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, Paul Leary is technical director and online producer, and Polly Landess is an associated 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 area codes outside South Florida, dial directly 1-305-995-1800

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Latest programs

07/08/15 - Within 20 years, 11.5-million Americans will be over the age of eighty-five--more than double today’s 5-million.  Plainly, people will live longer than ever.

07/07/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when we visit with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.  

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07/02/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for our annual Mango madness program.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Grilled Turkey Sausages with Mango Relish and Quick Cole Slaw

07/02/15  - Sometimes it takes know-how to save money. On Thursday’s Topical Currents we begin with The Sun-Sentinel’s consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  She’s proud to have never paid full price for anything . . . and has tips for you to do the same. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “Mango Madness” program, with Dr.

07/01/15 - Most aging boomers are baffled by ever-changing personal technology:  what percentage of smart phone functions do you understand?  The average is but 6%. Wednesday’s Topical Currents features former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue.

06/30/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Securities Arbitration Attorney, Jake Zamansky.  He works on behalf of investors who’ve suffered fraud, misrepresentation and other misdeeds by their stockbrokers. Some have lost retirement and life savings accounts, or suffered elder abuse. Of course, we’ll take your calls . . . Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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06/29/15 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we ponder some of Miami’s best tourist locales . . . 

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06/25/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview David Foulquier, owner Fooq’s Miami restaurant. We talk summer cooking tips and easy summer entertaining.  He has an unusual wine list and will talk with Fred about it.

06/25/15 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents, we begin with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of South Florida’s weekly “Watchdog Report.” He’ll discuss our region’s government, politics . . . and personalities. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer gives cooking and entertaining tips for the summer months ahead . . .