Introducing the Miami Moves Me Podcast
Welcome to Miami Moves Me, a podcast brought to you by a team of University of Miami students enrolled in AMS 350, Mapping Miami’s Cultural Landscape. During Spring semester 2020, plans for field expeditions came to an abrupt halt when classes went online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a few Miami Moves Me stories incorporate this new perspective as students produce and release a set of twenty episodes between April 7 and May 7.
Student Creators: Diana Borras, Gretchell Cano, Luz Estrella Cruz, Kurt Gessler, Melissa Huberman, Kristian Kranz, Reese McMichael, Jonathan Raskauskas, Ben Vinarski
A Look Behind the Scenes
Trying out the new medium inside the station at WVUM 90.5.
Recording on campus, reactions to The Cold Snap of Jan 2020.
Exploring Miami history inside the Broadmoor Hotel with Juggerknot Theater and Miami Motel Stories North Beach.
Taking public transit to meet a tribal queen at the Miami Circle in Brickell. Walking across the business district to discover culture makers inside an abandoned mall Downtown.
Inside the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, furthest foray north from UM.
Now meeting weekly in our Zoom Room: Shown here in conversation with urban planner Juan Mullerat of Plusurbia, as he introduces his plan for revitalizing Little Havana.
Miami Moves Me Stories
The first episode introduces the team, the voices you’ll be hearing over the next few weeks. Episodes that follow document field expeditions—students explore immersive theater in North Beach, meet the creative community converging inside an empty mall Downtown, learn the history behind a sacred Native American space at the heart of the business district known as Brickell, and discover the vibrant culture zone known as Little Haiti.
The students’ independent projects investigate Miami’s art scene (before and after COVID-19), Third Horizon’s 2020 Caribbean film festival, Jai Alai’s 2019 publication Making Good Time, and the vital role of street art in the City’s urban landscape. Highly relevant in this moment, two student producers contemplate how to survive and thrive during a global pandemic.
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Photos courtesy Melissa Huberman, Diana Borras and Fresh Art INTL