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
11:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival

Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival screen shot
www.igotsprung.com

Listen to all of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
03/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview Buns and Buns Chef Reuven Sugarman and Tony Albelo organizer of Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival.  It's all about beer-friendly food and craft beer but how do we pairing food with beer?  Find out on Topical Currents and Food and Dining Thursday at 1:30pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NBC News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom, author of Suspicion Nation

Lisa Bloom
lisabloom.com

03/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a detail account of the controversial death of teenager Trayvon Martin and the ensuing trial of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman’s defense captivated the nation, his acquittal viewed by many with disbelief and dismay.  Today Show and NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered every minute of the trial, and has written Suspicion Nation:  The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

DIVINE FURY: A History of Genius

Divine Fury: A History of Genius
www.darrinmcmahon.com

03/04/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the qualities and history of “genius.” Just what is it?  Socrates, Da Vinci, Mozart and Madame Curie produced extraordinary accomplishments . . . but to what extent did their imagination and creativity account for their success?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

2014 Florida Legislative Session Preview

An empty Senate Chambers awaits all the activity that starts this week.
www.politicalcortadito.com

03/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the 2014 Florida Legislative session.  It begins Tuesday, in Tallahassee.  Which issues most influence South Florida?  We’ll host a panel of journalists who are tuned into the matters.  Will big-time casino resorts be given an OK from the Legislature?  The Republican leadership remains cool to the idea.  The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority will be scrutinized . . . and sweeping ethics bills considered.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

MiamiArtZine.Com, Festival of the Arts Boca, Miami International Film Festival, Broward Arts Cal

Harvey J. Burstein with SFAB host and producer Ed Bell
miamiartzine.com

02/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Harvey Burstein, founder of MiamiArtZine.Com, South Florida’s online arts and culture magazine, talks about their very informative site, and its new look. The 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca is previewed by Charles Greenfield and Charlie Siemon, its Chair and Co-Executive Director.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Preventing And Reversing Heart Disease

Dr. Masley
www.hearttuneup.com

02/27/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Stephen Masley,  author of the 30-Day Heart Tune Up. He gives us advice for preventing and reversing heart disease. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015?

Phillip Pessar/Flickr

02/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on the plight of the homeless in Miami–Dade.  The federal Department of Health and Urban Development (HUD) have mandated that funded agencies eliminate chronic homelessness in 2015.  Is it possible?  We’ll speak with two board members of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.  And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pet Care Do’s & Don’ts Call-in Program

Dr. Ian Kupke
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

See below to hear the bonus segment.

02/26/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.  Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors.  We’ll take your pet question calls, of course . . . and also focus on how to best introduce a new dog, puppy or cat into a household.  There are numerous “do’s and don’ts.”  Listen in . . . call-in . . . for Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Art of Quitting: How it Matters in Life, Love & Work

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work
www.loveworkbalance.com

02/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at what is usually considered a cop-out, or profound weakness.  Quitting.  But often it’s the pragmatic answer to many situations.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How to Run—or Ruin—an Economy

Tim Harford
twitter.com/timharford

02/24/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with popular economist, journalist and broadcaster Tim Harford.  His book, THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST sold millions internationally.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Brenda Alford Performs Live with her Jazz Trio

Brenda Alford
www.brendaalford.com

02/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, vocalist/composer/actress/educator and broadcaster, Brenda Alford, will perform with her Jazz trio. She’ll sing some of her original compositions as well as Jazz evergreens. This former teacher of the year has appeared in John Waters’ film Hairspray and Barry Levinson’s Avalon.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

FIU On The Forefront Of Hospitality Training

Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
twitter.com/FIUHospitality

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02/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Mike Hampton Dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality at FIU.   Hospitality is an important part of our economy and FIU is on the forefront of new ideas and training for the industry. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

How You Can Make An Ethical Difference

Make An Ethical Difference
www.markpastin.com

02/20/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Mark Pastin, of the Council of Ethical Organizations.  He says individuals are born with an ethical sense, and can learn how to harness it.  Some say that’s a radical view.  Pastin has written MAKE AND ETHICAL DIFFERENCE.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why 50 Million Americans Can’t Hear You

SHOUTING WON’T HELP: Why I – and 50-Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You
www.katherinebouton.com

02/19/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines an increase in hearing problems . . . particularly in those under the age of 55.  Hearing loss is usually associated with the elderly, but statistics show an increasing number of young people put themselves at risk with overloud music, sports arenas, even sports bars and subways.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children

02/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at child and adolescent anxiety, and how it can unravel families.  Are kids more anxious today?  Does their fear stem from parental fretfulness?  We’ll speak with psychologist Dr.

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