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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

www.facebook.com/wilshylton

11/18/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents discusses the tens-of-thousand military veterans of World War Two still listed as “Missing-In-Action.”  Journalist Wil Hylton has written VANISHED:  The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War Two.  Traumatized family members have waited decades for researchers to finally put to rest what happened to sons, fathers and husbands.  Most of the M.I.A.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Invention of the American Meal

Terry Auspitz dpchallenge.com

11/14/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a special Food & Dining edition with Linda Gassenheimer and food historian Abigail Carroll.  Carroll has written THREE SQUARES:  The Invention of the  American meal.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Renowned Author Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie
twitter.com/SalmanRushdie

11/13/13 - On the next Topical Currents we’ll hear from renowned author Salman Rushdie about what it was like to live in hiding for 9 years after being condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini for his book “The Satanic Verses.”  Now living in the U.S.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Promise Of Civic Renewal In America

Peter Levine
https://twitter.com/peterlevine

    

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Breach of Trust: The Gap Between America’s Soldiers And Society

Andrew J. Bacevich
www.democracynow.org

11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich.  He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight.  For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Inside Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant

Marilee Love Thurman celebrates her 100th birthday at Joe's Stone Crab!
http://www.joesmemories.com/

11/07/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Deeny Kaplan Lorber author of Waiting at Joe’s.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

Patty Chang Anker
http://pattychanganker.com/

11/07/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with blogger and yoga instructor Patty Chang Anker.  She’s written, SOME NERVE:  Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave.  She details how to overcome fears and escape one’s comfort zone.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Corporate Dollars, The Media and Elections

Robert McChesney
http://www.communication.illinois.edu/people/rwmcches

11/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois Communications professor Robert McChesney, co-author of DOLLAROCRACY.  Can changes in our political system be made to take back control of what the authors call “the favored few?”   What is big money’s influence on journalism?  Does it affect election outcomes?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day Questions? Comments? Call-In

Broward Bulldog logo
https://twitter.com/BrowardBulldog

11/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an open-phone discussion with journalists Dan Ricker, publisher of the Watchdog Report, and investigative reporter Dan Christensen, who edits the Broward Bulldog. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regaldo appears to be a shoe-in for reelection Tuesday . . . yet has still spent campaign funds as though he were seriously challenged.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election

The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election
Princeton University Press

11/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents reflects on the 2012 Presidential Election, with political science professors John Side and Lynn Vavreck. Commentators and pundits quickly gave reasons for President Obama’s win . . . but detailed study by academics adds a dose of reality to the result. They drew on scads of data about voters, media coverage and candidate advertising.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Brian Boitano
http://brianboitano.com/

10/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Olympic Gold Medal Skater, Brian Boitano.  He went from champion skating to cooking on the TV Food Network.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A Philosophical Conundrum: The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?

10/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with philosopher Thomas Cathcart and his book The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum.  He’ll discuss a famous ethical dilemma.  Say there’s a runaway trolley car.  A crew of five is in its path, all surely to be killed.   But wait.  You are near a switch which could divert the car to an alternate track.  But one man on that track is in the way . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Love of a Good Fight: Are Relationship Arguments Bad?

Ilona Jerabek
twitter.com/ila_jer

10/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the dynamics of arguments in a relationship.  Psychologist Dr. Ilona Jerabek has closely studied the matter.  She says fighting is one thing . . . but fighting dirty threatens bonds.  She says anger isn’t destructive . . . but that rage provokes breakups.  42% of argument participants use curse words.  But 47% make up right away.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Battle Over The Future Of Food, Farming In America

Is GE Food Making Pigs Sick?
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

10/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter.  She’s written widely on many environmental topics and owns a working organic farm in The Plains, Virginia. Hauter has written, FOODOPOLY:  The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar

Dr Perlmutter and Grain Brain on Dr Oz
www.drperlmutter.com

10/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, who’s written GRAIN BRAIN:  The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar.  He says these ingredients – even whole grains – can cause chronic headaches, insomnia and depression.

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