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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

Climate change, extreme heat, and Unguarded, an investigation

High pressure in the middle layers of the atmosphere acts as a dome or cap, allowing heat to build up at the Earth's surface.
High pressure in the middle layers of the atmosphere acts as a dome or cap, allowing heat to build up at the Earth's surface.

On this week's Florida Roundup, we discuss how our recent heat is a result of climate change and why we should expect more extreme temperatures to come. Also: WLRN investigates the Miami-Dade County Guardianship Program.

If you feel like it’s been hotter than usual lately — that’s because it’s true. Much of the southern U.S. has seen record heat over the last few weeks, with a new record being broken seemingly every few days.

Scientists say this is not a fluke heat wave. It’s a result of human-caused climate change, and we should expect more extreme temperatures to come.

On today's show, we talk about the numbers and the science behind the heat with a panel that includes a climate reporter, a meteorologist and an atmospheric scientist.

We’ll also hear about how the warming weather disproportionately affects certain populations in the state and what you can do to protect yourself throughout this hot season.


  • Alex Harris, reporter covering climate change for the Miami Herald. 
  • Megan Borowski, meteorologist for Florida Public Radio Network. 
  • Brian McNoldy, senior research associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. 
  • Amanda Rabines, reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. 
  • Brian Pippin, director of consumer experience for JEA. 

Unguarded, an investigation 

Guardianship programs play a vital part in helping some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. These programs step in when Floridians who are elderly or disabled can no longer take care of themselves and don’t have family or friends who are able, or willing, to do so. In some cases, their homes and other assets are taken over by the state and sold to help pay for care and living expenses.

But an investigation by WLRN News into the Miami-Dade County Guardianship Program — the state’s largest — revealed how a network of Miami real estate companies has profited off the sale of Guardianship homes.


Joshua Ceballos, reporter for WLRN News.

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Bridget O'Brien produces WLRN's The Florida Roundup as well as morning newscasts. A long-time public radio geek, she feels that audio journalism can take a story beyond text and allows listeners to truly connect through the power of voice. With a background in drama, she brings a theatrical element to everything she does.