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.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Universe Within: Rocks, Planets & People

Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
http://www.neilshubin.com/

01/15/13 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with science writer and paleontologist Neil Shubin, author of THE UNIVERSE WITHIN:  Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People.  Shubin is an associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

Lori Andrews
http://www.socialnetworkconstitution.com

01/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Lori Andrews, the director of Science & Law at Chicago-Kent College.  What sort of digital identity do you have on the Web?  Remember:  what’s posted on social networks can be used against you.  Andrews has written, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND I SAW WHAT YOU DID:  Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.  She promotes a “Social Network Constitution” to protect individual rights.

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Dinner in Minutes
1:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Organic Farms

Gabriele Marewski
http://www.southfloridafoodandwine.com/

01/10 /13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Gabriele Marewski owner of Paradise Farms.  She talks about Dinner in Paradise, how we can grow our own organic gardens and what we’ll find in our farmer’s markets this year.   Fred Tasker will give his wine suggestions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Jeremy Dean
twitter.com/PsyBlog

01/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Jeremy Dean, a researcher at University College, London.  He’s written MAKING HABITS, BREAKING HABITS:  Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick.  Ingrained routines are difficult to break . . . but Dean says fulfilling new patterns can be achieved.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining explores the fabulous Paradise Farms operation in Homestead.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

WLRN-TV’s Documentary, “Weird Florida: On The Road Again”

Charlie Carlson and Lady Isabel.
Photo: Gary Lester

01/09/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents features Florida raconteur Charlie Carlson and his “curious canine,” Lady Isabel, his adopted full-bred boxer.  They’re the focus of a WLRN-TV documentary, “WEIRD FLORIDA:  ON THE ROAD AGAIN.”  They travel over 1500 miles across the Sunshine State in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends. 

The official Weird Florida: On the Road Again trailer:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

HAITI: The Aftershocks of History

Historian/author Laurent Dubois
http://duboisl2.wordpress.com/

01/08/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian Laurent Dubois, author of HAITI:  The Aftershocks of History.  Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption.  Dubois says Haiti can only be understood by its complex past and inception as the only successful slave revolt in world history.  Can a new Haiti emerge from its legacy?

Video:  Laurent Dubois talks about What We Must Know in Order to Help Haiti:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 01/07/13

HistoryMiami Walking Tour
http://www.historymiami.org/

01/07/13 - 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.  Don’t miss the South Florida History Quiz on Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Sheila Bowman of Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch
http://www.facebook.com/seafoodwatch

01/03/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Sheila Bowman, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the home of Seafood Watch.  She is the Manager of culinary and Strategic Initiatives for Seafood Watch.  We’ll talk about Seafood Smarts – susta

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Interview with Novelist Sandra Cisneros

Sandra at San Miguel Allende Mexico
© Copyright 2011 Alan Goldfarb

01/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez and writer Sandra Cisneros.  For decades, she’s inspired young Latino authors. Her latest work is a departure:  an illustrated children’s book which takes place in San Antonio.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer discusses how consumers can avoid endangered seafood species with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment
http://craigrwhitney.com/

01/02/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with former New York Times reporter and editor, Craig Whitney.  He reviews the long history of American gun control in his recent book, LIVING WITH GUNS: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.  Though his book was published before the Connecticut school massacre, Whitney says the rights of Americans to own and use guns can be preserved while also giving the public the right to live in safety. Over 30,000 die from gunshots every year.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Language Expert Constance Hale: Let Verbs Power Your Writing

Constance Hale
http://sinandsyntax.com

12/27/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with journalist and language expert Constance Hale.  Her latest book concentrates on the “pivot points” of our sentences:  verbs.  In her book, VEX, HEX, SMASH, SMOOCH, she examines both heavenly and headache verbs.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker with end of year drinks and food.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia

Chef Angelo Elia
Alissa Dragun

12/20/12 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Body Language Expert Patti Wood

Patti Wood
http://www.snapfirstimpressions.com/

12/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with first impressions.  Just a fraction of a second can influence a relationship . . . and those first takes tend to be remarkably accurate.  We’ll speak with expert Patti Wood, author of SNAP:  Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma.   And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

South Florida Author Les Standiford Examines the American Revolution in DESPERATE SONS.

Les Standiford
http://www.les-standiford.com/

12/19/12 -  Topical Currents is with South Florida-based author Les Standiford.  His latest work is DESPERATE SONS:  Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War.  The leaders of the Sons of Revolution were colonial merchants, whose businesses suffered greatly from British tax and trade structures.

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