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 October 11, 2012

Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project; Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining

Ballet Austin, Light & The Holocaust Project
Tony Spielberg

10/11/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with news about an ambitious Miami-Dade collaboration studying the holocaust and human rights. It’s called “LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT”.  The events include a soul-stirring ballet, awareness projects, youth concerts, a one-man play, a family festival and anti-bullying workshops.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

NPR “Tell Me More” Host Michel Martin; Poet & Author Carlos Andres Gomez

NPR “Tell Me More” Host Michel Martin;
http://www.npr.org/programs/tell-me-more/

10/09/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with NPR’s Michel Martin, who’ll host a live national broadcast of her program “Tell Me More,” from WLRN, Wednesday morning at 11:00. The topic is national education reform, and includes Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho andtwitter chat component. And more, poet and actor Carlos Andres Gomez and his book, MAN UP: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Future Perfect
http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/

10/08/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents features technologist and social critic Steven Johnson. He foresees emerging trends, and explains why they’re relevant to both personal life and business. Johnson’s a proponent of a collaborative “peer progressive” movement to spur social change, and has been dubbed the “Darwin” of social technology. His latest book is Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest, Patrick Dupre-Quigley, Rock Of Ages, Florida Keys Calendar

Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest
www.sunnyislesbeachjazz.com

This week on South Florida Arts Beat, Ibis Romero describes the swingin’ 5th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Festival. Multiple performance locations and Jazz styles will be offered this year. Guiding light of Seraphic Fire, Patrick Dupre-Quigley, speaks about their exciting, new season. Judith Bishop talks with the Miami native starring in Rock of Ages opening at the Arsht on the 9th. Our calendar features Andy Newman with enticing events in the Florida Keys. Tune in South Florida Arts Beat and catch the conversation and information Friday at 1:00pm. 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Fancy Food” Edition

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

10/04/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents features chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her annual report from the food industry’s biggest event, The Fancy Food Show.  Linda reports that Ethiopian cuisine is popular. And we’ll sample an easy-to-use bottled “simmer sauce.”  Low-sodium, tasty crisp chips are in vogue. One ounce equals a full-servings of veggies.  Of course, Fred Tasker is on hand with his weekly wine report. 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Yankee Hall Of Famer Lefty Gomez: An American Odyssey

Lefty Gomez
www.leftygomez.com

10/03/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents features Veronica Gomez, the daughter of New York Yankee Hall-of-Fame pitcher and World Series hero, Lefty Gomez.  His career bridged a unique baseball era: from 1932 to 1943. He arrived in New York during the Ruth/Gehrig era and as a veteran roomed with and helped groom the magical Joe DiMaggio.  Gomez was known for his classic one liners and sense of humor but was a fierce competitor on the field.   His book is Lefty: An American Odyssey.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

“Members Only” Call-In With Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman

Behind the scenes of WLRN's pledge drive, Bonnie Berman (left).
Paul Leary

10/02/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” pledge program with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and faithful listeners.  We’ll “turn the table,” and have WLRN members give on-air testimonials and relate public radio experiences.  When was the first financial pledge offered?   How about a riveting “driveway moment?”

*Please note the audio begins about 30 to 45  seconds into the program, due to technical difficulties beyond our control .

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Michael Grunwald & The New New Deal

Michael Grunwald, Author of The New New Deal
www.michaelgrunwald.com

10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Miami City Ballet’s New Artistic Director, FIU’s School Of Music Director

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On this fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll meet Miami City Ballet’s new Artistic Director, Ms. Lourdes Lopez. Charles Greenfield speaks with this highly accomplished, Ballanchine-trained, Cuban-born, success story now leading Miami’s internationally renowned ballet company. Also, Cuban-born New Music composer and Director of the School of Music at FIU, Dr. Orlando Jacinto Garcia, shares his excitement about a new season of FIU performances taking place all over Miami-Dade County.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day”. Linda Gassenheimer & Chef Aida Mollencamp

09/27/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day.” We’ll speak with Ethics Commission Executive Director Joseph Centorini and Miami-Dade Schools social science coordinator Jackie Viana. Events begin October 12th. And more. Linda Gassenheimer and TV Chef Aida Mollenkamp with cooking tips from her book, Keys To The Kitchen

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

America’s Cheapest Family & The Money Smart System

www.americascheapestfamily.com

09/25/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Steve and Annette Economides, known as America’s Cheapest Family. They’ve made saving money—and still living well—an art form. They plan carefully and only grocery shop once a month. How about feeding seven on $350 dollars a month? The Cheapest Family doesn’t give allowances—the kids earn their way and learn the value of a buck by buying their own clothes.  The book is The Money Smart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence To Children Of Every Age

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

09/26/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with NYU political science professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics. Perhaps the authors are overly cynical, but a dictator can stay in power as long a ruling coalition can be maintained, even if it is a small minority. Democracies, in contrast, tend to be wide coalition systems and must satisfy a far wider population segment.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World

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09/24/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and naturalist William Bryant Logan. He's shown the complexities of simple topics in his books such as Oak and Dirt. His latest work is Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World.  Breathing air gives us life and brings hurricanes, skydiving and fungus. It blows the dust which feeds the seas' food building block: plankton. We may forever fight dust at home but airborne particles bred South America’s rain forests.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Sunday Afternoons Of Music, FTL Film Festival, Broward Calendar, Festival Miami

Sunday Afternoons of Music
www.sundaymusicals.org

09/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Doreen Marx describes a new season of concerts for Sunday Afternoons of Music and Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival offerings. Dean Shelly Berg shares his excitement about the 29th Annual Festival Miami. Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Interim Director of the Broward Cultural Division, features enticing events on our Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer’s South Florida “Restaurant Roundabout” 09/20/12

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

09/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs old favorites and best values. Critics Jen Karetnik, Rochelle Koff and Jan Norris will take calls.  Plus Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.  That’s Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman 09/20/12 at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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