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Rising Waters At Lake O, Winning The Genius Grant, Remembering A Life On Broadway

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Florida human rights strategist a 2017 MacArthur genius grant winner

Today in Sundial: The water in Lake Okeechobee is starting to go back down after rising more than 17 feet after Hurricane Irma. That was edging dangerously close to the record of 18.5 after Hurricane Wilma. The rise forced the Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the Herbert Hoover Dike for any damage or risks. We spoke with WLRN reporter Peter Haden, who was at the dike and traveled through communities near the lake to find out how people are living with the constant danger.

Greg Asbed was named the MacArthur Foundation's winner of the so-called Genius Grant. Asbed has spent decades working to protect farm workers rights in the heart of the tomato agricultural region of Florida. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has fought against sexual assaults on workers, human trafficking and to increase wages. We hear from Asbed about a life spent helping the downtrodden in the wealthiest nation in the world.

Richard Jay-Alexander already had a great Broadway career before he got into a recording studio with Broadway sensation Bernadette Peters. After that, doors opened and Jay-Alexander started working with stars like Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand and Ricky Martin. We talk about his upcoming event at the Jewish Museum of Florida FIU. 

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Luis Hernandez is an award-winning journalist and host whose career spans three decades in cities across the U.S. He’s the host of WLRN’s newest daily talk show, Sundial (Mon-Thu), and the news anchor every afternoon during All Things Considered.