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
4:36 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Oxford University Professor Kevin Dutton and The Wisdom Of Psychopaths

Kevin Dutton
http://www.wisdomofpsychopaths.com

11/19/12 - Monday’s  Topical Currents looks at the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behavior.  Psychopaths are usually fearless, confident, charismatic and ruthless . . . but most people aren’t aware that they aren’t necessarily violent.  In fact, some psychopathic behavior is exhibited by leaders of business and government.  We’ll speak with research psychologist Kevin Dutton about his book, THE WISDOM OF PSYCHOPATHS:  What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.  

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Celebrity Chef Joanne Weir

Celebrity Chef Joanne Weir
http://www.joanneweir.com

11/15/12 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  celebrity chef Joanne Weir.  Her latest book is Cooking Confidence.  She’ll give us tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner - with confidence and more cooking and kitchen tips. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

“Homegrown in Florida” Anthology

William McKeen
http://www.williammckeen.com

11/15/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of the anthology HOMEGROWN IN FLORIDA.  It’s a collection of essays which address growing up in Florida – perhaps a child’s remembrance of “paradise.”  Writing by Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Hiaasen, Jeff Klinkenberg and even Tom Petty is included.  Also, Palm Beach Post reporter and author Carlos Frias, whose essay is included in the book.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

South Florida “Brownfields” Redevelopment

11/13/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at South Florida “brownfield” remediation.  Brownfields are hazardous, contaminated sites, usually in older and disadvantaged areas.  They may qualify for federal and state grants for clean-up.  These stipends spur economic development in several ways--including job creation from the restoration project.  They also infuse funds into the community.  The acclaimed Mid-Town Miami development was once tainted with arsenic and petroleum residues.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols

Damien Echols
Peter Ash Lee via The New York Times

11/12/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Damien Echols, who spent 18-years on death row.  He was convicted in 1993 of murdering three young boys in West Memphis,  Arkansas.  He was even married on 

death-row, with DNA results eventually setting him free.  His memoir relates his youth, a highly publicizes trial, and the travails of nearly two-decades of solitary confinement.  Damien Echols has written LIFE AFTER DEATH.

Video trailer for the new film "West of Memphis" 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer and Florida Cuisine

Chef Kris Wessel
Emily Michot Miami Herald Staff

11/08/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about "Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Attitude Reconstruction: Building A Better Life

Jude Bijou
http://www.attitudereconstruction.com

11/08/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with marriage and family therapist Jude Bijou, author of ATTITUDE RECONSTRUCTION:  A Blueprint for Building a Better Life.  We’ll discuss how to deal with disappointment and anger in the workplace, and how to let off steam in a safe setting.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer and “Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Plutocrats: The Rise Of The New Global Super-rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else

Plutocrats: The Rise Of The New Global Super-rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/15/162799512/a-startling-gap-between-us-and-them-in-plutocrats

11/07/12 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is with financial journalist Chrystia Freeland of Reuters.  She’s written the book, PLUTOCRATS:  The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.  There’s always been a gap between rich and poor in this country, but never has there been the class of global super-rich.  There’s even a wide gap between the elite rich inside the quote, “one-percent.”

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Electoral Dysfunction: A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters

Electoral Dysfunction book
http://electoraldysfunction.org

11/06/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is an election day discussion of the myriad of voting rules among states and counties, as well as the constitutional history of U.S. voting and the Electoral College.  We’ll visit with the author of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION:  A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters.   More than five-million voters will be affected by new voter registration restrictions.  That’s larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedrick Smith: Who Stole The American Dream?

Hedrick Smith
http://hedricksmith.com/

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Latin American Food

Maricel Presilla
Latina Magazine via http://www.maricelpresilla.com

11/01/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricel Presilla author of Gran Cocina Latina – The food of Latin America. It’

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Florida Voter Ballot Options

Deirdre Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida
http://thefloridavoter.org

11/01/12 - Topical Currents begins with analysis of Florida election ballots with the president of the League of Women Voters, Deirdre Macnab, and WLRN/Miami-Herald reporter Ashley Lopez.  They’ll explain the state constitutional amendments as well as charter measures . . . and take calls.  And more Linda Gassenheimer explores the food of Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico.  Wine columnist Fred Tasker, is on-board as well.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “plain English” To Rob You Blind

10/31/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with investigative reporter David Cay Johnston.  His latest book is, THE FINE PRINT:  How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind.  Johnston show how big corporations work with government to relax rules, rewrite regulations, and enforce only the one which benefit them.  Insurance companies regularly delay victim disability payments . . . hoping the recipient won’t be around to collect. 

David Cay Johnston on public media's Democracy Now!

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Attorney Donna Ballman: How To Stand Up for Yourself in a Hostile Workplace

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired
http://www.ballmanfirm.com/

10/30/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with employment attorney and author Donna Ballman. She’ll discuss common workplace issues, including layoffs, bullying, hostile environments and overtime compensation. Donna Ballman is the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit or Get Axed.

Links:

http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

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Topical Currents
11:22 am
Sat October 27, 2012

The Global Scramble For the World’s Last Resources

Race for What's Left
http://michaelklare.com

10/29/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with prolific author Michael Klare, author of THE RACE FOR WHAT’S LEFT:  The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.  The Earth’s reserves of natural resources are diminishing as population swells and developing countries modernize.  What happens as the demand for these critical natural materials surpass the supply?  Klare says the possibility of border disputes and military confrontations will increase.  

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