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.  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
2:26 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

2014 Florida Midterm Election Preview

11/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our semi-annual election preview.Tuesday is election day . . . and Florida should experience one of the closest races for Governor in modern history. There are many other statewide and municipal races, as well as a host of Constitutional matters.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The High Cost of Food Waste

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/
Robert Clark, National Geographic

10/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the worldwide epidemic of food waste.  The US is world leader in this dubious category.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Whistleblower George Mallinckrodt and Prison Mental Illness Treatment

georgemallinckrodt.com

10/29/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the often criticized Dade Correctional Institute.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A World More Concrete: Real Estate & The Remaking Of Jim Crow South Florida

10/28/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the history of real estate and land usage in South Florida, since the inception of the City of Miami to today’s three-county urban mass. Not unlike other American communities, Miami’s black population was exploited by white entrepreneurs and politicians . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Discussion About The New WLRN-TV Documentary, “Treblinka’s Last Witness"

10/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents shares the background of the new WLRN-TV documentary, TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS. It premieres Tuesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 17.  Check your cable listings. The program is an emotional presentation of the history of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious extermination camps.  Some 900,000 Jews were slaughtered there in a 13-month period. TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS features the last known survivor of the death camp . . .  Samuel Willenberg. Tune in for Topical Currents Monday at 1pm only on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How To Make A Great Cup Of Colombia Coffee

Edgardo Texidor corporate trainer for Juan Valdez coffee

10/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Edgardo Texidor, Corporate Trainer for Juan Valdez coffee.  We talk Colombian coffee, the different types, how to make a great cup and how to taste coffee.  We taste test with him, called a cupping session.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Housing for Low Income Seniors

www.ehdoc.org

10/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a new look at what’s always been termed the “Golden Years.” Many seniors in this country are in a “survival mode,” living day-to-day on Social Security. Many also face an affordable  housing crunch, which will worsen as more and more boomers retire.  Our guest is Steve Protulis, Executive Director of Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corp (EHDOC) a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income seniors.  And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Wage Theft, Independent Contractor Misclassification and Labor Law Issues with Donna Ballman

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

10/22/14 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” call-in with Fort Lauderdale-based employment attorney Donna Ballman. With wage theft rampant, some employers have moved to shift workers to  “independent contractor” status, to avoid paying employment taxes and-worker comp dues. Most states impose fines for employers guilty of misclassification.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

rosegeorge.com

10/21/14 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis.  No – not more information about the Ebola virus.  We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted:  a toilet.  That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Souls of All Living Creatures: What Animals Teach Us About Being Human

www.vintvirga.com

10/20/14 - Do you view your pet as a full-fledged family member?  

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Food And Dining
1:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

It’s All About Pairing Wines With Favorite Foods

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead.  It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Joseph Cooper Talks About His 40 Years At WLRN with Bonnie Berman

Joseph Cooper circa 1977 at WLRN
WLRN

10/15/14 - Today’s Topical Currents takes a much different approach than usual….We’re turning the tables!! An interviewer . . . becomes an interviewee. Bonnie Berman's guest for the hour is a friend, mentor and colleague: Joseph Cooper.  The Topical Currents host and executive producer celebrates his 40th anniversary at WLRN in 2014. He came to the station back when it was a low-powered, monaural education outlet.  It had just recently qualified as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee and had just joined the fledgling National Public Radio Network. He’s seen the long road of progress and excellence in public broadcasting.  That's Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Celebrating Writers On Knitting -- And Knitters

Martha Frankel
twitter.com/marthafrankel

10/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another..

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Season in College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights

www.samuelfreedman.com

10/13/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities. There were more implications than just a football title. We’ll visit with Columbia University journalism professor Samuel Freedman, who’s written BREAKING THE LINE:  The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

1 in 3 Americans With Diabetes By 2050?

Nutty Butter Blizard Smoothie
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents: Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Stephanie Dunbar, Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association.  There are over 100 million US adults and children with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.  If we continue on this path there will be 1 in 3 Americans with diabetes by 2050. Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-friendly snacks and complete meals and No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts, both published by the American Diabetes Association. 

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