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
Mon February 11, 2013

The Rich Don’t Always Win

The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900 to 1970.
http://inequality.org/

02/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with journalist and editorial writer Sam Pizzigati.  He’s written THE RICH DON’T ALWAYS WIN:  The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900 to 1970.  A century ago, the super rich were even more powerful than today’s.  Their reign eroded in favor of a vibrant middle class nation.  

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Allan Harris, Deering Estate Festival of Arts and Lee Schrager

Allan Harris
http://www.allanharris.com

02/08/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz vocalist and composer, Allan Harris, talks about his long, esteemed career and his three up coming concerts at Arts Garage, The Deering Estate and The Broward Center.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Miami's Scarpetta Restaurant Owner/TV's Scott Conant

Scott Conant
http://scottconant.com

02/07/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Scott Conant, owner of Scarpetta restaurants at the Fontainebleau,  judge on TV’s popular show, Chopped, the highest rated show on the Food Network and serv

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Broward's $10.6 Billion Boating Industry

http://hargravecustomyachts.com

02/07/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the economic impact of the South Florida marine industry.  Business leaders say coastal development has created a dearth of waterfront parcels for boaters.  Boating creates some $10.6 Billion of revenue in Broward County alone.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

FPL Turkey Point Expansion Project

Turkey Point Project
www.fpl.com

02/06/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the expansion of FPL’s Turkey Point electric power facility.  Last month, the Miami-Dade Commission granted a go-ahead for zoning changes, which enables construction of new nuclear reactors.  Environmentalists decry the expansion, but FPL says safety is the utmost consideration . . . that they’ll serve a growing population with lower bills and less fossil fuel usage.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Death of Liberalism

Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.
http://melvynlfein.com/

02/05/13  - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Kennesaw State University sociologist Melvyn Fein.  He’s written POST-LIBERALISM & THE DEATH OF A DREAM, and says that liberalism contradicts human nature and history’s lessons. Poverty hasn’t been eliminated . . . education not improved . . . crime hasn’t diminished . . . and universal peace never established.  Fein maintains liberalism is regressive . . .

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Joan Cartwright, Andre Watts, Melton Mustafa and our Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Amazing Music Women concert telling the stories of women in Jazz and Blues.
http://www.joancartwright.com/

02/01/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz vocalist and pianist, Joan Cartwright, shares her excitement about her Amazing Music Women concert telling the stories of women in Jazz and Blues. Charles Greenfield interviews renowned pianist Andre Watts about his career and his upcoming Arsht Center performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer visits with the owners of the Big Easy’s Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide

http://www.cafeadelaide.com

01/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Lally Brennan and Ti Martin.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Florida’s “Take Stock in Children” Program

Take Stock in Children
http://www.takestockinchildren.org

01/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Florida’s acclaimed Take Stock in Children education program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Is It Time for Alimony Reform?

Florida Second Wives Club
http://www.facebook.com/FloridaSecondWivesClub

01/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the nationwide campaign for alimony reform.  Most states—including Florida—haven’t had a meaningful review of alimony since the 1950s.  Reformers say times have changed:  many women now lead the way in the workforce and are primary breadwinners.   “Second Wives” bemoan that their earnings can complement the alimony paid to their new husband’s former spouse.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

What’s A Dog For? The Age-Old Connection With Humans

John Homans, executive editor of New York magazine and author of "What's a Dog For?" in Gramercy Park with his dog, Stella, a Labrador mixed breed adopted from the North Shore Animal League.
Photo credit: Ari Mintz via www.newsday.com

01/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the unique relationship between humans and dogs.  Descended from the wolf, dogs were utilitarian working animals the developed into loved family members.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

The Rise of Investment Scams and Financial Fraud

http://www.newshubber.com/protect-your-identity-from-internet-fraud/

01/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the rise of financial fraud and investment scams in the US.  Figures show a 62% increase of crimes over the past three years.  We’ll speak with a South Florida FBI White-Collar Crime coordinator, as well as certified examiners.  The courts are overwhelmed and backlogged with cases.  So beware:  much of the fraud and scams originate from the Internet.

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Folk & Acoustic Music
3:00 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Butch Ross live singing "Shenandoah"

Butch Ross

www.butchross.com:  When Butch Ross opened for Bill Staines last fall, he received a rare accolade: a standing ovation for an opening act. He transforms the lowly mountain dulcimer into a virtuoso's instrument, drawing from it unexpected power and expressiveness. He mixes old country and Appalachian songs with his own wordy, literate, poetic ballads about people, places, and situations you might read about in a good book of short stories. He has a strong clear voice and a stage presence of boyish charm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Coral Gables Bluesfest, Annie Leibovitz and the Miami Jewish Film Festival

Coral Gables Bluesfest
http://www.bierhausblues.com/

01/25/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, restaurateur Harald Neuweg rocks the Gables with his 15th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest. Get the lowdown. Our new contributor, Caroline Breder-Watts speaks with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz about her Norton Museum of Art exhibition.

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