Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

Bonnie and Joseph
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Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman share the microphone with a wide range of guests including community leaders, artists, scientists, historians, political thinkers and more who bring issues of interest to South Floridians.  Topical Currents first started broadcasting in January 1999. Joseph Cooper is the host and executive producer, Richard Ives is the senior producer, Bonnie Berman joined as co-host and associate producer in September 2012, Jason Zabka is technical director and online producer, and Polly Landess is associate producer, joining the team in mid-2015.

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(1-17-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Miami-based journalist Brett Sokol, whose beat is the region’s distinctive arts world. 

He’s the arts editor of Ocean Drive Magazine, and a frequent New York Times contributor.

Sokol is co-founder of “Letter 16 Press,” which explores the works of talented Miami photographers from the 1960s through the ‘90s.

He also appraises December’s Art Basel International Art Fair.  

(1-19-2017) Today's topic: Fairchild Garden Chocolate Festival (Jan 20,21.22, 2017).  In studio: Francisco and Ana Pacari, owners of Pacari Chocolates.  They will have a booth at the Festival. Pacari Chocolates is a family-owned company that produces high quality chocolate from Ecuador.  They will discuss how chocolate is made and why their methods protect the environment.  They bring some for us to taste.

Dinner in Minutes

Fish Tacos – It has become a favorite American sandwich.

Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions

www.dinnerinminutes.com 

(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.

For example, does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

We take calls on this Topical Currents At Your Service edition

www.socialmedialawandorder.com

(1-16-2017) Today’s Topical Currents talks Florida history, in the realm of pioneering women and minority figures, from the 1960s into the 21st Century.

We visit with longtime journalist and Political Science professor, Susan McManus, of the University of South Florida.

She’s written the book FLORIDA’S MINORITY TRAILBLAZERS.  

(1-12-2017) Miami Chef Patrick McCurry, Senior Instructor at the Miami Culinary Institute.  Topic: Sous Vide (under vacuum): This method of cooking in a sealed plastic pouch has been used in top restaurants for many years.  It’s now easily available for home use in many forms. We discuss what it is, why is it useful, how to use it and if it's safe. 

Dinner in Minutes-

Ham and Lentil Soup: perfect for a winter night.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(1-12-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents begins with South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  With the holidays over, she has tips on how to save money in many areas:  particularly around the home.

www.sunsentinel.com/fpl

www.sunsentinel.com/shop

www.miamicruisemonth.com

(1-11-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with investigative reporter Adam Tanner.  He follows how personal and medical data are used.

His latest book is, OUR BODIES, OUR DATA:  HOW COMPANIES MAKE BILLIONS SELLING OUR MEDICAL RECORDS.

Much of this is about marketing and selling new medications, by determining which doctors are most likely prescribe certain drugs.

Large pharmaceutical chains are most likely to release the information.

Learn more on Topical Currents   

(1-10-2017) Just look about: this must be a prosperous place.  Construction cranes scattered about mid-town and Miami Beach, luxury cars at valet stations, and South Florida a big destination for foreign investment.

But the region remains poverty-ridden, and women have lost ground in take-home-pay since the year 2000.

We learn more about the report from Miami-Dade Commissioner Danielle Levine Cava, and take your calls.

(1-9-2017, Original air date 8-22-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents looks at a rising inequality gap, and how it can modify a kid’s family life, neighborhoods and schools.

The rich have always had advantages . . . but in today’s landscape, it’s increasing.

We visit with Harvard Public Policy professor Robert Putnam, whose latest work is OUR KIDS:  The American Dream in Crisis.  Putnam also wrote the highly praised Bowling Alone book.  

(1-5-2017) Face it:  there’s NO CURE for the common cold.  It’s an infectious illness caused by a virus.

Neither Vitamin C or warm clothes prevent colds.  Hand washing does.

We have more helpful tips for symptoms.  

(1-5-2017) With Chef/Author Bill Jones.  Topic: Truffles and Mushrooms – how to buy and use them.  Truffle flavored items are on many restaurant menus; truffle oil and other products are now big sellers. But, what are we really eating and buying?  We learn the good, bad and truth about truffles and other mushrooms.  His book is The Deerholme Mushroom Book: From Foraging to Feasting.  He is a chef and farmer in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia.   

(1-4-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents is with a self-proclaimed “difficult person,” Sarah Ellison.

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.

www.sarahelliston.com

(1-3-2017) Today’s Topical Currents considers . . . the Life Coach.  Have you ever considered using one? 

Is there energy, wisdom and skills waiting to have you thrive . . . if only they could be set in motion?

We discuss areas where coaching is effective, what qualifies someone to be a coach, and what sort of results are common.  There is no state regulation or licensing requirements for coaches.  

(12-29-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents begins with a look at upcoming “Special Olympics Florida” happenings at regional Publix Markets. 

Each store will hold a “Torch Icon” event from New Year’s Eve through January 21st. 

We learn more about the “Healthy Community” efforts of the Special Olympics.

Special Olympics FL 954-901-9232 

www.specialolympicsflorida.com

Lucanus Developmental Center 954-981-4019

(12-29-2016) Food & Dining - In studio interview with Miami Herald Food Editor, Carlos Frias. Topic: Restaurant Retrospective; major trends in 2016 (openings, closings, celebrity chefs) and what to expect in 2017. 

Dinner in Minutes: Sirloin Steak in Cognac Sauce with Saffron and Pepper Orzo

A perfect, quick dinner for this holiday week.

Fred Tasker gives his News Year’s wine suggestions and restaurant wine trends.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

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