Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

Bonnie and Joseph
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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.

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

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(12-29-2016) Food & Dining - In studio interview with Miami Herald Food Editor, Carlos Frias. Topic: Restaurant Retrospective; major trends in 2016 (openings, closings, celebrity chefs) and what to expect in 2017. 

Dinner in Minutes: Sirloin Steak in Cognac Sauce with Saffron and Pepper Orzo

A perfect, quick dinner for this holiday week.

Fred Tasker gives his News Year’s wine suggestions and restaurant wine trends.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(12-28-2016, Originally aired 5-9-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents, we recount the terrible events which caused the collapse of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Writer and editor Bill DeYoung, has researched events for the book, SKYWAY:  The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge, and the Man Who Brought It Down.

Thirty-five people lost their lives on May 9th, 1980, when a 20-thousand-ton vessel rammed a support pier.

(It shouldn’t have happened.)

(12-27-2016, Original air date 1-19-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents,  we speak with writer Jeff Wilser, author of the unconventional book, The Good News About What’s Bad For You . . . and the Bad News About What’s Good For You.

S-t-r-e-s-s-i-n-g moderation, one can eat more steak, drink whiskey, eschew kale and juice cleanses . . . while taking more naps.

And ouch:  a study shows gluten-free may cause weight gain.

(12-26-2016 ** Rebroadcast from 3-29-2016) Today’s program looks at the fight against cancer, and MoonShot 2020, in a Topical Currents rebroadcast.

Just as J-F-K pledged a lunar landing in the 1960s, “2020” brings together the pharmaceutical industry, biotechs, oncologists, academics and others with a focused mission:  to radically change how cancer is treated. 

We speak about “MoonShot 2020”, with University of Miami Medical Professor and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Dr. Stephen Nimer.   

(12-22-2016) We're joined by The Continental Starr Restaurant's Chef Richard Torres, and General Manager, Stephanie Hart.  We’ll be talking about Christmas Celebrations – Japanese Style – with a very American twist.  Fried Chicken and Chocolate Cake???  

Dinner in Minutes-

Steak au Poivre (Steak with Pepper and Mushroom Sauce) with Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

A perfect quick dinner for the holiday season.

Fred Tasker  gives his Christmas wine suggestions.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(12-22-2016)   Have you ever been COMFOOZLED by FETID EFFLUVIA?  That is, overcome by a noxious odor? 

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Bryan Kozlowski, who’s written “What the Dickens:  Distinctly Dickensian Words & How to Use Them.”

(12-21-2016) Has the holiday shopping grind put you in an “enough-already!!” mood? 

Then, why not consider more meaningful gifts?  No parking woes, no bar-codes . . . and no re-gifting. 

Today’s Topical Currents considers simple holiday presents.  Perhaps the gift of time.  Chronicle family history for siblings. Enlarge and frame a great picture.  Or, splurge for your niece’s trumpet lessons.  Her mother will love it.  

(12-20-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition . . . on pet care.  With us is Dr. Ian Kupke, who heads the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

The Holidays can present pet situations, including animal stress or as unwanted gifts.

We take listener calls about our four-legged family members, and get the views of professionals.

(12-19-2016) What industry magnate owned the Miami Beach estate where the great Fontainebleau Hotel arose?

Hello, BB here. 

It was Harvey Firestone.  Of-THE-Firestones.

Hear numerous historical tidbits, such as that, on Monday’s Topical Currents.

It’s one of our South Florida History Quiz editions, with Dr. Paul George.

Oh . . . & what’s with the weird origin of the name Tamarac, in Broward?

(12-15-2016) Caterer extraordinaire, Bill Hansen from Bill Hansen Catering.  He’s known as the luxury catering and event planner. With the holidays coming up, it’s time to think about planning parties and events. He talks about the secrets to a successful party and planning an event, and how to approach a caterer.  Also his new Executive Chef, Dewey Losasso is with us and has brought some of his signature dishes to taste.

Dinner in Minutes-

Turkey and Black Bean Burrito – quick and easy for this busy time of year.

Fred Tasker gives his party wine suggestions.

(12-15-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents begins with “Doreen’s Deals” practitioner Doreen Christensen, of the Sun Sentinel.  For holiday shoppers, Free Shipping Day is Friday for about one-thousand online retailers. Many have cash-back or coupon code rebates.

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shop.entertainment.com

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www.sunsentinel.com/shop 

(12-13-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents is a visit with tech and consumer expert David Pogue.

His “Pogue’s Basic” series continues with Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System.

From saving money on toothpaste to paying your income tax via credit card, Pogue has unique angles on not leaving money on the table.

12-12-2016   Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with regular contributor Donna Ballman.  She’s an employee rights attorney and author. 

Ballman thinks some employees might have to scramble for coverage should the Affordable Care Act be rescinded, particularly those with preexisting conditions.

Of course, we take listener calls on a wide variety of matters.

www.nlrb.gov

www.ballmanfirm.com

(12-8-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer, with her annual “kitchen gadget” review program.

Perhaps you’ll pick up gift ideas.  Some of the items cost under 20-dollars.

There’s a “customized” ice cream scoop available, and a powerful electric indoor grill capable of deep searing.  

Dinner in Minutes:

Pork Scaloppini with Cauliflower Parmesan

Fred  gives his gift wine suggestions

(12-7-2016) This week we’ve talked on the air about public radio membership.  And of course, many listeners have been long-time members of the station.

So when did you first make a first pledge?

Perhaps there’s a story about it . . . so give us details.

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman present the popular “Members Only” edition.  We chat with esteemed members, have some fun, and get to know each other a little better.  

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