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

Miami Herald

The House Intelligence Committee last week released a new report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, which included details about targeted attacks in Florida. On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, told NBC's "Meet the Press" he wasn’t familiar with the details of the new report while Sen. Marco Rubio, also a Florida Republican, has publicly expressed his concerns. The Miami Herald’s David Smiley joined Sundial to provide background on the report and Scott’s ongoing response. 

Ben Montgomery

The Dozier School for Boys dates back to the turn of the century in Florida and its history is a dark one.

The reformatory school taught thousands of young boys in the small city of Mariana in the Panhandle for over 100 years. During that time, there were hundreds of documented cases of physical assault, torture and even death. But the school remained open. 

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Last week, anthropological investigators from the University of Southern Florida (USF) visited the Dozier School for Boys to investigate the site for 27 anomolies discovered by a subcontractor using ground penetrating radar. The institution, based in Marianna, Florida, is known for hundreds of documented cases of physical assault and torture. About 80 of its students died there, and previously dozens of graves have been found. But no additional human remains were discovered last week at the state-run former reformatory program for young boys.

Paulette Cooper / Courtesy

Fifty years ago, journalist Paulette Cooper had the wild idea to sneak onto a cruise ship.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation on Wednesday night. It follows nearly two weeks of protests that were sparked by the publication of almost 900 pages of the governor’s leaked private messages -including sexist and homophobic comments by Roselló and his top aids.  Gov. Rosselló’s resignation is effective Aug. 2. CNN reporter Leyla Santiago has been reporting from Puerto Rico and joined Sundial for an update.

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The Florida Board of Education recently approved a new mandate requiring public schools to teach at least five hours of mental health instruction to students in sixth to 12th grade. 

The program requires students to take a course to help them identify signs and symptoms of depression and where to get help and resources. It aims to destigmatize mental health issues and and teach them how to help others who might be struggling.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Protests continue in Puerto Rico. People have been calling for the resignation of the island’s governor Ricardo Roselló after messages leaked between Roselló and 11 of his aides. The messages had profane and homophobic language and referenced other members of the government and even victims of Hurricane Maria. Sundial spoke with Miami Herald reporter Bianca Padró Ocasio who is on the island covering the ongoing protests. 

Frank Ridgley / Zoo Miami

Invasive snake populations in the Everglades continue to have devastating impacts on the ecosystem. 

Burmese Pythons, North African Pythons and Boa Constrictors have reduced the population of fur bearing animals by 99 percent, according to scientists. Since 2007, Zoo Miami has been working with the National Park Service, the United States Geological Services and the University of Florida to manage and eradicate invasive species from the Everglades.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Odebrecht, the largest construction company in Latin America, is in the center of a multi-million dollar bribery scandal. The company filed for bankruptcy protection last month. The scandal was brought to light by an investigative team of journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Miami Herald. Reporter Sasha Chavkin joined Sundial to talk about the investigation.

 

 

 

Jenny Abreu / Courtesy of the Lowe

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.

 

WLRN

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.

  

Miami Herald

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.

 

Gerard Albert / WLRN

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. 

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