Sundial

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There's no place anywhere else in the country quite like South Florida. From the Keys all the way up the Palm Beaches , WLRN's 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.

Are you a book lover? Sundial has a monthly book club dedicated to read, share and discuss books and characters that are unique to South Florida. You can join the conversation here.

Do you love live music? Sundial brings you the best of the local music scene in its Live from the 305 concerts. Check out the latest performance, as well as a conversation with the artists, here

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Billie Grace Lynn remembers her childhood in Alexandria, Louisiana at a time when segregation still plagued a significant part of the deep south. Now an artist, those memories have deeply affected the way she sees and portrays the subject of race in her work.

Lynn is a professor of sculpture at the University of Miami, and her latest exhibit, "A House Divided," is on display until Sept. 15 at the Lowe Art Museum. It focuses on racial discrimination, identity politics and civic engagement throughout U.S. history.

 

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber want companies to bid for the chance to build a monorail connecting their two cities.

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Monday to move forward with the bidding process for the project; there’s now a six-month bidding process. That comes after Malaysian gambling company Genting submitted an unsolicited proposal two months ago to build the monorail. 

The Boca Raton! Sol Children Theatre / Courtesy

A new proposal to build a monorail that would connect the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach, was presented at the Miami Beach commission meeting earlier this week. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber is worried that Genting, a Malaysian casino company, is leading the bidding process. It was an unsolicited proposal, which means many of the details are not available yet to the public. Mayor Gelber joined Sundial to discuss why he disagrees with the plan.

  

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A new proposal to build a monorail across Biscayne Bay, connecting the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach, was presented to the Miami Beach commission on Monday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is supportive of the proposal and believes it can help relieve traffic in the future. Gimenez joined Sundial to discuss the monorail project and the new law that would make Miami-Dade County officers cooperate with ICE agents.

 

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U.S. Representative Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, visited the Homestead Detention Facility on Monday. Her visit came before government officials announced the facility will no longer be taking in new children, in the efforts to downsize the population of unaccompanied minors. Rep. Frankel has visited a number of detention facilities, one in her county and others in Texas. Sundial spoke with Rep. Frankel about her recent visit to Homestead and the migrant shelter for women called, “Rinconcito del Sol” in Palm Beach County.

 

Graphic by Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

Who says there's no romance left in the newspaper industry? 

"Constant Craving" follows the story of Justine Lavoie, a journalist and publisher of the St. Augustine newspaper, in her quest to save her publication from financial doom. The making-or-breaking of her family's legacy ends up in the hands of Rafael Menendez de Aviles, Miami’s richest man, who could ruin or help her. 

Fifty years ago, an estimated 530 million people gathered around their TVs to watch astronauts take off from Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center on the Apollo 11 Space Shuttle for the first mission to the moon. 

Norton Museum of Art / Courtesy

If you love movie posters -- the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is taking a trip back in time to Hollywood’s Golden Era.

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Last month at a press conference in Miami, Homeland Security Officials announced the largest arms trafficking arrests in Argentine history. The criminal operation included the arrests of a former Broward county couple and thousands of assault style weapons that were shipped through a U.S. Post Office in Doral to alleged criminal enterprises in Argentina and throughout Latin America.

Taylor Moxey / Courtesy

Thirteen-year-old Taylor Moxey is quite extrodinary.

The Miami teen launched her own cupcake company at the age of seven. She also founded the "Taylor Moxey Foundation," which educates youth through the power of reading, and published her own book, "The Adventures of Taylor the Chef." About two years ago she created a mini-library from a former shipping container at Omni Park, near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. She is now working on opening more in Broward County, and internationally in Haiti and El Salvador. 

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Former Spanish River High School principal William Latson has been reassigned to a different district position after he refused to state in an email to a parent that the Holocaust was a “factual, historical event.” The school is located in Boca Raton, which has one of the largest Jewish communities in Palm Beach County. Lawmakers, including Florida Senator Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida's 22nd congressional district, are demanding Latson be fired. An online petition in favor of the firing has also been signed by more than 6,000 people.

Patrick Fergusson / Sierra Club

Sugar cane burning remains a controversial practice in rural communities in Western Palm Beach County. From October until April, sugar cane growers burn the outer leaves of the cane plants in order to harvest the sugar. 

Courtesy of Stop Sugar Field Burning Now Facebook

A Florida Keys cocaine smuggler is serving a life prison sentence for a 1989 conviction in Alabama. Richard ‘Dickie’ Lynn recently made headlines for seeking a release from prison due to his critical health condition. His case has sparked the creation of a Facebook page in his support. Miami Herald’s Florida Keys reporter David Goodhue has been following the story and joined Sundial to talk about Lynn's case. 

 

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Students from across the country are in Miami this week for a three-day event, called "This Is Zero Hour: The Youth Climate Summit." It's being hosted by the international youth climate advocacy organization Zero Hour, a group of 25 students who are striving to protect the environment. 

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

 

An explosion at a Plantation strip mall late Saturday morning injured 23 people and caused serious damage to storefronts and vehicles. Initial reports said the explosion was caused by a gas leak that came from a closed-down pizza shop, but firefighters now say there may not have been a gas leak. Sundial spoke with WLRN reporter Maddy Fox, who was on the scene on Saturday, about what she saw and an update about the investigation. 

 

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