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A live panel of community leaders, immigration attorneys, and journalists shared their insights on how the recent arriva...
01/29/2023
Stream: WLRN's Detention by Design Live

A live panel of community leaders, immigration attorneys, and journalists shared their insights on how the recent arrivals of migrants to Florida by boat are shaping policy and affecting families across the region.

Drawing from the deep historical research and narrative storytelling in his 2022 podcast, Detention by Design, WLRN News' Danny Rivero led the conversation.

If you missed Friday's event, find the full stream here: https://www.wlrn.org/immigration/2023-01-20/stream-wlrns-detention-by-design-live

Stream the full WLRN special, Detention by Design Live. As Cuban and Haitian migrants once again land battered boats in Florida in large numbers, experts and a studio audience joined Danny Rivero — host of the Detention By Design podcast — on Friday for a timely discussion.

Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is requiring state universities to provide information from the past five years about ...
01/29/2023
Florida universities must submit information on resources for transgender care

Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is requiring state universities to provide information from the past five years about services they have provided to people with gender dysphoria, according to recently released documents.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is requiring state universities to provide information from the past five years about services they have provided to people with gend...

If you've found yourself wondering how to shop more ethically, there are several principles you can follow, says David W...
01/29/2023
Looking for Amazon alternatives for ethical shopping? Here are some ideas

If you've found yourself wondering how to shop more ethically, there are several principles you can follow, says David Weitzner, assistant professor of management at York University in Toronto.

First and foremost, make sure you understand and agree with how the company makes its money. Beyond that, he says to prioritize the company's reputation over its ranking on lists of top ethical companies (because some ranking lists require companies to pay to be on them).

Amazon ended its charity donation program, AmazonSmile, after a series of other cost-cutting measures. Many shoppers expressed disapproval on social media and have bee...

A Leon County circuit judge Friday rejected a request by the DeSantis’ administration to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Demo...
01/29/2023
Judge refuses to dismiss migrants flight case

A Leon County circuit judge Friday rejected a request by the DeSantis’ administration to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Democratic state Sen. Jason Pizzo after the state flew about 50 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts.

The flights to Martha’s Vineyard drew national attention and came as DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, frequently criticized federal immigration policies.

A judge Friday rejected a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to dismiss a lawsuit filed after the state flew about 50 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts in...

For the first time, Palm Beach County led the way among Florida chefs who got a James Beard Award semifinals nod for the...
01/28/2023
South Florida restaurants make semifinals for James Beard awards

For the first time, Palm Beach County led the way among Florida chefs who got a James Beard Award semifinals nod for the coveted “Best Chef” in the South award.

The five semifinalists include: Jeremy and Cindy Bearman of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, Rick Mace of Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach, Pushkar Marathe of the Stage Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens and Lojo Washington of Queen of Sheeba in West Palm Beach's Historic Northwest District.

Palm Beach County lands an unprecedented number of spots on the "Best Chef" in the South category.

Everyday Americans will be able to help refugees adjust to life in the U.S. in a program being launched by the State Dep...
01/28/2023
A new program lets private citizens sponsor refugees in the U.S.

Everyday Americans will be able to help refugees adjust to life in the U.S. in a program being launched by the State Department as a way to give private citizens a role in resettling the thousands of refugees who arrive every year.

The State Department program, dubbed the Welcome Corps, would give Americans a role in resettling thousands of refugees who arrive every year.

In Miami Dade County, about 70% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. Yet if you want to get a college degree, you ha...
01/28/2023
How Miami Dade College teaches students to learn, live in a bilingual world

In Miami Dade County, about 70% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. Yet if you want to get a college degree, you have to speak English. With nearly 42 million Spanish speakers in the U.S., some academics and college administrators are questioning why more universities don’t embrace bilingual education.

"Gordita Chronicles" has its roots in Miami. It's based on the life of creator Claudia Forestieri, a "gordita" whose fam...
01/27/2023
Sundial: How growing up in Miami inspired the hit HBO sitcom ‘Gordita Chronicles’

"Gordita Chronicles" has its roots in Miami. It's based on the life of creator Claudia Forestieri, a "gordita" whose family leaves the Dominican Republic for Hialeah in the 1980s.

Claudia Forestieri, the creator and writer of the comedy series, Gordita Chronicles, joins WLRN's Carlos Frías to talk about how her personal experience of growing up ...

Jacqueline Woodson read some of her work onstage inside the school auditorium. She talked about her writing process and ...
01/27/2023
'Someone who looks like me': Acclaimed author inspires Key West students to write

Jacqueline Woodson read some of her work onstage inside the school auditorium. She talked about her writing process and took questions from students.

"I write very short books. I write books with a lot of white space," she told students, from onstage in the school auditorium. "I've always been a really slow reader. I still am a very slow reader. Probably when I was young I would've been diagnosed as dyslexic. But I wasn't diagnosed. I was just a slow reader."

