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 June 6, 2013

Hurricane Food Tips

Jan Norris
https://twitter.com/JanNorrisdotcom

06/06/13 - At 1:30, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jan Norris, publisher Food and Florida Online.  Hurricane season is here,  Jan gives tips on what to have on hand, how to prepare the fridge and freezer before a storm; how to store foods once power is out and how to tell if foods are OK to

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Surviving Armed Robbery, Suicide, Financial Ruin, a Life-threatening Accident and a Brain Tumor

Darah Zeledon
http://www.booksandbooks.com/event/darah-zeledon

06/06/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the trials and tribulations of Darah Zeledon. Few have experienced such adversity:  armed robbery, a suicide, financial ruin, a life-threatening accident and a brain tumor during pregnancy.  She’s written about it in GIRL WITH THE CROOKED SMILE.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority

The Reluctant Republican
http://thereluctantrepublican.net/

06/05/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with lifelong moderate Republican attorney Barbara Olschner. After a 28-year legal career, she decided to run for a U.S. Congressional seat in the ultra-conservative Florida panhandle. She was swamped by tea party attacks, branded as an elitist, and finished dead last. In her book, THE RELUCTANT REPUBLICAN, she details the harrowing experience. That’s Topical CurrentsWednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

5 Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear test
www.rethinkingnuclearweapons.org

06/04/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nuclear historian Ward Wilson, author of FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONSMillions of American baby-boomers grew up haunted by the possibility of nuclear annihilation.  After negotiations in the 1980s, both US and Soviet nuclear stockpiles were reduced. Wilson says the idea that that nuclear weapons have created a deterrence to war and contributed to negotiations is misleading. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 6/3/13

06/03/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College. We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture, listeners are invited to give answers. A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What’s with the explosion of new restaurants in South Florida?

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Child Abuse Prevention

Family Resource Center of South Florida
http://frcflorida.org/

05/30/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an explanation of the Florida “Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act.”  Child abuse reporting is now mandatory even for non-parents or caregivers.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pet Care and Animal Welfare

Der Shpark, Bonnie's rarely seen cat.
Bonnie Berman

05/29/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover issues involved with housecats who are seldom—if ever--taken for a vet exam. Also with us is dog trainer and behavior specialist Edel Miedes of South Florida’s K-9 Advisors.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

How the Unconscious Mind Rules Behavior

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

05/28/13 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at new finding regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience. We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates. 

We’ll speak with the Leonard Mlodinow, author of SUBLIMINAL:  How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. Think you know the hows and whys of choices? Think again. Only on Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Florida Staycations and Fine Wines by the Glass (Tube)

Delano South Beach
http://www.delano-hotel.com/

05/23/13 - In the second half of Topical Currents, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Andrew Pittard, food and beverage director at the Delano Hotel.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Third Largest Barrier Reef In The World

Brad Bertelli
http://bradbertelli.com/

05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater.  Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world.  It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

A Profession in Crisis: The Lawyer Bubble

The Lawyer Bubble
http://www.stevenjharper.com/

05/22/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and law professor Steven Harper.  A successful attorney for over 30 years, he’s written about the troubled legal state in THE LAWYER BUBBLE:  A Profession in Crisis. Law schools graduate some 45,000 attorneys each year.  Most will be in debt $100,000 dollars from loans.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Rich Food/Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System

Jayson and Mira Calton
http://www.caltonnutrition.com/

05/21/13- Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton. They’ve developed a system to determine the healthiest options among the some 40,000 food offerings in the mega-mart. With a bit of effort, shoppers can avoid processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, artificial colors, and nitrites. They’ve written, RICH FOOD/POOR FOOD:  THE ULTIMATE GROCERY PURCHASING SYSTEM. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the watchdogreport.net
www.watchdogreport.net

05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Tips For Eating a Healthy Lifestyle

Chilean Salmon, Quinoa and Corn Salad
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

05/16/13 - In the second part of the program syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Susan Finn, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetic Association.) What should we eat for a healthy lifestyle?  Whether we’re eating a plant-based or gluten-free diet or one including animal proteins, she explains the vitamins and nutrition we need and why.  
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