Puerto Rico Gov. Resigns, Sen. Lauren Book Requests Epstein Investigation, Stowaway & Book Panel

Jul 25, 2019

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation on Wednesday night. It follows nearly two weeks of protests that were sparked by the publication of almost 900 pages of the governor’s leaked private messages -including sexist and homophobic comments by Roselló and his top aids.  Gov. Rosselló’s resignation is effective Aug. 2. CNN reporter Leyla Santiago has been reporting from Puerto Rico and joined Sundial for an update.

State Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, requested Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to begin an internal investigation into the Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw ’s Office on Monday. Bradshaw was in charge of handling Palm Beach millionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s work release program. Over the course of his sentence, Epstein was allowed to leave jail six days a week to work in his office and go home. Senator Book joined Sundial to talk about the lessons that have been learned in the aftermath of the Epstein case and how she is helping victims of human trafficking. 

Fifty years ago, Palm Beach Daily News columnist Paulette Cooper had the wild idea of sneaking onto a cruiseship for a week. In 1969, she set sail on board the Leonardo Da Vinci cruise in New York, but not as a paying customer. Cooper developed a strategy: got the blueprint for the boat, snuck behind a piano and became a stowaway. Cooper and the Miami Herald’s tourism reporter Taylor Dolven joined Sundial to talk about Cooper’s experience and if this is still possible today. 

This month the Sundial Book Club has been reading “Constant Craving,” by Tamara Lush. It’s book one of a romance trilogy. It follows the story of Justine Lavoie, a journalist and publisher of a St. Augustine newspaper, in her quest to save her publication from bankruptcy. WLRN’s Digital Director Teresa Frontado and Sundial producer Alejandra Martinez joined Sundial for the Sundial Book Club monthly literary panel to discuss why they loved the book.

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