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
Tue February 19, 2013

Economic Disaster

Alan S. Blinder
http://www.princeton.edu

02/19/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Princeton University economics professor and Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Blinder.  How did the worst economic disaster in post-war American history occur?  The US financial system, he says, was far too complex and unregulated for the public good.  Blinder has written  AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED:  The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead.   Links http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

God vs. Atheism

J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy)
http://www.jandersonthomson.com/

02/18/13- Monday’s Topical Currents features two leading figures in the God-versus-atheism debate.  We’ll speak with University of Virginia psychiatrist Dr. J. Anderson Thomson, author of WHY WE BELIEVE IN GOD(S):  A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.  Also with us is prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of THE SELFISH GENE.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Jazz Vocalist Paulette Dozier Performs Live

Paulette Dozier
http://www.paulettedozier.com/

02/15/13 -1pm - This renowned Jazz vocalist and stage actor has received acclaim for her recordings and live performances from New York to Italy and South Florida. She has received rave reviews of her stage presentations of Lanie Robertson’s “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” which will re-open at The Byron Carlyle Theatre 500 71st Street, Miami, March 8th though 24th. This is a role for which Ms. Dozier has received two Carbonell nominations. The show recounts the life of the legendary vocalist, Billie Holiday.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Martha Stewart is 'Meatless' in Miami

Martha Stewart
Photo by Scott Duncan

02/14/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the legendary Martha Stewart . . . she’s in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with her latest book, MEATLESS.  And more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Relationships: Chemistry With Anyone

Liel Lowndes
http://lowndes.com/

02/14/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with communications expert Liel Lowndes, author of HOW TO CREATE CHEMISTRY WITH ANYONE.  Evolution, genetics and past experiences are factors in relationships.  And more.  Linda Gasseneheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker discuss Valentine’s Day champagnes & cognacs.  Also, the legendary Martha Stewart . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness
http://themythsofhappiness.org

02/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what should make us happy—but doesn’t—and what shouldn’t make us happy—but does.  We’ll speak with the author of THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESSSonja Lyubomirsky.  She says we give too much weight to initial emotional responses to events—both good and bad.  No matter the uplift or downturn, humans usually return to their initial happiness level.  Losing a job . . .

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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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