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
9:40 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Professor In The Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch

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05/06/15 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is a rather implausible program . . . How about a college adjunct English prof—pushing 40 years old--who takes a plunge into the brutal venue of mixed-martial arts? Call it “participatory journalism” . . . to the max. Jonathan Gottschall has written THE PROFESSOR IN THE CAGE: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. That’s Wednesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Literary Contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Novelist Martin Amis

Martin Amis and his latest novel is THE ZONE OF INTEREST
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05/05/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when we feature renowned author Martin Amis, with our literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez.  Besides the prolific output of books by Martin Amis, he’s also the son of the noted English novelist, Sir Kingsley Amis.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The Elderly And Actions Of Court-Appointed Guardians

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05/04/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents, when we consider our elder population and the actions of some court-appointed Guardians.  In Florida, there will most likely be new guidelines approved by the Legislature.  Sometimes individuals supposedly ruled “incapacitated” are stripped of basic rights.  The new rules should make declarations of incapacity more difficult, as well as limit the powers of a guardian.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Dangers of Firing Over Social Media with Nova University Professor Ethan Wall

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04/30/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss the legal ramifications of social media, with Nova University professor Ethan Wall. Employee use of social media is a burgeoning problem.  Wall has written “Fire Over Facebook.” And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with Kids Cook French author, Claudine Pepin.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Have You Considered The Many Options Of Social Security Benefits?

04/28/15 - If you’re of retirement age, have you considered the many options of Social Security benefits? More than 40% of Americans apply for Social Security benefits at age 62.  Not a good idea, unless you must.  And deferring to age 70 not only increases benefits, but helps give the fund a cash cushion. We’ll have PBS NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman and Laurence J.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Is Social Security Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

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04/27/15 - This summer, Social Security turns 85.  Is it in crisis?  Is it still relevant in the 21st Century?  Fifty-five-million Americans depend on Social Security . . .but not all are seniors.  Could the average person invest what they pay-in and reap as much income? We’ll discuss Social Security with Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson authors of the book Social Security Works! . . . and we take your calls on the next Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
6:36 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

A Look Back at the 1981 Food Scene in South Florida

04/23/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss: Miami 1981 a look back at the food scene in South Florida (part of the O Miami Poetry Festival).  The event will take place at the Kampong, April 27. Our guests are Gretchen Schmidt, host of the event, and Cristina Favretto, UM special collections curator for Miami culinary archives. 

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Topical Currents
6:19 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Term Limits for Florida Legislators

04/23/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss term limits for Florida Legislators. 

We’ll visit with FIU’s Kathryn DePalo, who says limited legislative tenures has done more harm than good. Her book is  The Failure of Term Limits in Florida.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer revisits the year 1981.  What were the popular food trends and innovations?  An example:  “Lean Cuisine” made its debut in ’81. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

A Climate Of Crisis: America In The Age Of Environmentalism

04/22/15 - The old-fashioned term “teach-in” applied to the first Earth Day, in 1970.  Now, it’s an internationally accepted week of environmental mindfulness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Environmental Journalist Cynthia Barnett Discusses Her Book, Rain: A Natural And Cultural History

04/21/15 - The South Florida rainy season is soon upon us . . . those dark clouds encroaching  daily—with drizzles or a torrent. Join us for Tuesday's Topical Currents. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Healing Our Biggest Health Problem: Chronic Pain

04/20/15 - 100 million adult Americans live with chronic pain.  They are desperate for relief, yet would-be doctors are seldom educated about the subject.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Why We Are Seeing A Large Increase In Food Allergies

Dr. Michael Pacin with Linda Gassenheimer, Bonnie Berman and Joseph Cooper in the WLRN Studio.
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04/16/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Michael Pacin about food allergies – why we are seeing a large increase in them and how to diagnose and control them.  Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Dude, THAT’S NOT ENGLISH!

Erin Moore
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04/16/15 - On the next Topical Currents we begin with an American from Key West who’s long lived in England . . . and her amusing take on our common language.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Solar Energy In The Sunshine State

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04/14/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents and a discussion of solar energy . . . in the Sunshine State. The Florida Legislature is not on board to allow consumers to buy solar-generated electricity from non-monopoly corporations.  It’s one of five U.S. states that make such a restriction. However, FPL is a national leader in power company solar investment. GUESTS In-studio: Steve Smith, Exec.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Kidney Transplants and The Crucial Shortage Of Donor Organs

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04/13/15 - Join us Monday, when Topical Currents focuses on kidney transplants—and the crucial shortage of donor organs. A kidney donation doesn’t change life expectancy, nor increase one’s risk of renal failure. We speak with the Director of Kidney Transplantation at UM/Jackson Hospital, Dr. Michael Goldstein, as well as both a kidney donor . . . and donee. That’s Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm.

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