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)

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(9-13-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, about etiquette and protocols.

It’s the 21st Century . . . yet some are not aware that traditional guidelines and courtesies are still in force. 

Indeed.

But, there are more venues.  Social media, email, and texts offer new landscapes.  We have experts on hand.

(9-12-2016) If you consider mechanical cooling a given, ponder the slow torture of hot weather.  But also, consider that many people were against the notion of cooling the air!  Sacrilege, they said.

We speak with Salvatore Basile, the author of COOL:  HOW AIR CONDITIONING CHANGED EVERYTHING.

    (9-8-2016) On Today’s Topical Currents we observe International Coastal Cleanup Day.

In Miami-Dade, more than three-thousand volunteers should pick up five tons of trash at 40 waterfront sites.

www.volunteercleanup.org

(9-8-2016) Food and Dining: The new concept of eco-friendly hotels. An in-studio interview with Kane Sarhan, Vice President of Brand, SH Group and Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich of 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach's restaurant, Beachcraft. They discuss their unique water-saving techniques, how they minimize electricity and how plants are used to restore comfort and oxygen to the hotel.  Chef Stephen will bring food to taste.  

Dinner in Minutes:

Eggplant Parmesan – using the bounty of the season

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(09-06-2016) Today’s Topical Currents concerns the 9-11 attacks on the U.S.

We’ll feature Florida Bulldog founder and editor Dan Christensen.  The Bulldog led a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to declassify documents related to the hijackers while in the U.S.

Also on the program is former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Co-chair of the Congressional 9-11 Joint Inquiry, and First Amendment attorney Tom Julin.

(9-1-2016) Do you have the discipline to regularly seek out deals and coupons to save  money? 

On today’s Topical Currents, we have a consumer savings champion on-hand

. . . she’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Doreen Christensen, with Doreen’s Deals.  

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(9-1-2016) .  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining.  It’s her annual football tailgating program, featuring an interview with Wapo Taco Chef, Jimena de Regil. With football season just starting, she gives us tips for some tailgate parties and will bring some for us to taste. It will be make your own tacos – easy bring along or home party ideas.

Fred will give his wine suggestions.

Dinner in Minutes:

Turkey dogs with coleslaw for a tailgate barbecue party  

(8-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents recounts the history of Miami’s Virginia Key, and its civil rights history.

Prohibited on all other beaches, Virginia Key Beach had been an area of approved African-American recreation into the 1960s.

We hear from historian Gene Tinnie, activist Dr. Enid Curtis Pinkney and University of Miami professor Greg Bush, author of White Sand, Black Beach.

    (8-30-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about female pilots on the flight decks of commercial airlines.

Can you guess the percentage of women who fly those planes?  It’s but five-percent. 

We’ll speak with two South Florida-based female pilots, and learn how they broke the male dominated “glass ceiling.”

(8-29-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is with Lynn University history professor and author Robert Watson.

His latest work explains one of history’s worst maritime disasters, which caused some three-times the number of Titanic casualties.  Little is known of this major tragedy.

It’s THE NAZI TITANIC:  The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II.

The victims were concentration camp prisoners.

  

(8-25-2016) Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “back-to-school” lunch edition.  We learn what’s in store for school meals and after school activities in Broward & Dade.

Guests:

Penny Parham, Administrative Director, Department of Food and Nutrition, Miami-Dade County Schools Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward County Schools 

Dinner in Minutes:

Roast Chicken Pasta Salad

Fred gives his wine suggestions.

    (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.

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