Under the Sun

Under the Sun
2:48 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

A Snowbird's Letter From Carlan Mobile Home Park in Davie

  • Roberta Walker tells us her heart warming story if growing up with Miami and visiting her over the years.

It’s almost snowbird season. The sight of snowbirds escaping the bitter northern cold is common in South Florida. Not so common is a Canadian woman who makes her way to Carlan Mobile Home Park in Davie several times a year to visit her childhood nanny who is now 95 years old.

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Under the Sun
2:47 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Don Bailey Strikes Iconic Pose Again

The Don Bailey Carpets sign.
Jen Mertens
  • Donna Bailey tells Sammy Mack about the day she met her husband.

It had been 38 years since Don Bailey posed for his popular carpet ad – a spoof of a famous Burt Reynolds picture. In March 2010, Under the Sun reporter Sammy Mack convinced Bailey to pose again, wearing exactly the same … smile.

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Under the Sun
2:41 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

"Imagined Anthology of Flight and Escape"

Author Ana Menendez
  • Alicia Zuckerman's interview with Ana Menendez.

Author and former Miami Herald columnist Ana Menendez, who has been living in Amsterdam, is returning to South Florida for the Miami Book Fair International, the eight-day literary party beginning Nov. 13. Ana has a new book titled Adios, Happy Homeland and will be speaking about it during The Writer’s Voice panel at the fair Sunday, Nov. 20.

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What's The Story?
2:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What's Up With The Naked Carpet Guy?

The Don Bailey Carpets sign.
Jen Mertens

This story is part of WLRN's new investigative blog, What's the Story? It originally ran as part of WLRN's Under the Sun What's Up With South Florida? series, in March of 2010.

Some time ago, journalist Nicholas Spangler wrote in The Miami Herald, “He calls to mind Michelangelo’s David, with a mission from a more swinging time.” He was referring to Don Bailey, the naked carpet guy you’ve noticed on the billboard driving down I-95.

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Under the Sun
2:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Music Interview: Cayos

Local band, “Cayos” is made up of Daniel Laburu and Nick Reyes.
Nick Reyes

Local Band Cayos is an experimental ambient-electronica group. Under the Sun on WLRN had the chance to speak with band members Daniel Laburu and Nick Reyes about what inspires their music.

Both are Miami natives who moved away. Laburu is an architect living in New York.  Reyes is a soldier stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.

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Education
2:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

From Alien to Citizen

Courtesy of Chuck Felix / Freedigitalphotos.net
  • Ruth Morris's experiences as an immigration beat reporter have colored her vision of what it means to transition from immigrant to American. She tells WLRN that an unlikely event renewed her faith in what it means to be an American and the opportunity it provides.

Immigration officials say there is an often an increase in the number of people applying for U.S. citizenship before a presidential election.

Former Under the Sun producer Ruth Morris is one of those immigrants who wants to become a citizen. For three years, Morris covered South Florida immigration, a beat that can earn you a slew of angry emails.  It can also make you cynical, according to Morris. Some of her readers got angry when she used the term “undocumented workers.” They preferred “illegal aliens.”

 

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Canoe Project
2:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Who Has Navigated Our Canals?

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Terence Cantarella, the man who is currently navigating his way around Miami by canoeing through Miami-Dade’s  canals, is not the first person to attempt something similar.

In fact, according to The Miami Herald newspaper archives, this is something that has even been attempted a few times before.

Here is are some stories of other Floridians who have traveled via Miami Canals:

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End of the Line
7:22 am
Tue December 4, 2012

End of the Line: Velvet Rope

Kenny Malone with Alan T in front of the Club Space VIP door. Kenny wears the questionable outfit mentioned in the piece.
Trina Sargalski

Love it or hate it, nightlife is huge here.  And one person determines whether you go home in shame or spend the night in glory.  The doorman.

We asked Under the Sun’s assistant producers, Trina Sargalski and Kenny Malone, to capture the drama of the Velvet Rope.  Little did they know, they’d get roped in, themselves.

Look here for an animated version of their adventure.

Under the Sun
7:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Velvet Rope – Animated Version

Kenny Malone shows Nicole Chipi his prized Florentine leather jacket.
Trina Sargalski

 

Editor Dan Grech assigned Assistant Producers Kenny Malone and Trina Sargalski to report a story about getting past the doorman at nightclubs.  With the detachment appropriate to their position, Kenny and Trina arrived at Club Space in downtown Miami ready to report on the velvet rope.

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Miami Book Fair International
6:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Bunny Yeager: "Sexy In a Nice Way"

Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager at the Africa U.S.A. theme park.
Photo courtesy of Bunny Yeager

Whether we like it or not, South Florida is known for sun, beaches…and skin.   Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy.  These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager.  Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.

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Under The Sun
1:01 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Mt. Trashmore: This Place Is A Dump

Mt. Trashmore
Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
  • Flora Thomson-DeVeaux on Mount Trashmore.

Intern Flora Thomson-DeVeaux grew up in a home where there was a lot of trash talk.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

One Year After The Quake: “Las Twins”

Carmen Maria Romero
Carmen Maria Romero

Carmen Maria Romero was one of the four medical workers in Haiti whose voices you heard in After the Quake: Patients and Healers. 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.

Romero was so moved by the suffering and the resilience of her patients that she decided to quit her job and relocate to Haiti.

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Under the Sun
12:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Loyalty Oath

Postcard image
Florida State Archives

Journalist and  professor Madeleine Blais contemplates a move back to South Florida for a job teaching as a visiting professor at Florida International University.   As part of her employment paperwork, she’s asked to sign an oath of loyalty to the state of Florida.  As a journalist, this kind of thing makes her suspicious.  She reflects on her previous years in Miami as she contemplates signing the oath and moving back:

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Under the Sun
5:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Green Card Stories

WLRN

Green Card Stories (Umbrage Books) is a collection of profiles and photographs of fifty immigrants from around the country by journalist Saundra Amrhein and photographer Ariana Lindquist.  Amrhein has been a journalist for seventeen years.  She spent ten years at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times.)  Immigrants profiled include a triathelete, a magician, a flea market worker, small business owners and executives.

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Under the Sun
5:45 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

What South Florida Cyclists and Drivers Have to Say to Each Other

Bikes in Monroe County.
Diego Quiros

This is a place that’s sunny, warm, and flat. It seems like it should be a pretty perfect place to ride a bike. It’s not.

Last month, the 36-year-old father, husband and amateur triathelte Aaron Cohen was hit and killed by a car while riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The tragedy revived a debate about how drivers and cyclists share—or don’t share—our roads.

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