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Let’s Talk: UM Expert, Russian Student Weigh-in on Crisis in Crimea

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | March 22nd, 2014 |

In the latest edition of The Weekly Voice’s “Let’s Talk” segment, the topic of in-depth discussion is the ongoing diplomatic crisis between US/EU/Russia/Ukraine over Crimea.

 

 

Our panel:

Kamila Orlova is a student from Russia majoring in political science.
Dr. Roger Kanet is a International Studies professor and longtime academic focussing on all things related to Russia and Europe.

Hyan Freitas is the host of “The Weekly Voice” which airs Fridays at 10am on 90.5FM and online at WVUM.org

[Show originally aired March 21, 2014]

Interview–Nick Prueher and the Found Footage Festival

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | December 14th, 2013 |

Nick Prueher, one of the two founders of the Found Footage Festival, called in to preview some of the hilarious VHS clips they’d be showcasing during an event at the O Cinema:

Interview–Nick Prueher and the Found Footage Festival by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

WVUM News Reports: Are Students Enrolling in Obamacare?

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | November 22nd, 2013 |

In 2012 our nation witnessed history in the making when President Obama‘s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was made law. Last june, the Supreme Court upheld the premise of Obamacare, which applied a penalty to people who do not purchase health insurance.  Now with the law in place, the success of public health care rides on the enrollment of young adults under the age of 35 to offset the cost of health insurance for the elderly. How do University of Miami students feel about this? WVUM News reporter Chloe Herring finds out student opinions on this and some other key controversial issues regarding Obamacare.

 

WVUM News Reports: Are Students Enrolling in Obamacare? by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

 

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TWV: NGOs and Haiti, UM Students and Obamacare by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Let’s Talk: An Interview with Journalist Jonathan Katz on Haiti

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | November 22nd, 2013 |

NGOs and the Future of Haiti

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster is the daunting title of a very important book by author Jonathan Katz.  As the name suggests, the book critiques the international response to the Haitian earthquake of 2010.  When the quake hit, Katz was the only full-time correspondent there, which suggests he was fully involved in the country before international attention focused there following the beginnings of humanitarian efforts.  Katz will be talking about his book at an event at the Miami Book Fair International this sunday november 24th at 3:30 p.m.

 The Weekly Voice airs Fridays at 10am.  It is hosted by Hyan Freitas.

Let’s Talk: An Interview with Jonathan Katz on Haiti by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

 

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TWV: NGOs and Haiti, UM Students and Obamacare by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Let’s Talk: Author/Journalist Michael Grunwald on the “New New Deal”

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | November 22nd, 2013 |

Michael Grunwald is the Senior National Correspondent for TIME Magazine and the author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It’s a book that has gotten a lot of praise for its descriptions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or as you may remember it, the stimulus package passed by President Barack Obama in 2009. He spoke to WVUM to preview his appearance at the Florida Book Awards Panel at the Miami Book Fair this Saturday at 4p.m.

Conversations: Author/Journalist Michael Grunwald on the “New New Deal” by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Let’s Talk: A Conversation on Veterans and PTSD

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | November 16th, 2013 |

Steve Gomez is the author of an opinion piece in the Miami Hurricane newspaper that caught our eye this Veteran’s day, titled: “Make An Effort to Talk to, Thank Veterans”.  The article, as the title suggests, made an appeal for fellow students to acknowledge the veterans studying and/or walking among them.  Gomez himself served in the Air Force, and he also started to inform himself of the incredibly important subject of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, after one of his brother-in-arms was diagnosed with it.

This is a serious issue facing our nation’s veterans, but what do we know about it and what can be done to best serve those who have served us?

The Weekly Voice is WVUM’s weekly current affairs discussion show. It airs Fridays at 10 a.m. and is hosted by Hyan F.

Veterans and PTSD by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Review: Fruitvale Station and Coogler’s Portrayal of a Human

By Chloe Herring | July 30th, 2013 |

 

In a debut feature-length film, director and Bay Area-native Ryan Coogler shows how you get into the head of a mercurial, misunderstood black man: by spending a day in his shoes. And maybe his independent film Fruitvale Station doesn’t exactly opportune the audience a gamut of understanding into every black male’s mentality; but it does give a gracious glimpse into the affectionate bonds and touching aspirations as well a grim view into the frustrations and aimless decisions and that make up the man, but nonetheless take no bearing on an incident that tragically claimed the life of Oscar Grant.

Fruitvale Station, produced by Forrest Whittaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, does not shy away from controversy as it opens with 2009 New Year’s Day footage of train station police officers battering a darkly clothed man. A crowd yells and pleads in protest for the detained individuals. And then one singular gun shot.

Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights), plays Oscar Grant who was fatally shot in the back by a police officer in 2009 at stop on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station after returning from a San Francisco firework show.

Fruitvale Station captures the essence of Oscar’s personality through his interactions. Jordan’s character will capture audiences who will relate to his aspirations to do better, the purpose that his daughter establishes to his life, the tension, trust and love for his girlfriend, and the merry social outing he shares with friends.

Moved along by Oscar’s phone activity, the too-literal on-screen text messages end with the culmination of planned New Year’s Eve celebrations. The film, following a striking rendition of the immediate interactions leading up to Oscar’s death, successfully amplifies the emotions of those individuals closest to him: his mother played by Octavia Spencer, his girlfriend played by Melonie Diaz, and his precious daughter Tatiana who is played by Ariana Neal.

His humor, sentimental moments shared with his family and child, and even his questionable choices leave the impression that Oscar is only human. But those same moments that make him human will tear at the heart of those who understand his death avoidable, unnecessary, unfair.

Director Ryan Coogler demonstrates serious potential for future projects with this film. Fruitvale Station sometimes delicately, at other times raucously but always thoughtfully portrays the day of internal and intimate battles, the struggles and triumphs of Oscar Grant. Coogler was likely touched by the tragedy of Oscar Grant’s death; the impassioned care that he demonstrates in Oscar’s character development is evident, making the film deserving of attention and certainly worth the watch. With his ability to shed comprehensive light on characters, expect powerful work from him in the future.

Interview: Phillip Agnew of the Dream Defenders and #TakeOverFL [Audio]

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | July 26th, 2013 |

Phillip B. Agnew is executive director of the Dream Defenders.  The organization, made up mainly of young people and college students, is getting a lot of attention for their efforts to “take over Florida”. They’re literally making Florida’s state capital building their home for now as they push for Florida’s state legislature to, via a special session, pass something they’re calling “Trayvon’s Law” which they say would  address issues like the racial profiling, zero tolerance policies which create school-to-prison pipelines, and the Stand Your Ground.

They’ve already gotten  Governor Rick Scott’s attention, and other lawmakers in Tallahassee are starting to listen in as well.  Even celebrities and national media outlets are paying attention and helping spread their message.  In an interview with ‘The Weekly Voice’ live from the capital via phone, Agnew  discussed his organization, their efforts at the state capital and some of the roadblocks and successes that have come their way leading up to their 11th day of “occupation”.

Interview: Phillip Agnew | the Dream Defenders #TakeOverFL by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

The Weekly Voice airs Fridays at 10a.m. EST and is hosted by Hyan Freitas on WVUM 90.5FM | WVUM.org

After Same-sex Marriage Rulings, An Interview with SAVE Dade

By Hyan Freitas | News Director | June 28th, 2013 |

SAVE Dade is an LGBT advocacy organization that, as its name suggests, is based in Miami-Dade County.  After the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was constitutional, they are beginning to see the fruits of their advocacy work, and the advocacy of others who seek marriage equality

Below, C.J Fortuno, Executive Director of SAVE Dade and Devin Cordero react to the rulings, and we ask:  what changes in SAVE Dade’s mission due to these rulings and what does this mean for same-sex couples here in Florida where same-sex marriage remains illegal?

The Weekly Voice, the community-affairs talk show on WVUM, airs every Friday at 10a.m ET

 

 

SAVE Dade Reacts SCOTUS Rulings on #TWV by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Interview: Dissecting a Jury

By Chloe Herring | June 28th, 2013 |

With the murder trial of George Zimmerman now underway, there has been a lot of attention not only placed on the prosecution and defendant, but also on the jury listening to their arguments.  Although the identities of the jurors in the case will not be released, we do know some information about the individuals, like that all six of them are women.

Opening statements in the Zimmerman trial began on monday. the jurors from then on faced the task of providing impartial deliberation in this controversial case.

George Zimmerman was charged with the second-degree murder of unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin in April 2012.

With that being said, we thought it would be beneficial to bring in an expert on the subject of juries. For some insights, we spoke with UM Law professor Scott Sandby. Sandby graduated from Cornell law school with his juris doctor and serves as the dean’s distinguished scholar at the University of Miami law school. He has contributed research to understanding juries, specifically in trials involving the death penalty. Listen in to the discussion below.

The Weekly Voice, WVUM’s community affairs talk show, airs live Fridays at 10a.m. ET.  

 

Let’s Talk: Dissecting a Jury by Wvumnews on Mixcloud