Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

Bonnie and Joseph
Credit Paul Leary

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.

Our listener call-in line is 1-800-743-9576 -- 1-800-743-W-L-R-N (9576)

For cell phone area codes outside South Florida, dial directly 1-305-995-1800

Email radio@wlrn.org | Facebook.com/TopicalCurrents | Twitter.com/TopicalCurrents | Google+ Page | TopicalCurrents.tumblr.com | Pinterest.com/topicalcurrents/

Latest programs

Ways to Connect

    (8-25-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features a blend of songs and stories about our National Park Service, with Biscayne National Park rangers Gary Bremen and Megan Davenport.  Besides incredible vistas and wildlife, the Parks contribute moving human stories.

(8-24-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with a focus on employee rights and legalities in the workplace.  We’ll visit with regular contributor, attorney and author, Donna Ballman.

She’s the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED, and represents employees in workplace disputes.

We take listener calls throughout the hour.

(8-23-2016) Today’s Topical Currents considers how individuals and small organizations can have meaningful impact on regional issues.

The bromide, “You can’t fight City Hall,” is commonplace . . . for many citizens feel helpless before government officials and special interests.

We hear from two experts who know the ropes:  Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, and public defense attorney and quintessential community activist, Sara Yousuf. 

(8-22-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at a rising inequality gap, and how it can modify a kid’s family life, neighborhoods and schools.

The rich have always had advantages . . . but in today’s landscape, it’s increasing.

We visit with Harvard Public Policy professor Robert Putnam, whose latest work is OUR KIDS:  The American Dream in Crisis.  Putnam also wrote the highly praised Bowling Alone book.

(8-18-2016)  Do you pride yourself on getting the best bargains? Then don’t miss today’s Topical Currents. We chat with the Sun-Sentinel columnist who never pays full-price for ANYTHING . . . Doreen Christensen. 

Learn about oodles of back-to-school deals - even including new student loan discounts.

(8-17-2016)  Identity theft is now so commonplace that it’s nearly a “not IF, but  WHEN” situation.

On Today’s Topical Currents we learn just how pervasive these attacks are.  There really are NO airtight passwords, and internet and social media use helps criminals discover User-ID questions.

In a TC rebroadcast, We speak with Adam Levin, author of SWIPED:  HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF IN A WORLD FULL OF SCAMMERS, PHISHERS, AND IDENTITY THIEVES.

(8-16-2016) Now’s the most chancy part of hurricane season.  Have you thought about pet care during a storm?

A good idea is to get a microchip for dogs and cats at the vet.  And where will that kitty or pooch ride out the storm?

Some shelters allow pets, others don’t.

Listen for our veterinarian “At Your Service” pet care edition of Topical Currents, where we share significant information, and also, take your calls.

Guests:

(8-15-2016) Today’s Topical Currents chronicles Florida’s worst disaster:  the Hurricane of 1928.  In total, some 7,000 lives were lost, about 2,500 in Florida.

The storm tossed the waters of mammoth Lake Okeechobee into the marshes to the south.  In the aftermath, some 700 African-Americans were buried in a mass grave.

We learn more of the tragedy from reporter and historian Elliott Kleinberg, author of BLACK CLOUD.

(8-9-2016) In the Sunshine State, one would assume solar to be a dominant energy source. 

So why is Florida one of only four U.S. states without distributed consumer solar power?

Today’s Topical Currents reviews the state’s solar issues, including two state Constitutional questions:  Amendments One and Four.  Amendment Four is on the August 30th primary ballot, but Amendment One is slated for November.

We also discuss the latest in solar and “green” technologies.

(8-8-2016) Today's Topical Currents looks at the plight of captive animals, and the growing movement to free or retire them.

We visit with the founder and director of Animal Hero Kids, Susan Hargreaves, as well as activist Wendy King, and Dr. Ian Kupkee of Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Miami.

Resources:

Linda Gassenheimer celebrates the world’s tastiest bi-valve:  the oyster.  We’ll learn how they’re harvested—21st century style—and how to best enjoy.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

www.izzysmiami.com

Waze

Aug 4, 2016

(08-04-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features the two-way traffic app, WAZE.  It’s a citizen’s connection, which keeps aware of delays, as you drive.  Enter a destination . . . keep it open . . . and know about construction or accidents.  And help others, by pointing out delays.

http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/transit-tracker-app.asp

(08-03-2016) Those who worry a lot have some advantages.  They’re on top of things.  And they aren’t surprised by change.

Today’s Topical Currents is with University of North Carolina medical school psychiatrist, Dr. Reid Wilson.  He’s the author of STOPPING THE NOISE IN YOUR HEAD.

His antidote for worry is counterintuitive:  to embrace it, and say “I actually WANT this feeling.”

(08-02-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents is an inside look at the plight of South Florida’s homeless, and what lifelines are available and effective.

We’ll have observations from experts with 24/7 street-awareness in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

Those without homes are at-risk for violence—including hate crimes—disease, and despair.

Homeless outreach contact info:

Miami - 877-994-4957

(08-01-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at how to best take advantage of self-directed retirement accounts.

Ten thousand “boomers” leave the work force each day.  Many will experience a dip in their standard of living.

Though many Americans distrust Wall Street, more than half of us have stock market investments.

So, listen for an “At Your Service” edition of Topical Currents. 

Pages