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

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(4-12-2017) Never has our culture been as child-centric as today—yet never has childhood been as strained and structured as now.  Kids are considered “adults-in-training” and may have plans for college by the third grade.

We visit with author, educator and philosopher Christopher Phillips, PhD,  whose latest book is, THE PHILOSPOPHY OF CHILDING, which promotes the joy of being a child . . . at any age.

(4-11-2017) Today’s Topical Currents addresses our most vital South Florida issue:  protecting the fragile groundwater and ecosytems essential to drinking water and human health.

South Florida has been deemed the “ground zero” of sea level rise.

We have experts on hand to discuss threats to our aquifer, salt water intrusion and rising waters . . . and what innovative solutions can be created to mitigate them.

(4-10-2017) At first thought, being a game warden would be a fairly mundane vocation, mostly to check fishing and hunting licenses, or finding a lost hiker or canoer.

Today’s Topical Currents is with Bob Lee, who’s spent 30 years as a Florida wildlife officer.  We’ll hear about shoot-outs, rescues and powerboat chases from his book, BAD GUYS, BULLETS AND BOAT CHASES:  True Stories of a Florida Game Warden.

(4-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features resident Chef Linda Gassenheimer, who explores the blend of Mediterranean influences and indigenous ingredients which make up Argentinian cuisine.

We speak with Chef Max Alvarez who, with his brother Christian, owns the Miami restaurant Fiorito.

(4-4-2017) Today we’re with someone who began his incredible broadcast career in Miami and now returns to celebrate with us after 60 years in the business.

(4-3-2017) Today on our Topical Currents “Members Only” edition, Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss the benefits of South Florida public radio.

We have a good time chatting with many steadfast members who make our unique radio programs possible.

Never has membership been more important!

(3-30-2017) The Jewish Festival of Freedom—Passover—begins Monday.  While it’s a serious and joyous religious period . . . humor isn’t forbidden . . . nor is a visit by South Florida icon, Dave Barry.

We hope.

He’s co-written a mirthful spoof of Passover called, FOR THIS WE LEFT EGYPT? A Passover Haggadah for Jews And Those Who Love Them.

It’s Linda Gassenheimer’s special Food & Dining edition . . . with Dave Barry. 

(3-29-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we discuss innovations in interventional cardiac procedures and management of risk factors for heart disease. Our guests include Ramon Quesada, M.D., Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Research and Structural Heart Program at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital, Edward Savage, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Center Director for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Paul Lipton, who underwent quintuple bypass surgery  in 2016.

(3-28-2017) Today is an “At Your Service” pet care edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behaviorist Edel Miedes, of K-9 Advisors.

We take questions about pet care . . . as well as offer tips on walking your dog.  An act so seemingly simple can result in trauma, medical issues or lawsuits.

(3-27-2017) Florida Legislators have filed bills which could give Condo and Homeowner Association boards a double-take.

If passed, a volunteer board member could face criminal penalties if Association records are stonewalled, or if there are fraudulent elections.

Might residents avoid trouble by choosing to stay off condo boards?

Learn more on the Topical Currents “At Your Service” condo call-in edition.

(3-23-2017) In studio interview with Chef Jeff Maxfield from Brava by Brad Kilgore at the Arscht Center.  He will be participating in the Deering Bay Seafood Festival, Sunday, March 26.  He brings the seafood dish he’ll be offering at the festival and gives us tips on how to buy and cook seafood.

Dinner in Minutes:

Snapper Parmesan with Spinach Penne Pasta

Restaurant News: Carlos Frias, Miami Herald Food Editor,he discusses this week’s restaurant news and where to eat this weekend. 

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(3-23-2017) As many brick and mortar stores struggle for air, Amazon is growing by leaps and bounds.  Its latest venture…Amazon Fresh.

Hello, it’s BB.  It’s an online grocery service now available in South Florida.  Our shopping guru and Sun Sentinel columnist, Doreen Christensen gives us the details and the best deals around town.

(3-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with technology lawyer, negotiator and author, Mark Grossman.  He’s a pioneer in the field, with a practice dating back to 1995.

Grossman covers many technology issues, and discusses the unique legal aspects of self-driving cars, the recent developments in the 2014 Russian hacks of Yahoo, and advice on legal negotiations. 

Of course, we take your calls.

( 3-21-2017, Originally aired 11-22-2016) The role of “caregiver” can be thrust upon one without much say in matters.  It can be exhausting, frustrating, & even thankless.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at the many aspects of taking care of debilitated family members.  A caregiver’s family relations are often strained.

In a rebroadcast, we speak with Caregiver Magazine publisher Gary Barg . . . and take your calls.

(3-16-2017) Martin Lynch from John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Coral Gables joins us.  He talks about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and brings food to taste.

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