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?
10/17/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with author, blogger and physicist Joseph Romm. He’s written the book, LANGUAGE INTELLIGENCE, which examines how the correct use of rhetoric has influenced world history. Take the language of the Bible, Shakespeare, Lincoln, Twain or Churchill: simplicity and use of metaphors make them exceedingly powerful. Which Presidential candidate is the better orator?
10/16/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Atlanta-based radiologist Dr. Handel Reynolds. He’s written the book, THE BIG SQUEEZE: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram. Also on the program is Dr. Roger Khouri, who heads the Miami Breast Center. He’ll discuss new techniques in breast reconstruction for those who’ve had mastectomies. Of course, we’ll take your calls.
10/15/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with clinician and consultant Dr. Madeline Levine, author of TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Parenting for Authentic Results. Her premise is that teaching values and coping skills matter more than grades, trophies and a prestigious college admission. Levine practices in affluent Marin, County California, so is familiar with the high-pressure educational stakes and over-scheduled activities placed upon kids.
10/12/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, our area’s premiere big band, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, performs compositions from their latest recording, Trumpet Summit. Featuring original Bergeron and Brian Lynch compositions and grand standards, the band’s new arrangements are fresh and quite exciting.
Today's Food and Dining segment featuring Octoberfest and Grovetoberfest beers/food. Pictured (l-r) Linda Gassenheimer, Lou Ramirez of Lou's Beer Garden, Bonnie Berman and Chris Montelius of Brown Distributing.
10/11/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with news about an ambitious Miami-Dade collaboration studying the holocaust and human rights. It’s called “LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT”. The events include a soul-stirring ballet, awareness projects, youth concerts, a one-man play, a family festival and anti-bullying workshops.
NPR's news-talk program Tell Me Moreis teaming up with StateImpact Florida for an extensive discussion on education in America. After launching an ongoing Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) with leaders in education, teachers, parents and students, the program has jump-started a national dialogue on education.
10/09/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with NPR’s Michel Martin, who’ll host a live national broadcast of her program “Tell Me More,” from WLRN, Wednesday morning at 11:00. The topic is national education reform, and includes Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho andtwitter chat component. And more, poet and actor Carlos Andres Gomez and his book, MAN UP: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood.
10/08/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents features technologist and social critic Steven Johnson. He foresees emerging trends, and explains why they’re relevant to both personal life and business. Johnson’s a proponent of a collaborative “peer progressive” movement to spur social change, and has been dubbed the “Darwin” of social technology. His latest book is Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debated the state of the American economy this week - we analyze what that might mean for Florida's economy. How has federal stimulus impacted Florida’s recovery? We hear from you on whether stimulus money has worked where you live. And we explain the troubles of US Century Bank.
10/04/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents features chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her annual report from the food industry’s biggest event, The Fancy Food Show. Linda reports that Ethiopian cuisine is popular. And we’ll sample an easy-to-use bottled “simmer sauce.” Low-sodium, tasty crisp chips are in vogue. One ounce equals a full-servings of veggies. Of course, Fred Tasker is on hand with his weekly wine report.
10/03/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents features Veronica Gomez, the daughter of New York Yankee Hall-of-Fame pitcher and World Series hero, Lefty Gomez. His career bridged a unique baseball era: from 1932 to 1943. He arrived in New York during the Ruth/Gehrig era and as a veteran roomed with and helped groom the magical Joe DiMaggio. Gomez was known for his classic one liners and sense of humor but was a fierce competitor on the field. His book is Lefty: An American Odyssey.
10/02/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” pledge program with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and faithful listeners. We’ll “turn the table,” and have WLRN members give on-air testimonials and relate public radio experiences. When was the first financial pledge offered? How about a riveting “driveway moment?”
*Please note the audio begins about 30 to 45 seconds into the program, due to technical difficulties beyond our control .
10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.