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)

For cell phone area codes outside South Florida, dial directly 1-305-995-1800

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(12-13-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents is a visit with tech and consumer expert David Pogue.

His “Pogue’s Basic” series continues with Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System.

From saving money on toothpaste to paying your income tax via credit card, Pogue has unique angles on not leaving money on the table.

12-12-2016   Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with regular contributor Donna Ballman.  She’s an employee rights attorney and author. 

Ballman thinks some employees might have to scramble for coverage should the Affordable Care Act be rescinded, particularly those with preexisting conditions.

Of course, we take listener calls on a wide variety of matters.

www.nlrb.gov

www.ballmanfirm.com

(12-8-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer, with her annual “kitchen gadget” review program.

Perhaps you’ll pick up gift ideas.  Some of the items cost under 20-dollars.

There’s a “customized” ice cream scoop available, and a powerful electric indoor grill capable of deep searing.  

Dinner in Minutes:

Pork Scaloppini with Cauliflower Parmesan

Fred  gives his gift wine suggestions

(12-7-2016) This week we’ve talked on the air about public radio membership.  And of course, many listeners have been long-time members of the station.

So when did you first make a first pledge?

Perhaps there’s a story about it . . . so give us details.

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman present the popular “Members Only” edition.  We chat with esteemed members, have some fun, and get to know each other a little better.  

12-06-2016 (rebroadcast) On t0day’s Topical Currents  we visit with frequent contributor Dr. Paul George, and discuss South Florida history.  We present some little known facts about times past in the growth of some of our communities:  including, for example, Fort Lauderdale.  Before there was an actual City, there were three Army forts named Lauderdale during the Second Seminole War.

(12-5-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the current state of solar energy use in the Sunshine State.

The two solar energy-related Florida Constitution Amendment questions went the way favored by environmentalists:  Yes for One, No on Four

So where are we now?  Is it now time to invest in generating more solar at your home?

We have experts on hand . . . and take your calls.

www.flsun.org

www.zinasunshine.com

(12-01-2016) Today's guests, Lin Arison and Diana Stoll are co-authors of The Desert and The Cities Sing: Discovering Today’s Israel. This is actually a box with a collection of four books about the country’s arts and culture, dining, recreation, agriculture and industry. It also contains 4 films, including the Academy Award-winning “Strangers No More”, a flash drive highlighting Israel’s innovations, 26 frameable photographs and a limited edition scarf by an Israeli designer.  

Today we concentrate on the food, wine and agriculture sections. 

Dinner in Minutes:

12-01-2016 Today’s Topical Currents features a focus on Voices for Children of Broward County.  The group works to give abused, neglected and abandoned children a Guardian ad Litem voice, while tending to their health, education and social needs.  

www.voicesbroward.org

www.chroniclebooks.com

(11-30-2016) At Your Service: condo and homeowner association issues with community association law attorney, Donna Berger, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

dberger@bplegal.com

954-364-6031

www.communityassociationlawblog.com 

(11-29-2016, Original broadcast 3-23-2016) Today’s Topical Currents discusses how a family somehow functions after catastrophe:  a random murder of an adolescent by strangers.

Jonathan Kushner was aged eleven in 1973, his surviving brother, only four.  But the survivor is now the acclaimed 47-year-old journalist, David Kushner.

David Kushner has written of the Southwest Florida crime, and how his bereaved family coped.

We hear the story behind the book, ALLIGATOR CANDY.

(11-28-2016, Original air date 06-28-2016)

Miami-Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padron.  He was recently presented a 2016 Presidential Freedom Award at the White House.  

(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.

We speak with Caregiver Magazine publisher Gary Barg, and Caregiver Specialist Nancy Victoria, of the Alliance for Aging . . . and take your calls.  

www.caregiver.com     1-877-829-2734

(11-21-2016) Today, it’s a signature “At Your Service” edition of Topical Currents.  We give advice on how to navigate small claims and such, with Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Holly Beth Hillington.  She protects the public interest in unfair and deceptive practices and misleading advertising.

Also, consumer protection attorney Michael Schiff takes listener calls.

consumer@miamidade.gov

www.consumeradvocates.org 

Consumer Hotline:  786-469-2333

(11-17-2016) Today’s Topical Currents begins with our “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer sage, Doreen Christensen. 

 Beware! Black Friday lurks.  She has handy survival tips for the souls who choose to brave it.

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