Polly Landess

Topical Currents Associate Producer

Polly joined Topical Currents in 2015 as associate producer.

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(5-25-2017)   Chef Niven Patel, Chef/Owner of the new restaurant, Ghee Indian Kitchen.  The restaurant is located in rapidly developing Downtown Dadeland, the area across Kendall Dr. from the Dadeland shopping mall.  He serves Indian home-style dishes that are unusual and not seen in the US.  He uses Indian vegetables grown in his own Homestead garden.  He also has a water story. His only water source for the restaurant is recovered from the humidity in the restaurant. It makes 150 gallons of water a day.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer gives his restaurant news

(5-25-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist Doreen Christensen, and her mission to quell invasive “robo” calls. She has many tips, which include “googling” your own phone number, and getting smartphone apps to thwart ad calls.

(5-22-2017, originally aired 1-18-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is with Nova Southeastern University Social Media and the Law professor, Ethan Wall.

The upsurge in social media use by professionals generates legal and ethical questions, which require care and consideration when promoting products and services.

Does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

(5-18-2017) Old-salt NPR listeners have heard this tag innumerable times:   “Our theme music was composed by B.J. Leiderman.” He’s someone who’s left an indelible mark on public radio . . . having never uttered a word.

We meet him on Today’s Topical Currents.

(5-18-2017)  We visit with Dr. Chris Winter, author of THE SLEEP SOLUTION:  Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It.

(5-17-2017) If you’re a person of at least modest wealth, chances are you employ a financial advisor.  But how does one rate such an advice-giver?  And what’s the best method to find one?

We visit with Kevin Neal, the founder and president of a firm called, “Moenio,” an independent client advocacy and consulting firm.

They work with, and evaluate the performance of financial advisors, to ensure the best performance for an individual.  

(5-16-2017)  Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.” 

Really?

We discuss a popular internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  And take calls about them. 

Perhaps it was staying in a really bad relationship.  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss the chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

(5-15-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at a “Safe & Healthy Schools” Project.  It seeks acceptance and support of LGBT & Q youth who continue to face disturbing and life threatening challenges.

A recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows some 40-percent of L-G-B students have seriously contemplated suicide; 29-percent have made attempts.

One in ten of them report missing school due to safety concerns.

(5-11-2017) What segment of the modern city wastes the most energy?  The answer is business buildings, with 60 or even 75-percent of local energy use. 

Buildings produce about half of carbon emissions, yet much is wasted.  We learn more about Miami-Dade’s adoption of the City Energy Project.

305-375-5593

http://www.miamidade.gov/green/build-green.asp

(5-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with frequent contributor Mark Grossman, a leading authority in the field of technology law and longtime columnist.

Our focus is on one of his specialties:  the art of negotiation. He gives keys to making negotiation a success . . . for both parties.

And of course, we take your calls.

( 5-19-2017 ) Today’s Topical Currents profiles City of South Miami Mayor, Dr. Phillip Stoddard. 

In today’s ideology arguments, where science is brought into play, electing a Mayor who’s a science professor is unique.

Professor Stoddard is a biologist and zoologist, and background weighs in on sea level issues and control of the controversial Zika virus.

5-8-2017 We’ve passed the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion, in 2010.  A spill impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

We speak with Connie May Fowler about her memoir of the event, called “A Million Fragile Bones.”

(5-4-2017) Food & Dining: In-studio interview with Colleen Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Empowered Youth, and 2 members of the Vibe 305 Food Truck team. Empowered Youth serves inner city boys between the ages of 13 and 17. Their goal is to provide these young men the opportunity and support to redirect their lives and become successful. Their Vibe 305 Food Truck trains the youth in the food industry and helps to support some of the program.  They will be coming to the station in their food truck for a Facebook live video and will bring food  for us to taste.

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