During our pledge drive, we highlight the work of reporters from the WLRN-Miami Herald newsroom. They give us the latest on Governor Rick Scott's voter purge efforts. How many non-citizens are actually registered to vote and voting? The November ballot will include several proposed amendments to the state constitution. Ashley Lopez and Sarah Gonzalez tell us about them. Plus: more evidence on allegations that Republican Congressman David Rivera funded a Democratic candidate's campaign. Our guests from WLRN also include Dan Grech, Sammy Mack, Kelley Mitchell and Kenny Malone.
09/27/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day.” We’ll speak with Ethics Commission Executive Director Joseph Centorini and Miami-Dade Schools social science coordinator Jackie Viana. Events begin October 12th. And more. Linda Gassenheimer and TV Chef Aida Mollenkamp with cooking tips from her book, Keys To The Kitchen.
09/26/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with NYU political science professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics. Perhaps the authors are overly cynical, but a dictator can stay in power as long a ruling coalition can be maintained, even if it is a small minority. Democracies, in contrast, tend to be wide coalition systems and must satisfy a far wider population segment.
09/25/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Steve and Annette Economides, known as America’s Cheapest Family. They’ve made saving money—and still living well—an art form. They plan carefully and only grocery shop once a month. How about feeding seven on $350 dollars a month? The Cheapest Family doesn’t give allowances—the kids earn their way and learn the value of a buck by buying their own clothes. The book is The Money Smart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence To Children Of Every Age.
09/24/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and naturalist William Bryant Logan. He's shown the complexities of simple topics in his books such as Oak and Dirt. His latest work is Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World. Breathing air gives us life and brings hurricanes, skydiving and fungus. It blows the dust which feeds the seas' food building block: plankton. We may forever fight dust at home but airborne particles bred South America’s rain forests.
09/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Doreen Marx describes a new season of concerts for Sunday Afternoons of Music and Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival offerings. Dean Shelly Berg shares his excitement about the 29th Annual Festival Miami. Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Interim Director of the Broward Cultural Division, features enticing events on our Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
09/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Learn about new hot spots and chefs old favorites and best values. Critics Jen Karetnik, Rochelle Koff and Jan Norris will take calls. Plus Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions. That’s Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman 09/20/12 at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.
09/19/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the trend of many so-called “progressives” to disregard scientific opinion. One usually thinks of the conservative right disputing evolution, global warming and stem cell treatments . . . but those on the left have railed against vaccines, “green energy” forms and genetically modified foods. We’ll speak with the co-author of SCIENCE LEFT BEHIND: Feel Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left, Alex Berzow.
09/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the future of 21st Century democracy and capitalism, with University of Massachusetts professor emeritus and author Richard Woolf. For more than 25 years, he’s developed a new approach for an economy aimed at promoting “workers’ self-directed enterprises.” There have been success stories for these small capitalist endeavors worldwide and in progressive US companies. His book is Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.
09/14/12 - This week on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another performance from our Miami studios. FIU’s Ensemble-In-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elliott Carter. Advocates for neglected works of the past as well as committed to the music of our time, this quartet has been delighting and educating audiences of all ages since 1991.
09/13/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami-Herald obituary writer Elinor Brecher. It takes singular skill and diplomacy to interview family and friends and craft a polished, posthumous profile. Brecher has made it an art. And more: The Jewish New Year begins this weekend and Linda Gassenheimer gets holiday food tips from Chef Hector Morales, of the famed Miami Beach Epicure Market and Café.
09/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the decades old question of marijuana decriminalization with journalist and author Doug Fine. Proponents of loosening laws governing cannabis point to economics: the sale value of legal and illegally grown pot is greater than revenues from corn and wheat. The cost of policing, prosecuting and incarceration of violators is staggering. Doug Fine has written, Too High To Fail: Cannabis And The New Green Revolution.
09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women.
09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York. She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas. Brown promotes a vegan diet.
09/06/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with author and gardener Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost—forever. And more: Linda Gassenheimer with Irish Chef Darina Allen. The chef runs an Inn and Cookery School in County Cork, and is a popular TV figure.