02/03/14 - 1:30 -Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Native American writer Sherman Alexie. He’s praised for his prolific production of both poetry and fiction. His latest publication is BLASPHEMY, a collection of his short stories
02/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with historian Eli Zaretsky, author of WHY AMERICA NEEDS A LEFT: A HISTORICAL ARGUMENT. He traces the importance of liberalism to three periods: the slavery crisis and civil war . . . the period preceding the great depression . . . and the turbulent anti-war movement of the 1960s. And more.
01/31/14 - This is a Topical Currents online bonus segment. After the broadcast, there were many unanswered questions. Host Bonnie Berman continues the conversation with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions. He says he knows some were innocent. He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution.
01/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of domestic violence . . . and firearms. The US Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case where a Tennessee man, who pled guilty to a domestic violence misdemeanor, has been charged with arms possession. This violates federal law. He’s challenged the rule. A decision is expected in June. Our guests are: Dr.
01/29/14 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions. He says he knows some were innocent. He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution. Is it better to anticipate one’s death and prepare for it? Or is it better to go quickly, quietly, without warning?
01/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the history and viability of solar energy. Portugal leads the way in European solar energy, with 70% of its electricity generated from the sun. Some 20% of California’s electrical grid is solar powered.
01/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the topic of charter schools. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. There are nearly 600 charter schools in the state, attended by more than 200,000 students. Critics say charter schools benefit some youngsters, and bite into school district budgets, which serve a wider variety of students. Listen in . . . call-in . . . Monday at 1pm on Topical Currents.
01/23/14 - 1:30 Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean, a diet meal delivery service. It's mid-January and many of us are still trying to drop the Holiday pounds – DeliverLean delivers calorie counted, portion controlled meals in many categories.
01/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British sociologist and writer Roman Krznaric, author of HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life. He says people should embrace past wisdom and escape what he terms “status anxiety.” He’ll join us from London. Also, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker. She’ll tell us about a new diet meal delivery service. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.
01/20/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones. He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, are stereotypes, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture. He's writtenFEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET: America’s New Dilemma. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.