11/06/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an election day discussion of the myriad of voting rules among states and counties, as well as the constitutional history of U.S. voting and the Electoral College. We’ll visit with the author of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION: A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters. More than five-million voters will be affected by new voter registration restrictions. That’s larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.
The Miami Jazz Fest® at Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
Credit Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau
Busker Will Soto walks a tightrope at the sunset celebration in Key West, Fla. The sunset celebration at Mallory Square is a daily ritual for visitors to this subtropical island at the bottom of the Florida Keys island chain.
10/31/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with investigative reporter David Cay Johnston. His latest book is, THE FINE PRINT: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind. Johnston show how big corporations work with government to relax rules, rewrite regulations, and enforce only the one which benefit them. Insurance companies regularly delay victim disability payments . . . hoping the recipient won’t be around to collect.
David Cay Johnston on public media's Democracy Now!
10/29/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with prolific author Michael Klare, author of THE RACE FOR WHAT’S LEFT: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources. The Earth’s reserves of natural resources are diminishing as population swells and developing countries modernize. What happens as the demand for these critical natural materials surpass the supply? Klare says the possibility of border disputes and military confrontations will increase.
10/26/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll talk with the new Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year. We’ll also find out about a new, five year commitment that brings the Miami-Nice Jazz Festival to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theatre this weekend. Judith Bishop interviews Lissette Mendez, a co-producer of the 29th Annual Miami Book Fair International. Bill Nix delivers our arts calendar featuring enticing events in Palm Beach County. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
10/25/12 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Candice Kumai, author of Cook Yourself Sexy, Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest Most Confident You. She’s a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a Food TV personality on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats. She talks about a healthy lifestyle makes for a better you.
10/25/12 - Topical Currents begins with info about “Our Miami: Soul of the City.” The Miami Foundation, the Beacon Council and FIU have surveyed residents to find their perceptions of the region. And more. Linda Gassenheimer with TV Iron Chef Judge Candice Kumai. She’s written Cook Yourself Sexy.
10/24/12 - Topical Currents is with attorney Greg Lukianoff, who specializes in college campus free speech issues. He’s written the book, UNLEARNING LIBERTY: Campus Censorship & the End of American Debate. He says “the road to censorship is always paved with good intentions.” And for most people, free speech is extolled . . . until it crosses a personal border.
10/23/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features British-born conductor James Judd, and the story behind his ambitious Miami Music Project. Judd conducted the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 2001. Financial difficulties forced the ensemble’s closure. Some 25,000 public school students – many in underserved communities -- have been exposed to classical music through the performances of the Project.
10/22/12 - Monday's Topical Currents is with veteran investigative journalists Donald Bartlett and James Steele, co-authors of THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. Over the past 30 years, the vaunted middle class in the United States has taken some big hits. Outsourcing of jobs by major corporations has been augmented by deregulation . . . retirement plans have been gutted . . . and the middle class pays a higher tax rate than the wealthy. Will the US soon be just a two-tiered economic system?