WLRN 91.3 FM is licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida and serves a weekly audience of more than 500,000 from Palm Beach to Key West. It is ranked number one in the state of Florida among NPR stations.

NPR News and Information

  • 91.3 FM  Miami-Dade, Broward & Southern Palm Beach
  • 91.5 FM  The Florida Keys
  • 101.9 FM  The Palm Beaches
  • 90.7 HD-2  Palm Beach

WLRN Classical

  • 91.3 HD-2 Miami-Dade, Broward & Southern Palm Beach
  • 91.5 HD-2  The Florida Keys

WLRN Radio Archives

Topical Currents | The Florida Roundup | A Word On Food | Folk & Acoustic Music | The Public Storyteller

Backyard Grills

Jul 14, 2018

Leche de Tigre

Jun 30, 2018

BLACK GROUPER CEVICHE WITH ‘LECHE DE TIGRE’ AND POPCORN                                                   

© 2015 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken, “My Florida Kitchen”


Jun 23, 2018


© 2018 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Serves: 6-8

For the Marinade:

6 Tablespoons sugar

6 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 Tablespoons crushed red pepper

3/4 Cup apple, peach or Asian pear juice

1/2 Cup dark roasted sesame oil

5 Tablespoons garlic, minced

1/4 Cup finely minced ginger

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Chinese New Year

Jun 16, 2018


Norman Van Aken ©1998

Serves 4

For the chicken and marinade:

4 boneless 8 ounce chicken breasts, skin on

3 Tablespoons light soy sauce

3 Tablespoons honey

1-Tablespoon spicy dark roasted sesame oil, (Ají)

1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

2 cloves minced garlic

1) 2” piece of peeled ginger, minced

1 Scotch bonnet, stem and seeds discarded, minced

Freshly toasted and cracked black pepper, to taste


Jun 9, 2018


Norman Van Aken, © 2013

The Pier House ‘Meatloaf Contest’ was inspired one fateful afternoon by my dear friend Danny Mc Hugh. But it was most decidedly not a culinary head to head but a head to head of another order altogether. This one involved men and a kind of out gunning that belongs safely in the chapter named “The Pier House” and far from the world of recipes!

Yield: Serves 6-8

Meat mixture:

1# beef chuck, ground

1# pork, ground

Tanzina Vega: 'Change Is Happening' In Newsrooms

Jun 5, 2018

She calls herself an “anomaly” in public radio.

Tanzina Vega, the new host of the public radio program “The Takeaway,” says she knows that the country's top radio hosts aren't generally women of color or those from a low social economic background. 

Hard Boiled Eggs

May 26, 2018


©2012 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yields: 1 3/4 Cup

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 tablespoons small capers, rinsed

4 hard boiled eggs

pinch salt

large pinch cayenne pepper

cracked black pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon Spanish sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons Italian parsley, cleaned and chopped

2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, cleaned and chopped

1/2 Cup ground toasted almonds

1/2 Cup XVOO.

Aphrodisiacal Foods

May 19, 2018



Norman Van Aken, © 2013

The sounds of wind, crackling fire and sword fights are among the sound effects produced for a new fictional radio play inspired by real news events.

Director Zack Myers, playwright Anna Victoria and artistic director John Watts joined Sundial to talk about “Inspired by WLRN News," a play that uses WLRN news stories as inspiration. The project celebrates storytelling and life in South Florida.

WLRN: John let me start with you. Tell me about the devices we just heard. How are you making these sounds come to life? 


May 12, 2018


©2012 All rights reserved by Norman and Justin Van Aken, “My Key West Kitchen”

Yield: Serves 4

For the Pick-a-Peppa Cream Cheese:

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened

1 Tablespoon Pick-a-Peppa sauce

3 Tablespoons sour cream

½ each lemon zest

½ teaspoon lemon juice

⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

pinch black pepper

Mix all of the above together and set aside. Can be chilled and re-tempered at room temperature.

1-2 green tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices, lightly salted

Stage Names

May 5, 2018


Apr 28, 2018


Norman Van Aken, © 2014 from my memoir,

“No Experience Necessary, the Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken”

This was adapted from a sauce I’ve made for eons named “Aigrelette”. It was adapted to go with my Carny Corn Dogs as the title says. But it would be fine whenever you wanted a more “Dijonaise” styled sauce. Less straight punch than mustard alone.

Yield: 2 Cups

For the base mayonnaise:

4 egg yolks

1 Cup blended oil

1/2 Cup extra virgin

2 Tablespoons water



Joshua Johnson knew he had a huge act to follow when he took over for public radio legend Diane Rehm in January 2017.

But "The Diane Rehm Show" host made the transition incredibly smooth for Johnson.

By not really doing anything at all.

After Rehm decided to retire, the veteran NPR journalist brought Johnson on her program in November 2016 to introduce him to listeners.