08/20/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what are termed “P3s” which are public/private partnerships for construction or remodeling public works projects. In Miami-Dade, examples of “P3s” include downtown’s Museum Park, the massive Port Tunnel project, the Arsht Center and the proposed redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Private entities finance and construct public facilities, then run and collect revenues for a specific period of time. Guests include: Gillian Thomas, Pres.
08/19/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with health writer Jo Robinson. Her latest book discusses of nutrition, and the eons of time when humans subsisted on wild flora and fauna. Her latest book is EATING ON THE WILD SIDE: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. After generations of breeding more palatable fruits and vegetables, much of their original nutritional clout has been diluted. Robinson has tips to reclaim the nutrients and flavors lost.
08/16/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Two time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/musician, Elsten Torres, and his band perform original compositions from his latest recording, Waiting For Clouds, featuring beautiful, melodic tunes of life and love. Enjoy the multi-genre, original music of Elsten Torres Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
08/15/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview author Mandy Baca. Her book is The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas. She recounts the history of Miami cuisine from the Tequesta Indians to the present–day local food revolution. A Miami native, Mandy studied at the Hospitality School at Johnson & Wales University and holds a master’s degree in Italian gastronomy and tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy. On the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm.
08/15/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) it’s a statewide, volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education to people and their caregivers. And more, Linda Gassenheimer speaks with Mandy Baca about her book,
08/13/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover the issue of aggression in our animal companions.
08/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the intrigue surrounding the intelligence career of William Colby, with University of Arkansas history professor Randall Woods. He’s the author SHADOW WARRIOR: William Egan Colby and the CIA. His career began with the OSS during World War II. He then joined the newly formed CIA, just before the onset of the Cold War, and was a controversial figure in Vietnam covert operations. He became CIA director in 1973, but was later forced to resign. His replacement was George H.W Bush. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.
08/08/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rolando Aeda of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Steven Haas Chairman of the GMCVB who give us the scoop on this year’s Miami Spice two tier program: luxury restaurants at $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch and Fine Dining restaurants at $33 for a 3 course dinner, $19 for lunch. We discuss the business of Miami Spice and what it brings to the community and get tips on how to enjoy the many offerings.
08/08/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with luxury hotel employee Jacob Tomsky, author of the hotel memoir HEADS IN BEDS. He started as a parking valet, and then managed housekeeping at a top New York City hotel, before going behind the front desk. He has many tales to tell: from how to get free movies in your room, or ransack the mini-bar at no charge. Want a room upgrade? Give a nice tip upon check-in. And more . . .
08/05/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Brown University Professor Mark Blyth. He contends that conservatives in both Europe and the US have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has worsened economies. He says the problem has been a result of bailing out, recapitalizing and adding liquidity to broken banking systems with
08/02/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jamaica’s Consul General the Honorable Sandra Grant Griffiths and event producer extraordinaire, Sydney Roberts, have the details about Jamaica’s 51st Independence Day events here in South Florida. Our film critic, Dan Hudak, features his annual Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable with Michelle Solomon and Hans Morgenstern.
08/01/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us is restaurant critic Jen Karetnik and wine columnist Fred Tasker. We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listene