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 February 26, 2015

The "Rat Pack" History of the Edition Hotel, Miami Beach

www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach

02/26/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Joshua Wagner, Director of Culture and Entertainment at the Edition Hotel (formerly the Seville Hotel).  He’ll discuss the history and renovations of the hotel.  Much of the original lobby and parts of the restaurant have been

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dave Barry: “Live Right & Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)"

Sreengrab of Dave's website, note the "weather" section.
www.davebarry.com

02/26/15 - It’s fitting to get life-advice and insight to attain a modicum of happiness from a grandfather. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Learn How To Attract Birds To South Florida Gardens, Yards, and Even Balconies

www.kirstennaturetravel.com
www.facebook.com/KirstenNatureTravel

02/25/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we learn how to attract birds to South Florida gardens, yards--and even balconies.  We’ll have ornithologist James Kushlan and photographer Kirsten Hine.  In the second half of the program . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Author David Boaz discusses his book "The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto For Freedom"

David Boaz with Senator Rand Paul
twitter.com/David_Boaz

02/24/15 - Recent polls find 25% of respondents identifying themselves as “libertarian.” 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

All in A Day’s Work: United States Postal Service letter carrier Bob Garron

02/23/15 - Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from  the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Master Chorale, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, Motown – The Musical; and Broward Arts Cal

02/20/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Co-producer, Kyle Barnhart, shares his excitement about the numerous events at The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music, Art and Dance. Contributor Charles Greenfield previews upcoming concerts from The Master Chorale of South Florida with Artistic Director, Brett Karlin.

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Food and Dining
3:12 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

TV Food Network Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine

02/19/15 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV food network celebrity chef, Robert Irvine.  His Restaurant Impossible TV program is one of the most popular shows on the network. He’ll discuss how he rehabs the restaurants in 48 hours with only $10,000. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

20th Anniversary of Greater Miami’s 'Take Stock in Children' Organization

Take Stock in Children group in the studio.
Paul Leary

02/19/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begin with a look at Greater Miami’s Take Stock in Children non-profit.  It’s the 20th anniversary of its Florida founding. “Take Stock” creates a student pipeline from middle school to college, and aims to break the cycle of poverty. Also, Linda Gassenheimer with The Food Network’s Robert Irvine . . . host of Restaurant Impossible.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Huck Finn’s America

Author Andew Levy
Photo Credit: Randy Johnson

02/18/15 - Today at 1pm on Topical Currents: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn could be considered the seminal work of American fiction. It’s the most recognizable title in American literature. Huck Finn is told in the first-person, through the eyes of an adolescent white orphan traveling with a runaway slave upon the Mississippi River.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind

www.davidlinden.org

02/17/15 - Why is it impossible to tickle oneself?  Why do women tend to have more tactile sense in their fingers?  And why does scratching an itch give such pleasure?  Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when we visit with Johns Hopkins University neuroscience professor David Linden.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker (February 2015 Edition)

www.watchdogreport.net

02/16/15 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with frequent contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the independent “Watchdog Report.” We’ll discuss South Florida government, politics and institutions. Next year’s race for City of Miami Mayor has already gained attention . . . and State Senator Nan Rich may run for a Broward County Commission seat.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Jazz and Blues Vocalist Brenda Alford Performs Live

02/13/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another studio performance.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

How To Age With Medical Sociologist And Journalist Anne Karpf

02/12/15 - Growing older, of course, is inevitable. Indeed, it’s much better than the alternative.   Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with medical sociologist and journalist Anne Karpf.  Her book is How to Age.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships

02/10/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we explore a new discipline called “relational neuroscience.”  We’ll learn more from psychiatrist Dr. Amy Banks, author of FOUR WAYS TO CLICK:  Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships. Why do many tend to repeat the same detrimental relationship patterns? Dr. Banks says there are tools and practices to help break the cycle. Tune in for Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm.

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