Topical Currents

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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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(3-1-2017) Has any city had as much influence on Miami as the one to the south, separated by ocean and politics?

That city of course, is Havana. With five centuries of history, it struggled with piracy and slavery, was in constant revolution against Spain, and a tenuous relationship with the Americans.

We speak with author Mark Kurlansky, whose latest work is HAVANA:  A Subtropical Delirium.

(3-2-2017) Charcoal Restaurant Chef/owner Ken Lyon. He’s a caterer, past owner of Fratelli Lyon in the Design District and now his new venture is in  Wynwood Yard. The restaurant is constructed from used shipping containers.  It has a unique menu based on two Josper ovens.  These are closed ovens that are fueled by charcoal. He will bring food to taste.

Restaurant News: Laine Doss gives a restaurant review. 

Dinner in Minutes:

Wasabi Crusted Salmon with Pan Roasted Ginger Corn and Broccoli  - a simple sauce gives salmon an Asian flavor – and in minutes

(3-2-2017) Today’s Topical Currents focuses on The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, now named "MCCJ", its annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, and the prestigious Silver Medallion Award, for advancing respect among people of all cultures, religions and races.

(2-28-2017) On today’s Topical Currents, we visit with Dr. John Kelly, the President of Florida Atlantic University.  FAU serves more than 30,000 students on six campuses along more than 100 miles of Florida’s east coast.  Its main campus is in Boca Raton, but it is the lead state university for Broward County.  It operates the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in St. Lucie County’s Fort Pierce.

Learn more about F-A-U with its President, Dr. John Kelly

(2-27-2017, originally aired 8-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents recounts the history of Miami’s Virginia Key, and its place in South Florida civil rights history.

Historically, Virginia Key Beach had been an area of approved African-American recreation area.  They were prohibited on all other beaches.  In the ‘50s and ‘60s, it was a vibrant, but still strictly segregated area.

(2-23-2017) How many listening now really have a handle on what services your mobile phone offers, what you’re using, and what fees are involved?

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel columnist Doreen Christensen, and “Doreen’s Deals.”  She’s done the work . . . just listen for answers, concerning new deals on cell phone services.

(2-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents celebrates 70 years of UNICEF:  The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund.  Worldwide, countless numbers of children have been helped . . . but the work also goes on in South Florida, in both high school and University.

(2-22-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we look at the art of living clutter free. 

Impossible?  Probably.  So we’ll speak with professional organizer, Amanda Sullivan.

She’s even helped hoarders, so what you consider a mess is probably easy to consolidate.

One trick:  Just take a minute or two before bed to tidy up a bit.  She calls it, “a last sweep.”

(2-21-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents features Sebrina Maria Alfonso, conductor of Fort Lauderdale’s South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

The talented Maestra answersthe question, “why aren’t there more female classical music conductors?” 

In concerts throughout our region next week, Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Nielsen.

(2-14-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with geophysicist Dr. Stephen Haggerty, a Distinguished Research Professor at F-I-U. 

Among other things, Haggerty researches diamonds—and gives evidence about their cosmic origins.

Also, Valentine’s Day  relationship (and "non-relationship) tips, with life & motivation coach, Barb Boschetto

(2-13-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” South Florida Gardening edition.  It’s been quite a mild South Florida winter, so far.  

We call upon Broward Master Gardeners Dr. John Pipoly and Teri Goldsmith for advice about gardens, landscapes, fertilization and pest control.

And of course . . . we take your gardening calls.

mastergardener@broward.org

www.broward.org/parks

(2-9-2017) Linda Gassenheimer's Food and Dining: Valentine’s treats, with Salty Donuts' Chef Max Santiago. Are donuts taking over the spotlight from cupcakes? He talks about why they are becoming so popular, secrets to a great donut, and he brings some for us to taste – including a surprise Valentine's special.

(2-9-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a look at one of the most fabulous South Florida attractions . . . Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  The beautiful Italian palace on Biscayne Bay celebrates its Centennial this year.

(2-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Miami Today newspaper, which has served the business community for more than 30 years.  We visit with the paper’s driving forces:  editor Michael Lewis, and its Vice-President, Carmen Betancourt-Lewis.

(2-7-2017) Hope for Stroke Victims.  With Dr. Felipe de los Rios de la Rosa, Vascular Neurology specialist, and South Florida resident Elaine Viets, a stroke survivor who’s written a book about her experience.  

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