Sam Turken

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Sam Turken

Freelance public radio/podcast reporter in Miami



Fights With Knives, Yelling, Collisions: Drama At Black Point Boat Ramp Draws Dedicated Audience

Jeff Forsythe could not stop laughing at the boaters. He sat on a grassy hill near the Black Point Marina boat ramp with his wife and son. The ramp was too crowded for him to trailer his own boat into the water on this Sunday before the Fourth of July. Instead, he joined more than a dozen others watching and jeering at boaters using the ramp.
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'Don't Sell Now': Vacant Luxury Condos Are Driving Down Prices Across Downtown Miami

Real estate broker Gabriel Miranda thought it could take a while to sell unit 905. The vacant condo is in Echo Brickell, a recently-built, sleek residential tower that overlooks Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne. The building has elevators for cars, an enormous aquarium in the main lobby and a $42 million penthouse.
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Miami has a surplus of condos downtown, and they're still not cheap

A surplus of condos in Downtown Miami has led to a drop in prices. However, the average price is still more than most people can afford.
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Parkland Community Gathers For Poetry Reading On Anniversary Of Shooting

As cars whizzed by and the sun faded, more than 80 people crowded together Thursday afternoon near a garden outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. One by one, students recited poems they wrote about love, friendship and innocence lost. Marisol Garrido remembered Helena Ramsay, who died trying to save another student.
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Venezuelans In South Florida Protest As Nicolás Maduro Sworn In For Second Term

As Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was sworn in to a second term on Thursday in Caracas, nearly a hundred Venezuelan-Americans and exiles protested in Miami against his recent reelection, calling it a sham. The demonstrators held signs and yelled outside Venezuela’s consulate in Downtown, saying the election was just the latest corrupt action by Maduro's dictatorship.
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'A Disservice To Our Voters': Election Supervisors Discuss Long Ballots, Bundled Amendments

With the start of early voting less than a week away, South Florida election supervisors are concerned this year’s ballots could overwhelm people and result in voters ignoring contentious referendum questions at the voting booth. The ballots are longer than those in previous years. And the supervisors of elections in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties are urging voters to learn about the amendment questions before showing up to the polls.
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Protestors Rally Against Broward Elections Supervisor Following Scott Lawsuits

A backlash to the tightening governor and senate races grew on Friday as dozens of angry Republican voters rallied outside the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office where provisional ballots were still under review. Fueled by Gov. Rick Scott’s recent lawsuit against Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes, the raucous protestors called for more transparency of the county’s vote-counting process.
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Shalala Wins 27th Congressional District After Tight Race Against Salazar

Donna Shalala, a Democrat, won a long-held Republican congressional seat in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday, giving her party a crucial win in its bid to retake the House of Representatives. Shalala defeated Maria Elvira Salazar, a well-known television journalist, by about six percentage points in a race that attracted national attention.
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Broward County Volunteers Finish Manual Recount For Senate Race Earlier Than Expected

Hundreds of people at Broward County's election warehouse finished reviewing ballots earlier than expected on Friday as part of a statewide manual recount for the U.S. Senate race. The hand counting of tens of thousands of votes marked a final step in an arduous recount process that began earlier this week for the tight contest between Democratic incumbent Sen.
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Shalala, Salazar Make Final Rounds With Voters In Tight House Race

With less than a week before Election Day, Donna Shalala and Maria Elvira Salazar remain locked in a tight congressional race in Miami-Dade County that will have a critical impact on deciding which party controls the future U.S. House of Representatives. Salazar, a Republican, has touted her deep ties to the district as a former television journalist in South Florida.
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Why doesn't the men's basketball program have female managers?

Duke’s men’s basketball managers are easy to notice if you’re watching the Blue Devils in the stands. At every timeout, the managers dash onto the court with one handing a clipboard to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the others giving the players Gatorade and towels. They usually all dress similarly with each wearing black slacks, black Nike sneakers and a blue, black or white collared shirt with a Duke logo.
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How The Charles River’s Water Quality Is Monitored — And What’s Being Done To Make It Swimmable

At dawn on a balmy August morning, two volunteers are on the Eliot Bridge in Allston, lowering a small, orange-rimmed basket into the Charles River. The basket is attached to a long black and yellow rope, and inside it there's a plastic bottle. Bubbles appear as the bottle slowly sinks and fills with clear water.
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Sam Turken

I am a public radio and podcast journalist in Miami. I regularly report for South Florida's NPR station, WLRN, after interning there last summer. My work has aired for Marketplace Morning Report, NPR's national newscast and other NPR member stations, including WUSF, WJCT and WGCU. I have also contributed reporting and research for Wondery's podcast, "Over My Dead Body," and Gimlet Media's podcast, "Mogul." I previously interned at WBUR and Fusion Media and served as the managing editor of The Duke Chronicle while a student at Duke University. Send inquiries to



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