Dan Grech http://blog.wlrn.org en My Mom Kissed Fidel http://blog.wlrn.org/post/my-mom-kissed-fidel <p>This post goes in the “It’s a Small World” category.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:04:39 +0000 Dan Grech 1929 at http://blog.wlrn.org My Mom Kissed Fidel Human Hair Is Farmers’ Friend http://blog.wlrn.org/post/human-hair-farmers-friend <p>That’s according to Blair Blacker, and he should know.&nbsp; In this story, host Dan Grech visits a&nbsp;warehouse in Florida City&nbsp;with Blacker to have a look at a novel product– mats made from human hair.&nbsp; Blacker says the mats fertilize plants better than most herbicides, plus they prevent&nbsp;weeds&nbsp;and conserve water.&nbsp; The circular mats, made by <a href="http://www.smartgrow.us/" target="_blank" title="SmartGrow">SmartGrow</a>,&nbsp;fit snugly around a plant’s base and biodegrade over time.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:27:12 +0000 Dan Grech 2249 at http://blog.wlrn.org Human Hair Is Farmers’ Friend Episode 4: Hispanic Versus Latino http://blog.wlrn.org/post/episode-4-hispanic-versus-latino <p>Dan Grech gets a government form in the mail and he’s asked to decide:&nbsp;Is he Hispanic, or “a big white guy?” He’s pretty sure he’s not Latino.</p><p>To sort it all out, he invited demographer Maria Aysa to the studio.</p><p>In this piece, she explains the difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino, and why some people are so adamant about using one instead of the other.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:01:57 +0000 Dan Grech & Jose Maya 2237 at http://blog.wlrn.org Episode 4: Hispanic Versus Latino Meet Poet Campbell McGrath http://blog.wlrn.org/post/meet-poet-campbell-mcgrath <p>When you see a book titled <em>Florida Poems, </em>you might imagine titles and verses about bright sunshine and sand-swept beaches, with a picturesque Key West sunset thrown in.&nbsp; You know, kind of like the poetry version of those generic landscape paintings that hang in every Florida seaside motel? (With the exception of paintings by the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/27/arts/design/27ARTS.html?scp=2&amp;sq=highwaymen%20florida&amp;st=cse" target="_blank" title="New York Times: Florida Highwaymen">Florida Highwaymen</a>, but that’s another story for another time.)</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:45:29 +0000 Dan Grech 1930 at http://blog.wlrn.org Meet Poet Campbell McGrath Venezuelan Team's Request For A Moment Of Silence For Hugo Chavez Turned Down http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-teams-request-moment-silence-hugo-chavez-turned-down <p>Venezuela's national baseball team was warming up ahead of Tuesday evening's exhibition game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., when <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/hugo-chavez-dead-heres-what-you-should-know" target="_blank">news arrived that President Hugo Chavez had died</a>.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:31:27 +0000 Dan Grech 10396 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuelan Team's Request For A Moment Of Silence For Hugo Chavez Turned Down Maltz Jupiter Theater Cements Place As Regional Powerhouse In Carbonell Award Nominations http://blog.wlrn.org/post/maltz-jupiter-theater-cements-place-regional-powerhouse-carbonell-award-nominations <p>The <a href="http://www.jupitertheatre.org/">Maltz Jupiter Theater</a> nearly doubled its closest competitors Friday with <a href="http://carbonellawards.org/about-2/37th-annual-awards/">23 </a><a href="http://carbonellawards.org/about-2/37th-annual-awards/">Carbonell</a> Award<a href="http://carbonellawards.org/about-2/37th-annual-awards/"> nominations </a>in a field thinned by the closure of three regional theaters.</p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:34:38 +0000 Dan Grech 8384 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Beach Couple Desperate To Get Married Resorts To Reddit Over “Buzzkill” Florida Bureaucracy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-beach-couple-desperate-get-married-resorts-reddit-over-buzzkill-florida-bureaucracy <p></p><p>We spotted this <a href="http://redd.it/119ewk">touching (and slightly bizarre) plea on Reddit</a> from "cosmicbrownies2," and couldn’t resist helping spread the word.