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 February 27, 2014

Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015?

Phillip Pessar/Flickr

02/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on the plight of the homeless in Miami–Dade.  The federal Department of Health and Urban Development (HUD) have mandated that funded agencies eliminate chronic homelessness in 2015.  Is it possible?  We’ll speak with two board members of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.  And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pet Care Do’s & Don’ts Call-in Program

Dr. Ian Kupke
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

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02/26/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.  Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors.  We’ll take your pet question calls, of course . . . and also focus on how to best introduce a new dog, puppy or cat into a household.  There are numerous “do’s and don’ts.”  Listen in . . . call-in . . . for Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Art of Quitting: How it Matters in Life, Love & Work

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work
www.loveworkbalance.com

02/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at what is usually considered a cop-out, or profound weakness.  Quitting.  But often it’s the pragmatic answer to many situations.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How to Run—or Ruin—an Economy

Tim Harford
twitter.com/timharford

02/24/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with popular economist, journalist and broadcaster Tim Harford.  His book, THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST sold millions internationally.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

FIU On The Forefront Of Hospitality Training

Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
twitter.com/FIUHospitality

A list of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
02/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Mike Hampton Dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality at FIU.   Hospitality is an important part of our economy and FIU is on the forefront of new ideas and training for the industry. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

How You Can Make An Ethical Difference

Make An Ethical Difference
www.markpastin.com

02/20/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Mark Pastin, of the Council of Ethical Organizations.  He says individuals are born with an ethical sense, and can learn how to harness it.  Some say that’s a radical view.  Pastin has written MAKE AND ETHICAL DIFFERENCE.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why 50 Million Americans Can’t Hear You

SHOUTING WON’T HELP: Why I – and 50-Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You
www.katherinebouton.com

02/19/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines an increase in hearing problems . . . particularly in those under the age of 55.  Hearing loss is usually associated with the elderly, but statistics show an increasing number of young people put themselves at risk with overloud music, sports arenas, even sports bars and subways.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children

02/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at child and adolescent anxiety, and how it can unravel families.  Are kids more anxious today?  Does their fear stem from parental fretfulness?  We’ll speak with psychologist Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

How George Washington Forged the Highest Office

“Mr. President” George Washington and The Making Of the Nation's Highest Office
http://www.harlowgilesunger.com/

02/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is a Presidents Day edition, which looks at how George Washington overcame the almost complete lack of specific powers. The first President had chaired the Constitutional Convention debates, but realized the Presidency would be impotent without a strong Executive branch.  With cunning and guile, Washington ignored Constitutional limits and usurped powers not specifically granted, including the oft used “Executive Privilege” component.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Food Network and Cooking Channel Star Kelsey Nixon

Kelsey Nixon
twitter.com/KelseyNixon

02/13/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Food Network star and cookbook author, Kelsey Nixon.  She’s the host of the Cooking Channel’s Kelsey’s Essentials.  Her latest book is

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

1 Billion Rising for Justice Miami

One Billion Rising - Miami's Facebook page
www.facebook.com/onebillionrisingmiami

02/13/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with information about the One Billion Rising for Justice Miami program.  It aims to end the violence directed at women worldwide.  One in three females will experience violence or rape in a lifetime.  There are local events scheduled, and we’ll also learn more about the human trafficking of minors.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Anjelica Huston: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

02/11/14 - Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, daughter of famed director John Huston, with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.  She’s written a memoir which chronicles their complex relationship.  It's called A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

How to Fall OUT of Love

How to Fall Out of Love
http://www.drdphillips.com/

02/11/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Dr. Deborah Phillips . . . her latest book is HOW TO FALL OUT OF LOVE.  She says our culture is geared to fall in love . . . but little advice is given to how to point the way out.  It can lead to depression . . . even suicide.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

101 Ways To Create Your Own Road To Happiness

Tal Ben-Shahar
http://www.talbenshahar.com/

02/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with author and lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar.  He’s a worldwide consultant to executives in multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions.  He lays out the elements of a happier life in his book, CHOOSE THE LIFE YOU WANT:  101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Food Network Star/Cookbook Author Katie Lee

Katie Lee
www.katieleehome.com

Listen to all of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer

02/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview food network star and cookbook author Katie Lee. She hosted the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef, was a judge on Iron chef and is now one of the hosts on the new Food Network TV series “The Kitchen,” based on the fact that most parties end up with everyone in the kitchen. She talks about comfortable, casual, fun entertaining, and what it’s like behind the scenes at The Kitchen. 

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