Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman share the 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.  Paul Leary is the technical director and online producer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

I Don't Know: Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)
www.leahhagercohen.com

09/12/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the notion that it’s OK to say “I Don’t Know.”   Is it human nature to pretend we do even when we don’t?  Parents seldom want kids to know they don’t have an answer:  “Daddy, why is the sky blue?”  Perhaps politicians would be better off to admit they don’t know either.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Path to a Better Way of Death

Knocking On Heaven's Door
katybutler.com

09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist  Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85.  They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority  hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

40 Years Of Bee Gees Hits

The Bee Gees at their Middle Ear Studios in Miami.
courtesy of Dick Ashb

09/10/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 40 year hit parade ride of the Bee Gees, with rock biographer David Meyer (The Bee Gees: The Biography).  The brothers Gibb began their unique harmonic careers in Australia.  They moved back to England and international stardom. They sold some 250 million records, were the darlings of the disco era, and of course, had strong South Florida ties. Who can’t hum a Bee Gees pop classic? Tune in for Topical Currents and a Bee Gees retrospective Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

Heidi Boghosian
https://twitter.com/HeidiBoghosian

 

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cook Like A Rock Star

Anne Burrell of Food Network
www.foodnetwork.com

09/05/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV celebrity Anne Burrell host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cook in America. Anne gives us tips from her books "Cook Like a Rock Star" and "Own Your Kitchen."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children

"ALL I DID WAS TURN 18" via Florida's Children First Facebook
www.facebook.com/FloridasChildrenFirst

09/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with attorney Howard Talenfeld.  He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of Florida’s Children First, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.” That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Immigration, Civilization and America

GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America
www.independent.org/globalcrossings/

09/04/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with policy expert and Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa, author of GLOBAL CROSSINGS:  Immigration, Civilization, and America.  He’s been an op-ed page editor and Miami Herald columnist as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  He ponders how America has gone from a “nation of immigrants,” to become skeptical, even critical of receiving others on our shores and borders.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Ultimate Grilling For Your Labor Day BBQ

Editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine
https://twitter.com/rapo4

08/29/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Adam Rapoport, Editor-in-Chief Bon Appetite magazine and editor of The Grilling Book: the Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit.  He gives us tips for our Labor Day Barbecues.  It's Food and Dining in the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

How to Find Fulfilling Work

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

08/29/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British philosopher Roman Krznaric, author of HOW TO FIND FULFILLING WORK.  Is one’s fulfillment in a great dream and meaning . . . or money?  Job satisfaction in the U.S. is at all-time low of 45%.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Bon Appetit Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport.  He’s written THE GRILLING BOOK.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving

Marina Palms website
http://marinapalms.com/

08/28/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the status of the South Florida housing market and mortgage rates.  After the meltdown of 2008, banks say they’re issuing loans to only experienced and well-capitalized developers.  The South Florida condo market is thriving, and residential properties have increased in value.  Most property sells for close to asking prices.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
http://www.gayvictorybook.com/

08/27/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and author Linda Hirshman, who documents the  gay rights movement in her book, VICTORY:  The Triumphant Gay RevolutionOver the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:  from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011. Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for Topical Currents

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Catherine Steiner-Adair
http://www.catherinesteineradair.com

08/26/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents.  We discuss the digital revolution in regard to parents and children. We love our screens:  be they smartphones, laptops or tablets and worlds of communication, information and games they offer. But how does this affect the new generation of children . . . and parents?

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Food and Nutrition in Public Schools

http://nutrition.dadeschools.net/

08/22/13 ~ 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Also, joining the conversation, is Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward County Public Schools.  We discuss exciting new food programs including expanding after school meal services and new emphasis on breakfast on campus. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan

Seven50 logo
http://seven50.org/

08/22/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on South Florida’s Seven-50initiative. “Seven-50” is a blueprint for steering growth among Southeast  Florida’s seven counties:  Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. It considers transportation, housing, jobs and the environmental concerns over the next five decades. Guests are: Michael Busha, Seven50 Management Team, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); Victor Dover, Seven50 Lead Consultant, Principal – Dover Kohl & PartnersJoe Quinty, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Project Manager for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link.

And more, in the second half of the program: Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “back to school” lunch program, with dietary chiefs from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Tune in for Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools

From the The Thomas B. Fordham Institute website
http://www.edexcellence.net/

08/21/13- Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at our nation’s most esteemed and selective public high schools. Florida has six so-called “exam schools” . . . and two are in Miami-Dade County.  “Exam Schools” prepare America’s best and brightest for college and beyond.  We’ll visit with education expert Chester Finn, co-author of EXAM SCHOOLS:  Inside America’s Most Selective Public High SchoolsDon’t miss Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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