Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

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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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(5-1-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami History Professor Gregory Bush, a longtime advocate for South Florida’s urban environmental conscience, public land use, South Florida history, and much more.

After decades at U-M, Professor Bush has decided to leave the sub-tropical Miami area for the opposite pole: the state of Maine, with its average temperature of 42 degrees.

He has significant thoughts about leaving the region.

(5-2-2017) On today’s Topical Currents,  we celebrate National Teachers’ Day, with three outstanding educators from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Teaching isn’t the highest paid profession . . . nor the easiest.

We chat with exceptional teachers, and find what motivates, inspires, and even confounds them.

4-27-2017 Linda Gassenheimer, with Irvin Lin, author of Marbled, Swirled & Layered, his cookbook of homemade cake and cookie twists.

Are you tempted by a beer-battered brownie?

(4-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with an ongoing program to reach the Miami-Dade stray and free-roaming cat population. 

It’s the COMMUNITY ACTION TARGETED TRAPPING INITIATIVE.  Teams of volunteers trap kitties . . . for neutering and release.

amoise@miamidade.gov

pets@miamidade.gov

305-418-7193, or dial 311

(4-25-2017, originally aired 1/4/2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with a self-proclaimed “difficult person,” Sarah Elliston.

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.

Perhaps her message will resonate with . . . YOU.  

(4-24-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Key Clubhouse of South Florida, which helps those with mental illness disorders reintegrate into the workplace and community.

Key Clubhouse is a close-knit membership group of adults living with mental illness.  Some 42-percent are employed, and have greatly improved physical and mental health, plus reduced occurrences of psychiatric hospital stays.

www.keyclubhouse.org

305-693-3508

(4-20-2017)  Joining us today is Mark Kelly, PR manager for Lodge Cast Iron.  Cast Iron Cooking has become very popular.  Handled right, cast iron skillets are naturally nonstick.  We’ll talk about what they are, and how to use and care for them. (You might remember that Ken Lyon uses only cast iron skillets in his restaurant.)  Linda brings pizza and cookies made in cast iron skillets for us to taste. 

Restaurant news with Matt Meltzer

Dinner in Minutes:

Onion Mushroom Pizza

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(4-20-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with info about Earth Day events you might attend.

For one, there’s Saturday’s Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup, at more than 20 locations in Miami Dade.  We have details.

(4-19-2017)  Today, we explore the deep and ancient connection between humans and the domestic cat, with natural history and conservation writer Thomas McNamee. 

Some people consider cats as aloof creatures.  That they mostly depend on us for but food and shelter. 

Not so, says McNamee.

His latest book is, THE INNER LIFE OF CATS:  The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions.

(4-18-2017) What fundamentals drive memorable advertising campaigns?  How will social media and ecommerce evolve to sway our perceptions and product choices?

Today’s edition is with F-I-U Professor of Advertising, Margo Berman.  Her years in the business cover all aspects.  She even formed her own ad agency. Professor Berman’s written numerous books, including The Blueprint for Strategic Advertising, and The Copywriter’s Toolkit.

(4-17-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents is devoted to the rich history and culture of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

An unincorporated territory of the United States in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Ricans are natural-born citizens of the U-S.

We’ll get an overview of Puerto Rican past and present from F-I-U Anthropology Professor Jorge Duany, author of PUERTO RICO: What Everyone Needs to Know.

(4-13-2017)  Today we speak with David Grutman.  He’s the managing partner of LIV at the Fontainebleau, Story and Komodo Restaurant and his newest restaurant concept OTL in the Design District. We’ll discuss his new concept at OTL and the booming Miami nightlife. He also brings food for us to taste.

(4-13-2017) It's another “Doreen’s Deals” segment, with  Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  Get tips for discount tickets to Miami Marlins baseball, as well as a myriad of saving offers on “tax day,” this year on April 18th.

www.sunsentinel.com/shop

www.sunsentinel.com/allstar

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