Topical Currents on Xtra HD

  • Hosted by 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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03/23/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with veteran South Florida investigative reporter Dan Christensen, Editor of The Florida Bulldog.  We’ll focus on Broward issues, and take listener calls.Discussion issues involve Broward School Board bidding procedures . . . and a federal investigation into the North Broward Hospital District’s Medicare and Medicaid claim processes.

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03/19/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents: Our resident chef, author and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer, speaks about diabetes:  which foods should be avoided--and what’s OK for meals, snacks—even desserts. Linda says diabetic fare doesn’t mean a table of steamed veggies and broiled fish.  She’s the author of five books pertaining to diabetes and cuisine. Tune in Thursday at 1pm for Topical Currents.

Paul Leary

03/17/15 - On the next Topical Currents program, we open our phones and talk to the people, who in the end, really make our station possible:  the listener-members. Perhaps you’re one . . .  We call it “Members Only.”  It’s been a pledge drive tradition for many years. Tell us what first attracted you to listen to public radio . . . what programs you love to listen to . . . and also, what inspired your first pledge.

03/12/15 - On the next Topical Currents we turn to chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her yearly Saint Patrick’s Day salute. We’ll visit with Ireland-born Martin Lynch, co-owner of the renowned John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Coral Gables.  He’ll give tips for a traditional St. Patty’s celebration . . .

03/11/15 - The renowned Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has roots in the legacy of blind icon, Helen Keller. Listen for Wednesday’s Topical Currents . . . The Miami Lighthouse began in 1931.  And still thrives at the same location . . . with state-of-the-art services, which include job readiness, computer auditory reading, braille distance learning, and much, much more.

03/10/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we visit with Silicon Valley digital columnist and commentator Andrew Keen.


03/09/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents discusses something which disturbs many of us: anxiety. By far the most common classified mental illness, anxiety affects 40-million Americans to varying degrees. We’ll visit with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, who wrote a book--as therapy for his vexing condition.

Paul Leary

03/05/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview: The Local Craft Food and Drink, Chef Phil Bryant and Tony Albelo, creator of Grilling in the Grove event.  They’ll talk about best grilling/barbecue techniques and the different barbecue styles (Me

03/05/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez’s interview of investigative reporter Gerald Posner

03/04/15 - Wednesday's Topical Currents: A college degree rewards graduates with higher wages, but costs precludes many from attending.

03/03/15 - Can modern neuroscience research be used to improve teaching skills and deliver new tools to the classroom?

03/02/15 - Perhaps in mid-mouthful, who hasn’t wondered just what’s gone into the making of a processed-food product?

02/26/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Joshua Wagner, Director of Culture and Entertainment at the Edition Hotel (formerly the Seville Hotel).  He’ll discuss the history and renovations of the hotel.  Much of the original lobby and parts of the restaurant have been

02/26/15 - It’s fitting to get life-advice and insight to attain a modicum of happiness from a grandfather.