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Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman

Joseph Cooper shares his 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.  Richard Ives is the senior producer, and Bonnie Berman joined Topical Currents as co-host and associate producer in September 2012.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A Philosophical Conundrum: The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?

10/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with philosopher Thomas Cathcart and his book The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum.  He’ll discuss a famous ethical dilemma.  Say there’s a runaway trolley car.  A crew of five is in its path, all surely to be killed.   But wait.  You are near a switch which could divert the car to an alternate track.  But one man on that track is in the way . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Love of a Good Fight: Are Relationship Arguments Bad?

Ilona Jerabek
twitter.com/ila_jer

10/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the dynamics of arguments in a relationship.  Psychologist Dr. Ilona Jerabek has closely studied the matter.  She says fighting is one thing . . . but fighting dirty threatens bonds.  She says anger isn’t destructive . . . but that rage provokes breakups.  42% of argument participants use curse words.  But 47% make up right away.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Battle Over The Future Of Food, Farming In America

Is GE Food Making Pigs Sick?
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

10/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter.  She’s written widely on many environmental topics and owns a working organic farm in The Plains, Virginia. Hauter has written, FOODOPOLY:  The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar

Dr Perlmutter and Grain Brain on Dr Oz
www.drperlmutter.com

10/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, who’s written GRAIN BRAIN:  The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar.  He says these ingredients – even whole grains – can cause chronic headaches, insomnia and depression.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution

Arthur Agatston MD
www.southbeachdiet.com

10/24/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Arthur Agatston.  His latest book is The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution.  He talks about the myths and reality of gluten intolerance -- is it a fad, who does it affect, what are the solutions?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The 10 Greatest Conspiracies

Brad Meltzer in the green room about to go on at CBS This Morning.
www.facebook.com/BradMeltzer

10/24/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer, whose latest book is an unconventional presentation of HISTORY DECODED:  The Ten Greatest ConspiraciesEach chapter has a removable envelope, which contain facsimile documents.  You can hold John Wilkes Booth’s “Wanted” poster.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems

Rep. Schultz posing for celebrity photographer Adam Bouska's noh8campaign.com supporting the GLBT community.
Adam Bouska via twitter.com/RepDWStweets

10/23/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She chairs the Democratic National Committee. She’s served in the U.S. House nine years and has written FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:  A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s ProblemsWasserman Schultz’s district covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. She’s the mother of three, and is a breast cancer survivor. Tune in for Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN.    
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ending Poverty in America

10/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Georgetown University law professor and author Peter Edelman.  He’s written SO RICH, SO POOR:  Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.  The US has the highest child poverty rate in the industrialized world.  Income disparity is at its highest point since the great depression.  One-half the jobs in the nation pay less than $35,000 per year. Learn more at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research

Dr. James R. Berenson (third from left- bottom) leads a team of world-class research staff members, including Dr. Haiming Chen, MD., PhD. (second from right - bottom). The staff is dedicated to fighting Multiple Myeloma and related diseases.
www.facebook.com/IMBCRdotorg

10/21/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood disease of malignant cells found in bone marrow.  We’ll visit with Dr. James Berenson, the Director and Founder of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.  Berenson’s Myeloma-related research can benefit all cancers where bone metastasis is a threat, particularly breast, lung  and prostate cancers as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Learn more on Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.       

 

 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Trader Joe's Comes to Miami

New Trader Joe's at the 9200 block of South Dixie Highway, where a Borders bookstore used to be located.
CBS Miami via miami.cbslocal.com

10/17/13 - In the second half of the program, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman  talk about the opening of a Pinecrest Trader Joe’s supermarket, the first in South Florida, with store captain Jodi McCollough.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Advice For Parents Of Special Needs Kids

From the I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now facebook page
www.facebook.com/pages/I-Wish-I-Knew-Then-What-I-Know-Now/669530309739353

10/17/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Mark and Sandy Horowitz.  They’re the parents of 14 year old son Ian. They’ve authored the book, I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW:  A Guide for Special Needs Parents.  Young Ian suffers from a brain structure disorder.  The Horowitz’s give advice for parents of special needs kids.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

10/15/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 75-year prohibition of cannabis in the United States.  20 states have now approved medical marijuana consumption . . . two states have legislated limited recreational use.  52% of Americans, according to a Pew Research poll, support the decriminalization of cannabis.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Reclaiming Our Democracy

http://www.reclaimingourdemocracy.com/

    

10/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with “social entrepreneur” Sam Daley-Harris. A Miami native, he founded the public interest group RESULTS, in 1980, and was instrumental in the microcredit movement.  His book, RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY:  Healing the Break Between People and Government has been updated and reprinted for a 20th Anniversary Edition. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Simply Delicioso

10/10/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with television personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Delicioso on Univision and Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel.  We’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Why Read Moby Dick?

First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.

10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel:  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay.  We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK?  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman.  Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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