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Marshall Project's Sex Offenders Investigation, Sundial Book Club & North Miami Pops

North Miami Pops Band
The North Miami Pops Band preformes at the Gwen Margolis Community Center in March of 2014.

In Miami-Dade County, convicted sex offenders often end up homeless. The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning online magazine focused on criminal justice, recently released a multimedia investigation examining the issue in depth. In partnership with Longreads, they looked at what life is like for nearly 500 of the county's 2,200 registered sex offenders and how they are navigating punitive residency laws while trying to rebuild their lives after incarceration in Miami-Dade County. Reporters Beth Schwartzaphel and Emily Kassie followed several homeless individuals as they attempt to navigate the system. They joined Sundial to talk about the complex laws surrounding housing for registered sex offenders.

The Sundial Book Club’s October read is “The Veins of the Ocean,” by Patricia Engel. The book follows a young Colombian woman named Reina, who fights to protect her family from one horrific tragedy after another. Much of it takes place in South Florida. Engel is also a University of Miami Creative Writing professor. She joined Sundial to talk about the book's themes of incarceration, familial loss, faith and finding identity in a foreign place.

The North Miami Pops orchestra has been an institution on Miami Beach for more than 50 years. Longtime players Victoria Sigler, who plays trombone and percussion, and George Early, who plays the trumpet joined Sundial to explain why they volunteer in the orchestra and the history behind the band. The North Miami Pops' next performance is on Sunday, Oct. 21 and Sundial host Luis Hernandez will be the guest announcer.