Woodson's writing process reflects her childhood days, when she would read a passage over and over again so she could understand. "Eventually, it becomes part of my memory but it also becomes the book," she said.

Jacqueline Woodson, a MacArthur Fellow whose memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, visited Key West High School during January's Key West Literary ...

Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light unexpectedly announced his retirement. Under the leadership of Silagy, the...
01/27/2023
Florida Power CEO implicated in scandals abruptly steps down

Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light unexpectedly announced his retirement. Under the leadership of Silagy, the company has been tied to allegations of campaign finance violations, media manipulation, and the surveillance of critical journalists.

Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump has threatened to file a class action lawsuit against the DeSantis administration ...
01/26/2023
Attorney Ben Crump threatens to sue DeSantis over African American Studies course

Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump has threatened to file a class action lawsuit against the DeSantis administration over the state’s rejection of an African American studies course.

“The fight is not just about this AP course," said State Sen. Shevrin Jones, D-Miami Gardens. "The fight is against the strong uprising of racism from people who are seeing the shifting of America.”

The famed attorney Ben Crump plans to bring a class action lawsuit against the state of Florida if it doesn’t reverse its decision to reject an AP African American Stu...

State officials want to “curb” activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion at public colleges and universities...
01/26/2023
DeSantis team aims to 'curb' DEI at universities. But a top official says some programs have value

State officials want to “curb” activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion at public colleges and universities. But the top official overseeing Florida's university system says some of the DEI programs called into question do have value.

Gov. Ron DeSantis' office is scrutinizing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Florida's universities, as part of a campaign to root out what they claim is "...

The 22-day Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival starts today at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
01/26/2023
New Palm Beach festival attracts independent films, quirks of Florida

The 22-day Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival starts today at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Must-see independent cinema from over 20 different countries this month is coalescing into the arts scene in Palm Beach County. The 22-day Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach...

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is joining 19 other state attorneys general in a legal challenge to President Bide...
01/26/2023
Florida, other states sue Biden administration over new border policy

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is joining 19 other state attorneys general in a legal challenge to President Biden’s new parole program for Venezuelan, Cuban, Haitian and Nicaraguan migrants.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, argues Biden's policy “flouts” U.S. immigration law.

The IRS started accepting tax returns for 2022 earnings on Jan. 23, and it will issue tax refunds in the weeks and month...
01/26/2023
Your tax refund will likely be smaller this year. Here are more things to know

The IRS started accepting tax returns for 2022 earnings on Jan. 23, and it will issue tax refunds in the weeks and months that follow.

And some of us could be in for a surprise.

The IRS starts accepting tax returns for 2022 on Jan. 23. A financial expert breaks down the changes from last year, and shares her tips for coping with tax season.

A nonprofit’s recent analysis of federal data reveals fentanyl-related fatalities are growing at a disturbing rate among...
01/25/2023
Study shows more kids dying from fentanyl. Florida's attorney general offers a toolkit to help

A nonprofit’s recent analysis of federal data reveals fentanyl-related fatalities are growing at a disturbing rate among American youth — including infants.

The study found that children younger than 14 are dying of fentanyl poisoning at a faster rate than any other age group, more than tripling from 2019 to 2021.

Ashley Moody is warning parents about the opioid after an alarming report found that children younger than 14 are dying of fentanyl poisoning at a faster rate than any...

Dave Barry has written for the Oscars, authored more than 25 books and — we are not making this up! — became the first h...
01/25/2023
Sundial: Dave Barry on the oddities of swamplife and how his mother influenced his unique sense of humor

Dave Barry has written for the Oscars, authored more than 25 books and — we are not making this up! — became the first humor writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. And now, he's written a new book. Swamp Story is due out in May.

Syndicated humor writer Dave Barry joins WLRN's Carlos Frías on Sundial to about his upcoming book, Swamp Story, which features the oddities of swamp culture and TikTo...

The staple Disney ride, Splash Mountain, had one final run over the weekend before it closed for good. Controversy surro...
01/25/2023
Disney World's Splash Mountain runs dry, as the iconic ride closes for good

The staple Disney ride, Splash Mountain, had one final run over the weekend before it closed for good. Controversy surrounded the ride, based on the 1946 film Song of the South and its racist themes. The ride is now undergoing renovations and will relaunch as Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

Sunday was the last day for the ride in the Florida park. Controversy surrounded the ride, based on the 1946 film Song of the South and its racist themes. It will rela...

✏️ Florida is making national headlines after the DeSantis administration decided to reject an AP African American Studi...
01/25/2023
Florida says AP class teaches critical race theory. Here's what's really in the course

✏️ Florida is making national headlines after the DeSantis administration decided to reject an AP African American Studies course, saying the class indoctrinates students to "a political agenda."

