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.

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

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10/21/14 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis.  No – not more information about the Ebola virus.  We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted:  a toilet.  That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases.

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10/20/14 - Do you view your pet as a full-fledged family member?  

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10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead.  It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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10/15/14 - Today’s Topical Currents takes a much different approach than usual….We’re turning the tables!! An interviewer . . . becomes an interviewee. Bonnie Berman's guest for the hour is a friend, mentor and colleague: Joseph Cooper.  The Topical Currents host and executive producer celebrates his 40th anniversary at WLRN in 2014. He came to the station back when it was a low-powered, monaural education outlet.  It had just recently qualified as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee and had just joined the fledgling National Public Radio Network. He’s seen the long road of progress and excellence in public broadcasting.  That's Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.  

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10/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another..

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10/13/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities. There were more implications than just a football title. We’ll visit with Columbia University journalism professor Samuel Freedman, who’s written BREAKING THE LINE:  The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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10/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents: Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Stephanie Dunbar, Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association.  There are over 100 million US adults and children with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.  If we continue on this path there will be 1 in 3 Americans with diabetes by 2050. Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-friendly snacks and complete meals and No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts, both published by the American Diabetes Association. 

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10/08/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones. He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, is stereotype, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture.

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10/06/14 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents. We learn about little-known details of the largest military operation in history: World War II’s “Operation Overlord.”  Allied forces began it on “D-Day,” in June of 1944. The planning was meticulous, and the result was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s global domination plan. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with historian Rick Atkinson

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10/02/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove Chef,  Ramesh Kaduru and Crown Wine and Spirits wine buyer, Veronica Litton.  It's Oktoberfest!  Chef Ramish talks about the Ritz October Biergarten and his appearance at the Deering Estate Foundation’s 13th annual Wine On Harvest Moon event.  The event features German wine and food.  Veronica talks with Fred about German Riesling wines and German beer.

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10/02/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at the upcoming A Mindful Miami Conference and how better to serve our community.  We’ll visit with the conference co-chair and founder of Mindful Kids Miami, Valerie York-Zimmerman.  Also with us, David Lawrence – the President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. And more...

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10/01/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is another edition of the popular South Florida History Quiz with historian and author Dr. Paul George.  Listeners are invited to answer questions about local history, pop culture, sports and more . . .Here’s a sample: In 1881, a Philadelphia  man was  called “The Savior of Florida” after buying four-million acres of  land.  It triggered the state’s first land boom.  Who was he?

09/30/14 - According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, every two minutes an American is sexually assaulted.  80% of the victims are under the age of 30, and 44% are under 18. Tuesday’s Topical Currents tackles the subject of sexual assault and the role that technology sometimes plays.We visit with  Laura Finley, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University and Chair of the Board of Directors, No More Tears along with  Somy Ali, founder and President of No More Tears.

Also with us, Holly Jacobs, founder of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Campaign to End Revenge Porn along with Bianca Rudge, a victim of sexual assault. That’s Topical Currents . . . today at 1pm on WLRN.

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09/29/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with practicing surgeon Dr. Paul Ruggieri, who’s written THE COST OF CUTTING:  A Surgeon Reveals the Truth Behind a Multibillion Dollar Industry.  Operating rooms are a main source of hospital revenues.

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09/25/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast that goes behind the scenes of the individual finance industry, with journalist Helaine Olen. She’s written POUND FOOLISH:  Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.  Most well-known TV and radio experts sell dreams that are seldom reached.

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