

Is the Florida Prison System crumbling?

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On this Tuesday, Dec. 3, episode of Sundial: 

FEMA Data Shows Delays In Hurricane Recovery Funding

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Billionaire Jorge M. Pérez, known as Miami’s Condo King, is opening a new art museum called “El Espacio 23” in Allapattah this week. The 28,000-square-foot art space is named for its location on Northwest 23rd Street and features thousands of pieces that Pérez had kept away in storage for years, including photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos from around the globe.

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On this Monday, Dec. 2, episode of Sundial: 

Will the U.S. cut ties with Cuba?

There are fears among policy experts that the United States will cut ties with Cuba. The Trump Administration has put in place a series of restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba since taking office, including limits to educational and tourism visas. It is also placing limits on doing business with entities linked to Cuba’s military. WLRN Americas’ editor Tim Padgett joins Sundial to discuss how these announcements could impact U.S.-Cuba relations.


On Sundial for Wednesday, Nov. 27:

StoryCorps hosts The Great Thanksgiving Listen

StoryCorps, a national storytelling nonprofit, is hosting its annual project The Great Thanksgiving Listen. The initiative, which launched five years ago, asks young people to record conversations with an elder, mentor, friend or someone they admire using the StoryCorps App.

A University of Miami doctor says he can rebuild a whole jaw using new stem cell collection technology.

Known as the “MarrowMarxman”, the FDA-registered device was developed and tested by Dr. Robert Marx, who is a professor and chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


“The medical device is an improvement over current technology,” he said. 

Courtesy of Girls Scouts of Tropical Florida

On this Thursday, Nov. 7, episode of Sundial: 

Miami Commissioner Ken Russell won re-election

Commissioner Ken Russell was re-elected to another four-year term in city of Miami’s District 2 race this week. He defeated opponents Jim Fried, Javier Gonzalez and Rosy Palomino. District 2 stretches mostly along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor - Southwest 40th Street to Northeast 54th Street. Russell joins Sundial to discuss his priorities after his re-election. 


Amendment 4 Update

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17 self-portraits of student artists, ages six to 12, from The Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth are part of a new Coral Gables Museum art exhibition.

Retra-Tablos: Reclaiming Culture and Ancient Textile Art” features self-portraits that include Mayan deities, symbols, Catholic iconography and American pop culture to illustrate each student artist’s culture and journey. 


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Wall Street came to Magic City on Thursday as more than 250 Miami-Dade high school students from 14 high schools worked as day traders in a simulated stock market challenge in downtown Miami. 

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About 150 runners trotted along a 0.5K race route in Delray Beach while enjoying beers, snacking on doughnuts and raising money for veterans seeking non-invasive, drug-free therapy. 


No, not 5K. 0.5K — about 1,600 feet.

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South Florida artists and performers came together Thursday night to fight climate change at The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines. 

The exhibit, known as “Art for the Earth: Artists on Climate Change”, featured a theatrical performance, visual artwork and spoken poetry.