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Director Joe Cardona Tells His #OnlyInMiami Story – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 81

18 June 2015

Director Joe Cardona Tells His #OnlyInMiami Story – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 81


Episode 81 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with local film director Joe Cardona.

Grant Stern began the show with an editorial comment talking about the newly christened (albeit unofficially) Dan Paul Park and the event that was hosted this past Saturday by Emerge Miami and the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami. The park is commonly known as Parcel B, a four acre tract of land between the AmericanAirlines Arena and Biscayne Bay. It was supposed to be developed into a public park by the arena’s main tenant, the Miami Heat, but still remains undeveloped more than a decade after the completion of the AAA. Grant talked about the park’s namesake, a lawyer and civic philanthropist who fought for public green space. He also thanked the many organizers who contributed to the event.

Grant was then joined by local documentary film director Joe Cardona, whose films, including Miami Boheme and The Day It Snowed in Miami, have won several awards. He began by talking about his childhood (during which the day it snow occurred) and about what Miami was like back then. He talked about how the issue of gay rights was very much a hot-button issue, where non-discrimination ordinances were passed, then repealed and not adopted again until twenty years later. Joe and Grant also spoke about how some areas of Miami-Dade (notably, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove) are have lost some of their unique character and charm due to small local businesses being pushed aside in favor of national chains.

Grant was then joined by Dave McDougall and Justin Wales of Emerge Miami who talked about the weekend’s event at Dan Paul Park. They talked briefly about the history of the parcel and how it was supposed to be developed by the Heat to be a park but is now being used as a valet parking lot. They also talked about the conversations they have had with city leaders about how to develop it as a true public space. For more information about Emerge Miami, visit their website at emergemiami.com or follow them on Twitter at @EmergeMiami.

Grant and Joe then continued their conversation, focusing on the Dan Paul Park site and the plan for a Cuban-American history museum for the site. They also talked about his views on the future of the Cuban-American community in Miami and the Little Havana neighborhood.

At the beginning of the second hour, Grant was joined by Bruce Wayne Stanley of the Miami-Dade Green Party who talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which, if ratified, would be the largest international free trade agreement. He said that the TPP would harm workers in this country by making it easier to move their jobs overseas and it could also provide a much greater degree of corporate immunity, making it harder to average citizens to effect change to the regulation of business. The discussions of the terms of the agreement have been so secretive that even some members of Congress do not know the full details of the treaty. For more information, visit stopfasttrack.org or search Twitter using the hashtag #TPPFastTrack

Grant was then joined by the Drastic Fanatic and Darrin Bentley talking about sports. They talked about the Marlins and the return of Jose Fernandez as well as the NBA Finals. They talked about whether the Cavs had reached the end of the road. They also talked about the impending NBA offseason and what moves might be made and what they would mean.

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Al Sunshine tells Only in Miami stories from 40 years of TV reporting

9 January 2015

Al Sunshine tells Only in Miami stories from 40 years of TV reporting

Long-time South Florida investigative journalist Al Sunshine has had a varied and interesting career. On Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, he joined host Grant Stern to talk about the highlights of his career and his thoughts about the current state of the media.

Al Sunshine came to South Florida to study at the University of Miami. While there, he was a writer and photographer for the school newspaper (including using his UM press credentials to cover Woodstock in 1969). Upon graduation, he began working for local television outlets and was able to cover many significant news stories. In this clip, Al recounts several of the major stories on which he reported, and talks about his transition to consumer affairs reporting. He also laments the changes in local media, including media conglomeration, that view local news less as a public service and more as a profit center.

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