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 November 6, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews 'Mango Mama' Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick
www.twitter.com/Kavetchnik

11/06/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jen Karetnick about her latest book is "Mango."  It’s filled with recipes from local chefs.  She tells how she became known as 'Mango Mama' while cultivating her mango orchard of 11 mango trees with charming stories about learning to grow and use mangos. Plus, a history of the Mango gang and many recipes, including ones that are not always associated with mangos. Fred Tasker gives wines suggestions. Tune in Thursday at 1:30 on Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Mastering The Art Of Being Interesting and the Elements of Wit

11/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents ponders the highly-prized human value of . . . wit. . . 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

The History And Actions Of The Supreme Court

11/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents reviews the history and actions of the Supreme Court of the United States, with noted constitutional attorney Erwin Chemerinsky. He notes that most people consider the Supreme 

  Court an impartial body, imparting learned decisions on key issues. He also notes, however, that Justices are human, and often show bias and political colors. Chemerinsky has written THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT. Hear the discussion Wednesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Impact of Law & Litigation on U.S. Elections and the ACLU of Florida

11/04/14 - Tuesday' s Topical Currents looks at how US elections have been increasingly influenced by

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

2014 Florida Midterm Election Preview

11/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our semi-annual election preview.Tuesday is election day . . . and Florida should experience one of the closest races for Governor in modern history. There are many other statewide and municipal races, as well as a host of Constitutional matters.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Broward Arts Cal

10/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the partnership between sister cities – Nice, France and Miami, Florida, present the Third Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of the diversity of Jazz. Founder and CEO, Phillipe Pautesta-Herder brings us the details.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The High Cost of Food Waste

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/
Robert Clark, National Geographic

10/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the worldwide epidemic of food waste.  The US is world leader in this dubious category.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Whistleblower George Mallinckrodt and Prison Mental Illness Treatment

georgemallinckrodt.com

10/29/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the often criticized Dade Correctional Institute.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A World More Concrete: Real Estate & The Remaking Of Jim Crow South Florida

10/28/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the history of real estate and land usage in South Florida, since the inception of the City of Miami to today’s three-county urban mass. Not unlike other American communities, Miami’s black population was exploited by white entrepreneurs and politicians . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Discussion About The New WLRN-TV Documentary, “Treblinka’s Last Witness"

10/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents shares the background of the new WLRN-TV documentary, TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS. It premieres Tuesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 17.  Check your cable listings. The program is an emotional presentation of the history of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious extermination camps.  Some 900,000 Jews were slaughtered there in a 13-month period. TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS features the last known survivor of the death camp . . .  Samuel Willenberg. Tune in for Topical Currents Monday at 1pm only on 91.3 WLRN.

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South Florida Arts Beat
10:18 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lindsey Blair Quartet Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

10/24/14- This week's South Florida Arts Beat features the superb contemporary Jazz of the Lindsey Blair Quartet, Friday, Oct. 24th, 1pm on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How To Make A Great Cup Of Colombia Coffee

Edgardo Texidor corporate trainer for Juan Valdez coffee

10/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Edgardo Texidor, Corporate Trainer for Juan Valdez coffee.  We talk Colombian coffee, the different types, how to make a great cup and how to taste coffee.  We taste test with him, called a cupping session.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Housing for Low Income Seniors

www.ehdoc.org

10/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a new look at what’s always been termed the “Golden Years.” Many seniors in this country are in a “survival mode,” living day-to-day on Social Security. Many also face an affordable  housing crunch, which will worsen as more and more boomers retire.  Our guest is Steve Protulis, Executive Director of Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corp (EHDOC) a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income seniors.  And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Wage Theft, Independent Contractor Misclassification and Labor Law Issues with Donna Ballman

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

10/22/14 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” call-in with Fort Lauderdale-based employment attorney Donna Ballman. With wage theft rampant, some employers have moved to shift workers to  “independent contractor” status, to avoid paying employment taxes and-worker comp dues. Most states impose fines for employers guilty of misclassification.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

rosegeorge.com

10/21/14 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis.  No – not more information about the Ebola virus.  We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted:  a toilet.  That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases.

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