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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Big, Bad Book Of Beasts: The Most Curious Creatures In The World.

Michael Largo
www.michaellargo.com

05/16/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author Michael Largo, whose specialty is unusual topics. He’ll discuss THE BIG, BAD BOOK OF BEASTS:  The Most Curious Creatures in the World. A Rhino can stand six-feet tall and weigh ten-thousand pounds.  A sawfish has a six-foot saw blade snout.  A sponge doesn’t mate, but clones.  And a cobra can spit venom into the eye of a predator from six feet. And more. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Improbable Tales of the Real Florida

Jeff Klinkenberg
http://www.jeffklinkenberg.com/

05/15/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with veteran Florida journalist and raconteur Jeff Klinkenberg. In the tradition of the great Al Burt, Klinkenberg discovers the quirks and funky aspects of our diverse and often unusual state. He’s found that a low register tuba blast can trigger bull alligators to bellow. That and more in his book, ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT:  Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida.    Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Fifth Assassin

Brad Meltzer
http://bradmeltzer.com/

05/14/13 - In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth Assassin. Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and seven other bestsellers. The Fifth Assassin is out now.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Myth of Persecution

Candida Moss
https://twitter.com/candidamoss

05/14/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Notre Dame University New Testament and Early Christian professor Candida Moss. According to cherished tradition, early Christians were relentlessly persecuted for their beliefs. Jesus died on the cross, and others were tortured, even burned alive. Professor Moss says the “Age of Martyrs” is largely fiction. She’s the author of THE MYTH OF PERSECUTION. In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth AssassinTopical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Would Two Presidents Be Better Than One?

Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch
http://orentlicher.tumblr.com/

05/13/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with law scholar David Orentlicher. He’s the author of TWO PRESIDENTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE:  The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch. In his view, the legislative fights over healthcare, debt ceiling, “fiscal cliff” and budget sequestering show that a bipartisan, shared Presidency would remove incentives to obstruct progress. Should there be another desk

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Chef Norman Van Aken & Palm Beach Arts Cal

Museum of Contemporary Art
http://www.moma.org/

  05/10/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater, speaks with Judith Bishop about MOCA, North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Charles Greenfield discusses the South Beach Chamber Ensemble with founder and artistic director, Michael Andrews. Chef Norman Van Aken continues his series A Word On Food and our Palm Beach arts calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Inside The Upscale Lounge Hyde at American Airlines Arena

Hyde at American Airlines Arena
http://hydeaaarena.com/

05/09/13 - In the second half of Topical Currents, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Richard Post, General Manager of Hyde at American Airlines Arena - cheer on the Heat with their Slam Dunk Platter and  3 Point Platter. Also, we toast Mother’s Day with Moet Chandon Ice Imperial designed to be served over ice. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Miami River's Murky History

Along the Miami River (Images of America)
http://www.historymiami.org/

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Consumer Protection Experts At Your Service

http://www.miamidade.gov/economy/

05/07/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is “At Your Service,” with consumer protection experts. We’ll speak with Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias and University of Miami law professor Michael Schiff. And take your calls. Topics include misleading advertising, lemon laws, unfair debt collection, warranty violations and credit reporting issues. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

A New Economic Order?

WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?
http://whatthenmustwedo.org/

05/06/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with political economist Gar Alperovitz of the University of Maryland. He’s the author of WHAT THEN MUST WE DO? It considers the ways a new economic order could be created. He says that for sustainable jobs and fair economy, there is a balance between extreme corporate capitalism and governmental socialism. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

'Digging' Miami with Bob Carr, Cypress String Quartet, Chef Norman Van Aken & Broward Arts Calendar

Digging Miami

05/03/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out where the skeletons are buried – literally. Former Miami-Dade County archaeologist, Bob Carr, talks about his new book, Digging Miami. Charles Greenfield previews the Cypress String Quartet’s Sunday afternoon concert in Coral Gables.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Annual “Cinco de Mayo” Program featuring PBS food host Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich, host of PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table
PBS

05/02/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Pati Jinich, host of PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table, and author of a cookbook Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking .  She’s also the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. She talks about Mexican food beyond tacos and nachos slathered with cheese. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

The Future Of South Florida Ports And Airports

Port of Miami
www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/master-plan.asp

05/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the importance and future of South Florida ports and international airports. The Port of Miami’s dredging project will allow it to receive larger ships in conjunction with the Panama Canal’s expansion. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s a

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Facing Cancer and Maintaining Emotional Wellness

Facing Cancer and the Fear of Death: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Treatment

05/01/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines what everyone fears:  a cancer diagnosis. Whether it’s one’s self, a loved one or dear friend, life’s outlook is immediately changed and prioritized. We’ll visit with two authors who write about cancer diagnosis, the fear of death, and our emotional wellness when faced with such a trauma.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

**The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

** Please note this program did not air.

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