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Miami's CBGB
7:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Little Haiti Rock City" Raising Funds For 34 Years Of Churchill's History

Credit Little Haiti Rock City

Filmmaker Franco Parente first went to Churchill’s Pub in 1991. He was 17. He snuck in to see Young Turk, a Hialeah band just signed to Geffen Records.

“I remember being scared out of my mind from the car to the front door,” Parente recalls. “I knew to avoid that neighborhood and I couldn’t believe that they were doing a show there. [But] I had the time of my life and came back the following week.”

Now, Parente is documenting the 34-year history of the iconic Miami pub in “Little Haiti Rock City.”

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The “Original” Miami Marlins

This image originally aired on a WTVJ news program.
L. D. Mooth, Former Photographer - WTVJ-TV Miami

03/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the history of the “Triple A” minor league baseball team named the Miami Marlins. Their home was the friendly confines of the old Miami Stadium from 1956 through 1960. There were colorful characters involved . . . including maverick promoter Bill Veeck, Manager Pepper Martin, even ageless pitching wonder, Satchel Paige.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

South Florida History with Professor Dr. Paul George

Dr. Paul George points to a tombstone the city cemetery. Many of Miami’s original movers and shakers are buried here.
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03/17/14 - Today on Topical Currents we visit noted historian Dr. Paul George of History Miami.

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History
7:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

See Historic South Florida Through The Lenses Of Miami Herald Photographers

President John F. Kennedy in Miami in 1963.
Credit Courtesy of The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald has been documenting life in South Florida through pictures for a long time now -- the paper's photo archives go back to well into the 1940s. The archives, which includes millions of photos, were just digitized last year. Now the paper is sharing those old photos with the public through a new website called Flashback Miami.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Women’s History Month

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03/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with recognition of Women’s History Month.  We’ll profile two outstanding South Florida seniors.  First, Maria Elena Torano.  She founded the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  Also, breast cancer specialist Dr. Vilma Biaggi.  She owns and operates South Beach’s historic Cadet Hotel . . .

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Miami Dish
7:41 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Key Facts Of Miami's Delis Of Yore, From Deli Historian Ted Merwin

Postcard from Wolfie's
Credit Florida State Archives

If you missed our Twitter chat about Jewish cuisine and Jewish delis, catch the recap here.

Ted Merwin didn't set out to become a deli historian. About ten years ago, Merwin was working on his Ph.D. dissertation about the popular culture of second generation Eastern European Jews -- such as vaudeville and silent comedy -- in 1920s New York.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Breach of Trust: The Gap Between America’s Soldiers And Society

Andrew J. Bacevich
www.democracynow.org

11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich.  He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight.  For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.

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History
2:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

10 Amazing Photos From Key West's Tourist-Free Past

Postcard view looking northwest from the Key West Lighthouse, ca. 1870.
Credit DeWolfe Collection / Monroe County Public Library

The Monroe County Public Library recently received a donation of more than 15,000 photographs from the early days of Key West. The remarkable gift includes documents and memorabilia illustrating the island’s history with images few had seen before.

Keep reading for a look into Key West before the Parrotheads took over.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The 10 Greatest Conspiracies

Brad Meltzer in the green room about to go on at CBS This Morning.
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10/24/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer, whose latest book is an unconventional presentation of HISTORY DECODED:  The Ten Greatest ConspiraciesEach chapter has a removable envelope, which contain facsimile documents.  You can hold John Wilkes Booth’s “Wanted” poster.

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Architecture
8:13 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Now Sold, Will The Former Versace Mansion In South Beach Be Preserved?

The swimming pool at Casa Casuarina.
Credit Miami Design Agenda

On July 15, 1997 Gianni Versace left for the morning paper at just before 9 a.m. Nearly everyone in Miami and a great deal of people across the world know the story.

The mentally unhinged Andrew Cunanan then tragically shot Versace to death on the doorsteps of his world famous mansion. Cunanan, who had already killed four other people, set off a manhunt and houseboat siege that captivated the morbid attention of the world.

Thus the unknown fate of those world famous doorsteps and the building behind it was set in motion.

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Milestones
2:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Amid Supplier Labor Strike, Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant In Miami Beach Turns 100

Credit Wally Gobetz / Flickr

From gangsters to glamor girls, presidents to princesses and actors to athletes, Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant has run the gamut of diners over its 100 years in operation.

On October 15, the legendary South Beach restaurant opened the doors for dinner service – the first of the stone crab season.

In 1913, Joe’s began as Joe’s Seafood Restaurant, serving fish sandwiches and fries, after Joe and Jennie Weiss relocated from New York to Miami Beach because of Joe’s asthma.

Joe was a waiter and Jennie was the cook.

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History
3:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back

Bill Baker returned to Alcatraz for the first time since he was an inmate there more than 50 years ago.
Laura Sullivan NPR

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 6:19 pm

For 29 years, Alcatraz — the notorious prison off the coast of San Francisco — housed some of the nation's worst criminals: Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Birdman Robert Stroud.

Today, 50 years after it closed, it's a museum. And earlier this year, the National Park Service gave Bill Baker, a former inmate, special permission to stay the night in his old cell. He was 24 when he was transferred to The Rock. Today, he's 80.

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History
11:17 am
Mon October 14, 2013

How Columbus Sailed Into U.S. History, Thanks To Italians

Though he sailed in 1492, Christopher Columbus was not widely known among Americans until the mid-1700s.
Spencer Arnold Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 10:15 am

It's been 521 years since the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus "sailed the ocean blue/in fourteen hundred and ninety-two." Since then, there have been thousands of parades, speeches and statues commemorating Columbus, along with a critical rethinking of his life and legacy.

But the question remains, how did a man who never set foot on North America get a federal holiday in his name? While Columbus did arrive in the "New World" when he cast anchor in the Bahamas, he never made it to the United States.

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Was The Miami Trial Of The Cuban Five Fair?

Credit Elaine Chen

On a special edition of The Florida Roundup, we discuss the controversial case of the Cuban Five, Cuban agents who were convicted in 2001 of espionage along with other charges.

In Cuba, they are called heroes, their faces on billboards across the island country. In the U.S., they are relatively unknown spies.  

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History
12:27 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

North Campus Of Miami-Dade College Unveils 9/11 Memorial

Despite the rain, the dedication service was standing-room only.
Wilson Sayre

At a solemn ceremony today, the North Campus of Miami Dade College dedicated a new memorial to honor those lost in the attacks on 9/11. 

The memorial is about 10 feet high. On top of the base, which is supposed to represent the Pentagon, there is a granite column with three sides. Each side has the name of a place that was attacked on Sept. 11 along with a quote of remembrance. On top of the column is a two foot piece of what looks like an I-beam with a large nail sticking out of it. 

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