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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09/13/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami-Herald obituary writer Elinor Brecher.  It takes singular skill and diplomacy to interview family and friends and craft a polished, posthumous profile. Brecher has made it an art.  And more: The Jewish New Year begins this weekend and Linda Gassenheimer gets holiday food tips from Chef Hector Morales, of the famed Miami Beach Epicure Market and Café.

09/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the decades old question of marijuana decriminalization with journalist and author Doug Fine.  Proponents of loosening laws governing cannabis point to economics: the sale value of legal and illegally grown pot is greater than revenues from corn and wheat. The cost of policing, prosecuting and incarceration of violators is staggering.  Doug Fine has written, Too High To Fail: Cannabis And The New Green Revolution

09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women. 

09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.  She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas.  Brown promotes a vegan diet.  

09/06/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with author and gardener Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food.   Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost—forever.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with Irish Chef Darina Allen.  The chef runs an Inn and Cookery School in County Cork, and is a popular TV figure.

09/04/12 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is with USC psychology and law professor Dan Simon, author of In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System.  Why do victims and eyewitnesses identify innocent people as crime perpetrators? DNA results show that some suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit.  Simon bemoans that juries are often given erroneous testimony during trials and are subject to human cognition failure.

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08/30/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch.  In her book, Finding Love Again, she discusses how to move on after a relationship ends.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. An Ethiopian orphan, he was adopted by a Swedish couple at age three.

08/09/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a discussion of pit bull terriers.  Ownership of the canines in Miami-Dade was banned in 1989, after a rash of attacks which sparked fear. There’s a pit bull-ban repeal measure on the August 14th ballot.

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08/08/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a 20th Century “Social Justice Hall of Fame,” compiled by Occidental College professor Peter Dreier.  It chronicles activists, thinkers and politicians who challenged injustice and promoted democracy.  His list of vignettes includes Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel . . . and even Bruce Springsteen.

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08/07/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the rivalry between big business and government. It’s a historical struggle between public and private power.  We’ll speak with David Rothkopf  about his book, POWER, INC.The Epic Rivalary Between Big Business and Government – And the Reckoning That Lies Ahead.

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08/06/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with El Nuevo Herald Metro columnist Daniel Shoer Roth. He also writes a weekly view in the Miami Herald Opinion section.  A grandson of Holocaust survivors, Daniel Shoer is a frequent voice for South Florida underdogs: the homeless, elderly, bullied and neglected.  Born in Venezuela, he’s the grandson of Holocaust survivors. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .

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08/02/12 - In the second half of the program, Linda Gassenheimer with Miami Herald columnist Lesley Abravenel. She’ll give an update on the South Florida social and restaurant scene. Plus, wine columnist Fred Tasker.  That’s Topical Currents . .

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08/02/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with home safety engineer Dan Hannan, his book is Preventing Home Accidents: A Quick and Easy Guide.  We think of our abode as a safe haven, where we feel most secure, but we’re ten times more likely to sustain a serious or fatal injury at home than at work. We’ll offer a home safety check-list, as well. And more . .

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07/31/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with journalist Elizabeth Cline, author of OVERDRESSED: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion.  The days of buying quality clothes at local shops or department stores – even having garments mended – have gone the way of the phonograph. The New York City garment district is mostly history.

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07/30/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “Federal Budget, 101.”   We’ll speak with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst of the National Priorities Project, and author of THE PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET.  Most Americans shun even trying to comprehend where or how our federal dollars are spent. Complex barriers have prevented us from having any influence over budget creation or oversight.

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04/07/11 - Topical Currents begins with South Florida contractor Kia Ricchi, and her book, AVOIDING THE “CON” IN CONSTRUCTION.  She gives practical guidelines for home building, renovation and repair . . . and how to avoid scams.  And more, Linda Gassenheimer with Lyn Farmer, the Director of the United Way Wine and Food Festival, along with Chef Orlando Arroyo. In its 16th year, the event has raised $12-million for those in need.

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05/05/10 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with University of Missouri psychologist Dr. Laurie Mintz.  She’s written the book A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex, which gives tips and exercises to raise sexual desire. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .

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