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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

Emily Taguchi and Stephanie Walsh / ABC Documentaries

Feb. 14 marks two years since 16 students and one teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed on campus. Since the tragedy, students have organized nationwide protests focused on gun violence, successfully lobbied for legislation in the Florida legislature over school safety and started the next chapter of their lives in college and beyond. The upcoming ABC News documentary, "After Parkland," explores how the parents and students have recovered from the tragedy and were inspired to take action in very different ways.

Justin Namon / For ArtBurstMiami.com

“American Son” by South Florida playwright Christopher Demos-Brown is set in Miami. An interracial couple spend a tense night waiting for police to give them news of their son.

The play, which deals with race and police brutality, had a successful 2018-19 run on Broadway and was made into a Netflix film later last year. Zoetic Stage has now brought "American Son" home to the Adrienne Arsht Center, where it runs until Sunday.

Courtesy of Florida International University

Students and faculty stood up and clapped as keynote speaker Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the exonerated “Central Park Five,” walked on stage at the Graham Center Ballrooms at Florida International University. 

“Right now we are on the cusp of everything that Dr. King talked about in the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech,” said Salaam, the keynote speaker at the 29th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Breakfast.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Child sex abuse remains a crisis in South Florida and around the country. Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of hundreds of young girls in Palm Beach County, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands has raised national interest in the issue. But the majority of these cases are happening on an individual level and often with someone who the victim knows.   

  

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On this Tuesday, Jan. 14, episode of Sundial:

Teachers Demand More School Funding

Thousands of teachers from across the state Monday traveled to Tallahassee before the start of the 2020 legislative session to demand higher pay and better benefits. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared 2020 to be “the year of the teacher” and announced a proposal to set a statewide minimum teacher salary at $47,500 and to create a new bonus program. Some educators feel that is not enough. 

Graphic by Alejandra Martinez

When Fort Lauderdale author Dawn Davies moved to South Florida as a child, she wasn’t really a fan.

“In Florida the outside is always trying to get in and dank Florida smells are everywhere you go,” Davies writes in her latest book, “Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces,” the Sundial Book Club pick for January. 

HANSI LO WANG / NPR

On this Monday, Jan. 13, episode of Sundial:

Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee

The U.S Census will be conducted from March to June 2020. To ensure Floridians are accurately reflected in the federal count, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Lieutenant Governor Jeantte Nuñez to lead Florida’s Complete Count Committee. 

GREGORY BULL / AP

Ten years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, causing apocalyptic damage in the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities.

Photo by Em Watson

On this Wednesday, Jan. 8, episode of Sundial:

Iranians In South Florida React

Iran vowed revenge against the U.S. after an airstrike ordered by President Donald J. Trump killed Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani. On Wednesday, Iran fulfilled its promise to retaliate by launching missiles that struck U.S. forces in Iraq. 

JOSE JIMNEZ-TIRADO FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

On this Tuesday, Jan. 7, episode of Sundial:

Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Puerto Rico's governor, Wanda Vázquez, has declared a state of emergency after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island early this morning. The earthquake was followed by an aftershock measuring 6.0. 


Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

On this Monday, Jan. 6, episode of Sundial:

President Trump Evangelical Event In South Florida 

Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed on Friday morning by a drone strike President Donald Trump ordered to deter "future Iranian attack plans." Shortly after Soleimani died, Trump was in West Kendall talking to thousands of supports at the King Jesus Ministry, also known as El Rey Jesus. 

“The day I took office, I got sworn in — the federal government's war on religion came to a very abrupt end," said Trump at the campaign event. 

South Beach Jazz Festival

Happy New Year Sundialers, here’s a rundown of the Thursday, Jan. 2, episode of Sundial:

Tampa Bay Times’ Investigation Looks At The ‘Baker Act’

The Tampa Bay Times recently released an investigation about the ‘Baker Act,’ the Florida law that allows families to involuntarily institutionalize people considered impaired because of mental illness. The investigation revealed that the law is impacting children as young as 6 throughout Florida. 

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On Friday, Miami will honor the lives of homeless people lost died this year due to violence, drug use, and health complications at the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. 

Courtesy of David Rifkind

When local architect David Rifkind and his former wife built their home in South Miami in 2011, they had sustainability in mind.

The light-gray home is made out of mostly recycled materials -- predominantly steel. It generates most of its electricity from solar panels, collects its water from the roof, and the front yard has no grass. Rifkind calls the home the "tin box" and his goal is to reduce his carbon footprint.   

THE OCEAN AGENCY

On this Tuesday, Dec. 17, episode of Sundial:

Shores Forward Partnership To Protect Marine Life

The Ocean Conservancy and the City of Miami have announced a partnership to protect South Florida's oceans and coasts, including Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. 

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