Odebrecht Scandal, Invasive Snake Population Continues & ‘It Had To Be You’ Keys Exhibit

Jul 22, 2019

Odebrecht, the largest construction company in Latin America, is in the center of a multi-million dollar bribery scandal. The company filed for bankruptcy protection last month. The scandal was brought to light by an investigative team of journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Miami Herald. Reporter Sasha Chavkin joined Sundial to talk about the investigation.

 

 


 

The invasive snake population in the Everglades continues to have a significant impact on the ecosystem. Since 2007, ZooMiami has partnered with the National Park Service, the United States Geological Services and the University of Florida to eradicate the invasive species from the Everglades by incorporating new techniques. Sundial spoke with Frank Ridgley, a wildlife veterinarian who serves as the head of the Conservation and Research Department at Zoo Miami and Jenny Staletovich, WLRN’s environment reporter.

An exhibition at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center is based on the book “It Had To Be You,” by late Key Largo resident K. Wilkinson. The book is a collection of  Wilkinson’s memories and photographs about living on a tent in the neighborhood of Planter in the 1930s. The exhibition features rows of black and white photographs displayed on the walls, showing what the early settlement years in the Florida Keys looked like. Sundial talked to the exhibition’s curator Brad Bertelli.