Topical Currents on Xtra HD

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman

Joseph Cooper shares his microphone with a wide range of guests including community leaders, artists, scientists, historians, political thinkers and more who bring issues of interest to South Floridians.  Richard Ives is the senior producer, and Bonnie Berman joined Topical Currents as co-host and associate producer in September 2012.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

10/15/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 75-year prohibition of cannabis in the United States.  20 states have now approved medical marijuana consumption . . . two states have legislated limited recreational use.  52% of Americans, according to a Pew Research poll, support the decriminalization of cannabis.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Reclaiming Our Democracy

http://www.reclaimingourdemocracy.com/

    

10/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with “social entrepreneur” Sam Daley-Harris. A Miami native, he founded the public interest group RESULTS, in 1980, and was instrumental in the microcredit movement.  His book, RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY:  Healing the Break Between People and Government has been updated and reprinted for a 20th Anniversary Edition. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Simply Delicioso

10/10/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with television personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Delicioso on Univision and Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel.  We’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Why Read Moby Dick?

First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.

10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel:  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay.  We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK?  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman.  Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

South Florida's Urban Menagerie

www.facebook.com/LyandaLynnHaupt

10/09/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl. South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss.  We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties.  We’ll speak with nature writer and researcher Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book, THE URBAN BESTIARY:  Encountering the Everyday Wild.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate

www.rosegeorge.com

10/08/13 - Tuesday Topical Currents examines the complex world of large-scale ocean container ships.  Super-sized ships can lade 15,000 truck-able containers on board.  They may be longer than three-football fields . . . and as tall as Niagara Falls.  We’ll speak with Rose George, author of NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING:  Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Unusual Upbringing And The Long, Winding Path To Happiness

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
www.randomhouse.com

10/07/13 - Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Kate Christensen about Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetitesa mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism

From Artsist Banksy
www.banksy.co.uk

10/07/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with political culture professor Michael Stewart Foley.  He’s written FRONT PORCH POLITICS: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s.  Most people remember the 1960s as the decade of activism, but Foley contends the 1970s and 1980s were equally important.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Dining at the White House

This week's Food & Dining podcast.

10/03/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef John Moeller, retired White House chef and  author of Dining at the White House.  It’s a behind the scenes look at preparing dinners at the White House and an insight into the personalities of the first families he served.  He was chef to Presidents H.W. Bush, Clinton and George Bush. We look at memorable White House moments – including visits from heads of state, sudden cancelation of a Congressional Picnic on 9/11 and family dinners.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

The Mental and Health Benefits of Tai-Chi

www.arthurrosenfeld.com

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10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits.   Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system.  His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents.  He’ll relate some remarkable moments.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Floridians & The Affordable Care Act

The new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

10/01/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines how the Affordable Care Act will affect Floridians.  It’s an “At Your Service” edition.  State government has resisted the federal health overhaul initiative.  Florida is one of a dozen states which have not expanded Medicaid.  Governor Rick Scott has barred health care “navigators” to assist Floridians with “Obamacare,” but some counties are resisting that order.  We’ll take your calls on the issue.  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at one 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Florida Wage Theft Issues

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

09/30/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers.  But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction.  Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted.  We’ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm on WLRN. 

  • Guests/links:
  • Wage Theft Claims, Miami-Dade Consumer Service: 305-375-3677  
  • http://www.miamidade.gov/business/wage-theft.asp
  • Cynthia S Hernandez, Senior Research Associate, Instructor & Director of Internship Programs Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy Center for Labor Research & Studies Florida International University www.risep-fiu.org
  • Jeanette Smith Executive Director South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Member of the Wage Theft Task Force  www.sfiwj.org
  • Donna M. Ballman, P.A. Employment Attorney  www.ballmanfirm.com

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

15 Years of Food & Dining & Wine, Oh My!

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

Fundraising edition of the program.

09/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker.  Linda’s “Food & Dining” segments have been broadcast weekly now for some 15 years, and she discusses some of her favorite programs . . . and what new challenges are presented.  Many internationally renowned chefs, authors, Food Network stars and others have appeared.  That’s Topical Currents . . .Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Critical Historical Preservation Projects

Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper and Dr. Paul George
Cesar Barroso of miamihoje.com

09/24/13 - Today's Topical Currents is with noted historian Dr. Paul George of Miami-Dade College and HISTORY/MIAMI.  He’s conducted countless South Florida “History Tours,” and is co-host of our popular Topical Currents History Quiz program.  On this program, however, he’ll break down the most critical historical preservation projects for the area.

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