Chris Remington knew he wanted to work in public radio beginning in middle school, as WHYY played in his car rides to and from school in New Jersey. He’s freelanced for All Things Considered and was a desk associate for CBS Radio News in New York City. Most recently, he was producing for Capital Public Radio’s Insight booking guests, conducting research and leading special projects at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate.
South Florida is at the intersection of Latin American politics, has become a start-up capital and is a cultural beacon for the world. As a producer for Sundial, Chris wants to spotlight the stories of the diverse community that makes the region shine. Send him your pitches at Sundial@wlrnnews.org.
For Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the issue of immigration is close to his heart.
For more than four decades, Wenski has worked closely with South Florida’s immigrant community. He regularly makes trips to Latin America and Haiti to celebrate Mass and provide religious services. Recently, Wenski traveled to Chile to work with Haitian and Venezuelan migrants living in the country. Earlier this year, he went to Congress along with several El Salvadorian ministers to advocate on behalf of temporary protected status holders (TPS).
Eating disorders affect millions of Americans every day. Binge eating, anorexia and bulimia represent some of the more severe cases, but emotional overeating is affecting even more Americans struggling in the relationships they have with their food. The underlying emotional problems that can contribute to these disorders vary greatly and so does the available treatment.
A panel of experts, who’ve worked extensively with those suffering from these disorders, spoke with Sundial’s Luis Hernandez about the complex issue.
The non-profit Transit Alliance wants to improve the "big colorful spaghetti ball" they call Miami-Dade County's bus system.
Transit Alliance released a "Mobility Scorecard" in October, grading the health and performance of the county's public transportation system. Every sector of transit, including bus, trolleys and Metrorail received a failing grades. Now, the organization is working toward solutions.
Peter Sagal runs without headphones. The host of NPR’s “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!” says going headphone-free is his way of disconnecting from the news cycle. “We live in an age when people are constantly piping information into their brains," Sagal said.
The Miami-based improvisational jazz and rock band Electric Kif in many ways reflects South Florida’s diversity. Band members are from across the globe except for Miami native Armando Lopez on drums. Guitarist Eric Escanes is from France, keyboardist Jason Matthews is from Philadelphia and bassist Rodrigo Zambrano is from Mexico City.
Because of the band’s diverse upbringings, they come to the music with a wide variety of influences including funk, jazz, electronica, rock and more. They will be playing the Moksha Art Collective in Wynwood next Saturday as part of the Art Basel performances. The band spoke with Sundial’s Luis Hernandez about Miami’s music scene, the need for more music venues and why they describe their sound as “post-nuclear.”
Listen to the full interview with Sundial's Luis Hernandez and the Miami based jazz-rock improvisational group Electric Kif.
WLRN: So (Jason) what were your influences? What was a lot of the music you were listening to growing up as a kid?
Matthews: Yeah I grew up on jazz pretty much in high school. But before that I was obsessed with progressive rock. Me and my brother were obsessed with this band called Yes which you probably know for sure. Pink Floyd, Yes and ELP ... I was really into that. And then I started going into the jazz clubs in Philadelphia like there's this place called Time and Chris' Jazz Cafe. And we would go and do the jam sessions every Tuesday and that's how I got into jazz, which led me to the University of Miami.
How old were you when you were going into those clubs?
Matthews: 15, 16. They had like a late night Tuesday jam. The guy was cool with us, he knew we were young kids just trying to jam so and no one was there. Late night it was just us pretty much watching like the older dudes. And you had to go and buy a drink so we could we would just buy Coke or whatever.
Compared to like other cities Seattle or L.A. or Chicago, where does Miami sit (in terms of its music scene)?
Zambrano: Low, low. I just think that like a lot of people in Miami don't want to pay to see live music. Well, like you said, mid-sized venues it's hard to get people to pay for tickets to see live music you know compared to other cities that we've played at all on the northeast. People always think it's included with the experience in a place that you go.
Who's going to describe to me what is post nuclear?
Lopez: We were watching a Jim Carrey standup on Saturday Night Live. He does a post nuclear Elvis where he's actually doing a Saturday Night Live audition. He's dancing like Elvis without arms. And we found it hilarious and we're like our music is like post nuclear. We write a lot of dark stuff. So it kind of fit in there.
Weapons. Water. Weed. Nikki Fried successfully campaigned on those "three W's" to become Florida’s new agriculture commissioner. The former lobbyist defeated Republican challenger Matt Caldwell in an extremely tight race that went to a manual recount. The margin of victory was only 6,000 votes or .08%.
Fried has an ambitious and progressive policy platform but faces some difficult challenges. She will be the lone Democrat elected to Florida's cabinet and expects to face pushback on policies related to gun control and climate change.
When it first hit the off-broadway stage twenty years ago, Hedwig and the Angry Inch stunned audiences with its progressive stances on homosexuality, transgender identity and crass humor. Since its opening performance, it has been turned into an award-winning film, a Broadway show starring Neil Patrick Harris and a cult classic for lovers of the theater.
The race for Florida Agricultural Commissioner is currently undergoing a manual recount.
Last Tuesday, Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell was deemed the winner and claimed victory at an election watch party in North Fort Myers. But the vote differential between Caldwell and Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried was so small, at just 0.16 percent, that the race went to an automatic recount.
Argentina-born Eduardo Lis has played in jazz groups across the world, but found a home for his music in South Florida.
The classically trained percussionist started his group “Eduardo Lis & Latin Jazz Menu” in Miami six months ago. The band’s unique style incorporates traditional jazz standards with Brazilian and Argentinian beats. Lis is inspired by Miami-based groups like Locos Por Juana and Spam All-Stars.
The Sun Sentinel has released Season 2 of its popular podcast Felonious Florida, with an investigation into a murder that happened nearly three decades ago in Wellington.
On a Saturday morning in 1990, 40-year-old Marlene Warren opened her door to a surprise visitor: a person dressed as a clown with a delivery of balloons and flowers. The clown proceeded to pull a gun from its pocket, point it at Marlene's face, fire and run from the scene. Marlene was rushed to the hospital and died two days later from her injuries.
A South Florida based group of prosecutors have approached the Florida Supreme Court and declared the state's Stand Your Ground law is unconstitutional. The League of Prosecutors, led by Miami-Dade Prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Russell, demanded the supreme court judges strike down the law because the law forces state attorneys to bring self-defense cases in front of a judge and not a jury. The Miami Herald's David Ovalle reported on the story.
For seniors in South Florida and across the country, this time of year can be particularly stressful. Deadlines are looming for college applications, especially for those students applying early.
To further complicate the process, applying to college has changed drastically in recent years. Among the changes are digitized applications, greater competition, and schools adopting a more holistic approach to their admissions process.
A new show from Miami-Dade College Live Arts is putting a modern twist on an epic Greek tragedy. Miami native and New World School of the Arts graduate Yara Travieso is the brains behind the production of La Medea. The show incorporates a live Latin disco band, cameras and is being live streamed and filmed as it's happening.
With the midterm elections just around the corner, party leaders in Florida are gearing up their campaigns to get out the vote. Many politicos are calling for a Democratic "blue wave" this year in response to the Trump presidency, but Republican leadership argues their party is equally if not more engaged this election year.