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 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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Iron Chef Judge Clarice Kumai

Candice Kumai
Credit www.candicekumai.com

10/25/12 -  Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Candice Kumai, author of Cook Yourself Sexy, Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest Most Confident You.   She’s a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a Food TV personality on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats.  She talks about a healthy lifestyle makes for a better you. 

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Topical Currents
4:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

“Our Miami” Community Initiative

www.ourmiami.org

10/25/12 -  Topical Currents begins with info about “Our Miami:  Soul of the City.”   The Miami Foundation, the Beacon Council and FIU have surveyed residents to find their perceptions of the region.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with TV Iron Chef Judge Candice Kumai.  She’s written Cook Yourself Sexy.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and The End Of American Debate

Greg Lukianoff
www.thefire.org

10/24/12 - Topical Currents is with attorney Greg Lukianoff, who specializes in college campus free speech issues.  He’s written the book, UNLEARNING LIBERTY:  Campus Censorship & the End of American Debate.  He says “the road to censorship is always paved with good intentions.”  And for most people, free speech is extolled . . . until it crosses a personal border. 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Maestro James Judd and His Miami Music Project

Miami Music Project Artistic Director James Judd.
www.miamimusicproject.org

10/23/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents features British-born conductor James Judd, and the story behind his ambitious Miami Music Project.  Judd conducted the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 2001.  Financial difficulties forced the ensemble’s closure.  Some 25,000 public school students – many in underserved communities -- have been exposed to classical music through the performances of the Project.

 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The U.S. Middle Class: The Betrayal Of The American Dream

Donald Bartlett and James Steele
www.barlettandsteele.com

10/22/12 - Monday's Topical Currents is with veteran investigative journalists Donald Bartlett and James Steele, co-authors of THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.  Over the past 30 years, the vaunted middle class in the United States has taken some big hits.   Outsourcing of jobs by major corporations has been augmented by deregulation . . . retirement plans have been gutted . . . and the middle class pays a higher tax rate than the wealthy.  Will the US soon be just a two-tiered economic system?

Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining: Baking Out Loud

BAKING OUT LOUD: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors
www.hedygoldsmith.com

10/18/12 -   Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview executive pastry chef  Hedy Goldsmith, of Miami’s “Michael’s Genuine.”  She’s written BAKING OUT LOUD.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Who Runs the Presidential Debates?

No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates by George Farah
www.sevenstories.com

10/18/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with George Farah, author of No Debate:  How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.”  The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private corporation formed by both major parties, which implements debate contracts.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer, with executive pastry chef  Hedy Goldsmith, of Miami’s “Michael’s Genuine.”  She’s written BAKING OUT LOUD.

George Farah on DemocracyNow.org: 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion

Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga, by Joseph Romm.
www.americanprogress.org

10/17/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with author, blogger and physicist Joseph Romm.  He’s written the book, LANGUAGE INTELLIGENCE, which examines how the correct use of rhetoric has influenced world history.  Take the language of the Bible, Shakespeare, Lincoln, Twain or Churchill:  simplicity and use of metaphors make them exceedingly powerful.  Which Presidential candidate is the better orator?

 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

A Social & Political History of the Mammogram

Handel E. Reynolds, MD, FACR, is a breast radiologist at the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and author of The Big Squeeze.
www.themammogramdilemma.com

10/16/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with Atlanta-based radiologist Dr. Handel Reynolds.  He’s written the book, THE BIG SQUEEZE:  A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram.  Also on the program is Dr. Roger Khouri, who heads the Miami Breast Center.  He’ll discuss new techniques in breast reconstruction for those who’ve had mastectomies.  Of course, we’ll take your calls.

 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Teach Your Children Well: Parenting For Authentic Success

Madeline Levine
http://www.madelinelevine com

10/15/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with clinician and consultant Dr. Madeline Levine, author of TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL:  Parenting for Authentic Results.  Her premise is that teaching values and coping skills matter more than grades, trophies and a prestigious college admission.  Levine practices in affluent Marin, County California, so is familiar with the high-pressure educational stakes and over-scheduled activities placed upon kids.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project; Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining

Ballet Austin, Light & The Holocaust Project
Tony Spielberg

10/11/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with news about an ambitious Miami-Dade collaboration studying the holocaust and human rights. It’s called “LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT”.  The events include a soul-stirring ballet, awareness projects, youth concerts, a one-man play, a family festival and anti-bullying workshops.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

NPR “Tell Me More” Host Michel Martin; Poet & Author Carlos Andres Gomez

NPR “Tell Me More” Host Michel Martin;
http://www.npr.org/programs/tell-me-more/

10/09/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with NPR’s Michel Martin, who’ll host a live national broadcast of her program “Tell Me More,” from WLRN, Wednesday morning at 11:00. The topic is national education reform, and includes Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho andtwitter chat component. And more, poet and actor Carlos Andres Gomez and his book, MAN UP: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Future Perfect
http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/

10/08/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents features technologist and social critic Steven Johnson. He foresees emerging trends, and explains why they’re relevant to both personal life and business. Johnson’s a proponent of a collaborative “peer progressive” movement to spur social change, and has been dubbed the “Darwin” of social technology. His latest book is Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

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