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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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More than 60 years ago, a committee was formed in the Florida legislature with the purpose of identifying and removing LGBTQ students and professors on Florida college campuses.

Over the course of a decade, investigators with the Johns Committee - so named because former Florida state lawmaker and governor Charley Johns led it- stalked and interrogated hundreds of suspected gay individuals, leading to the firing or expulsion of at least 200 people from their schools.  

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Nery Lopez, 23, was one of several thousand undocumented immigrants rallying and protesting in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on Tuesday last week. 

Lopez and a delegation of about 70 others from Florida drove 18 hours to witness oral arguments and hear stories from many like them on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This program was established in 2012 under the Obama administration and promised to temporarily protect from deportation individuals who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Lopez was just 4-years-old when her parents brought her to the U.S. from Veracruz, Mexico. 


STEVE LOSNER

On this Monday, Nov. 18, episode of Sundial: 

Homestead Mayor

In Homestead, former councilman Steve Losner defeated the previous three-term mayor, Jeff Porter, in the November elections. Losner ran with a “residents first” campaign and vowed to address the overdevelopment, traffic, affordable housing and transparency in government. Losener joined Sundial to discuss his key priorities for the community of Homestead. 

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 

Illustrator: Anuj Shrestha / Topos Graphics / Publisher Jai Alai Books

South Florida consistently ranks among the worst metropolitan areas nationwide for traffic and congestion. On average, Miamians spend 100 hours a year stuck in gridlock. And as our public transportation system consistently has issues with reliability and usage, we all know how difficult it can be to get around here. 

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Police in Hallandale Beach want to gain access to a unique “witness” in a criminal investigation.

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On this Thursday, Nov. 14, episode of Sundial WLRN's Danny Rivero guest hosts for Luis Hernandez: 

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s New Role 

Graphic by Alejandra Martinez

In a short story by Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat a man sees his life flash before his eyes as he falls 500 feet from the sky. 

"It's a story that is meant to be compressed in those seconds that he's falling," says Danticat on Sundial.  There's a list of thoughts that goes through the man's mind: love, loss and regret. And the burning image of his son.

Juan Karita/AP

On this Tuesday, Nov. 12, episode of Sundial: 

Bolivia’s Presidency

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

Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a critical turning point in the Cold War and a cultural moment followed around the globe. A piece of that history now sits in downtown Miami at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. 

 

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On this Wednesday, Nov. 6, episode of Sundial: 

Utility Rates In Florida

Katie Lepri / WLRN

On this Tuesday, Nov. 5, episode of Sundial: 

The Stakes Podcast 

Gay Block

This story was updated on Nov. 8, 2019 to correct some factual errors.

 

Heroes can have different faces. They can be teachers, diplomats, families that live routine lives until extreme circumstances force them to make significant choices. 

 

This is the main takeaway from "Rescuers," an exhibition that just opened at the JCC Levis Sandler Center in Boca Raton. It explores the stories of individuals who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

On this Monday, Nov. 4, episode of Sundial: 

Elections

Miami-Dade County will have elections on Tuesday and there are a number of key races that voters should be informed about. WLRN’s Danny Rivero is following District 1, Miami Herald’s Joey Flechas is following District 2 and Martin Vassolo is following the races on Miami Beach. They joined Sundial to talk about key referendums and commissioner seats that residents will vote on.

South Florida Housing Link

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A new program by Catalyst Miami, a nonprofit social services organization, is offering people applying for citizenship zero-interest loans to cover the costs of the application process.

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