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Heard On Sundial: Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, New Slate Podcast And Boca ‘Maske’ Exhibit

Matias J. Ocner
Miami Herald
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

On this Thursday, May 28, episode of Sundial:

Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Visits Keys Nursing Home

Last week, U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell visited a nursing home in the Keys where COVID-19 is spreading amongst patients and employees, and where a series of deaths were reported and linked to the virus.

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Family members and residents of the Tavernier Crystal Health and Rehab Center are upset that the facility did not immediately notify them about 15 residents and six employees who have tested positive for the virus. Murcarsel-Powell said she visited the nursing home on behalf of the family members and residents.

“We knew early on that nursing homes in Florida and across the country were petri dishes for COVID-19,” she said on Sundial.

After visiting the nursing home, the congresswoman has had to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19. She has since tested negative. Murcarsel-Powell spoke with Sundial about what she saw when she visited the nursing home, and some of the criticism she’s received because of her visit.

A Slate Podcast About Carnival Cruise Line

A new business podcast from Slate called “Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism” takes a look at some of the biggest companies who have recently made headlines. Their first episode will be about Carnival Cruise Line, which has been criticised for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are already leading an investigation into the company, and two senators have said they want an investigation against the company as well, since it has started to book trips beginning August 1.

We spoke with host Seth Stevenson about the history of Carnival and how it has remained a power player within the industry since the early 1970s.

This Boca Raton Museum Of Art ‘Maske’ Exhibit Brings On New Meaning

Credit Phyllis Galembo
One of the photographs featured in Phyllis Galembo's 'Maske' exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Back in January, the Boca Raton Museum of Art began showcasing the ‘Phyllis Galembo: Maske’ exhibit. It is a series of photographs capturing colorful African costumes, including masks, that are used in religious ceremonies. When stay-at-home orders began a few months later — closing down museums — they decided to move things online and the Maske show seemed even more relevant.

The museum plans to reopen next week, June 3, with restrictions such as social distancing and mask-wearing. The Maske exhibit will continue to be displayed until September 30. Museum director Irvin Lippman joined Sundial to discuss the exhibit, how it brings on new meaning because of the pandemic and how the museum has been affected after being forced to close down.

Sherrilyn Cabrera is WLRN's PM newscast and digital producer.
Chris knew he wanted to work in public radio beginning in middle school, as WHYY played in his car rides to and from school in New Jersey. He’s freelanced for All Things Considered and was a desk associate for CBS Radio News in New York City. Most recently, he was producing for Capital Public Radio’s Insight booking guests, conducting research and leading special projects at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate.