Paul Leary

Host, Producer

Paul began his performance career at the ripe age of 10 when he crawled into acting classes at Boston's Suffolk University. A native of Boston, at age 15 he was the youngest person to be certified at Boston Neighborhood Network Television, where he interviewed "The Elephant Show" stars Sharon, Lois & Bram.  Paul also worked at the renowned Boston Children's Museum in the Public Relations and Marketing department.  In 1996, he acted in the WGBH public radio broadcast of the play "Turf," which won an achievement in radio award. He worked at Palm Beach's WXEL Public Radio and Television for 4  years from 2002-2006.

Paul was called to Miami to serve as Fundraising Producer for WLRN in 2006. Currently, Paul is an on-air host, producer, operations assistant manager and social media editor for Topical Currents and South Florida Arts Beat.  For the last several years he hosts Broadway Edition, featuring interviews about South Florida Theater and Touring Broadway shows.  He's been an audio editor for WLRN-Miami Herald News/Under The Sun "Penny Per Pound" winner of the 2009 Sunshine State Awards From The Society Of Professional Journalists.  He says he's dedicated to being involved with the best of public broadcasting around the country.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Latin Jazz Concert, Cleveland Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix, & Broward Arts Calendar

A gathering of Jazz greats are set to perform at MDCA in February... Negroni's 3o / Ed Calle / Federico Brito / Roberto Perera / Sammy Figueroa... WOW!!!
www.facebook.com/MDCAuditorium

01/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, drummer extraordinaire, Nomar Negroni, talks about a spectacular Latin Jazz showcase coming to the Miami Dade County Auditorium next week. Charles Greenfield chats with Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero about the Cleveland Orchestra’s exciting upcoming concerts at the Arsht Center.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life

David Dow
http://www.skv.com/attorneys/david-r.-dow/

01/31/14 - This is a Topical Currents online bonus segment. After the broadcast, there were many unanswered questions.  Host Bonnie Berman continues the conversation with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions.  He says he knows some were innocent.  He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Are You Ready For Some Football Super Bowl Party Tips?

Jamie DeRosa
https://twitter.com/JamieDeRosa

01/30/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Tongue and Cheek Restaurant Chef, Jamie DeRosa.  He gives tips for planning our Super Bowl parties.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Former Bollywood Star Stands Up To Domestic Violence

Somy Ali
https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreTearsProject

01/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of domestic violence . . . and firearms.  The US Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case where a Tennessee man, who pled guilty to a domestic violence misdemeanor, has been charged with arms possession.  This violates federal law.  He’s challenged the rule.  A decision is expected in June.  Our guests are: Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Texas Death-Row Defense & Appellate Attorney David Dow

Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life

01/29/14 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions.  He says he knows some were innocent.  He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution.  Is it better to anticipate one’s death and prepare for it?  Or is it better to go quickly, quietly, without warning?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Let It Shine: The Long History of Solar Energy

Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year History of Solar Energy
http://john-perlin.com/

01/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the history and viability of solar energy.  Portugal leads the way in European solar energy, with 70% of its electricity generated from the sun.  Some 20% of California’s electrical grid is solar powered.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The History, Pros & Cons of Charter Schools

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Washington, DC
www.csdc.org

01/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the topic of charter schools.  They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida.  There are nearly 600 charter schools in the state, attended by more than 200,000 students.  Critics say charter schools benefit some youngsters, and bite into school district budgets, which serve a wider variety of students.  Listen in . . . call-in . . . Monday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Coral Gables Museum, Singer/songwriter Mickey Carroll, Miami Arts Cal

Liza Minnelli
www.officiallizaminnelli.com

01/24/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop continues her South Florida museum series with Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum featuring ArtCycle, free Jazz concerts and so much more.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Delivering Calorie Counted, Portion Controlled Meals

Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean.
http://deliverlean.com/

01/23/14 - 1:30 Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean, a diet meal delivery service.  It's mid-January and many of us are still trying to drop the Holiday pounds – DeliverLean delivers calorie counted, portion controlled meals in many categories. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

Roman Krznaric
http://www.romankrznaric.com/

01/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British sociologist and writer Roman Krznaric, author of HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?  Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.  He says people should embrace past wisdom and escape what he terms “status anxiety.”  He’ll join us from London.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  She’ll tell us about a new diet meal delivery service.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Television Anchor Jane Pauley: Reimagnining the Rest of Your Life

Jane Pauley
lifereimagined.aarp.org/

01/22/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with one of America’s most beloved TV anchors, Jane Pauley.  She hosted NBC’s Today Show for 13 years, and then anchored the Dateline program for 11 years.  She was always fresh-faced, plainspoken and funny.  In 2001, Pauley was diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder.  She’s written a memoir, YOUR LIFE CALLING:  Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons

Front page of the Miami Herald this past weekend.
MIAMI HERALD

01/21/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Miami-Dade Schools English teacher David Menache. He’s 40 years old, and has been an inspiration to some 3,000 students.  He’s also battling stage-four brain cancer . . . and is traveling to reconnect with former students before his death.  David has written, THE PRIORITY LIST:  A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fear of A Hip-Hop Planet

Miami Law Professor Donald Jones
http://www.law.miami.edu/

01/20/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones.  He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, are stereotypes, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture. He's written FEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET:  America’s New Dilemma.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Allan Harris Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

Allan Harris live at Umbria Jazz Festival.
Pat Harris www.twitter.com/allanharris

01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.  www.AllanHarris.Com  

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Possible Links Between Cancer And Diet

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

01/16/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Alice Pereira, Baptist Health South Florida Diet and Nutrition specialist. She talks about the links between cancer and diet, what are the power foods and how we all can eat smart rather than diet.  

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