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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

RadioActive—Civic Hacking: A 21st Century Public Duty

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Civic Hacking is a revolutionary way the computer savvy are liberating open data that can inform better problem solving in every community. Civic Hacking is making waves across the country with those who know code holding hackathons in LA, NYC, Chicago, and Miami. UM’s Dr. Richard Bookman was recently invited to the White House as [...]

Let’s Talk: A Conversation on Veterans and PTSD

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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 [...]

Promoting Education in America

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After speaking with Anthony Reid, Forever Bloom Alliance Founder and Director, and Jeremie McLeod, FBA Creative Director, there is little doubt the non-profit organization does not have a permanent impact on the youth who go through its programs. Anthony Reid who is a school teacher and adamant proponent for unity within the public school system, [...]

WVUM News Special: Philippines Relief Efforts

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Rolly Aberion, Miami Area Coordinator, spoke with Shelly Lynn about the recent disaster in the Philippines and the necessity of everyone coming together, supporting the relief efforts going on right now. The situation is time sensitive, the sooner we get supplies to the devastated regions, the faster the damage will be repaired. For more information: [...]

RadioActive—Jogging in Place: The Anti-Hunger Movement in America

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Sunday @ 6PM, To those in the realm of community social change, food charity will never be an adequate response to the hunger crisis. Not only does it fail to put a dent in the problem, by averting our gaze from the real issue—growing inequality—it ends up costing us all in ballooning health care expenditure, [...]

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

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Jessica Allen, Program Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program, talks about the great need for more volunteers willing to give a child a voice in court and at home. There is an unfortunate increase in children neglected and abandoned and an equally unfortunate lack of attention and care given to these children. The majority [...]

RadioActive—Quit Smoking, Gain Weight: Tobacco Cessation in the African American Community

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GSA President and Clinical Health Psychology PhD program’s McKnight Doctoral Fellow, Marcia McNutt, discussed weight gain and tobacco cessation in the African American Community. Tobacco cessation has been on the public health agenda for decades, and though cigarette use has lowered – 20% of Americans smoke. African Americans and Caucasians smoke at about the same [...]

A Filipino Update with Miranda

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Typhoon Haiyán hit the Visayas region of the Philippines, the morning of Friday, Nov. 8, bringing with it sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts as fast as 235 mph. Shelly speaks with Merce Bernadette Miranda, known as M.B., the president of the Filipino Student Association at the University of Miami, about the conditions surrounding [...]