Polly Landess

Topical Currents Associate Producer

Polly joined Topical Currents in 2015 as associate producer.

Ways to Connect

(4-25-2017, originally aired 1/4/2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with a self-proclaimed “difficult person,” Sarah Elliston.

She says most “hard to get along-with” people have no idea they’re such.  Clueless.

Once she saw the light, she changed . . . and began to help other “difficult” types take on different exteriors.

Perhaps her message will resonate with . . . YOU.  

(4-24-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Key Clubhouse of South Florida, which helps those with mental illness disorders reintegrate into the workplace and community.

Key Clubhouse is a close-knit membership group of adults living with mental illness.  Some 42-percent are employed, and have greatly improved physical and mental health, plus reduced occurrences of psychiatric hospital stays.

www.keyclubhouse.org

305-693-3508

(4-20-2017)  Joining us today is Mark Kelly, PR manager for Lodge Cast Iron.  Cast Iron Cooking has become very popular.  Handled right, cast iron skillets are naturally nonstick.  We’ll talk about what they are, and how to use and care for them. (You might remember that Ken Lyon uses only cast iron skillets in his restaurant.)  Linda brings pizza and cookies made in cast iron skillets for us to taste. 

Restaurant news with Matt Meltzer

Dinner in Minutes:

Onion Mushroom Pizza

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(4-20-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with info about Earth Day events you might attend.

For one, there’s Saturday’s Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup, at more than 20 locations in Miami Dade.  We have details.

(4-19-2017)  Today, we explore the deep and ancient connection between humans and the domestic cat, with natural history and conservation writer Thomas McNamee. 

Some people consider cats as aloof creatures.  That they mostly depend on us for but food and shelter. 

Not so, says McNamee.

His latest book is, THE INNER LIFE OF CATS:  The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions.

(4-18-2017) What fundamentals drive memorable advertising campaigns?  How will social media and ecommerce evolve to sway our perceptions and product choices?

Today’s edition is with F-I-U Professor of Advertising, Margo Berman.  Her years in the business cover all aspects.  She even formed her own ad agency. Professor Berman’s written numerous books, including The Blueprint for Strategic Advertising, and The Copywriter’s Toolkit.

(4-17-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents is devoted to the rich history and culture of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

An unincorporated territory of the United States in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Ricans are natural-born citizens of the U-S.

We’ll get an overview of Puerto Rican past and present from F-I-U Anthropology Professor Jorge Duany, author of PUERTO RICO: What Everyone Needs to Know.

(4-13-2017)  Today we speak with David Grutman.  He’s the managing partner of LIV at the Fontainebleau, Story and Komodo Restaurant and his newest restaurant concept OTL in the Design District. We’ll discuss his new concept at OTL and the booming Miami nightlife. He also brings food for us to taste.

(4-13-2017) It's another “Doreen’s Deals” segment, with  Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  Get tips for discount tickets to Miami Marlins baseball, as well as a myriad of saving offers on “tax day,” this year on April 18th.

www.sunsentinel.com/shop

www.sunsentinel.com/allstar

(4-12-2017) Never has our culture been as child-centric as today—yet never has childhood been as strained and structured as now.  Kids are considered “adults-in-training” and may have plans for college by the third grade.

We visit with author, educator and philosopher Christopher Phillips, PhD,  whose latest book is, THE PHILOSPOPHY OF CHILDING, which promotes the joy of being a child . . . at any age.

(4-11-2017) Today’s Topical Currents addresses our most vital South Florida issue:  protecting the fragile groundwater and ecosytems essential to drinking water and human health.

South Florida has been deemed the “ground zero” of sea level rise.

We have experts on hand to discuss threats to our aquifer, salt water intrusion and rising waters . . . and what innovative solutions can be created to mitigate them.

(4-10-2017) At first thought, being a game warden would be a fairly mundane vocation, mostly to check fishing and hunting licenses, or finding a lost hiker or canoer.

Today’s Topical Currents is with Bob Lee, who’s spent 30 years as a Florida wildlife officer.  We’ll hear about shoot-outs, rescues and powerboat chases from his book, BAD GUYS, BULLETS AND BOAT CHASES:  True Stories of a Florida Game Warden.

(4-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features resident Chef Linda Gassenheimer, who explores the blend of Mediterranean influences and indigenous ingredients which make up Argentinian cuisine.

We speak with Chef Max Alvarez who, with his brother Christian, owns the Miami restaurant Fiorito.

(4-4-2017) Today we’re with someone who began his incredible broadcast career in Miami and now returns to celebrate with us after 60 years in the business.

(4-3-2017) Today on our Topical Currents “Members Only” edition, Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss the benefits of South Florida public radio.

We have a good time chatting with many steadfast members who make our unique radio programs possible.

Never has membership been more important!

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