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Florida Roundup: Hurricane Harvey, Confederate Street Names and Unionizing Adjunct Professors

Homes near Lake Houston were almost completely under water on Wednesday. Based on the experiences of past storm victims, returning home could take years.

After Harvey, the questions all South Floridians are asking are — could it happen here? What if it happened here?


With Hurricane Irma gathering strength in the Atlantic, we'll talk about the science of Harvey, the hydrology of South Florida and how flood water collects and moves about our region. WLRN's Tom Hudson will talk with two county emergency management directors about getting ready and staying ready. 

Guests: Martin Senterfitt, Monroe County Emergency Management Director; Miguel Ascarrunz, Broward County Emergency Management Director; Jeff Huffman, Meteorologist Director & Chief Meteorologist of The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network; Jenny Staletovich, The Miami Herald 

Read More: Miami Herald - When it comes to epic deluges, Harvey was awful. But not the worst.

After years of effort, weeks of consideration and hours of debate, the city of Hollywood will be removing the names of Confederate icons and a KKK leader from its streets. 

Guests: Wilson Sayre, WLRN reporter

Read More: WLRN - Confederate Street Names In Hollywood To Come Down

Education is traditionally a stronghold for labor unions, and part time teachers at two big colleges in South Florida may be the next to organize under a union banner. We talk about the effort by adjunct professors at Miami Dade and Broward colleges to unionize.

Guests: Alex Harris, covers higher education for The Miami Herald 

Read more: Miami Herald - Part-time professors say they're underpaid and undervalued. Are unions the answer?

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Katie Lepri Cohen is WLRN's engagement editor. Her work involves distributing and amplifying WLRN's journalism on social media, managing WLRN's social accounts, writing and editing newsletters, and leading audience-listening efforts. Reach out via email at klcohen@wlrnnews.org.
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