Planted in Miami is a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. We interview locals who are moving Miami forward through social awareness and community engagement. From environmental causes to healthy lifestyles, animal welfare to conscious living, it’s about giving people the information that they need to make informed decisions about living a more thoughtful and compassionate life.

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Check out a few episodes below!

  • How Climate Change Is Intensifying Our Weather with Chief Meteorologist John Morales
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on November 19, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Our climate is changing and we are witnessing the effects playing out in real time: heatwaves, rising seas, intense hurricanes, wildfires and the melting of glaciers to name just a few.  So when it's your job to track and report the weather, these unnatural occurrences are hard to ignore. […]

  • How Sea Level Rise Will Affect Miami's Future with Jimmy Evans, Sam Van Leer, Jack Edmondson
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on November 4, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Think about this for a moment: a child born today can expect oceans to rise one to four feet in their lifetimes; Miami is projected to experience over a foot of sea level rise by the year 2050 and anywhere from 10 to 30 feet by the end of the century.  Add to this that not a single viable solution […]

  • Mobile Showers for the Homeless with Jeanne Albaugh
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on October 22, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Jeanne Albaugh has spent her life in service to the homeless, but when she fell and broke her back while inside a fast food restaurant, she not only lost her life long dream of becoming a world champion in barrel racing, she became homeless herself. Once she realized her dream would never […]

  • Defending a Dream with Ana Samantha
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on October 8, 2018 at 1:58 am

    "Radical simply means grasping things at the root." - Angela Davis Meet Ana Samantha, part of the Miami Core-Team of the Dream Defenders.  Founded in 2012 after the murder of Trayvon Martin by a few university students across Florida tired of the systematic over policing and incarceration of poor […]

  • The State of Affordable Housing with Annie Lord
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on September 24, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Owning a home was once the American dream, but for quite some time now it's been out of reach for many Americans.  The housing crisis further deepened that chasm and here in Miami where wages are lower than other big cities, the issue of affordable housing is all too real and leading Miami […]

  • Tackling Miami's Biggest Issues with Sarah Emmons
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on September 10, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Traditionally, decisions about the future of communities are made behind closed doors by a select few in positions of political power, but with more and more local organizations getting involved and demanding a seat at the table, the times are a changing.  Sarah Emmons, and her team at Radical […]

  • Providing a Solution to the Plastic Problem with Pam Barrera
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on August 26, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Considering it's been predicted that there'll be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050, wouldn't it be nice if there was a store that offered solutions to our dependence on plastic and that could help us reduce our waste?  Well, now there is. Verde, located in Wynwood, is Miami's first […]

  • Why Self-Care is Important for Your Health with Nzingah Oniwosan
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on August 13, 2018 at 12:44 am

    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 […]

  • Keeping our Oceans Debris Free with Caiti and Jeremy Waks
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on July 29, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    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 […]

  • Bridging the Gap between Culture and Community with Abraham Metellus
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on July 15, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    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 […]

  • Kombucha: The Living Beverage with Cristina Ivory
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on July 2, 2018 at 1:55 am

    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 […]

  • Abandoned Vehicles of The Everglades with Charles Kropke + Matt Stock
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on June 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    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 […]

  • What You Need To Know About Composting with Melissa Selem
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on June 4, 2018 at 1:14 am

    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 […]

  • Preserving Black History in Miami with Lt. Archie McKay + Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on May 21, 2018 at 2:16 am

    On September 1, 1944, the Miami Police Department hired "The First Five" black police officers (then called patrolmen) 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 […]

  • The Evolution of Sustainable Fashion with Colleen Coughlin
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on May 7, 2018 at 12:02 am

    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 […]

  • Turning an Illness into a Lifelong Mission with Barry Rabkin
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on April 23, 2018 at 2:00 am

    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 suggestion of his wife, he began juicing in an effort to help aid his recovery. Not only did Barry […]

  • Empowering a Culture of Positivity with Nicole Mejia
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on April 9, 2018 at 2:48 am

    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 kid, he motivated her to start running the very next morning.  Together they bonded through overcoming obstacles and life lessons.  Today, […]

  • 30 Days Of Poetry, The Magic City Way with P. Scott Cunningham
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on March 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    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 […]

  • Celebrating Black Films and Culture with Rachelle Salnave
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on March 5, 2018 at 1:27 am

    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 […]

  • Crafting the Future of Protein with Rohan Templeman and Dan Jonas
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on February 19, 2018 at 12:57 am

    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 […]

  • You Can Learn To Meditate with Paul Silitsky
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on February 5, 2018 at 2:51 am

    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 […]

  • Getting Clear on Climate Change with Zelalem Adefris
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on January 22, 2018 at 2:35 am

    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 […]

  • Breaking Down Social and Institutional Barriers with Kathie Klarreich
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on January 8, 2018 at 4:46 am

    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, a program which facilitates anonymous writing exchanges between […]

  • The Rise of the Environmental Entrepreneur with Anastasia Mikhalochkina
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on December 18, 2017 at 4:09 am

    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 […]

  • Having The Courage to Follow Your Heart with Mariana Cortez
    by Alex + Jeanette Ruiz on December 4, 2017 at 12:31 am

    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 […]

  • Episode 58 - Why We Should Support Farmers Markets with Art Friedrich
    by Alex and Jeanette Ruiz on November 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    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 […]

  • Episode 57: Writing As Therapy with Andrea Askowitz & Allison Langer
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on October 30, 2017 at 2:53 am

    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 […]

  • Episode 56: Slay Naturally with Barbara Jacques
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on October 16, 2017 at 1:18 am

    It's said that necessity is the mother of invention. So if you take invention and mix it with an intelligent, driven and creative individual who understands the harmful effects of poisonous products on our skin, then you get Jacq's, a natural beauty brand founded by Barbara Jacques. Six years […]

  • Episode 55: Unearthing Your Inner Activist with Elizabeth Jones
    by Jeanette + Alex Ruiz on October 2, 2017 at 1:23 am

    The activist in Elizabeth Jones peaked it's head out in 8th grade when she presented a research paper on animal testing to her fellow classmates. It wasn't until years later, after becoming vegan and being put on the spot about her activism efforts, did Liz allow her inner activist to come […]

  • Episode 54: Health in the Hood with Asha Loring
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on September 18, 2017 at 1:47 am

    In South Florida, there are a number of vacant lots ripe for transformation and Asha Loring, founder of Health in the Hood Inc., had an idea of what she could turn them into. Inspired by a project her father, Marvin Dunn, created years ago named Roots in the City, Asha began taking empty lots and […]

  • Episode 53: Community Justice Project with Meena Jagannath
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on August 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Five years ago, while Meena Jagannath was working with women in Haiti after the destructive Hurricane ravaged the island, an opportunity presented itself here in Miami.  Having never visited the city, she decided to take a chance and brought her expertise as a Human Rights lawyer and eventually […]

  • Episode 52: The Dirty Truth About Trash with Dave Doebler + Dara Schoenwald
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on August 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    When you throw something away, where is away? Six years ago, Dave Doebler found out the answer one afternoon on his kayak where he discovered 75 pounds of trash floating on the waters of Miami Beach. After wrangling his friends and family to help him clean up, he quickly realized that they either […]

  • Episode 51: Women Innovating Now with Carolina Pina
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on July 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Carolina Pina is the Director of WIN Lab Miami - an eight month accelerator program for women entrepreneurs which helps them to grow sustainable ventures.  Originally launched in 2013 by Babson College in Massachusetts, the program expanded to Florida in 2016 where the first round of attendees […]

  • Episode 50: A Collision of Ideas with Meg Daly
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on July 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    After self-proclaimed native, Meg Daly, broke both of her elbows in a biking accident and was forced to slow down and smell the asphalt on her walking commute to physical therapy, she got a crazy idea.  Transform the unused space underneath the Metrorail into a 10 mile linear park, urban trail […]

  • Episode 49: Live Like You Live Here with Chris Adamo
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on July 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    When Chris Adamo left New York City with the love of his life five years ago and exchanged his muted, cold weather wardrobe for bright and colorful Jams World t-shirts, he didn't only want to look like a local, he wanted to live like one too. So he joined the folks at WhereBy.Us as the Director of […]

  • Episode 48: Books and Books with Mitchell Kaplan
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on June 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero In the age of digital consumption and immediate gratification, Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books and Books is inviting Miami and beyond to slow things down by stepping into 'The Great Good Place,' in this case, […]

  • Episode 47: Living a Life of Purpose with Nathi Alarcon
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on June 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Since a very young age, Nathi Alarcon has been a go-getter.  She knew at 7 years old that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine and worked hard to achieve that goal.  What she wasn’t expecting was being derailed in college with an auto-immune disease that eventually changed the course of […]

