Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

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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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New School Food Programs Including Expanded Afterschool Meals

Salmon Burgers with Hot Pepper Corn
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08/28/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Schools.  Also in studio, Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward.  What’s in store for school meals and after school activities -- We discuss exciting new food programs including expanded afterschool meals.  
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

An Unexpected Love Affair With Florida

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08/28/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an exploration of the real Florida with FAU English and creative writing Professor, Andrew Furman.  He’s the author of  Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair With Florida.

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Topical Currents
3:54 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Florida's Biggest Ponzi Scheme

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08/27/14 - Wednesday Topical Currents examines the saga of Fort Lauderdale  Ponzi-schemer, attorney Scott Rothstein. News of the scandal broke in 2009.  One of Fort Lauderdale’s top philanthropists bilked $1.4 Billion from investors and charitable organizations. The scams supported his outrageously opulent lifestyle. We speak with Chuck Malkus, author of THE ULTIMATE PONZI:  The Scott Rothstein St

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

How The Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America’s Love Life

Sarah Varney
sarahvarney.com

08/26/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents considers the ways that one’s weight can affect the emotional and physical lives of those who heavy.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Preview Of The 2014 Primary Election

Elaine de Valle, Broward Bulldog, and George Bennett
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08/25/14 - On Monday's Topical Currents we’ll get a preview of Tuesday’s Primary Election.

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Food And Dining
6:18 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Importance Of The Bee Population

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08/21/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN guest host Peter J. talk about the importance of the bee population, why we are losing so many bees and what is being done about it.  John Gentzel, a Homestead Beekeeper is in studio; He is on the Board of the Dade County Farm Bureau. Also joining the conversation is Aaron Mullins, a senior biological scientist at the University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

ABC's Of The Plant Kingdom – The History, Facts And Lore

Michael Largo
michaellargo.com

08/22/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the ABC’s of the plant kingdom – the history, facts and lore.  We visit with Miami author, Michael Largo.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Part Two of All In A Day’s Work with retired airline Captain Bruce Bornstein

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08/20/14 - It’s not “Déjà vu all over again”!

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Painful Decision To Euthanize A Pet

Bonnie's cat Der shpark
Bonnie Berman

08/19/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors. We focus on the painful and emotionally wrought decision to euthanize a pet. And of course, we’ll take your pet questions of course . . . Listen in . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Back To School Anxiety In Children

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08/18/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents focuses on back to school anxiety in children.  Yes, some separation anxiety and fear are normal, but how can parents identify genuine anxiety that requires treatment as opposed to plain old back to the books blues and end of summer foot dragging?  What should parents do? We’ll visit with Jill Ehrenrich May… she’s a University of Miami Psychology Professor and Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” August 2014 Edition

Linda Gassenheime
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08/14/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critics Jen Karetnick covering Miami-Dade County, Matt Meltzer in Broward and Jan Norris i

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

No Makeup For 1 Year? The Beauty Experiment.

The Beauty Experiment
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08/13/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is a rebroadcast of a visit with journalist Phoebe Baker Hyde, about her dilemma of a “perfect storm” of self-doubt. She struggled with the notion that as a professional woman, she should be encumbered with the expense and trappings of fashion, makeup, new clothes, salon haircuts and jewelry. Hyde swore off the fantasy of feminine perfection for a year, and has written THE BEAUTY EXPERIMEN

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

All In A Day’s Work: The View From The Cockpit Of A Transcontinental Passenger Jet

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08/12/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents, we continue our series “All in a Day’s Work”, with retired commercial airline pilot Bruce Bornstein.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Reclaiming What We’ve Lost In A World Of Constant Connection

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connectivity
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08/11/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents considers how our constant connectivity is engulfing our world.  What have we lost to the long hours we spend in digital space?  Award-winning writer Michael Harris has authored, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connectivity

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Butter, Meat and Cheese and a Healthy Diet

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
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08/07/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents takes on the issue of dietary fats and whether or not they are actually detrimental to our health. Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz has written The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.  She contends that everything we thou

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