only in South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org en Five Questions: Peter Zalewski http://blog.wlrn.org/post/five-questions-peter-zalewski <p class="mceTemp mceIEcenter">Five years ago,&nbsp;Peter Zalewski was working as a business journalist, but he jumped into real estate&nbsp;before the condo crisis hit and founded&nbsp;<a href="http://www.condovultures.com/" target="_blank" title="condo vultures">Condo Vultures.</a> His&nbsp;provacatively named real estate&nbsp;firm has grown by leaps and bounds,&nbsp;helping buyers to sift through the foreclosure stats and find steals in South Florida’s real estate collapse.&nbsp;Last year, he also appeared in Michael Moore’s <a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/capitalism-love-s Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:55:41 +0000 Ruth Morris 2356 at http://blog.wlrn.org Five Questions: Peter Zalewski Free Divers Add Depth To Their Lives http://blog.wlrn.org/post/free-divers-add-depth-their-lives <p>South Florida is becoming a freediving hub, thanks in part to renowned Czech diver <a href="http://www.martinstepanek.com/" target="_blank" title="Stepanek">Martin Stepanek</a>, who founded <a href="http://www.freedivinginstructors.com/" target="_blank" title="instructors">Freediving Instructors International</a> in Fort Lauderdale. His partner Niki Roderick– also an accomplished free diver– teaches courses too.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:53:17 +0000 Ruth Morris 2354 at http://blog.wlrn.org Free Divers Add Depth To Their Lives Premiere Episode http://blog.wlrn.org/post/premiere-episode <p>In our first episode, you’ll hear the voices of a Holocaust survivor who made pool cues in Miami Beach and a migrant tomato picker who struggles for higher wages in Immokalee.&nbsp; After losing her son, Queen Brown has taken up the fight to end youth violence, and to make peace in her own family.&nbsp; Two cat burglars remember how they made off with millions of dollars in jewels from Palm Beach mansions.&nbsp; The Miracle Fruit Man introduces our co-host Alicia Zuckerman to a magical berry.&nbsp; A 17-year-old announcer at Dania Jai A-lai hopes to revive a fading sport.&nbsp; And in our r Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:06:42 +0000 Staff 1888 at http://blog.wlrn.org Premiere Episode Alternative Spring Break http://blog.wlrn.org/post/alternative-spring-break <p>It’s a time-honored tradition. Spring breakers descend on Miami from across the nation this time of year to&nbsp;guzzle beer, work on their tanlines and hit the clubs.</p><p><br>Or there’s Alternative Spring Break, where you sit in a windowless room, guzzle coffee, and fill out reams of immigration paperwork. You can compile proof of residence, and file for fee waivers. Sound appealing?</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:32:57 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 2316 at http://blog.wlrn.org Alternative Spring Break Episode 4: Second(hand) Chances http://blog.wlrn.org/post/episode-4-secondhand-chances <p><a href="http://www.givegoodworks.org/" target="_blank" title="Give Good Works">Give Good Works</a>, a Wynwood thrift store and charity, gives your old and gently used items a second chance.&nbsp; However, the point is to give <em>people </em>a second chance.&nbsp; Jennifer Rousseau, who&nbsp;works at the&nbsp;store, transformed her life with the help of the shop’s founder Heather Klinker.</p><p>“A lot of people would have given up on us girls,” said Rousseau. “Heather didn’t. She kept going. She’s a hero to me. I love her.”</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:29:27 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 2260 at http://blog.wlrn.org Episode 4: Second(hand) Chances 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 The People Robert Frank Saw http://blog.wlrn.org/post/people-robert-frank-saw <p>This photo of a forlorn, slightly bored young hotel elevator operator was taken on the beach in 1955, at the Sherry Frontenac Hotel (65th and Collins).&nbsp; It has become one of Frank’s most famous photographs and the face of the exhibition, <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId=%7B1FD57D4D-FE17-41FA-9025-E2667E36AD27%7D" target="_blank" title="&quot;Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans">“Looking In:&nbsp; Robert Frank’s the Americans”</a> at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It runs through Jan. 3.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:23:10 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 2245 at http://blog.wlrn.org The People Robert Frank Saw 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 What’s Up With South Florida?: Inglish Gratis http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-s-south-florida-inglish-gratis <p>In our regular What’s Up With South Florida? feature, you decide what we investigate.&nbsp; You voted overwhelmingly for an explanation of the “Inglish Gratis” sign outside of Hialeah High.&nbsp; This photo had been circulating virally through email.&nbsp; It was brought to our attention by&nbsp; photographer Tomas Loewy.&nbsp; In Episode 3 of <em>Under the Sun</em>, Kenny Malone set out to&nbsp;solve the mystery of this misspelling. (-T.S.)</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:51:59 +0000 Kenny Malone 2196 at http://blog.wlrn.org What’s Up With South Florida?: Inglish Gratis Dinner Set Gang http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dinner-set-gang <p>The writer Somerset Maugham called Florida a “sunny place for shady people.”&nbsp; A couple of decades before Bernard Madoff hit Palm Beach, a pair of cat burglars hit mansions up and down the coast.&nbsp; Lyn Millner tells us where they are now.</p><p class="mceTemp mceIEcenter">&nbsp;</p><p>Before becoming a jewel thief, Dominick Latella played guitar with a band called Two + Two in New York.&nbsp; Here are some songs from the band’s record:</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:37:54 +0000 Lyn Millner 1889 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dinner Set Gang From Miami-Dade To Broward, The Case For Being Mindful When Renaming Counties http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-broward-case-being-mindful-when-renaming-counties <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Amid chatter that</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/buzz-renews-renaming-broward-county" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122);">Broward County is considering changing its name to reflect the county’s biggest city-- Fort Lauderdale Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 7203 at http://blog.wlrn.org From Miami-Dade To Broward, The Case For Being Mindful When Renaming Counties The Not-So-Little Palm Tree That Couldn't http://blog.wlrn.org/post/not-so-little-palm-tree-couldnt <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; ">This is the sad story of a very tall tree.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px; ">"This one right here," says Patrick Griffith, slapping his hand on a rough, grayish trunk, "<em>coccothrinax&nbsp;barbadensis</em>."</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:58:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 1932 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Not-So-Little Palm Tree That Couldn't Kindness Awards http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kindness-awards <p></p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:21:35 +0000 Laura Isensee 2428 at http://blog.wlrn.org Kindness Awards The Miami Heat And Their City: Up To The Challenge To Redefine http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-heat-and-their-city-challenge-redefine <p>The NBA Finals have turned the nation’s attention–and cameras– toward Miami and Miami Beach. As the Miami Heat try to clinch the finals, Jordan Melnick wants to remind us all that there’s more to Miami than South Beach. It all started with these words by LeBron James: “In this fall–this is very tough–in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:23:40 +0000 Jordan Melnick 1437 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Miami Heat And Their City: Up To The Challenge To Redefine Childhood Memories And A Hialeah Landmark http://blog.wlrn.org/post/childhood-memories-and-hialeah-landmark <p>Producer and <em>Miami Herald </em>multimedia journalist&nbsp;Michael Alen has long been fascinated with a strange building in the middle of Hialeah. Alen remembers seeing the building as a toddler on his drives home from Kendall with his parents. He remembers being awestruck, each and every time, by its rounded shape and how it contrasted with the sharp edges of its neighboring structures.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 20:10:25 +0000 Michael Alen 1443 at http://blog.wlrn.org Childhood Memories And A Hialeah Landmark