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Why Self-Care is Important for Your Health with Nzingah Oniwosan

When Nzingah Oniwosan was just 12 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor on her pituitary gland called Prolcatinoma. Unbeknownst to her, this was just the beginning of a series of illnesses that would eventually lead her to see five different physicians on a regular basis over the course of nine years. After being sick and tired of being sick and tired, Nzingah decided to make radical changes in her diet and lifestyle to heal herself. Today, Nzingah is a holistic health...


Keeping our Oceans Debris Free with Caiti and Jeremy Waks

5.25 trillion pieces of plastic reside in our oceans compared to the 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. That means we have 13 times more pieces of plastic in our oceans than stars in our galaxy. This startling fact is the first thing you see when you visit the Debris Free Oceans webpage, a not-for-profit organization established by locals, Caiti and Jeremy Waks. Their long-time love of the water and the growing trash problem inspired them in 2014 to get more involved as well as find a fun...


Bridging the Gap between Culture and Community with Abraham Metellus

There are a lot changes occurring in Little Haiti and Abraham Metellus of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex is helping to bridge the gap between community and culture by showcasing programs and events that highlight the Haitian and Afro-Carribean culture. The state of the art facility houses a 300 seat theatre, 2,150 square foot art gallery, outdoor courtyard and a Caribbean Marketplace with local vendors, music, miniature golf, vegan food and more. When we sat down with Abraham we talked...


Kombucha: The Living Beverage with Cristina Ivory

Cristina Ivory, the founder of Angry Booch, isn't afraid to experiment, which is why upon finding out about the health benefits of kombucha, she decided she was going to make some for herself. If you've never heard of kombucha, you're not alone. However, the popularity of this effervescent and fermented drink made from tea is on the rise and Angry Booch is serving up some unique, Miami inspired flavors. After perfecting her recipes in her parent's garage and working the farmer's market...


Abandoned Vehicles of The Everglades with Charles Kropke + Matt Stock

Did you know that scattered throughout the vast landscape of the Everglades, far from the city lights of Miami, vehicles from another time, another era, are quietly resting amongst the mangroves and marshes? By using satellite imagery and investigating rumors, photographer Matt Stock and the brainchild of Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades, Charles Kropke, go out into the darkness to explore the interaction of man versus nature by photographing these long forgotten relics of the...


What You Need To Know About Composting with Melissa Selem

Each day, people in the United States throw enough trash away to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. A good portion of that trash is food, which could eventually be composted into rich soil used to grow more food. If you're not familiar with composting or if it's been something you've been thinking about but haven't acted on, let us introduce you to Fertile Earth and it's Executive Director, Melissa Selem. Fertile Earth is a non-profit whose mission is to lead the composting movement in Miami...


Preserving Black History in Miami with Lt. Archie McKay + Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant

On September 1, 1944, the Miami Police Department hired "The First Five" black police officers (then called patrolmen) in Miami in order to bring some level of equality to policing in the black communities. Considering the overt racism and discrimination of our country at that time, this was a historic moment and these men paved the road for those that would come after them. By 1950, there was 41 black officers on the force and a police precinct and courtroom was established in which to...


The Evolution of Sustainable Fashion with Colleen Coughlin

What do you do when you get your dream job in fashion, have amazing friends, live in one of the most popular cities in America but somehow feel like something is off in your life? This is where Colleen Coughlin found herself a few years back trying to discover what it was about her job that wasn't fulfilling her. The revelation came during a trash day at work when tons of scraps, samples and more were being thrown away and/or burned. It was the waste and disregard for sustainability that...


Turning an Illness into a Lifelong Mission with Barry Rabkin

Nine years ago, Barry Rabkin discovered a golfball sized lump on his throat while washing his face. The diagnosis was thyroid cancer and the treatment was invasive surgery and radiation. Upon the request of his wife, he began juicing in an effort to help aid his recovery. Not only did Barry feel better and have more energy, but his blood work was showing signs of improvement with levels in the normal range. It was at this point he knew he had to help as many people as possible by sharing...


Empowering a Culture of Positivity with Nicole Mejia

At a very young age, Nicole Mejia learned the importance of health and hard work. After expressing her grievances to her father of being an overweight teen, he motivated her to start running the very next morning. Together they bonded through overcoming obstacles and life lessons. Today, Nicole is the founder of Fit and Thick, a women's empowerment brand that teaches the importance of being healthy, embracing your natural physique and living an authentic life. Last year, despite risking...


