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 November 20, 2012

Education Pioneer Salman Kahn and The One World Schoolhouse

Sal Founder & Executive Director Khan Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/

11/20/12 -  Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with education innovator Salman Kahn.  He says today’s schools and colleges are built upon a model developed by Prussians in the 1700-hundreds . . . and that modern technology should make classrooms more human and teachers more important.  He recommends a pay scale for teachers to match other professions.   Salman Kahn has written, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE:  Education Reimagined.

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Topical Currents
4:36 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Oxford University Professor Kevin Dutton and The Wisdom Of Psychopaths

Kevin Dutton
http://www.wisdomofpsychopaths.com

11/19/12 - Monday’s  Topical Currents looks at the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behavior.  Psychopaths are usually fearless, confident, charismatic and ruthless . . . but most people aren’t aware that they aren’t necessarily violent.  In fact, some psychopathic behavior is exhibited by leaders of business and government.  We’ll speak with research psychologist Kevin Dutton about his book, THE WISDOM OF PSYCHOPATHS:  What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.  

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Jazz Fusion Quartet Aaron Lebos Reality Performs Live

Jazz Fusion Quartet Aaron Lebos Reality
http://www.facebook.com/AaronLebosReality

11/16/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another concert from our Miami studios. Aaron Lebos Reality performs compositions from their latest recording. This modern Jazz guitarist is a graduate of the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music Jazz/Studio Music Program and Florida International University.  He’s also a veteran of the road having worked with numerous Latin Pop stars throughout the last decade.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Celebrity Chef Joanne Weir

Celebrity Chef Joanne Weir
http://www.joanneweir.com

11/15/12 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  celebrity chef Joanne Weir.  Her latest book is Cooking Confidence.  She’ll give us tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner - with confidence and more cooking and kitchen tips. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

“Homegrown in Florida” Anthology

William McKeen
http://www.williammckeen.com

11/15/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of the anthology HOMEGROWN IN FLORIDA.  It’s a collection of essays which address growing up in Florida – perhaps a child’s remembrance of “paradise.”  Writing by Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Hiaasen, Jeff Klinkenberg and even Tom Petty is included.  Also, Palm Beach Post reporter and author Carlos Frias, whose essay is included in the book.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

South Florida “Brownfields” Redevelopment

11/13/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at South Florida “brownfield” remediation.  Brownfields are hazardous, contaminated sites, usually in older and disadvantaged areas.  They may qualify for federal and state grants for clean-up.  These stipends spur economic development in several ways--including job creation from the restoration project.  They also infuse funds into the community.  The acclaimed Mid-Town Miami development was once tainted with arsenic and petroleum residues.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols

Damien Echols
Peter Ash Lee via The New York Times

11/12/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Damien Echols, who spent 18-years on death row.  He was convicted in 1993 of murdering three young boys in West Memphis,  Arkansas.  He was even married on 

death-row, with DNA results eventually setting him free.  His memoir relates his youth, a highly publicizes trial, and the travails of nearly two-decades of solitary confinement.  Damien Echols has written LIFE AFTER DEATH.

Video trailer for the new film "West of Memphis" 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Florida Grand Opera, Rising Tide, St. Martha Concerts, and Tobacco Road's 100th anniversary

Cast of FGO La bohème.
http://www.fgo.org

11/09/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, previews a new season of the Florida Grand Opera with Justin Moss.  Film maker Andrew Hevia describes his new documentary, Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, which premieres on WLRN, Channel 17 next Wednesday at 8:00pm.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer and Florida Cuisine

Chef Kris Wessel
Emily Michot Miami Herald Staff

11/08/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about "Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Attitude Reconstruction: Building A Better Life

Jude Bijou
http://www.attitudereconstruction.com

11/08/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with marriage and family therapist Jude Bijou, author of ATTITUDE RECONSTRUCTION:  A Blueprint for Building a Better Life.  We’ll discuss how to deal with disappointment and anger in the workplace, and how to let off steam in a safe setting.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer and “Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Plutocrats: The Rise Of The New Global Super-rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else

Plutocrats: The Rise Of The New Global Super-rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/15/162799512/a-startling-gap-between-us-and-them-in-plutocrats

11/07/12 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is with financial journalist Chrystia Freeland of Reuters.  She’s written the book, PLUTOCRATS:  The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.  There’s always been a gap between rich and poor in this country, but never has there been the class of global super-rich.  There’s even a wide gap between the elite rich inside the quote, “one-percent.”

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Electoral Dysfunction: A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters

Electoral Dysfunction book
http://electoraldysfunction.org

11/06/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is an election day discussion of the myriad of voting rules among states and counties, as well as the constitutional history of U.S. voting and the Electoral College.  We’ll visit with the author of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION:  A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters.   More than five-million voters will be affected by new voter registration restrictions.  That’s larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedrick Smith: Who Stole The American Dream?

Hedrick Smith
http://hedricksmith.com/

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Larry Rosen, Miami Jazz Festival and Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman

Larry Rosen
http://www.larryrosen.com/biography.html

11/02/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Founder and Executive Producer, Larry Rosen, joins us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Jazz record label, GRP Records. Mr. Rosen is also the founder and Executive Producer of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots Series which opens this weekend. The Miami Jazz Festival premieres November 17th. Founder and Musical Director, Carmen Cartiglia shares his excitement about this exciting five year project at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Miami.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Latin American Food

Maricel Presilla
Latina Magazine via http://www.maricelpresilla.com

11/01/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricel Presilla author of Gran Cocina Latina – The food of Latin America. It’

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