  • Episode 46: Empowering the World to Run with Frankie Ruiz
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on May 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Here in Miami when you say the name, Frankie Ruiz, chances are it conjures up memories of the incredibly popular and late Puerto Rican salsa singer belting out, "Bailando"or another one of his many popular hits.  But to many in Miami's athletic circles, Frankie Ruiz is synonymous with the Miami […]

  • Episode 45: Challenging the Status Quo with Korin Sutton
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on May 8, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Korin Sutton is a dedicated individual.  In high school, he started lifting weights and paying attention to his nutrition to get in shape (and to get girls).  He then joined the military to serve his country because the men in his life served honorably and he wanted to do the same.  And then in […]

  • Episode 44: The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary with Danny Peña
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on April 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The Messengers is a documentary by Chris Krimitsos, Niel Guilarte and Willie Harper, that tells the story of podcasting and the people behind this relatively new form of storytelling and digital media.  It follows and focuses on several podcasters as they tell their story of why they love […]

  • Episode 43: Elevated Eating with Chef Kofi
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on April 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    As a young boy growing up in Carol City, Chef Kofi probably never thought he would one day see the likes of Germany, Ghana, Afghanistan, and other countries ending in 'stan' and he probably never thought he would be jumping out of perfectly good airplanes either.  But leave it to the dreamers […]

  • Episode 42: The Magic of Storytelling with Prism Creative Group
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on March 27, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Pola Bunster is one of those rare Miami natives; you hear about them but they are difficult to come across as many more transplants claim The Magic City as their home.  And why wouldn’t they?  Miami has a plethora of beautiful beaches and beautiful people that frequent them, it’s always hot […]

  • Episode 41: The Social Cog with Natalie Davis
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on March 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Before Natalie Davis’ son, Joshua graduated from high school she sat down with his guidance counselor discussing his next steps. She quickly realized that outside of traditional organizations helping autistic children transition to adulthood, there weren’t any social programs. So she created […]

  • Episode 40: Engaging Your Community with Sara Yousuf
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on February 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Sara Yousuf is a firecracker.  Through her tenacity and determination she opened one of Miami’s only vinyl stores, Sweat Records, and has co-founded two leading progressive social organizations: Emerge Miami and Engage Miami. Oh and did we mention that she’s also a public defender for […]

  • Episode 39: Unleash Your Epicness with Felecia Hatcher-Pearson
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on February 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    According to Felecia Hatcher-Pearson's high school guidance counselor, she shouldn't be the person she is today.  She was an average student who never enjoyed school but nonetheless discovered her entrepreneurial spirit early on. Felecia has gone on to become a White House award-winning […]

  • Episode 38: The Humane Revolution with Deborah Rosenberg
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on January 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Deborah Rosenberg has always loved animals, so after learning about the atrocities occurring in various animal industries, she quickly turned her successful luxury interior design business, DiMare Design, into a cruelty-free/vegan design brand by replacing animal derived products with […]

  • Episode 37: The Social Good Brand with The THX Co.
    by Jeanette and Alex Ruiz on January 9, 2017 at 3:55 am

    The Thx Company, founded by brothers Ricardo Jose and Ricardo Juan Bueso, is turning the typical way companies sell consumers goods upside down. Inspired by their socially minded father to always do good and give back, Thx Co. was founded in 2013 and first headquartered in their parents living room […]

  • Episode 36: Zen & Tonic with Jules Aron
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on December 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Jules Aron wants to change your perception of what healthy tastes like. With the release of her book, Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker, you’ll be infusing superfoods into your cocktails in no time to make delicious, healthy, restorative drinks for you and […]

  • Episode 35: Feeding the Arts with Feast Miami
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on December 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Loren Pulitzer understands how powerful food can be. It can provide nourishment to the body and soul, heal the sick and ailing, and bring people together. After being diagnosed with Lupus, Loren’s health journey has connected her intimately with what she puts on her plate and she’s made it her […]

  • Episode 34: Fostering Hope with Florida Reach
    by Alex & Jeanette Ruiz on November 21, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Sometimes life deals people a bad hand and foster children are just one of many people to get the short end of the stick.  Being moved around from home to home, to different foster parents, and being separated from your siblings and parents isn’t what growing up should feel like for kids but for […]

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