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WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories March 9-15

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Venezuelan boycotters and the history of the I-95 road symbol were our top stories. Other honorable mentions include Ira Glass telling us how weird Florida is as a state, Beckham bringing soccer to Miami and -- where does our water come from? Seriously, where?

Here Is What It Looks Like When Traffic Engineers Design Highway Signs: Ever wonder how the interstate symbol came to be? We did. As part of our ongoing coverage of I-95, Kenny Malone tells us how the symbolic road sign came into existence, and shows us the many others that could have been.

Radio piece, in which we track down one of the first interstate markers ever printed.

How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts: When Pietra Diwan questioned the credibility of a picture on social media regarding the protests in Venezuela, she received phone calls and Facebook comments labeling her a communist and supporter of the radical Venezuelan government. She was even mentioned in a Twitter page calling for a boycott of South Florida businesses that are allegedly sympathetic or have ties to the Venezuelan government.

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This Florida Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories: Florida isn’t weird, right? An ongoing newsroom debate was finally settled by host of "This American Life," Ira Glass. His verdict?: “I mean Florida is just one of the most F’d-up places in the country. There’s just no other way to say it.” So it’s settled, Florida truly is weird. Read the story to find out why.

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Why Beckham's Soccer Team Would Not Meet The Miami Fusion's Fate: David Beckham’s announcement of his intention to build a soccer stadium in the city brought varied responses by the city’s residents. The question remains: Is a soccer stadium feasible in downtown Miami?

Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?: From 60 million gallons a day in 2000 to about 250 million gallons a day in 2012,the land of a 1,000 springs is leading the nation in desalination. And hear why South Florida desalinates the most in the state:

Hear the audio version of this story.