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
Wed January 22, 2014

Television Anchor Jane Pauley: Reimagnining the Rest of Your Life

Jane Pauley
lifereimagined.aarp.org/

01/22/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with one of America’s most beloved TV anchors, Jane Pauley.  She hosted NBC’s Today Show for 13 years, and then anchored the Dateline program for 11 years.  She was always fresh-faced, plainspoken and funny.  In 2001, Pauley was diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder.  She’s written a memoir, YOUR LIFE CALLING:  Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons

Front page of the Miami Herald this past weekend.
MIAMI HERALD

01/21/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Miami-Dade Schools English teacher David Menache. He’s 40 years old, and has been an inspiration to some 3,000 students.  He’s also battling stage-four brain cancer . . . and is traveling to reconnect with former students before his death.  David has written, THE PRIORITY LIST:  A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fear of A Hip-Hop Planet

Miami Law Professor Donald Jones
http://www.law.miami.edu/

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 written FEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET:  America’s New Dilemma.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Allan Harris Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

Allan Harris live at Umbria Jazz Festival.
Pat Harris www.twitter.com/allanharris

01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.  www.AllanHarris.Com  

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Possible Links Between Cancer And Diet

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

01/16/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Alice Pereira, Baptist Health South Florida Diet and Nutrition specialist. She talks about the links between cancer and diet, what are the power foods and how we all can eat smart rather than diet.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

An Experiment in Ageless Living

The Ageless Experiment
http://theagelessexperiment.com/

01/16/14 Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with South Florida attorney Paul Lipton.  We all contemplate the passage of time, and have regrets about our usage of it. Lipton has written HOUR OF THE WOLF:  An Experiment in Ageless Living.   He describes the late-night “witching hour,” which is when our lives are examined.  How can we live more meaningfully?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties

https://www.facebook.com/normanrosenthal

01/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the benefits of . . . adversity.  It can make us better, stronger and more resilient.  Adversity is a boon to creativity.  And when life is hardest, there are meanings and gifts to be found.  We’ll speak with Georgetown University Medical Center psychiatrist and researcher Norman Rosenthal.

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Topical Currents
1:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Legendary Poet & Author Maya Angelou

01/13/14 - In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr. Maya Angelou.  She’s had a vast career in dance, screenplays, television, and novels.  She’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with an appearance at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton next week.  Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

A Religion of One’s Own

A Religion of One’s Own
http://careofthesoul.net/

01/13/14- Monday’s Topical Currents begins with Thomas Moore, author of A Religion of One’s Own.  He was a Catholic monk for 12 years, is a theology professor . . . and a psychotherapist.  In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr.

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Night Train
8:00 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Night Train with special guest Bob Weinberg

01/12/14 - With special guest co-host, Bob Weinberg. Bob has written about jazz and blues in South Florida for 20 years. He was a longtime columnist and feature writer for City Link magazine, and currently writes for Jazziz Magazine, for which he also serves as reviews editor, and Jazz & Blues Florida, a monthly online publication.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Art Deco Weekend, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Dranoff Piano Foundation, Florida Keys Calendar

Art Deco Weekend
www.facebook.com/ArtDecoWeekend

01/10/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush with the Miami Design Preservation League brings us details about the 37th Art Deco Weekend. Film critic, Dan Hudak, speaks with the new director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival about their exciting offerings starting January 23rd.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Master Class in Indian Cooking

Raghavan Iyer
http://www.raghavaniyer.com/

01/09/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Raghavan Iyer award-winning cooking teacher and cookbook author.  His latest book is Indian Cooking Unfolded: A Master Class in Indian Cooking.  He teaches us how to create Indian-style dishes with ease.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Take Stock In Children Miami

From Take Stock in Children's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/TSIChildren

01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization.  It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . .  from entrance to middle school through high school.  College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Making Healthcare Reform Work for You

Dr. Melissa Clarke
http://www.drmelissaclarke.com/

01/08/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with patient advocate and author Dr. Melissa Clarke.  She gives tips on how one can become more proactive in treatment of serious conditions.  She’s written EXCUSE ME DOCTOR!  I’ve Got What?  Studies show that patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive – and may save money, as well. Of course, we’ll take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

IN MEAT WE TRUST
maureenogle.com

01/07/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian and author Maureen Ogle who’s documented the long history of the livestock and meat debate.  It dates back to Colonial times.  In her book, IN MEAT WE TRUST,  Ogle doesn’t take sides . . . but explains how meat winds up on plates.  The factory-farm system first evolved because a labor shortage . . .

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