30 Days Of Poetry, The Magic City Way with P. Scott Cunningham

Years ago when P. Scott Cunningham was trying to avoid making eye contact on a New York City subway, he came across Poetry in Motion, an initiative where poems would be featured on the trains instead of advertisements. The poem was called, Hunger, by Billy Collins and it painted a vivid picture of a fox being taken home in a satchel for dinner. Not having been particularly interested in poetry back then, the poem stood with him years later along with the impact of infusing the written word...


Celebrating Black Films and Culture with Rachelle Salnave

Growing up on the lively streets of Harlem, New York, Rachelle Salnave found an appreciation for her culture and the arts. Her inspirations from family members to African American films she saw with powerful role models gave her the desire to create her own works of film; a historical feature documentary on the gentrification of Harlem and the Emmy nominated film about her Haitian identity, Le Belle Vie: The Good Life. Wanting to expose more Haitian & Black filmmakers, she co-created with...


Crafting the Future of Protein with Rohan Templeman and Dan Jonas

When Australian transplant, Rohan Templeman fell in love and moved across the pond to Miami, he brought his love of farmer's markets and the art of making tempeh with him. In 2017, after partnering with his father-in-law Dan Jonas, BeCultured Tempeh was born. Originating in Indonesia, tempeh is a protein source traditionally made from soy. Describing their methods as part art, part science, this duo has created irresistibly delicious tempeh made from organic beans instead of soy, which...


You Can Learn To Meditate with Paul Silitsky

Paul Silitsky was working as the CEO of a tech company in 2008 when he woke up one morning believing he had laryngitis. Although he got his voice back a few days later it started to disappear again. As the days went by and his voice didn’t improve, he sought out help to find out what was going on with him. It took him 18 months of seeing various doctors to find out he had Spasmodic Dysphonia, a rare neurological disorder that affects the voice muscles in the larynx. Since he couldn’t and...


Getting Clear on Climate Change with Zelalem Adefris

To many residents in Miami, climate change is personal. To Zelalem Adefris, climate change is her life's work. Building on her passion for public health and environmental activism, Zelalem moved to Miami a few years ago to become the Climate Resilience Program Manager at Catalyst Miami. Zelalem works to educate residents on the local impacts of climate change, connecting climate change to social justice initiatives and implementing programs that strengthen the resilience of...


Breaking Down Social and Institutional Barriers with Kathie Klarreich

When Kathie Klarreich decided to end her decade long career of being a journalist in Haiti, she wanted to dedicate her time to focus on social change by expanding arts programs in prisons. In 2014, Kathie founded Exchange for Change, which facilitates anonymous writing exchanges between classrooms in correctional and court-mandated facilities, and classrooms in high schools and universities. The "inside students" who participate in the program commit to attend class for about two hours...


The Rise of the Environmental Entrepreneur with Anastasia Mikhalochkina

Did you know? The amount of paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons disposed of annually could wrap the equator 300 times! Spending summers in a country house on the border of Russia and Finland, Anastasia Mikhalochkina (Anna) grew to appreciate the outdoors and witnessed a direct correlation between the consequences of her actions and its effect on a contained environment. Fast forward to Anastasia taking these lessons and her trainings in product and graphic design to found the local...


Having The Courage to Follow Your Heart with Mariana Cortez

Inspiration is all around us. For Mariana Cortez, it was her baby boy, Luke, who was allergic to dairy that inspired her to create dairy/gluten-free, vegan cakes that he could enjoy on his birthdays. When she got the idea of taking her cakes and making them into mini cupcakes, it set her on a remarkable journey which led her to open Miami's first vegan bakery, Bunnie Cakes, and Miami's first vegan DIY cupcake/cake decorating studio, Bunnie Cakes Studio, to selling her creations at Whole...


Episode 58 - Why We Should Support Farmers Markets with Art Friedrich

Nine years ago, Art Friedrich along with Melissa Contreras created the Urban Oasis Project, whose mission is to foster a local food movement that's accessible and available to everyone. The way they've achieved this goal is by planting gardens with low-income families, creating several thriving Farmer's Markets throughout South Florida (Upper East Side, Tropical Park, Adrienne Arsht, Bay Harbor) and accepting SNAP benefits at the markets and doubling their value for Florida grown fruits...


Episode 57: Writing As Therapy with Andrea Askowitz & Allison Langer

History has blessed us with some dynamic duos over time: Tom and Jerry; Thelma and Louise; Bert and Ernie and now, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. They are two peas in a pod(cast) and the creators of the immensely entertaining, outrageously raw and honest podcast called, Writing Class Radio where true and personal stories from students in Andrea's writing class are shared and where you can learn to write you own stories. The duo met years ago after Alison suffered a devastating...