Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

Bonnie and Joseph
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.  Richard Ives is the senior producer, and Bonnie Berman joined Topical Currents as co-host and associate producer in September 2012.  Paul Leary is the technical director and online producer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Avoiding the Con in Construction with "The Contractress" Kia Ricchi

Bonnie, Joseph and Kia Ricchi.
Paul Leary

06/01/15 - When most homeowners choose to employ a contractor for upgrades or repairs, they usually expect to hire a burly construction guy.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Dan Churchill Break out star of Master Chef Australia and Author of "Dude Food"

05/28/15 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dan Churchill, the break-out star of Master Chef Australia and author of Dude Food: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food.  He also ha

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

How to Get the Most from Your Backyard Pool

Dr. Joe Laurino and Joseph Cooper.
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05/28/15 - On the next Topical Currents we begin with a dip in a perfectly maintained backyard pool.  There are thousands of them in South Florida.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Untold Story of Psychiatry

05/27/15 - Tune in for Wednesday’s Topical Currents for a visit from Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, who chairs the psychiatric department of Columbia University. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

At Your Service: Unique Requirements of Gardening in Subtropical South Florida

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05/26/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we explore gardening in sub-tropical South Florida.

If you’ve gardened in other areas, South Florida has its unique requirements. We’ll be “At Your Service,” with Urban Horticulture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Dr. John Pipoly and Broward County Master Gardeners President, Teri Goldsmith. Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service,” Tuesday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Adding Brazilian Flavors to Memorial Day Barbeques

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05/21/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Evandro Caregnato, Culinary Director, Texas de Brazil, Brazilian steak house. He’ll talk about adding Brazilian flavors to our Memorial Day Barbeques and bring steak for us to taste on the air.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Smoky Chicken and Three Bean Salad – simple salad for Memorial Day Weekend

A cool salad for warm Memorial Day Weekend 

Toss chicken strips in cumin and add chipotle peppers and their sauce to your favorite oil and vinegar dressing for a quick, Southwester salad dinner. Toasted baguette with Parmesan cheese complements this delicious and unconventional chicken and three bean salad.

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be found in the grocery section of the supermarket. Chipotle Chili Pepper seasoning can be found in the spice section of the supermarket.  It can be used as an alternative to the peppers in adobo sauce. If using the spice seasoning, add 2 teaspoons to the salad dressing.

Recipes

SMOKY CHICKEN AND THREE BEAN SALAD

1/2 whole wheat baguette (6 inches)

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 chipotle pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon adobo sauce from bottle with pepper

1/4 cup reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing

3/4 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken strips

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 pound trimmed green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup canned, drained and rinsed chickpeas

1/2 cup canned drained and rinsed red kidney beans

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Slice baguette in half lengthwise and then in half horizontally to make four pieces.  Sprinkle the inside with Parmesan cheese and place in toaster oven to melt cheese, about 2 minutes.

 Add chipotle pepper and adobo sauce to dressing and set aside. Toss chicken strips with cumin and set aside. Place green beans in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 2 minutes.  Remove from microwave and add chicken, chickpeas, kidney beans and dressing.  Toss well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Toss again.  Serve with Parmesan baguette. Makes 2 servings.

 Nutrition InformationPer serving: 536 calories (15 percent from fat), 8.8 g fat, (2.1 g saturated, 2.5 g monounsaturated), 102 mg cholesterol, 55.1 g protein, 58.8 g carbohydrates, 10.1 g fiber, 972 mg sodium.Shopping List

To buy: 1 small piece Parmesan cheese, 3/4 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken strips, 1 whole wheat baguette, 1 small can chickpeas,1 small can red kidney beans, 1 bottle dried cumin, 1 jar chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and 1/4 pound trimmed green beans

Staples: Reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing, salt and black peppercorns

Helpful Hints

  • Buy trimmed green beans and cut them into 1-inch pieces.
  • Toast baguette with cheese in a toaster oven or under a broiler.
  • Use same bowl for microwaving green beans and making the salad.

Countdown:

  • Toast baguette.
  • Make salad.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Meteorologist Dr. Angela Colbert Discusses Hurricane Season

Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was the last Category 5 hurricane to hit the continental U.S.
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05/21/15 - Thursday on Topical Currents: You may not care to hear the news, but our hurricane season begins June 1st.  We haven’t been severely threatened by a storm in nearly ten years, so we’ll go over possibilities with meteorologist Dr. Angela Colbert, from the Frost Museum of Science.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

New Interventional Techniques for Chronic Pain

05/20/15 - Tune in for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we broach the disorder of chronic pain. At least 100-million Americans suffer from it. 

That’s more than those who suffer heart disease, cancer and diabetes, combined. We’ll learn about new interventional techniques, including localized nerve blocks and fluoroscopy video images.  Our Guests: Dr. Ira Fox, M.D., founder of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants and Judy Foreman, author of “A Nation in Pain”That’s Topical Currents on chronic pain . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Condo And Homeowner Association Issues Attorney Donna Berger

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05/19/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents for a discussion of condo and homeowner association issues in an “At Your Service” edition.

We’ll visit with Fort-Lauderdale-based attorney Donna Berger, and of course, take your calls. She’s been at the forefront of legislation and issues confronting common interest ownership communities for many years. That’s Topical Currents . . . "At Your Service" Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

How Attorney Stuart Smith Fought Big Oil and Won

05/18/15 - Last month marked the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  It took 87-days before the oil was capped.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Employment-related Florida Laws with Attorney Donna Ballman

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05/12/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we go “At Your Service,” with workplace and employment law, and Fort Lauderdale-based attorney Donna Ballman

We’ll give an update on employment-related Florida laws passed during the past Legislative Session, and also cover such issues as non-compete agreements, severance negotiations, and overtime regulations.  That’s Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service” . . . Tuesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

South Florida-based author Les Standiford discusses his book Water To The Angels

05/11/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with prolific South Florida-based author Les Standiford. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

TV Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann

05/07/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV celebrity, Ingrid Hoffmann.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Child Abuse Education and Awareness Advocate Lauren Book

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05/07/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with child sexual abuse advocate, Lauren Book. 

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