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)

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(11-3-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents centers on a persistent Miami-Dade battle:  the creation of a “Pets Trust” . . . funding for spay and neutering services . . .  and a no-kill policy for adoptable pets by the Animal Services Department.

A straw-ballot, non-binding resolution in favor was voter approved in 2012, but the Miami-Dade Mayor and some Commission members balk at implementing it.

Why?

We discuss the issue, and take your calls .  

www.petstrustmiami.com

(11-02-2016)   Ponder how many obituaries have appeared in the New York Times since 1851, and how those obits reflect cultural, social and political history.

Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with Obituary Editor, William McDonald, and his remarkable book of “obits,” called The New York Times Book of the Dead.

What was written, for example, about Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie or Coco Chanel?  

(11-1-2016)   With South Florida’s abundant array of wildlife, and its human population, some contact is inevitable:  and often at the expense of an animal.

Touesday’s Topical Currents is about those who care for injured or orphaned creatures.

We highlight the South Florida Wildlife Center in Broward, as well as the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

Guests: 

(10-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents revisits domestic violence and abuse, with updates from key South Florida figures who work to aid victims, including undocumented immigrant women.

Somi Ali is the founder of No More Tears, which has helped nearly one-thousand adult women and children.

We also hear from immigration law attorney Callan Garcia, who specializes in human trafficking and domestic violence cases, as well as custody and divorce attorney Nicole Netti.

(10-27-2016) South Florida’s “season” is soon underway . . . that means a hefty increase in restaurant business.

Thus, the Topical Currents “Restaurant Roundabout,” with Chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.

We cover the area dining scene with reviewers, and of course, take calls about your favorites.  

Guests include: 

Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Restaurant Critic

Laine  Doss, Food Editor for Miami New Times 

Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Group   

(10-26-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Dade Heritage Trust . . . South Florida’s largest historic preservation organization.

Founded in 1972, the Trust has been instrumental in numerous campaigns to save not only historic buildings, but the rich culture of the area.

It’s housed in the original 1905 office building of Dr. James Jackson, the namesake of the midtown hospital complex.

We learn much more about what important buildings are targeted for preservation.  

(10-25-2016) Today’s Topical Currents profiles Florida International University President, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the fifth president in the University’s history. 

F-I-U has the second largest student body in Florida, and the fourth largest in the U.S.

Dr. Rosenberg is a political scientist who specializes in Latin America, and also Chairs the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

(10-24-2016) When Hurricane Matthew flirted with landfall at the tip of the peninsula this month, you probably tuned to a broadcast signal for information.

On today’s Topical Currents we discuss Florida broadcasting history, via the book, Towers In the Sand, with its author, Donn R. Colee, Jr.

The 1st radio broadcast station in the state was Tampa’s WDAE, in 1922.  Miami’s WTVJ Channel 4 was the first TV outlet, in 1949.  And WIOD Radio was founded by pioneer Carl Fisher, in 1926. 

www.towersinthesand.com 

(10-20-2016, rebroadcast) Topical Currents Food & Dining with resident chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.

Linda gives a report of the big industry convention called the Fancy Food Show, a gargantuan event held each year in New York City.

It's where new trends in the food industry are most likely to begin.

(10-19-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about Bonnie's favorite full-time pastime:  Cats.

If you love kitties as much as she does, don’t miss the nation’s most insightful feline observer, Pam Johnson-Bennet.  Her latest book about them is CATWISE:  America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions.

You’ll learn her original “think like a cat” approach .

(10-18-2016) Topical Currents is our radio home for history, and Today’s fits the bill . . .

We visit with historian Dr. Paul George of History/Miami, and learn all about South Florida in the decade of . . . the 1950s.

Think “Ike,” post-war housing and air conditioning . . . plus the Interstate, hula-hoops, poodle skirts, and of course, rock ‘n’ roll.

(10-12-2016) Today’s Topical Currents profiles longtime WLRN staffer and folk music buff, Michael Stock.

There are few locally produced radio music programs with a history of some 35 years on the air, but his FOLK AND ACOUSTIC program spins each Sunday with a wide range of authentic music—both recorded and live.

So join us for a program of music and down-home fun with Michael Stock . . . only on  Topical Currents 

(10-11-2016, originally aired 7-27-2016) Most of Florida’s 20-million souls swear they live in the country’s goofiest state.

Forget about it California--the Florida peninsula attracts more nutty folks and ideas. 

Remember, we blew up a Presidential election.  We lead the league in Ponzi schemes, insurance fraud, and “stand-your-ground” gun defenses.

We speak with reporter Craig Pittman about Oh, Florida!:  How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.

(10/10/2016) With a close Presidential election less than a month away, we visit with Hamline University political science professor, David Schultz. 

We examine the all-important “swing states,” so essential in the Electoral College.

There are ten vital swing states:  as a “purple state,” Florida has the most clout.  It’s voted for the Presidential winners in the past five elections.

(10-04-2016) Today’s image of South Beach is of uninhibited élan, wealthy young tourists . . . fashion models.

Back when, South Beach was decrepit buildings, elderly poor and transients.

But  a part of rebirth was Ocean Drive’s News Café, begun by Mark Soyka in 1988. 

“SoBe” had a root.

We profile the famed restaurateur on Today’s Topical Currents . . . (& learn more about his ventures).

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