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
Mon December 22, 2014

Living The Secular Life: New Answers To Old Questions

12/22/14 - Monday's Topical Currents: Millions of Americans who aren’t religious feel a bit excluded from many friends and relatives during the holiday season.   Professor of sociology and secular studies Phil Zuckerman has researched those whose religious beliefs have waned . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer's "Restaurant Roundabout” December 2014 Edition

12/18/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” extravaganza!  We have two restaurant connoisseurs on hand:  Miami-based critic & travel writer Jen Karetnick as well as Thrillist Media Group Editor, Matt Meltzer.  He speaks about Broward County eateries. Also, news of the ever-changing South Florida restaurant scene.  Fred Tasker will give his wine suggestions. What’s hot . . . And what’s not.  Openings, closings and chef changes. And of course, we feature you.  Give us a call with favorite spots in the region.  Perhaps you have a particular gripe you need to re-count. 800-743-9576.   That's Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm.  For a list of places mentioned on the program please go to www.dinnerinminutes.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

The Case Against the Death Penalty

Herman Lindsey
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12/17/14 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we examine death penalty arguments. Twenty-five condemned prisoners have been spared death in Florida since 1973 . . . that’s one exoneration for every four executions. We’ll speak with criminal trial lawyer Richard S. Jaffe of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe and Drennan, P.C.; Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; Herman Lindsey, exonerated Florida Death Row inmate. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

South Florida's Lip Service: 8 Writers, 8 Stories, in 8 Minutes

Alejandro Santiago Photography — with Asia Samson, Betty Jo Buro, Jan Becker, Andrea Askowitz, Esther Kenniff and David New.
www.facebook.com/LipServiceMiami

12/16/14 -  Tuesday's Topical Currents is a unique hour -- live readings of highly-personal true stories by South Florida's “Lip Service” group. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Should Americans Be Wary Fracking?

www.facebook.com/russellgoldtheboom

12/15/14 - Should Americans be wary of hydraulically fractured mines?  You might be more aware of the term “fracking,” as it pertains to natural gas removal.  Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we discuss both pro & con fracking. Our guest this hour is Wall Street Journal energy reporter Russell Gold.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

What’s Life For The Average, Poor American?

twitter.com/killermartinis

12/09/14 - What’s life for the average, poor American? 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject: LOVE

Video of Modern Love event at @Chi_Humanities just posted 11/20/14. link below
youtube.com via twitter.com/danjonesnyt

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Income Inequality In America Is Getting Worse

12/04/14 - There’s a national issue most might agree on…income inequality in America is getting worse.   Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with author and advisor, John Hope Bryant

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Look At Zoning Changes That Threaten Historical Structures

12/03/14 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we address South Florida architectural and land issues. In recent years, developers have razed buildings that some residents consider to have historical value. Many threatened structures are in Miami Beach.  There’s controversy in the Bay Harbor Islands community as well.  Preservation advocates now see a resumption of a South Florida condo construction boom. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Bewildering World Of Associations And Their Rules

Credit twitter.com/CondoandHOALaw

12/02/14 - Are you a condo owner or resident?  Perhaps your home is part of a homeowners association. 

If so, you don’t want to miss Tuesday’s Topical Currents. We’ll speak about important issues and the ever-changing rules and regulations governed by municipalities, counties and the State of Florida. Condo/HOA expert Donna Berger will on hand for this “At Your Service” call-in edition. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

How Face-to-face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier And Smarter

www.susanpinker.com

12/01/14 - In our increasingly computer-mediated world of emails, text messages, and social media, is there still value in face-to-face contact? 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

South Florida’s Working Poor: The Struggle for Basic Needs

The Miami Marlins 1,000 Thanksgiving meal distribution is underway at Marlins Park. Big shout out to Pincho Factory for donating the cranberry sauce and stuffing, and to Publix for helping with the turkeys.
www.facebook.com/FeedingSFL

11/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents examines studies of South Florida’s “working poor.”  Having a job doesn’t preclude a lack of sustenance. Only 1% of those who get food assistance are unemployed.  Seniors often face a choice of paying utilities and rent . . . or going hungry. We’ll learn more about the efforts with guests: United Way of Miami-Dade Sr. Dir.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

What Stays in Vegas? Personal data and gambling

11/24/14 Monday’s  Topical Currents looks at “data digging” and online advertising, including the sophisticated methods employed by Las Vegas casinos.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer interviews Executive Chef Fabio Viviani from Siena Tavern on South Beach

(left) Fabio Viviani enthusiastically describes his special ingredients to Linda, Bonnie and Joe.
Paul Leary

11/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio’s American Home Kitchen and Executive Chef at the newly opened Siena Tavern on South Beach. (It’s in the old China Grill spot.) He talks about his Italian spin on American dishes, some Italian Thanksgiving thoughts and his new restaurant. 

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