Paul Leary

Host, Producer

Paul began his performance career at the ripe age of 10 when he crawled into acting classes at Boston's Suffolk University. A native of Boston, at age 15 he was the youngest person to be certified at Boston Neighborhood Network Television, where he interviewed "The Elephant Show" stars Sharon, Lois & Bram.  Paul also worked at the renowned Boston Children's Museum in the Public Relations and Marketing department.  In 1996, he acted in the WGBH public radio broadcast of the play "Turf," which won an achievement in radio award. He worked at Palm Beach's WXEL Public Radio and Television for 4  years from 2002-2006.

Paul was called to Miami to serve as Fundraising Producer for WLRN in 2006. Currently, Paul is an on-air host, producer, operations assistant manager and social media editor for Topical Currents and South Florida Arts Beat.  For the last several years he hosts Broadway Edition, featuring interviews about South Florida Theater and Touring Broadway shows.  He's been an audio editor for WLRN-Miami Herald News/Under The Sun "Penny Per Pound" winner of the 2009 Sunshine State Awards From The Society Of Professional Journalists.  He says he's dedicated to being involved with the best of public broadcasting around the country.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The Elderly And Actions Of Court-Appointed Guardians

05/04/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents, when we consider our elder population and the actions of some court-appointed Guardians.  In Florida, there will most likely be new guidelines approved by the Legislature.  Sometimes individuals supposedly ruled “incapacitated” are stripped of basic rights.  The new rules should make declarations of incapacity more difficult, as well as limit the powers of a guardian.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

ArtsGarage, Karen Peterson and Dancers, KeyStock in Key West, & Florida Keys Calendar

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05/01/01 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative, Alyona Ushe, guiding light of ArtsGarage in Delray Beach and Pompano Beach’s Bailey Contemporary Arts informs us about exciting events coming to those venues.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Dangers of Firing Over Social Media with Nova University Professor Ethan Wall

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04/30/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss the legal ramifications of social media, with Nova University professor Ethan Wall. Employee use of social media is a burgeoning problem.  Wall has written “Fire Over Facebook.” And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with Kids Cook French author, Claudine Pepin.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Have You Considered The Many Options Of Social Security Benefits?

04/28/15 - If you’re of retirement age, have you considered the many options of Social Security benefits? More than 40% of Americans apply for Social Security benefits at age 62.  Not a good idea, unless you must.  And deferring to age 70 not only increases benefits, but helps give the fund a cash cushion. We’ll have PBS NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman and Laurence J.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Is Social Security Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

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04/27/15 - This summer, Social Security turns 85.  Is it in crisis?  Is it still relevant in the 21st Century?  Fifty-five-million Americans depend on Social Security . . .but not all are seniors.  Could the average person invest what they pay-in and reap as much income? We’ll discuss Social Security with Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson authors of the book Social Security Works! . . . and we take your calls on the next Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
6:36 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

A Look Back at the 1981 Food Scene in South Florida

04/23/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss: Miami 1981 a look back at the food scene in South Florida (part of the O Miami Poetry Festival).  The event will take place at the Kampong, April 27. Our guests are Gretchen Schmidt, host of the event, and Cristina Favretto, UM special collections curator for Miami culinary archives. 

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Topical Currents
6:19 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Term Limits for Florida Legislators

04/23/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss term limits for Florida Legislators. 

We’ll visit with FIU’s Kathryn DePalo, who says limited legislative tenures has done more harm than good. Her book is  The Failure of Term Limits in Florida.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer revisits the year 1981.  What were the popular food trends and innovations?  An example:  “Lean Cuisine” made its debut in ’81. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

International Jazz Fest, Perez Art Museum Miami, Jazz guitarist Randy Bernsen

04/24/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and producer Arturo Campa joins us to talk about another exciting Miami International Jazz Fest. Judith Bishop speaks with Leann Standish of the Perez Art Museum Miami about enticing current and future exhibitions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

A Climate Of Crisis: America In The Age Of Environmentalism

04/22/15 - The old-fashioned term “teach-in” applied to the first Earth Day, in 1970.  Now, it’s an internationally accepted week of environmental mindfulness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Environmental Journalist Cynthia Barnett Discusses Her Book, Rain: A Natural And Cultural History

04/21/15 - The South Florida rainy season is soon upon us . . . those dark clouds encroaching  daily—with drizzles or a torrent. Join us for Tuesday's Topical Currents. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Healing Our Biggest Health Problem: Chronic Pain

04/20/15 - 100 million adult Americans live with chronic pain.  They are desperate for relief, yet would-be doctors are seldom educated about the subject.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Sweatstock Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Miami Light Project, and Palm Beach Calendar

04/17/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ owner and Indie promoter extraordinaire, Lauren Reskin, celebrates the store’s 10th anniversary, their Sweatstock Festival and Record Store Day 2015. Charles Greenfield checks in with The Florida Grand Opera and their spokesman, Justin Moss.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Why We Are Seeing A Large Increase In Food Allergies

Dr. Michael Pacin with Linda Gassenheimer, Bonnie Berman and Joseph Cooper in the WLRN Studio.
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04/16/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Michael Pacin about food allergies – why we are seeing a large increase in them and how to diagnose and control them.  Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Dude, THAT’S NOT ENGLISH!

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04/16/15 - On the next Topical Currents we begin with an American from Key West who’s long lived in England . . . and her amusing take on our common language.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Solar Energy In The Sunshine State

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04/14/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents and a discussion of solar energy . . . in the Sunshine State. The Florida Legislature is not on board to allow consumers to buy solar-generated electricity from non-monopoly corporations.  It’s one of five U.S. states that make such a restriction. However, FPL is a national leader in power company solar investment. GUESTS In-studio: Steve Smith, Exec.

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