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 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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Dinner in Minutes
1:30 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Monique Seillan and Pascal Oudin

Monique Seillan
http://www.chateau-lassegue.com

01/24/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Pascal Oudin, Chef/Owner of Pascal’s on Ponce and Monique Seillan co-owner of Chateau Lassegue and wife of the vigneron.

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Topical Currents
2:40 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Overcoming Childhood Neglect

Jonice Webb
https://twitter.com/jwebbphd

01/24/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Dr. Jonice Webb, who specializes in the effects of childhood emotional neglect.  She’s written Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect,  which details how old scars can still influence adult well-being and behaviors.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tampa Times Media Critic Eric Deggans Discusses His Book, Race Baiter

Eric Deggans TV/Media Critic for Tampa Bay Times
https://twitter.com/Deggans

01/23/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Tampa Bay Times TV and media critic Eric Deggans, author of RACE BAITER:  How the Media Wields Dangerous Words.  Deggans says modern media uses racial tensions to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic, and plays to ingrained stereotypes and assumptions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapmen: Make Your Brain Smarter

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.
http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/

01/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents addresses our “cognitive potential,” with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas.  She says today’s “multi-tasking” culture is bad for the brain . . . and that working crosswords or Sudoku really can’t make us sharper.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Boston College Sociologist Charles Derber, author of The Surplus American

Charles Derber
https://www2.bc.edu/~derber/

01/21/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with Boston College sociology professor Charles Derber, the co-author of THE SURPLUS AMERICAN:  How the 1% is Making Us Redundant.  Many Americans are rendered jobless, but the authors maintain that this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”  They examine the results of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, as well as how people are forcibly induced to leave the workforce.

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Folk & Acoustic Music
3:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Ana Bai - Tina & Her Pony

Ana Bai

T & HP bring a unique sound to the folk tradition, with radical, queer lyrics, uncommon instrumentation and vocals tighter than your mamas’ brazier. Tina and Her Pony released their full length album in March 2012. The album was mixed and mastered in Oakland, Calif. with Myles Boisen (The Tigerlilies; Kronos Quartet) and features trumpeter Chris Grady (also featured on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations).

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Stephen Scott Quartet Performs Jazz Originals Live

Stephen Scott

01/18/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another of our monthly studio performances. The Stephen Scott Quartet performs his original compositions and Jazz standards. With a career that spans decades, Mr. Scott has performed and/or recorded with Jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Bennie Golson, Dexter Gordon, Pieces of a Dream and Dr. John among other musical giants. He’ll be joined by bassist Jaime Ousley, Nathan Skinner on vibes and Erroll Cooper on drums.

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