But scholars who were involved in creating the curriculum say that's far from the truth.

"We didn't want to just focus on slavery, although slavery is a part of it. We wanted to give a comprehensive view of the culture, literature, historical development, political movements, social movements."

📚 More on what's in the course here:

Florida rejected an Advancement Placement course on African American studies, saying it's "filled with" critical race theory. But scholars who helped create the course...

Broward County School Superintendent Vickie Cartwright is on the way out. After hours of deliberations yesterday, Cartwr...
01/25/2023
After months of uncertainty, Broward school board and superintendent agree to mutual separation

Broward County School Superintendent Vickie Cartwright is on the way out. After hours of deliberations yesterday, Cartwright and the school board came to a mutual agreement to part ways.

It follows months of complaints about poor relationships with stakeholders, scathing audits of district contracts, and what critics say is a lack of leadership.

The board will now search for a temporary replacement while negotiating the terms of Cartwright's departure.

The board and Superintendent Vickie Cartwright agreed to a mutual separation agreement, suggested by board member Debbi Hixon, on Tuesday. But a vote is still pending.

A Florida state senator filed a proposal Friday that could allow high schools to offer prayers over stadium loudspeakers...
01/25/2023
New proposal could allow prayers before Florida high school athletic events

A Florida state senator filed a proposal Friday that could allow high schools to offer prayers over stadium loudspeakers before championship athletic events.

A Florida senator has filed a proposal that could allow high schools to offer prayers over stadium loudspeakers before championship athletic events.

On this week's South Florida Roundup, we had a special live edition of WLRN’s Detention By Design, a podcast series that...
01/25/2023
Is Biden’s new parole program a solution to the migrant crisis?

On this week's South Florida Roundup, we had a special live edition of WLRN’s Detention By Design, a podcast series that traced the history of immigration detention in the U.S. to South Florida. We covered the current wave of migration, the Biden administration’s new parole program and gave some historical context to today's crisis.

On this week's South Florida Roundup, we had a special live edition of WLRN’s Detention By Design, a podcast series that traced the history of immigration detention in...

Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized $1.3 million in legal and expert-witness fees in the state’s effort to ban Medicaid cov...
01/24/2023
Florida runs up almost $2M tab in Medicaid transgender case

Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized $1.3 million in legal and expert-witness fees in the state’s effort to ban Medicaid coverage of treatments for transgender people, a review of state records by The News Service of Florida shows.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has authorized more than $1.3 million for legal and expert-witness fees in the state’s effort to ban Medicaid coverage of treatments ...

Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz joins host Carlos Frías as his play Anna in the Tropics is showing at the Colony The...
01/24/2023
Sundial: Nilo Cruz brings his Pulitzer Prize-winning play home for its 20th anniversary

Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz joins host Carlos Frías as his play Anna in the Tropics is showing at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach for its 20th anniversary. Cruz was raised in Miami and his talent was first recognized when he was a student at Miami-Dade College. He would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz joins host Carlos Frías as his play Anna in the Tropics is showing at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach for its 20th anniversary. C...

The Keys Immigrant Coalition is offering a free trilingual public workshop today for families, friends and supporters of...
01/24/2023
Keys group offers workshop on new Biden immigration program, for prospective sponsors

The Keys Immigrant Coalition is offering a free trilingual public workshop today for families, friends and supporters of migrants wanting to sponsor arrivals through the Biden administration's new parole program. That meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

The Keys Immigrant Coalition is offering a free trilingual public workshop Jan. 24 for families, friends and supporters of migrants wanting to sponsor arrivals through...

Today, the Broward County school board is set to vote on whether superintendent Vickie Cartwright gets to keep her job —...
01/24/2023
Broward school board to vote on superintendent's fate - again

Today, the Broward County school board is set to vote on whether superintendent Vickie Cartwright gets to keep her job — maybe this time once and for all.

Cartwright's 90-day probation — a period for her to address concerns on district culture, community engagement and accountability — has ended. During the meeting, she will present board members with an update on the work she has done.

The board will decide on Tuesday whether or not to fire Superintendent Vickie Cartwright.

After growing up in what he calls “John Hughes-Landia,” or Chicago, Steve Friedman thought he’d spend his days in a cubi...
01/24/2023
How one fisherman is sustaining his livelihood through environmental advocacy

After growing up in what he calls “John Hughes-Landia,” or Chicago, Steve Friedman thought he’d spend his days in a cubicle surrounded by buttoned up shirts and staplers. He needed a life change.

Now, he passes the time in a rash guard and polarized sunglasses on the waters of the Florida Keys where he got hooked on fishing.

“If you know anything about fishing, or specifically fly fishing, all roads lead to the Keys,” he said. “This is where everybody gathers and pays homage.”

