09/19/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. It’s her annual “Fancy Food” show report. The Fancy Food gathering is the largest display of food related products in the country. It sets trends for the industry. Linda will show us – and have us taste – her favorites.
09/18/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at parental influences on kids and their educational experience. There are frequent urgings to increase budgets and hire skilled teachers to motivate school-kids . . . but plans seldom mention the importance of parents. We’ll speak with University of Wisconsin professor-emeritus Dr.
09/17/13 - Tuesday'sTopical Currents features regular contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly “Watchdog Report.” Topics include the budget hardball being played out in Miami-Dade County. Funding for libraries has been restored, but there are still battles with union workers, who look for benefits to be restored. Coconut Grove residents say more police officers are needed to curb crime in their village. Learn more . . . and call in with concerns . . .
09/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein. He’s written THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Most of us have a limited – and limiting – understanding of trauma. Epstein says trauma is more than death, chronic illness or cataclysmic life events in the news . . . that it isn’t a rare event . . . but is central to our psychological makeup.
09/12/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bulldog Barbecue restaurant chef/owner Howie Kleinberg. Football season is in full swing. Howie gives us tips for tailgate parties and we taste some tailgate treats. In the second half of Topical Currents, Thursday at 1:30 on WLRN-HD1.
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.
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.
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 Currentsand a Bee Gees retrospective Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.
09/06/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Steve Waxman, discusses his new documentary, Instruments of Change, with its leading lady, a pioneer of integration and the arts, Dr. Ruth Greenfield. Julian Kreeger of the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami talks with Charles Greenfield about his new season of exciting concerts.