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
07/31/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, which addresses Florida’s landlord and tenant laws. Questions about eviction procedures, tenant rights, security deposits, partial rent payments and attorney fees? We’ll have a panel of experts including: Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias, Jeffrey Hearne of Legal Services of Greater Miami and attorney Michael Birnholz. . What are the legal obligations of renters of single-family homes to homeowner associations? Find out on Wednesday Topical Currents at 1:00pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:00pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
07/29/13 - Monday’s Topical Currentslooks at the FBI’s secret involvement in the 1960’s counter-culture environment in Berkeley, California. The struggle between radical students, a liberal University President and soon to be Governor Ronald Reagan helped ignite an era of broad protest. We’ll speak with veteran San Francisco journalist Seth Rosenfeld. He’s the author of SUBVERSIVES: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s