Heard on Sundial: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Hurricanes And COVID, Music Streaming

Apr 15, 2020

On this Wednesday, April 15th, episode of Sundial:

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez On COVID-19

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez was among the first elected politicians in the U.S. to test positive for the novel coronavirus back in March. About a month later, he recovered from the virus and even donated blood plasma to patients in need. “I had congestion, I had some body aches, I never got a fever. It made me understand what an asymptomatic person could do, if they went unchecked.”  

 

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We spoke with Suarez about the citywide response to the pandemic. He also explained the process for reopening parks, beaches and businesses in coordination with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.  

Hurricane Prep And Coronavirus 

 

The start of hurricane season is less than a month and a half away. And projections for South Florida aren’t promising. The latest predictions from Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project found up to 16 named storms and a greater than 60-percent chance that a major storm hits the mainland United States.

 

WLRN Environment Reporter Jenny Staletovich joined us to discuss how we should interpret those predictions. We also spoke with Propublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten. He recently spoke with Emergency Management Offices and state officials in Florida to see how they’re preparing for the potential of a storm during a pandemic.  

 

Music Streaming During A Pandemic 

The music industry has been forced to adapt to the new landscape caused by this pandemic. Artists depend a lot on live concerts to make their money, as revenues for streaming music and album purchases dwindle. Musicians have long been live streaming their concerts online, but now more and more are using the internet to connect with their fans, showcase new songs and even make some dough. WLRN Producer Chris Remington spoke with musicians in South Florida about their experience.