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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Trader Joe's Comes to Miami

New Trader Joe's at the 9200 block of South Dixie Highway, where a Borders bookstore used to be located.
CBS Miami via miami.cbslocal.com

10/17/13 - In the second half of the program, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman  talk about the opening of a Pinecrest Trader Joe’s supermarket, the first in South Florida, with store captain Jodi McCollough.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Advice For Parents Of Special Needs Kids

From the I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now facebook page
www.facebook.com/pages/I-Wish-I-Knew-Then-What-I-Know-Now/669530309739353

10/17/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Mark and Sandy Horowitz.  They’re the parents of 14 year old son Ian. They’ve authored the book, I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW:  A Guide for Special Needs Parents.  Young Ian suffers from a brain structure disorder.  The Horowitz’s give advice for parents of special needs kids.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

10/15/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 75-year prohibition of cannabis in the United States.  20 states have now approved medical marijuana consumption . . . two states have legislated limited recreational use.  52% of Americans, according to a Pew Research poll, support the decriminalization of cannabis.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Reclaiming Our Democracy

http://www.reclaimingourdemocracy.com/

    

10/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with “social entrepreneur” Sam Daley-Harris. A Miami native, he founded the public interest group RESULTS, in 1980, and was instrumental in the microcredit movement.  His book, RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY:  Healing the Break Between People and Government has been updated and reprinted for a 20th Anniversary Edition. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Miami Light Project, Seraphic Fire, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, FL Keys Cal

From the Miami Light Project Facebook page
www.facebook.com/miamilightproject

Download or listen to the entire program, or listen to individual segments below:

Miami Light Project’s guiding light, Beth Boone, shares her excitement about a new season of engaging events.

Charles Greenfield speaks with Patrick Dupre-Quigley about the amazing choral group, Seraphic Fire.

Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys arts calendar features Andy Newman.

10/11/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami Light Project’s guiding light, Beth Boone, shares her excitement about a new season of engaging events. Charles Greenfield speaks with Patrick Dupre-Quigley about the amazing choral group, Seraphic Fire. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys arts calendar features Andy Newman. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.

Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Simply Delicioso

10/10/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with television personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Delicioso on Univision and Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel.  We’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Why Read Moby Dick?

First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.

10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel:  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay.  We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK?  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman.  Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

South Florida's Urban Menagerie

www.facebook.com/LyandaLynnHaupt

10/09/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl. South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss.  We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties.  We’ll speak with nature writer and researcher Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book, THE URBAN BESTIARY:  Encountering the Everyday Wild.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate

www.rosegeorge.com

10/08/13 - Tuesday Topical Currents examines the complex world of large-scale ocean container ships.  Super-sized ships can lade 15,000 truck-able containers on board.  They may be longer than three-football fields . . . and as tall as Niagara Falls.  We’ll speak with Rose George, author of NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING:  Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Unusual Upbringing And The Long, Winding Path To Happiness

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
www.randomhouse.com

10/07/13 - Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Kate Christensen about Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetitesa mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism

From Artsist Banksy
www.banksy.co.uk

10/07/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with political culture professor Michael Stewart Foley.  He’s written FRONT PORCH POLITICS: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s.  Most people remember the 1960s as the decade of activism, but Foley contends the 1970s and 1980s were equally important.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Friends of Nature Music Festival, Miami City Ballet, and Broward County Arts Calendar

Friends of Nature Music & Arts Festival
www.fonfest.com

Audio promo for this week's program.

10/04/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out about the premiere Friends of Nature Music Festival. Co-founder, Oscar Diaz, will be our guest. Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez, joins classical contributor, Charles Greenfield, for a discussion about South Florida’s grand ballet company, school and their exciting season of events. Chef Norman Van Aken cooks up A Word On Food and Jody Horne-Leshinsky delivers her Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Dining at the White House

This week's Food & Dining podcast.

10/03/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef John Moeller, retired White House chef and  author of Dining at the White House.  It’s a behind the scenes look at preparing dinners at the White House and an insight into the personalities of the first families he served.  He was chef to Presidents H.W. Bush, Clinton and George Bush. We look at memorable White House moments – including visits from heads of state, sudden cancelation of a Congressional Picnic on 9/11 and family dinners.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

The Mental and Health Benefits of Tai-Chi

www.arthurrosenfeld.com

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10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits.   Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system.  His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents.  He’ll relate some remarkable moments.

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