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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

Photo by Juan Carlos Castañeda / Courtesy of Owsley Brown Presents

On this Thursday, March 5, episode of Sundial WLRN’s Caitie Switalski guest hosts:

Legislative update of gambling, vaping and medical pot

The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to end March 13 and one bill that lawmakers have been struggling to come to a consensus on deals with regulating teen vaping in the state.

MATIAS J. OCNER / MIAMI HERALD

On this Wednesday, March 4, episode of Sundial:

A recap of Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday proved to be a critical turning point in the race for the Democratic presidential nominee. Last night, former Vice President Joe Biden had big wins across the South and in Texas, while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont took California and Colorado. 

This morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially ended his campaign and endorsed Biden for the nomination. Bloomberg held a rally in West Palm Beach last night.

Daniel Varela / Miami Herald

On this Tuesday, March 3, episode of Sundial:

Guatemalan migrant camp in South Miami-Dade

Deep in South Miami-Dade, tucked between nurseries, vegetable fields and fruit crops there are migrant camps of mostly Guatemalan children. 

“They live like a family, a little village, but in horrible conditions,” says Miami Herald immigration reporter Monique O. Madan.

Courtesy of Michael Tougias

On this Monday, March 2, episode of Sundial:

How Florida is preparing for the Coronavirus 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a public health emergency for the state in response to the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. 

As of Monday afternoon, there are two confirmed cases of the virus in Florida. WLRN’s Danny Rivero joined Sundial to talk about how to protect yourself and what the governor says the next steps are to prevent the virus’ spread. 

Courtesy of artist MGMT

On this Thursday, Feb. 27, episode of Sundial:

Remembering Wilton Manors Mayor

Remembrances continue to pour in across South Florida and beyond for Justin Flippen, the 41-year-old mayor of Wilton Manors, who died suddenly from a brain aneurysm on Tuesday. Flippen was elected a Wilton Manors city commissioner in 2008 and mayor in 2018. He’s remembered as an LGBTQ leader. Broward County Reporter Caitie Switalski joined Sundial to talk about the mayor’s legacy. 

Aida Rodriguez / Courtesy

On this Wednesday, Feb. 26, episode of Sundial:

Florida Students Fail AP Exams

Jeanine Michna-Bales / Courtesy

On this Tuesday, Feb. 25, episode of Sundial:

Haiti’s Carnival shooting 

A protest in Haiti over police pay and working conditions ended in an exchange of gunfire between Haiti’s National Police force and the country's armed forces.

FAU's Cyberbullying Research Center

recent study from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) found that a quarter of teens nationwide have reported experiencing some form of online abuse, and that boys are most affected.

Luis Hernandez / WLRN

On this Monday, Feb. 24, episode of Sundial:

South Florida woman given clemency by Trump

Last week, President Donald Trump announced 11 pardons and commutations in high-profile cases. 

Among them: Judith Negron, a South Florida woman who was convicted in a $200 million Medicare fraud scheme 10 years ago. 

Courtesy of Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

On this Thursday, Feb. 20, episode of Sundial:

Environmental reporter moderates presidential debate

The Democratic presidential debate in Nevada was moderated by its first climate journalist, Vanessa Hauc. 

"The Democratic field takes [climate change] very seriously," Hauc says. "Right now, we have a clear understanding of what is happening to our planet."

Courtesy of FAU's Cyberbullying Research Center

On this Wednesday, Feb. 19, episode of Sundial:

Coronavirus in Florida

Florida health officials say they can’t disclose how many people statewide have been tested for the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. As of Wednesday, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Florida. 

The Scripps Research Facility in Jupiter and other research facilities around the country are developing vaccines to address the new coronavirus outbreak.

Photos by Johnny White

On this Tuesday, Feb. 18, episode of Sundial:

Palm Beach County’s Election Concerns

Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link told the Palm Beach Post last week that the county was targeted in a “ransomware” attack weeks before the 2016 presidential election. 

Danny Rivero / WLRN

On this Thursday, Feb. 13, episode of Sundial:

Palm Beach County Homeless Encampment 

Dozens of tents housing homeless people are clustered in "Tent City," a football field-size area in John Prince Memorial Park in Lake Worth. 

Palm Beach County officials visited the encapment on Thursday to speak with the homeless. Residents near the area have raised sanitary and safety concerns. 

Luis Hernandez / WLRN

A new exhibition at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale explores the history and science of dinosaurs.

Through animatronic dinosaur displays and examples of the latest technology used by paleontologists in the field, children are exposed to the science and profession of those continuing to study creatures from the Mesozoic era.

Courtesy of Craig Pittman

In the opening scene of this month’s Sundial Book Club pick, “Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther” by Craig Pittman, hunters in the Everglades chase down a panther shooting tranquilizer darts.

They catch the animal. “I started with the most dramatic scene,” Pittman says.

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