</p><blockquote><p>Can anyone PLEASE marry us this weekend!?</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:22:15 +0000 Dan Grech 2856 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Beach Couple Desperate To Get Married Resorts To Reddit Over “Buzzkill” Florida Bureaucracy One Year After The Quake: “Las Twins” http://blog.wlrn.org/post/one-year-after-quake-las-twins <p>Carmen Maria Romero was one of the four medical workers in Haiti whose voices you heard in <a href="http://wlrnunderthesun.org/2010/07/after-the-quake-patients-and-healers/" target="_blank" title="After the Quake: Patients and Healers">After the Quake: Patients and Healers.</a> She’s a physical therapist who had already been volunteering in Haiti for ten years, and who traveled there last January to help with the relief efforts.</p><p>Romero was so moved by the suffering and the resilience of her patients that she decided to quit her job and relocate to Haiti.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:11:44 +0000 Dan Grech 2546 at http://blog.wlrn.org One Year After The Quake: “Las Twins” Not Your Average Science Conference http://blog.wlrn.org/post/not-your-average-science-conference <p><span style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(6, 129, 181); text-decoration: none; ">WLRN’s Dan Grech</span>&nbsp;crossed an item off his bucket list and reported the opening story of this week’s episode of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/448/adventure" style="border-top-width: 0px; bo Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:32:21 +0000 Dan Grech 2434 at http://blog.wlrn.org Not Your Average Science Conference Songs Of Seduction Under The Sea http://blog.wlrn.org/post/songs-seduction-under-sea <p></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:05:35 +0000 Dan Grech 2443 at http://blog.wlrn.org Songs Of Seduction Under The Sea Confessions Of A Refugee Boy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/confessions-refugee-boy <p><a href="http://books.simonandschuster.com/Learning-to-Die-in-Miami/Carlos-Eire/9781439181904" target="_blank" title="Learning to Die in Miami"><em>Learning to Die in Miami</em></a> is author Carlos Eire’s follow-up to his 2003 memoir, <a href="http://books.simonandschuster.com/Waiting-for-Snow-in-Havana/Carlos-Eire/9780743246415" target="_blank" title="Waiting for Snow in Havana"><em>Waiting for Snow in Havana</em></a>. In his first book, Eire wrote about his childhood in Cuba before and during the Castro revolution. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:11:05 +0000 Dan Grech & Alicia Zuckerman 2705 at http://blog.wlrn.org Confessions Of A Refugee Boy A Lesson In Civic Duty http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lesson-civic-duty <p>Getting a jury summons in the mail is not cause to rejoice for most people. It means missing a day or more of work and sitting for long periods of time waiting for your name to be called while watching bad movies in a large, cold room. If you do get chosen for a jury panel, however, you get to see the legal system in process.</p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 19:49:37 +0000 Dan Grech 2683 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Lesson In Civic Duty Docs In Haiti http://blog.wlrn.org/post/docs-haiti <p></p> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:23:30 +0000 Dan Grech, Kenny Malone & Sammy Mack 2163 at http://blog.wlrn.org Docs In Haiti After The Quake: Patients And Healers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-quake-patients-and-healers <p class="mceTemp mceIEcenter" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-left: 0px; text-align: left; font-size: 12px; line-height: 22px; ">This piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:12:01 +0000 Kenny Malone, Dan Grech & Sammy Mack & Dr. David Chan & Jose Iglesias 2162 at http://blog.wlrn.org After The Quake: Patients And Healers Hurricane, I Mean Earthquake http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hurricane-i-mean-earthquake <p>Have you heard anyone slip up and say “the hurricane in Haiti,” when they meant to say “the earthquake”?&nbsp; Hurricanes and earthquakes are both disasters, but could these words become interchangeable?</p> Thu, 13 May 2010 16:33:21 +0000 Dan Grech & Sammy Mack 2167 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hurricane, I Mean Earthquake