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Sundial's One-Year Anniversary, Latin America Update, Strong Mayor & The Chicken Runs At Midnight

Don Smiley hoists the Championship trophy in the Marlins locker room after the Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. To his right with a cigar in his mouth is club owner H. Wayne Huizenga.

Sundial celebrated their one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The producers of the show invited the first ever Sundial guest, WLRN’s Americas Correspondent Tim Padgett, for the one-year special. 

The U.S. government continues to increase its detention and deportation programs for undocumented immigrants. This has not stopped Central Americans -- especially Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans -- from continuing to flee their home countries and asking for asylum in the U.S. A new study called, “Leaving the Devil You Know” by Vanderbilt University in Tennessee finds the main reason Central Americans are fleeing their countries is to escape the violence of gang wars. WLRN’s Tim Padgett talked to the lead author of the study and joined Sundial to talk about what the author said about the study’s findings.

Voters in the City of Miami will have the opportunity to vote for a “strong mayor” initiative on the November general election. The “strong mayor” proposal would give extended power to the City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. There are a number of city commissioners in fierce opposition of the proposal, including Joe Carollo, who has filed a lawsuit arguing that the language in the measure is unclear as it relates to a strong mayor’s level of compensation. Former Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas is part of Accountable Miami, one of the groups advocating for the “strong mayor” ballot measure. Penelas joined Sundial to explain what the strong mayor proposal is and why it would be a good fit for the city.

“The Chicken Runs at Midnight” has become an iconic phrase for Marlins fans over the past two decades. The expression has a fascinating history, dating back to 1997 when the Marlins won their first World Series against the Cleveland Indians. A new book by sportswriter Tom Friend called, “The Chicken Runs at Midnight” details the story and ran as an ESPN special earlier this month. The Marlins’ former third base coach Rich Donnelly was the one who coined the phrase in 1997. Donnelly and Friend joined Sundial to talk about the book and how Donnelly’s daughter played a huge part in making the expression so iconic.