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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

South Florida’s Jazz legend Ira Sullivan and his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet Live!

12/05/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Jazz legend, Ira Sullivan, brings his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet to our WLRN Studio A to perform Jazz standards with his group of professional musicians. Please tune in Friday to hear the Jazz excitement of Ira Sullivan on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Linda Talks to the Pillsbury Bake Off $1 million Winner

47th Bake-Off® Contest Grand Prize Winner. Live on air, the $1 million prize was awarded to Beth Royals from Richmond, Virginia
ABC via www.pillsbury.com

12/04/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the Pillsbury million winner Beth Royals from Richmond, Virginia, her winning recipe is Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters.  We taste samples in the studio.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Income Inequality In America Is Getting Worse

12/04/14 - There’s a national issue most might agree on…income inequality in America is getting worse.   Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with author and advisor, John Hope Bryant

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Look At Zoning Changes That Threaten Historical Structures

12/03/14 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we address South Florida architectural and land issues. In recent years, developers have razed buildings that some residents consider to have historical value. Many threatened structures are in Miami Beach.  There’s controversy in the Bay Harbor Islands community as well.  Preservation advocates now see a resumption of a South Florida condo construction boom. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Bewildering World Of Associations And Their Rules

Credit twitter.com/CondoandHOALaw

12/02/14 - Are you a condo owner or resident?  Perhaps your home is part of a homeowners association. 

If so, you don’t want to miss Tuesday’s Topical Currents. We’ll speak about important issues and the ever-changing rules and regulations governed by municipalities, counties and the State of Florida. Condo/HOA expert Donna Berger will on hand for this “At Your Service” call-in edition. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

How Face-to-face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier And Smarter

www.susanpinker.com

12/01/14 - In our increasingly computer-mediated world of emails, text messages, and social media, is there still value in face-to-face contact? 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Art Basel, Art4Apes Fundraiser in Wynwood, Iko Iko’s latest CD, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Center for Great Apes
www.facebook.com/CenterForGreatApes

11/27/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop speaks with Bob Goodman about the artistic tidal wave that is Art Basel/Miami Beach. Patti Ragan describes her non-profit Center For Great Apes and its fundraiser in Wynwood next week. Bob Weinberg reviews Iko Iko’s new CD, “Bullets In The Bonfire, Vol.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

South Florida’s Working Poor: The Struggle for Basic Needs

The Miami Marlins 1,000 Thanksgiving meal distribution is underway at Marlins Park. Big shout out to Pincho Factory for donating the cranberry sauce and stuffing, and to Publix for helping with the turkeys.
www.facebook.com/FeedingSFL

11/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents examines studies of South Florida’s “working poor.”  Having a job doesn’t preclude a lack of sustenance. Only 1% of those who get food assistance are unemployed.  Seniors often face a choice of paying utilities and rent . . . or going hungry. We’ll learn more about the efforts with guests: United Way of Miami-Dade Sr. Dir.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

What Stays in Vegas? Personal data and gambling

11/24/14 Monday’s  Topical Currents looks at “data digging” and online advertising, including the sophisticated methods employed by Las Vegas casinos.

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

Broward Center Educational Events, Miami Short Film Festival, Florida Keys Calendar

Rose Miniaci Education Center Classes
www.browardcenter.org

11/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Broward Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO, Kelley Shanley, brings us the details about their exciting arts and educational events. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the 13th Annual Miami Short Film Festival with founder and director, William Vela.

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

Linda Gassenheimer interviews Executive Chef Fabio Viviani from Siena Tavern on South Beach

(left) Fabio Viviani enthusiastically describes his special ingredients to Linda, Bonnie and Joe.
Paul Leary

11/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio’s American Home Kitchen and Executive Chef at the newly opened Siena Tavern on South Beach. (It’s in the old China Grill spot.) He talks about his Italian spin on American dishes, some Italian Thanksgiving thoughts and his new restaurant. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Going To Bat For Abused, Neglected And Abandoned Kids: Miami-Dade Guardian Ad Litem Program

Voices for Children of Broward County
www.facebook.com/VoicesBroward

11/20/14 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with a look at the Miami-Dade Guardian Ad Litem program, which goes to bat in court for abused, neglected and abandoned kids.

In-Studio Guests: Michael Brennan (at left), Volunteer Recruiter, Florida Guardian ad  Litem Program, 11th Judicial Circuit and Erica Herman (at right), Executive Director, Voices for Children of Broward.  In the second half of the program, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pet Care Call In Program - November 2014 Edition

Dr. Ian Kupkee, Lynn Kupkee and Edel Miedes

11/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Kendall. He takes questions about your favorite friends and companions. Also on hand is canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K-9 Advisors.  He says he'll give dog advice . . .  for humans.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

11/17-14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with social critic and author Astra Taylor

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