Steve Friedman said he "needed a life change.” A passion for environmental activism led him to the water.

💭 COMMENTARY | "Miami — and its exile leaders — too often rely on dubiously fast-track solutions to genuinely long-haul ...
01/23/2023
Hey, Miami: We should observe Jan. 23 as one of our 'scheme day' anniversaries

💭 COMMENTARY | "Miami — and its exile leaders — too often rely on dubiously fast-track solutions to genuinely long-haul problems. Like the failed Venezuelan Guaidó gambit."

COMMENTARY Miami — and its exile leaders — too often rely on dubiously fast-track solutions to genuinely long-haul problems. Like the failed Venezuelan Guaidó gambit.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at an abortion rights rally in Tallahassee on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of ...
01/23/2023
On 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Kamala Harris urges federal abortion protections

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at an abortion rights rally in Tallahassee on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In her speech, Harris spoke directly to the anti-abortion rights policies implemented by Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, and state officials.

"The right of every woman, in every state, in this country, to make decisions about her own body is on the line," Harris said. "I said it once, and I'll say it again: How dare they?"

In a speech delivered on Sunday, the vice president advocated for Congress to take action to protect abortion rights.

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A live panel of community leaders, immigration attorneys, and journalists shared their insights on how the recent arrivals of migrants to Florida by boat are shaping policy and affecting families across the region.

Drawing from the deep historical research and narrative storytelling in his 2022 podcast, Detention by Design, WLRN News' Danny Rivero led the conversation.

If you missed Friday's event, find the full stream here: https://www.wlrn.org/immigration/2023-01-20/stream-wlrns-detention-by-design-live
Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is requiring state universities to provide information from the past five years about services they have provided to people with gender dysphoria, according to recently released documents.
If you've found yourself wondering how to shop more ethically, there are several principles you can follow, says David Weitzner, assistant professor of management at York University in Toronto.

First and foremost, make sure you understand and agree with how the company makes its money. Beyond that, he says to prioritize the company's reputation over its ranking on lists of top ethical companies (because some ranking lists require companies to pay to be on them).
A Leon County circuit judge Friday rejected a request by the DeSantis’ administration to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Democratic state Sen. Jason Pizzo after the state flew about 50 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts.

The flights to Martha’s Vineyard drew national attention and came as DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, frequently criticized federal immigration policies.
For the first time, Palm Beach County led the way among Florida chefs who got a James Beard Award semifinals nod for the coveted “Best Chef” in the South award.

The five semifinalists include: Jeremy and Cindy Bearman of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, Rick Mace of Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach, Pushkar Marathe of the Stage Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens and Lojo Washington of Queen of Sheeba in West Palm Beach's Historic Northwest District.
Everyday Americans will be able to help refugees adjust to life in the U.S. in a program being launched by the State Department as a way to give private citizens a role in resettling the thousands of refugees who arrive every year.
In Miami Dade County, about 70% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. Yet if you want to get a college degree, you have to speak English. With nearly 42 million Spanish speakers in the U.S., some academics and college administrators are questioning why more universities don’t embrace bilingual education.
Photographer, historian and professor Deborah Willis is concluding her residency at the museum with a talk on fashion and photography on Sunday. She spoke with WLRN about her life's inspirations and how she became one of the leading historians of African American photography.
"Gordita Chronicles" has its roots in Miami. It's based on the life of creator Claudia Forestieri, a "gordita" whose family leaves the Dominican Republic for Hialeah in the 1980s.
Jacqueline Woodson read some of her work onstage inside the school auditorium. She talked about her writing process and took questions from students.

"I write very short books. I write books with a lot of white space," she told students, from onstage in the school auditorium. "I've always been a really slow reader. I still am a very slow reader. Probably when I was young I would've been diagnosed as dyslexic. But I wasn't diagnosed. I was just a slow reader."

Woodson's writing process reflects her childhood days, when she would read a passage over and over again so she could understand. "Eventually, it becomes part of my memory but it also becomes the book," she said.
ICYMI: New conservative board members Christopher Rufo and Eddie Speir laid out their visions for the school at a pair of town hall meetings in Sarasota this week.
South Florida advocates of the White House's new immigration policy say they're confronting social media misinformation in the Haitian community.
Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light unexpectedly announced his retirement. Under the leadership of Silagy, the company has been tied to allegations of campaign finance violations, media manipulation, and the surveillance of critical journalists.
Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump has threatened to file a class action lawsuit against the DeSantis administration over the state’s rejection of an African American studies course.

“The fight is not just about this AP course," said State Sen. Shevrin Jones, D-Miami Gardens. "The fight is against the strong uprising of racism from people who are seeing the shifting of America.”
State officials want to “curb” activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion at public colleges and universities. But the top official overseeing Florida's university system says some of the DEI programs called into question do have value.
The 22-day Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival starts today at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
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