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Football Legend Helps With Bahamian Relief

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On the Monday, Sept. 24, episode of Sundial: 

The Sackler’s Family South Florida Ties

The Sackler family, who founded the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, purchased an office building in West Palm Beach. Recently, the family has been accused of being one of the main drivers of the explosion of opiates nationwide. Palm Beach Post reporter Alexandra Clough joined Sundial to talk about how this brings additional concerns to Palm Beach County's opioid crisis. 

Low-Wage Workers Ride Bus From Miami To The Keys

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According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in any given month about 4,000 Americans will commit suicide. Young people are particularly vulnerable. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34.

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The Legacy Of Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferré

Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferré, 84, died late last week, after battling an aggressive spinal cancer the past two years. Ferré was the mayor of Miami from 1973 to 1985 and many considered him to be the father of modern-day Miami. Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez, who defeated Ferré in the mayoral race of 1985,  joined Sundial to share some memories of his friendship with Ferré. Also, Commissioner Suarez is running for Miami-Dade County mayor and talked about his election campaign on the program. 

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In recent weeks, Customs and Border Patrol officials in Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been visiting Greyhound bus terminals and asking riders to show their immigration papers. This practice referred to as “transportation checks,” or the act of asking commuters for proof of their legal status, has ramped up in recent years as part of President Trump’s strict immigration strategy. The Miami Herald’s Monique O. Madan has been reporting on the story and joined Sundial for an update.


Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was among a number of Florida lawmakers who called for national gun control measures after two mass shootings this weekend left at least 32 people dead and many more wounded.

Fried and others, including Senate President Bill Galvano and U.S. Represenattive Charlie Crist, took to Twitter Sunday to voice their dissatisfaction with the background checks currently in place. 

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Powerful photographs revealing the lives of 25 women post-incarceration are on display at the Coral Gables Museum until Sept. 23. The exhibition, "The Compassion Project," focuses on women who re-entered society after some time behind bars and portrays these women in a new light.


Three Florida cities - Lake City, Riviera Beach and most recently Key Biscayne - have been targeted by hackers in the last month. All were held hostage by hackers for large amounts of money. Sundial spoke with Rob Wile of the Miami Herald to discuss his reporting on the hacking in Key Biscayne, Director of the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas at Miami Dade College Jorge Ortega and Palm Beach Post staff writer Tony Doris on the hacking in Riviera Beach.



As a child, South Florida artist Lori Pratico did not understand why people told her to be ladylike – and not to make a mess. It just didn't jive. Ultimately she found a way to embrace her true self through visual art. Now she intersects that expression as a self-taught artist with a feminist message to uplift young women. 

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Richard Blanco is coming home. Wherever that is. What the poet has learned -- as the son of Cuban exiles growing up in Miami, then wandering, traveling and living around the country, and getting chosen to read his poem "One Today" at President Obama's second inauguration -- is that the idea of home is something that shifts. 

The Sundial Book Club is reading Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" this March. The book, which is a favorite for high school students across the country, takes place in the real Central Florida town of Eatonville and follows a middle-aged black woman named Janie Crawford. 

Eatonville is a special place for writers who make annual pilgrimages to honor Hurston and her contribution to American literature. There's an annual festival and a museum dedicated to Eatonville's favorite daughter. 

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Senator Jeff Brandes has been a leading voice in the Florida Legislature calling for drastic changes to the state’s criminal justice system. In late January, Sen. Brandes filed and sponsored Senate Bill 642, “Florida First Step Act,” a new law that would aim to reduce criminal sentences by allowing judges to depart from mandatory minimums for drug trafficking charges. The bill is modeled on federal legislation signed by President Donald Trump last year. Sen.

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Author Patricia Engel first had the idea for her latest novel while driving in Miami with her mom more than 10 years ago.

When they drove over a bridge, Engel's mother told her a story about a man who threw a baby off a bridge. But she didn’t know any more details about the tragedy. That left Engel wondering.

This conversation led to what's now "The Veins of the Ocean," published in 2016, which tells a similar story. It's Sundial Book Club’s October pick.

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As Hurricane Florence approached North and South Carolina Thursday, Cyndee O’Quinn from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network joined Sundial to give us the latest details on the storm.

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Set up cameras, react, edit, and repeat. Do this well enough and you just might rack up a million followers on Youtube.