Teacher’s Rights Bill In The State Legislature, How We Can End Sexual Harassment, Cooking With Citrus

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While sexual harassment cases involving high-profile people fill our news feeds, little mention is made of those in blue collar jobs. Our guest takes a realistic look at what we should be doing about it. We also talk with one Cuban chef about cooking with citrus on Food Friday, and discuss a news story.

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  • 'Teacher Rights' Bill In State Legislature Stirs Controversy Among Educators, Advocacy Groups

    A bill introduced in the state legislature is being touted as a “Teacher Rights” bill. While supporter says the legislation would make teachers feel more empowered and protected from potentially violent students, detractors say that it could disproportionately impact students of color and those with developmental disabilities. We speak with WPR State Capitol Reporter Laurel White about the bill and where it stands in the legislature.

  • To Get Rid of Sexual Harassment, Change The Conversation

    The #MeToo movement has swept Hollywood, exposing sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men in the media and entertainment industries. But many women in blue collar jobs haven’t had the same kind of moment. To truly get rid of sexual assault, our guest argues, we’ll have to listen to their voices.

  • Citrus-Infused Recipes To Liven Up Your Winter Table

    It’s that time of winter when, besides missing the sun, you might also be missing summer’s sweet strawberries and watermelon, and fall’s crisp apples.

    But there’s an entire category of fruit that you can turn to: citrus. Oranges, grapefruits, limes and other members of the citrus family are in season in the dead of winter — because they’re largely grown in the southern hemisphere, where it’s summer now through March.

    Ronaldo Lianes is a chef who specializes in healthy Cuban cuisine who uses citrus in a lot of his cooking. He’s the author of “Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba: Diabetes-Friendly Traditional and Nueva Cubano Cuisine.”

    Citrus is a lot more versatile than you might think, Lianes told WPR’s “Central Time” last week.

    Here are a few of his favorite citrusy dishes:


    Ceviche is raw fish or seafood cured in citrus juice. Sound like something you can’t do at home? Don’t worry; ceviche is incredibly easy to make, Lianes said.

    He likes to cure red snapper for 20-25 minutes in lime juice, then add in coconut milk, lime zest, red pepper, cilantro and chopped onion. That amount of time will cure your fish to medium-rare. If you want to cure it for longer, Lianes suggests waiting until the fish is white and looks like it would if you cooked it with heat. You can also cut open a piece of the fish to see if it’s cured through, he said.

    “It’s a quick way to get a wonderful meal, and you don’t have to cook,” he said.

    Simple Savory Salad

    “(This is) one of the salads that I love to make for myself,” Lianes said.

    His spin on a savory salad is greens of your choice and just a handful of other ingredients: avocado, Roma tomatoes, avocado oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.

    Lianes sprinkles the avocado oil around the rim of the bowl, does the same with the lime juice, then adds the other ingredients on top of the greens so everything is coated to perfection.

    “Lime helps highlight all the other flavors, (while) still being able to say, ‘Hey, I’m the lime, I’m here!’” he said.

    Simple Sweet Salad

    Lianes loves using the grill in unexpected ways.

    For this salad, take a few peaches, cut them up and put them on the grill. After they’ve cooled down, add some orange slices, the greens of your choice, onion and a bit of cilantro — “and you’ve got a nice, kind of citrusy sweet salad” without too much sugar, he said.

  • Food Friday: Citrus-Infused Cooking

    From blood oranges to lemons, citrus is in season during January. We talk to Chef Ronaldo Linares about infusing your cooking with some of winter’s most popular fruits.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Gretchen Brown Producer
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Laurel White Guest
  • Ellen Bravo Guest
  • Ronaldo Linares Guest

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