06/06/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the trials and tribulations of Darah Zeledon. Few have experienced such adversity: armed robbery, a suicide, financial ruin, a life-threatening accident and a brain tumor during pregnancy. She’s written about it in GIRL WITH THE CROOKED SMILE.
06/05/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with lifelong moderate Republican attorney Barbara Olschner. After a 28-year legal career, she decided to run for a U.S. Congressional seat in the ultra-conservative Florida panhandle. She was swamped by tea party attacks, branded as an elitist, and finished dead last. In her book, THE RELUCTANT REPUBLICAN, she details the harrowing experience. That’s Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
06/04/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nuclear historian Ward Wilson, author of FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Millions of American baby-boomers grew up haunted by the possibility of nuclear annihilation. After negotiations in the 1980s, both US and Soviet nuclear stockpiles were reduced. Wilson says the idea that that nuclear weapons have created a deterrence to war and contributed to negotiations is misleading. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
06/03/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College. We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture, listeners are invited to give answers. A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of Dr. George.
05/31/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Arts Garage Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes exciting upcoming events in Delray Beach. Contributor Judith Bishop finds out about this season’s Summer Shorts Series with Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli.
05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.
05/29/13 - Wednesday'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 issues involved with housecats who are seldom—if ever--taken for a vet exam. Also with us is dog trainer and behavior specialist Edel Miedes of South Florida’s K-9 Advisors.
05/28/13 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at new finding regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience. We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates.
05/24/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, brings us the details about his Jazz Roots Series opening at The Arsht Center in the fall. Contributor Judith Bishop speaks with the Lowe Art Museum’s Executive Director, Brian Dursum, about upcoming exhibitions.
05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater. Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world. It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.
05/21/13- Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton. They’ve developed a system to determine the healthiest options among the some 40,000 food offerings in the mega-mart. With a bit of effort, shoppers can avoid processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, artificial colors, and nitrites. They’ve written, RICH FOOD/POOR FOOD: THE ULTIMATE GROCERY PURCHASING SYSTEM. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on
05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.