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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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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival

Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival
Trina Sargalski / WLRN

07/03/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild Garden Director of Horticulture and Noris Ledesma Director of Tropical Fruit.  We talk about Mango Madness and the Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival.  

~~Dinner in Minutes~~ a July 4th sparkler!

Pan Roasted Chicken with Chunky Mango Salsa and Hot Peanut Rice 

1 cup mango cubes about 1/4-inch

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped red onion

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (about 1 tablespoon)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided use

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil

To make mango salsa, place mango cubes in a medium-size bowl and sprinkle with sugar.  Add onion and jalapeno pepper.  Mix  1/2 teaspoon cumin and lime juice together and drizzle over ingredients. Add salt to taste. Toss well and sprinkle with cilantro.

Remove fat from chicken and pound it flat to about 1/4-inch.  This can be done with a meat mallet or the bottom of a sturdy frying pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1 teaspoon ground cumin.  Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high.  Cook chicken 3 minutes.  Turn and cook 3 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste to the cooked side.  A meat thermometer should read 170 degrees. Remove to a plate and serve with salsa on top. Makes 2 servings. 

HOT PEANUT RICE 

1 teaspoon olive oil 

1/4 cup coarsely chopped red onion 

1/2 cup long-grain white rice 

1 cup water 

2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted peanuts 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1 scallion, washed and sliced 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high and add onion and rice.  Saute 2 minutes tossing to coat rice with oil.  Add water and bring to a simmer.  Cover and continue to simmer 15 minutes, until rice is cooked through and liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, place peanuts in a small bowl and sprinkle with cayenne.  When rice is cooked, stir in peanuts and scallions.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 2 servings.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thriller Novelist Brad Meltzer Talks About His Latest Children’s Book

Brad Meltzer's "I am Rosa Parks"
www.bradmeltzer.com

07/03/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins  with novelist and nonfiction writer, Brad Meltzer.  His “Ordinary People Change the World” series of books for children continues with his latest release: “I am Rosa Parks.”    In the second half of the progra

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Summer Reading Picks With Mitchell Kaplan From Books And Books

cooldesign/freedigitaldownloads.net

07/02/14 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents we’ll sit for a spell with Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International. He’ll tell us how he has become one of the country’s most successful independent booksellers and about his plans to venture into publishing. We’ll also get his recommendations for a good summer read. Join us and call in with your own suggestions on the next Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender Of Florida’s Environment

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

07/01/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents takes an intimate look at a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to conserving Florida’s wildlife and wild places and transformed the modern environmental movement. We visit with author and adjunct professor of history at Stetson University, Peggy Macdonald.  She’s written a comprehensive biography of Marjorie Harris Carr. The self-described “housewife from Micanopy” is best known for leading the fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cross Florida Barge Canal. Learn more on Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Estate Planning For Florida LGBT Couples

firstcoastnews.com

06/30/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the complexities of estate planning for same sex and other non-traditional couples. Even though the Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, Florida remains a state that does not recognize same sex marriage. We speak with James Peppelman,  Certified Financial Planner, Senior Vice President and Wealth Director for PNC Wealth Management in Palm Beach County.  Also joining us is attorney an

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Writer And Filmmaker Rebecca Miller

Jacob’s Folly
rebecca-miller.com

06/26/14 - On Thursday's  Topical Currents literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with writer and filmmaker, Rebecca Miller, about her latest book, “Jacob’s Folly.” It explores the competing demands of individual freedom and communal responsibility. And on our Food and Dining se

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Bad English, Good Humor, LOL, And Many Surprises, OMG!

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
www.ammon-shea.com

06/25/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents documents the state of the English language with author and dictionary collector, Ammon Shea.  The author of Reading the OED has just written a new book -  Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation. Complaints that Americans are ruining the King’s English have been around for hundreds of years…fro

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

How Important Is The Public Library In Your Life?

Miami-Dade County Public Library System

How important is the public library in your life?  Leave your comments below and please share this post: http://wlrn.org/post/publiclibrary

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

What Happens When Data Shakes A Doctor’s Beliefs?

Dr. Gervasio Lamas
twitter.com/GLamasMD

06/23/14 - On Monday's Topical Currents we visit with Dr. Gervasio Lamas.   He’s the Chairman of Medicine and Chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Condominium And Homeowner Association Call-In Program

Donna D. Berger
twitter.com/CondoandHOALaw

06/17/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with community association attorney, Donna Berger. After returning to the law firm Becker & Poliakoff, she has been working to create new initiatives for community associations as well as addressing service animals and emotional-support animal requests in c

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Subliminal: How the Unconscious Mind Rules Behavior

SUBLIMINAL: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
http://www.randomhouse.com/

(Rebroadcast from May 2013)

06/16/14- Monday’s Topical Currents looks at new findings regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience.  We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates.  We speak with the Leonard Mlodinow, author of SUBLIMINAL:  How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.  Think you know the hows & whys of choices?  Think again.  Only on Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fried and True: Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides

Open-Face Steak Sandwich
Credit www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
06/12/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  His latest book is Fried and True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides. From down home diners to top a rated restaurant, French Laundry, fried chicken is part of Americana.  Lee gives us tips, stories and a tour through America.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs

Ryan Holiday

06/12/14 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents we’ll consider life’s obstacles, and how we can turn them into our successes.  We’ll speak with media strategist, Ryan Holiday.  His latest book is The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into TriumphsAnd more, Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters In Latin America and South Florida

Andy Wagner in the host seat at WLRN
Bonnie Berman/WLRN

06-/11/14 - The FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo Brazil.  Please join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when our resident soccer enthusiast, Andy Wagner speaks about the British origins of the sport in the late 1800’s and its spread across the globe to become a part of everyday life in Latin America.  He visits with Joshua Nadel,

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Managing Growth In Palm Beach County and Dishing 'Dirt'

Tony Doris
twitter.com/TonyDorisPBP

06/10/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with Palm Beach Post reporter, Tony Doris.  He’s spent many years covering the worlds of government and business as an investigative reporter, editor and columnist for various Florida newspapers.

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