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
Tue March 12, 2013

Ecological Anxiety

Nathanael Johnson
http://www.nathanaeljohnson.org/

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03/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist and public radio figure Nathanael Johnson.  He’s the author of ALL NATURAL:  A SKEPTIC’S QUEST.   It’s a mix of science writing and memoir, and chronicles his “ecological anxiety,” with questions about man-made versus made-by-nature.  Is there a middle ground?  That’s Topical Currents with Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman . . . Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Muhammad, The First Muslim

The First Muslim, The Story of Muhammad
http://www.aftertheprophet.com

03/11/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is the fascinating story of Muhammed.  This one man radically changed the world, yet westerners have little idea of who he was or where he came from.  We’ll speak with journalist Lesley Hazelton, author of the THE FIRST MUSLIM:  The Story of MuhammadBorn an orphan, he had a monogamous marriage of 24 years.  He became a prophet in the year 610, when he was 40, after being exiled from Mecca to Medina.  That’s

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

Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show

Chef Allen Susser
Copyright 2013 Chef Allen Consulting

03/07/13 - 1:30pm- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview legendary Chef Allen Susser.  The Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show is this weekend at Pinecrest Gardens.  It’s all about delectable chocolate: pair chocolate with spices, tasting chocolate tea - learn how to taste, buy and use chocolate.  

This week's Dinner in Minutes Recipe: 

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice (Arroz con Jitomate)

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

South Florida's Unique Architecture

MOD Weekend 2013
http://www.modweekend.com

03/06/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with news about ModWeekend 2013.  It highlights unique South Florida architecture with many events, including double-decker bus and tours, films and parties.  ModWeekend begins a week from tomorrow.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Dr. Howell Goldberg
http://www.fountainsdental.com/

03/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the common problems of snoring and sleep apnea.  Airway blockage is the root cause of both, and can incur considerable health problems.  It can also have ramifications for frazzled sleep partners.  We’ll speak with Dr. Howell Goldberg, who prescribes dental remedies . . . and of course, take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2

Link:

www.fountainsdental.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Florida’s Dark History Revealed

T.D. Allman
via www.booksandbooks.com

03/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist T.D. Allman.  His latest work is a ten-year project to create  FINDING FLORIDA:  The True History of the Sunshine State.  The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit.  Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.”  He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any.  The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell.  Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.”  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

T.D. Allman South Florida Appearances: 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

500 Years Circumnavigating Earth

Joyce Chaplin
David Armitage

03/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Harvard history professor Joyce Chaplin, author of ‘Round About the Earth:  Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.  Humans have circled the globe for some 500 years.  Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was the first to achieve the feat by spacecraft.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

South Florida “Restaurant Roundabout” 02/28/13

Linda Gassenheimer
www.dinnerinminutes.com

02/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer . . . and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs . . . old favorites and best values.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Get Fired for Anything: Workplace Laws & Rights

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

02/27/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents discusses workplace laws and rights.  If you’re a private sector employee, you really have very few rights . . . and can be let go without specific cause.  Race or age discrimination, harassment or sexual exploitation, however, can be grounds for litigation.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

Peter Cappelli at the WLRN Studios
Paul Leary

02/26/13 -  Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with human resource expert and Wharton Business School professor Peter Cappelli.  Conventional wisdom says that our educational system fails the economy . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Got a Pet? Ask the Vet.

Dr. Ian Kupkee
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

02/25/13 - Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of  Kendall’s  Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes from ​K9 Advisors.  We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service” .

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stars! SoBe, Food & Wine!

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

02/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a food world star studded special with Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker.  The focus is the huge South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Shortage of Primary Care Doctors

02/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the shortage of primary care doctors in today’s medical landscape and efforts to give more latitude to nurse care practitioners.  The upcoming Florida Legislative session will address the issue.  Increased Medicare costs and the Affordable Care Act figure into the picture to give qualified nurse practitioners more latitude in patient treatment.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Economic Disaster

Alan S. Blinder
http://www.princeton.edu

02/19/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Princeton University economics professor and Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Blinder.  How did the worst economic disaster in post-war American history occur?  The US financial system, he says, was far too complex and unregulated for the public good.  Blinder has written  AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED:  The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead.   Links http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

God vs. Atheism

J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy)
http://www.jandersonthomson.com/

02/18/13- Monday’s Topical Currents features two leading figures in the God-versus-atheism debate.  We’ll speak with University of Virginia psychiatrist Dr. J. Anderson Thomson, author of WHY WE BELIEVE IN GOD(S):  A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.  Also with us is prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of THE SELFISH GENE.

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