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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Dealing with the loss of a loved someone is a hard thing. Some people try to control everything, others turn to alcohol and drugs and others decide to do taxidermy porn.

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, was in Gainesville on Monday for a special conference examining the impact of climate change on farming practices. She, along with agriculture industry leaders, lawmakers and professors, discussed how climate change is impacting agriculture.

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Songbirds are known for their beautiful bright-colored feathered coats and for their melodious and upbeat songs, which South Floridians can hear on most summertime mornings. 

But there is another important detail to know about these small creatures: they're often trapped, smuggled and traded throughout the region. 

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Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sex trafficking underage girls, died in a New York jail cell by apparent suicide on Saturday. His autopsy report has yet to be released. Sarah Blaskey, reporter for the Miami Herald joined Sundial to talk about what will happen with the investigation and if his state will be subject to pay compensation to victims now that Epstein is dead. 

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Teachers are becoming increasingly frustrated with their profession, according to a new poll from PDK. The study, called "The Public’s Attitude Toward Public Schools," found that half of teachers surveyed have considered leaving the profession in the past few years.

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A Miami-based architect has made it his mission to design hospitals to be more resilient to seismic events and hurricanes. 

Eduardo Egea, from the firm Leo A Daly, has been designing hospitals for almost 25 years. After Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Egea came up with the idea to design a hospital that could ultimately help in the aftermath of a hurricane by using drones to get supplies to patients quickly and easily. “Drones are going to be part of our day-to-day tools that we will use in the future,” he said on Sundial. 

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Governor Ron DeSantis ordered on Tuesday an investigation into the actions of Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the former Palm Beach state attorney in handling the case of sex offender and county millionare Jeffrey Epstein. The state criminal probe will be led by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and will investigate how the sheriff handled the work release program for Epstein, who is now in New York jail charged with underage sex trafficking case. State Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, joined Sundial.

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South Florida has long been a hotbed for notable news stories. The region is multilingual and multicultural, a Democratic stronghold in a swing state and ground zero for climate change and hurricanes. 

In recent years, media outlets in South Florida have faced increasing pressure from dwindling advertising revenues, threats to public records laws and declining trust in the media. Layoffs have affected reporters across the region. And we've been rocked by national stories like the Parkland shooting and immigrant children at the Homestead detention center.

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was among a number of Florida lawmakers who called for national gun control measures after two mass shootings this weekend left at least 32 people dead and many more wounded.

Fried and others, including Senate President Bill Galvano and U.S. Represenattive Charlie Crist, took to Twitter Sunday to voice their dissatisfaction with the background checks currently in place. 

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At least 32 people were killed and close to 50 were injured in mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio as of noon on Monday. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried called for national leaders to step in. “We are the only nation where murderers and the mentally ill can access weapons of war that can cause mass deaths in seconds. We must take action to stop the hate-fueled violence,” she tweeted.

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Walter Mercado is known for his fancy, mystical and over-the-top capes and his daily horoscope readings, which he gave for many years on national television. The 87-year-old Puerto Rican astrologer and psychic, who’s often referred to simply as "Walter," has shaped the lives of many Latino households for decades. “I always give the touch of love and they call me the Walter of Miracles,” he said on Sundial. 

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has nominated Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia to be the island's next secretary of state. If lawmakers approve Pierluisi Urrutia’s nomination he will assume the position once the governor leaves office on Friday, August 2. To discuss the island's political future, Sundial was joined by former state Rep.

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When a mother and her autistic son visited the Margate Police Department earlier this year to discuss the relationship between police and the autistic community, chief of police Jonathan Shaw realized the need for additional training for officers. 

In response, Shaw's police department recently launched "Project Autism," to teach and train officers how to interact with individuals on the spectrum. It also establishes indicators for autistic individuals to help officers understand who they are talking to and how to handle the situation. 

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Miami-Dade County this week announced a plan to help restore voting rights for ex-felons. Last November, Florida voters approved Amendment Four, a restoration of voting rights to felons. Afterward, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring all fines and fees related to a crime to be paid off before a felon could have voting rights restored. Many were unhappy, calling the law a roadblock, lawsuits were filed. On Monday, the Miami-Dade State Attorney and Public Defender’s offices announced changes to help felons regain their rights to vote prior to the 2020 elections.

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The Holocaust is usually taught in history or social studies classes, but according to the director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education the lessons learned from the mass genocide can be implemented in science, math and even physical education classes. 

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