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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 February 7, 2013

Broward's $10.6 Billion Boating Industry

http://hargravecustomyachts.com

02/07/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the economic impact of the South Florida marine industry.  Business leaders say coastal development has created a dearth of waterfront parcels for boaters.  Boating creates some $10.6 Billion of revenue in Broward County alone.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

FPL Turkey Point Expansion Project

Turkey Point Project
www.fpl.com

02/06/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the expansion of FPL’s Turkey Point electric power facility.  Last month, the Miami-Dade Commission granted a go-ahead for zoning changes, which enables construction of new nuclear reactors.  Environmentalists decry the expansion, but FPL says safety is the utmost consideration . . . that they’ll serve a growing population with lower bills and less fossil fuel usage.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Death of Liberalism

Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.
http://melvynlfein.com/

02/05/13  - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Kennesaw State University sociologist Melvyn Fein.  He’s written POST-LIBERALISM & THE DEATH OF A DREAM, and says that liberalism contradicts human nature and history’s lessons. Poverty hasn’t been eliminated . . . education not improved . . . crime hasn’t diminished . . . and universal peace never established.  Fein maintains liberalism is regressive . . .

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer visits with the owners of the Big Easy’s Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide

http://www.cafeadelaide.com

01/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Lally Brennan and Ti Martin.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Florida’s “Take Stock in Children” Program

Take Stock in Children
http://www.takestockinchildren.org

01/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Florida’s acclaimed Take Stock in Children education program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Is It Time for Alimony Reform?

Florida Second Wives Club
http://www.facebook.com/FloridaSecondWivesClub

01/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the nationwide campaign for alimony reform.  Most states—including Florida—haven’t had a meaningful review of alimony since the 1950s.  Reformers say times have changed:  many women now lead the way in the workforce and are primary breadwinners.   “Second Wives” bemoan that their earnings can complement the alimony paid to their new husband’s former spouse.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

What’s A Dog For? The Age-Old Connection With Humans

John Homans, executive editor of New York magazine and author of "What's a Dog For?" in Gramercy Park with his dog, Stella, a Labrador mixed breed adopted from the North Shore Animal League.
Photo credit: Ari Mintz via www.newsday.com

01/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the unique relationship between humans and dogs.  Descended from the wolf, dogs were utilitarian working animals the developed into loved family members.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier
http://employees.oxy.edu/dreier/

08/08/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a 20th Century “Social Justice Hall of Fame,” compiled by Occidental College professor Peter Dreier.  It chronicles activists, thinkers and politicians who challenged injustice and promoted democracy.  His list of vignettes includes Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel . . . and even Bruce Springsteen.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business & Government

David Rothkopf
https://twitter.com/djrothkopf

08/07/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the rivalry between big business and government. It’s a historical struggle between public and private power.  We’ll speak with David Rothkopf  about his book, POWER, INC.The Epic Rivalary Between Big Business and Government – And the Reckoning That Lies Ahead.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

El Nuevo Herald Metro Columnist Daniel Shoer Roth

Daniel Shoer Roth
https://twitter.com/danielshoerroth/

08/06/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with El Nuevo Herald Metro columnist Daniel Shoer Roth. He also writes a weekly view in the Miami Herald Opinion section.  A grandson of Holocaust survivors, Daniel Shoer is a frequent voice for South Florida underdogs: the homeless, elderly, bullied and neglected.  Born in Venezuela, he’s the grandson of Holocaust survivors. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The South Florida Social and Restaurant Scene

(l-r) Drag Queen Elaine Lancaster, Lesley Abravanel, and Dennis Rodman.
http://blogs.herald.com/scene_in_the_tropics/

08/02/12 - In the second half of the program, Linda Gassenheimer with Miami Herald columnist Lesley Abravenel. She’ll give an update on the South Florida social and restaurant scene. Plus, wine columnist Fred Tasker.  That’s Topical Currents . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Preventing Home Accidents

Dan Hannan
http://www.danshomesafety.com/

08/02/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with home safety engineer Dan Hannan, his book is Preventing Home Accidents: A Quick and Easy Guide.  We think of our abode as a safe haven, where we feel most secure, but we’re ten times more likely to sustain a serious or fatal injury at home than at work. We’ll offer a home safety check-list, as well. And more . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Elizabeth Cline
https://www.facebook.com/overdressedthebook

07/31/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with journalist Elizabeth Cline, author of OVERDRESSED: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion.  The days of buying quality clothes at local shops or department stores – even having garments mended – have gone the way of the phonograph. The New York City garment district is mostly history.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget
http://nationalpriorities.org/

07/30/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “Federal Budget, 101.”   We’ll speak with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst of the National Priorities Project, and author of THE PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET.  Most Americans shun even trying to comprehend where or how our federal dollars are spent. Complex barriers have prevented us from having any influence over budget creation or oversight.

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