Katie Lepri

Engagement Producer

Katie Lepri is WLRN's engagement producer. 

All evidence points out to the fact that the earth is warming and the climate is changing. In Florida, that means more unpleasantly hot days, rising seas and stronger storms. 

So, it may be time to read up on the subject, if you haven’t already. Some concerned members of the community have taken up learning how to teach others about climate change science and solutions. 

This week on the Florida Roundup Tom Hudson is joined by a panel of journalists to discuss race relations and hate, immigration and law enforcement, plus the expansion of medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida as the state battles an opioid epidemic.

Guests: Manny Garcia,  East Region executive editor for the USA TODAY Network; Nancy Ancrum, editorial page editor for The Miami Herald; Rick Christie, editorial page editor for The Palm Beach Post

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This week, a tale of two housing markets in South Florida, how we protect our wildlife and the case of Coral Gables versus Facebook over its critics on social media. 

Single family homes continue to rise in value across the region as do existing condos and townhomes. The median prices for each of those were up 8 percent in May compared to a year ago. 

On the other hand, condo flippers in Miami are falling flat as prices for new units drop. What’s holding back prices of some new condos while the rest of the housing market seems to be just fine? 

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This week on the Florida Roundup, Tom Hudson spoke with Palm Beach Post reporter Lawrence Mower and Sergio Bustos, senior editor with Politifact Florida, about claims of voter fraud in South Florida. Also discussed: the environmental problems that came from a very wet rainy season and this weekend's controversial vote in Venezuela. 

Evidence of voter fraud is found in Palm Beach County, but not a suspect, while Broward County is accused of not doing enough to make sure its voting rolls are accurate. A state senator calls the media coverage of the investigation criminal. 

We've had mangoes on our mind all month. (Stay tuned for an upcoming story about mango chutney!)

Then we remembered Miami Spice month starts Aug. 1. So, to prepare for deals on delicious meals in South Florida, we asked two writers and a chef about their favorite food books. 

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This week on the Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson, Miami Dade Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo and Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks addressed the county mayor's change of heart that led him to come out in support of rapid transit buses.

It’s Bastille Day! To celebrate the French national holiday, this week we asked some experts on France and the French language about their favorite books.

Share yours with us — or just tell us what you’re reading – by tweeting us @WLRN.

Travis Cohen, writer

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The All-Star Home Run Derby began 8 p.m. Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami. Baseball fans from across the country, from Boston to Philadelphia, Houston and Orlando, came to witness sluggers step up to the plate to compete in the derby.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was last year's champion. This year, he faced New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, and Dodgers' Cody Bellenger. 

Click on the photo gallery above to see some of the fans in full regalia to support their favorite teams. 

What are you reading? WLRN wants to know — and we'll share what we, and other people in the South Florida community, are reading every week in this space.

Tell us what you're reading by replying in the comments, or tweet us @WLRN with the hashtag #FridayReads

Jeff Huffman, meteorologist at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

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We have a winner! (Did you know we held a voting round?)

It was a chance for you to help decide what Palm Readers question we'll dig into next.

WLRN's engagement producer worked with reporters and editors to narrow down a long list of questions to three that we were most interested in answering. Then we invited you, our listeners, to help us decide on a favorite.

The voting round lasted two weeks. And while it was neck-and-neck between two of the questions, one did emerge victorious. 

The question that received the most votes is (drum roll, please!): 

HistoryMiami

It's been almost 25 years since Hurricane Andrew roared through South Florida and we're collecting your stories and memories about the storm. 

The Category 5 hurricane flattened South Dade, with the worst of the damage stretching south of Kendall to Florida City. It destroyed more than 28,000 homes, left more than 180,000 people homeless and caused more than $25 billion in damage.

What are you reading? WLRN wants to know — and we'll share what we, and other people in the South Florida community, are reading every week in this space.

Tell us what you're reading by replying in the comments, or tweet us @WLRN with the hashtag #FridayReads

Cesar Becerra, Miami historian and lead tour guide for Educational Field Trips

A couple of weeks ago, WLRN launched a project called Palm Readers asking you to submit questions about South Florida that you'd like our newsroom to dig into.

We asked you for questions and you answered our call. Dozens of questions about South Florida's people, culture and landmarks were sent in and a handful of them are now under consideration. 

RELATED: Have a burning question to ask? Here's how to submit

WLRN News is launching a new project. It’s called Palm Readers. No, we're not becoming psychics, but our newsroom does want to help answer some questions you might have about life here in South Florida.

Luis Hernandez sat down with Engagement producer Katie Lepri recently to discuss  how the project works and how you can get involved. 

H: What is Palm Readers

L: It's a community-driven journalism project. Basically, we want to know what you want to know. Really.

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Harvey Mattel says there are two kinds of radio collectors: Those who collect for what's on the inside and those who collect for what's on the outside.

He's the latter. 

But you would never know this unless you stepped inside his house or caught a glimpse of the inside of his office. By day, this 67 year old man is a lawyer in Fort Lauderdale. During his off hours, thought, he's a full-fledged radio collector and enthusiast.

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