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
Tue December 17, 2013

The Psychopath Inside

Fallon's brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control.
The normal scan on the left is his son's. Jim Fallon

12/17/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with neuroscientist James Fallon.  After decades of studying human brains, he found that his own scan showed psychopathic patterns. Did he have the genes of a serial killer? He’s written THE PSYCHOPATH INSIDE:  A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon
Annie Leibovitz

12/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and lecturer Andrew Solomon.  His latest book, FAR FROM THE TREE:  Parents, Children and the Search for Identity tells the stories of parents who deal with their exceptional children . . . and find profound meaning doing so.  Families cope with deafness, dwarfism, autism, schizophrenia, children conceived in rape, kids who become criminals and transgendered individuals. Solomon tells how diversity makes parents more imaginative and understanding.  Don’t miss Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Pop Artist Icon Peter Max

Nelson Mandela
PETER MAX https://twitter.com/Peter_Max

12/13/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, iconic Pop artist, Peter Max, talks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about his long and varied career. His "cosmic '60s" style brought him a worldwide audience that continues to grow to this day. A contemporary of Andy Warhol, Max’s work is on exhibition in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton this Saturday. He comes to South Florida in a whirl-wind tour.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

“Members Only” Call-In with Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman

Bonnie Berman and Joseph Cooper in the Topical Currents Studio
Paul Leary WLRN

12/12/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” 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.  Also, a special guest Linda Gasssenheimer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Celebrate Writers On Knitting And Knitters

Martha Frankel
twitter.com/marthafrankel

12/10/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another...

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Breaking the Line: 1967’s Transformation Orange Blossom Classic Football Game

Samuel Freedman
twitter.com/SamuelGFreedman

12/09/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities.  There were more implications than just a football title.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

FIU’s School of Music Events, St. Martha Yamaha Concert Series, Florida Keys Arts Calendar

FIU School of Music
www.music.fiu.edu

12/06/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Dean of the FIU School of Music joins us with extensive concert information. Paul Posnak speaks with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, about upcoming performances in the St. Martha – Yamaha Concert Series.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2013

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

12/05/13 -1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about Linda’s favorite kitchen gift gadgets. Drop Zone Cookie sheet makes perfectly shaped cookies and helps place the right amount of dough and prevents cookies from spreading across the pan. Hot milk frother: velvety milk for latte and cappuccino in minutes... and my favorite, the pomegranate tool, this gadget takes the mess out of seeding pomegranates and takes less than a minute to do the job, and much more. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Public Usage And Protection Of National Park Resources

Biscayne National Park
www.nps.gov/bisc National Park Service

12/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.  The park will hold hearings to consider the delicate balance between public usage and protection of national resources.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Hit-Making, Risk Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

A first impression of what the prologue to Blockbusters has in store for readers
www.facebook.com/Blockbusters.the.Book

12/04/13  - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is with Harvard University Professor Anita Elberse. She specializes in today’s entertainment culture, and has written BLOCKBUSTERS:  Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment.  Elberse teaches a course in Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries, which covers entertainment, media and sports.  It’s a favorite among MBA students.  What drives success in the modern media and digital world?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion

Bob Burg
www.facebook.com/burgbob

12/03/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Bob Burg, who’s written ADVERSARIES INTO ALLIES:  How to Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.  It might be as simple as getting a spouse to put out the trash, or as important as convincing your boss that you deserve a raise.  How about talking a state trooper out of giving you a ticket on I-95?  Burg says that looking at people as adversaries usually results in failure.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Background of Common Core State Education Standards

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/
JOHN O'CONNOR StateImpact Florida

12/02/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the controversy and background of Common Core State Education Standards. Backers say they are benchmarked to international criteria and will keep US competitive with students from other countries.  Three of four teachers feel the Core Standards will help students, particularly those who wish to be college-ready. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1 pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Art Basel, Center For Great Apes, Perez Art Museum of Miami, and Broward Arts Calendar

Art Basel Miami Beach
Courtesy of Juan Vasquez www.artbasel.com/en/Miami-Beach

11/29/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop previews Art Basel/Miami Beach with Bob Goodman. Wauchula’s Center for Great Apes comes to the Wynwood Art District with a benefit exhibition. Learn more about this non-profit on a care-giving mission. PAMM’s finally opening next week.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hanukkah: From A Simple Occasion To Something Grand

11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America.  Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

A German-Jewish Family's Journey After The Rise Of Nazism

davidlaskin.com

11/26/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist David Laskin, who’s chronicled the amazing divergence of his German Jewish family after the rise of Nazism. One branch emigrated to Palestine and embraced socialism.  Another branch went the other way, and came to the US.  They founded the famous Maidenform Bra Company. A third family branch chose to stay put in Europe.  All of them were exterminated in the Holocaust.

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