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.

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National YoungArts Foundation

(6-13-2017) While government support for the arts undergoes funding cuts, private sources become essential. 

We feature the acclaimed “YoungArts,” a national program headquartered in Miami which identifies and supports young artists, ages 15 through 18, in some 60 creative specialty areas.

YoungArts also aids talented youth in establishing inventive professional careers.

Applications for YoungArts are now open until October 13th, 2017.

(6-12-2017) What recent start-up company is the most ambitious . . . admired . . . and loathed?

It’s probably Uber.

In seven years Uber has 80-million users, in 77 countries.  It’s worth some 69-million dollars, and has both external and internal power struggles.

We speak with Fortune Magazine Executive Editor Adam Lashinsky, who’s written, WILD RIDE:  Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination.

(6-8-2017) Food & Dining with Danny Bouza ,chef/owner of Poke Bao. He serves poke and Bao Buns in his fast-casual restaurant located in Coral Gables.  Poke is a Hawaiian raw fish dish that is quickly becoming a popular favorite here in South Florida. He brings some for us to taste.  

Restaurant news: Jodie Milander Farrel, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer

Dinner in Minutes: Thai Beef Salad – thinking of quick and easy Asian-style meals.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

 

(6-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s inventive IncreMental-U adult summer program.  Some 60 courses are offered . . . such as How to Sing, Invasive Species, and even White House Scandals. 

http://wpb.org/mycitylibrary/

(6-7-2017) South Florida abounds in condominiums—and associations—so today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with an association expert.  She’s attorney Donna Berger.

We touch on bills passed in this year’s legislative session, including those calling for criminal penalties for condo fraud, and term-limits for board members.

Of course, we take your Condo and Homeowner’s Board questions during the hour.

(6-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at specialized efforts to prepare individuals with autism spectrum disorder for productive employment.

Technology, self-advocacy, and decision making skills offer new worlds of independence for A-S-D adolescents and adults.

We engage a panel of experts from regional universities and foundations to update the remarkable progress in the field.

www.umcard.org

1-800-9-autism

(6-5-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with renowned architect Bernard Zyscovich, whose large firm is involved in numerous projects worldwide, as well as projects in South Florida.  Zyskovich Architects designed the Midtown Miami urban market and housing area, as well as the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Its current proposal is the “Plan Z” development along the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami-Dade.  The Causeway would become more recreation and bicycle friendly.

Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/ZyscovichArchitects/?fref=nf

(6-1-2017) Restaurant Roundabout with Laine Doss, Food Editor for Miami New Times, and Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Restaurant Critic. We talk about the many new restaurant openings and closings and ask listeners for their favorite local restaurant.

Dinner in Minutes

Poached Salmon with Hot Arugula Pasta- salmon steaks an alternative to salmon fillet

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(5-31-2017) Today's Topical Currents features an examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities”, with Gail Saltz, MD, author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius.

(5-30-2017) Think about a troubled adolescent or teenage girl faced with a juvenile justice system designed for wayward boys.  It’s not an advantageous position.

Today’s Topical Currents features the PACE Center for Girls, which operates in 19 Florida counties.  It’s recognized for its proficiency in keeping these young women out of the justice system, amidst a fostering and productive atmosphere.

786-254-2460

pacecenter.org

(5-25-2017)   Chef Niven Patel, Chef/Owner of the new restaurant, Ghee Indian Kitchen.  The restaurant is located in rapidly developing Downtown Dadeland, the area across Kendall Dr. from the Dadeland shopping mall.  He serves Indian home-style dishes that are unusual and not seen in the US.  He uses Indian vegetables grown in his own Homestead garden.  He also has a water story. His only water source for the restaurant is recovered from the humidity in the restaurant. It makes 150 gallons of water a day.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer gives his restaurant news

(5-25-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist Doreen Christensen, and her mission to quell invasive “robo” calls. She has many tips, which include “googling” your own phone number, and getting smartphone apps to thwart ad calls.

(5-22-2017, originally aired 1-18-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is with Nova Southeastern University Social Media and the Law professor, Ethan Wall.

The upsurge in social media use by professionals generates legal and ethical questions, which require care and consideration when promoting products and services.

Does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

(5-18-2017) Old-salt NPR listeners have heard this tag innumerable times:   “Our theme music was composed by B.J. Leiderman.” He’s someone who’s left an indelible mark on public radio . . . having never uttered a word.

We meet him on Today’s Topical Currents.

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