Richard Ives

Senior Producer

Richard Ives came to WLRN in September 2000 to begin a new career in radio. Born in Fort Lauderdale, his family moved to Long Island, New York, where he grew up. After graduation from college and an unsatisfying stint in a job that, as he puts it, "paid the bills but for which I had no passion" he found himself contemplating a midlife career change after being laid-off.

With the assistance of supportive family members who were once again residing in Florida he returned to the Fort Lauderdale area and went back to school for broadcasting. Richard found the passion that his previous job lacked when he discovered public radio. Upon finishing school he sought out an internship at WLRN. That proved to be "a stroke of good fortune in the extreme" as he came under the tutelage of Joseph Cooper who along with other WLRN radio staff helped him to further develop the skills necessary for a career in Public radio.

Though "it's a bit of a struggle to find the time" he still likes to run, listen to live music, get tattooed, and socialize with family and friends. "I love to meet new people and working at WLRN has afforded me the opportunity to meet, and work with, an amazing assortment of people. The experience has enriched my life beyond anything I would've imagined."

Richard Ives can be contacted at 305-995-7664 or rives@wlrn.org

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

We Reminisce About “Vintage Miami” with Mandy Baca

01/29/15 - Mandy Baca is a food and history-obsessed native Miamian.

She remembers a Royal Castle joint on most every corner and the opening of Dadeland Mall. Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we reminisce about “Vintage Miami,” the title of her new book. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer talks Super Bowl tacos & Fred Tasker picks beers for big game. That’s Thursday at one o’clock.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

30 LESSONS FOR LOVING: Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Loving trailer from Karl Pillemer on Vimeo.

01/28/15 - If a young person seeks counsel about love & marriage, who’s the best source for it? Probably not the internet, Dear Abby or even Dr. Phil . . . but elders, who can recount valuable experience with tenderness and insight. Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we speak with renowned sociologist and gerontologist Karl Pillemer, about his book, 30 LESSONS FOR LOVING:  Advice from the Wisest Americans. That’s Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Internships, Micro-unions, Minimum Wage And Discrimination Laws

Credit http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

01/27/15 - Join us for the next Topical Currents.  We’ll be “At Your Service” . . . with employment expert, attorney and author Donna Ballman.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Euro Crisis, Terrorism And The Rise Of Islamophobia

Markus Thiel
Credit http://pir.fiu.edu

01/26/15 - In the aftermath of European extremist attacks, pressure grows on EU leaders to improve security and combat terror threats. 

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Chef and Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks Wants to Know: What the Fork Are You Eating?

Stefanie Sack
www.stefaniesacks.com

01/22/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we speak with chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, along with Topical Currents culinary producer and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer. From her own childhood health battles, Sacks discovered how food could help heal her conditions. She’s created an action plan for both pantry and plate, which sifts through label gibberish to reveal healthy choices. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Sreenshot Angelina Jolie and Louis (Louie) Zamperini
NBC Today Show

01/21/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Luke Zamperini, son of the Olympic-runner and World War II survival legend, the late Louis (Louie) Zamperini.  Louie was the inspiration for the incredible book and Angelina Jolie-directed movie “Unbroken.” Also, Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with author Emily St.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Essential Tips and Shortcuts for Simplifying the Technology In Your Life

David Pogue
davidpogue.com

01/20/15 - Most aging boomers are baffled by ever-changing personal technology:  what percentage of, say, smart phone functions do you understand?  The average is but six percent.   Tuesday’s Topical Currents features former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue.   He has answers in POGUE’S BASICS:  Essential Tips

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Citizen Empowerment and Transformation - Reclaiming Our Democracy

Sam Daley-Harris, link to c-span video below.
C-SPAN

01/15/15 - Is there a growing cynicism among our population in regard to regular people and government?   Is Congress truly the dysfunctional body described in the media?

Join us for Thursday’s Topical CurrentsWell begin with Sam Daley-Harris, who heads the Washington, D. C. based, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.  His views may surprise.  And more at 1:30 . . . Linda Gassenheimer with the winner of this year’s Miss Universe cooking contest.  The contestants cook beloved recipes from their home countries. That’s Thursday on Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Secret Club That Runs The World: Inside The Fraternity Of Commodity Traders

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01/13/15 - This hour on Topical Currents we feature CNBC Wall Street correspondent Kate Kelly, who’ll discuss the realm of financial commodity traders.  Those who survive in the cut-throat environment of commodities tend to be smart, aggressive and egomaniacal individuals.  They often flaunt their wealth and operate on gut instinct. Kate Kelly has written, The Secret Club That Runs The World:  Inside The Fraternity Of Commodity Traders. Most shun the media.  They aren’t like Warren Buffet or George Soros. When markets expand—such as the growth of India and China—so do prices for raw materials.  Commodity traders are in the thick of this. Tuesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Examining The Welfare And Habitats Of Florida's Wildlife

South Florida Wildlands Association
https://www.facebook.com/southfloridawild

01/12/15 - Today’s Topical Currents examines the welfare and habitats of our state’s wildlife.  We’ll hear from the executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, Matthew Schwartz. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Already Torpedoed?

www.carolinelarnold.com

01/08/15 - Thursday on Topical Currents:  We’re eight days into 2015:  is your new year’s resolution already torpedoed? 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress
steveearly.org

01/07/15 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is a visit by journalist, labor activist and attorney Steve Early.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt Our Finances, Freedom And Security

Janine Wedel at a book signing.
twitter.com/janinewedel

01/06/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss what’s widely known as “dark money.”  These funds come from undisclosed donors and advocacy groups.  They often influence public opinion, legislation and elections.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Novelist Martin Amis with Literary Contributor Ariel Gonzalez

Martin Amis and his latest novel is THE ZONE OF INTEREST

01/05/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents features our literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez and an interview with acclaimed British author Martin Amis.  He’s the son of novelist Kingsley Amis—and has published more than 20 books since his days at Oxford.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

The Severity, Causes And After-effects Of Stroke

An angiogram of a 48-year- old patient after treatment for a stroke. A blockage was targeted with clot-busting drugs using a catheter.
Zephyr Science Source

12/30/14 - Today on Topical Currents we discuss the severity, causes and after-effects of stroke. Stroke affects someone in the US every 45-seconds.  It’s triggered by a sudden change in the brain’s blood circulation. Four out of five families will be impacted in some way by stroke. We’re “at your service” today . . . With experts on-hand. There are stroke warning signs:  including facial changes, numbness, and slurred speech.

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