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 2, 2012

“Members Only” Call-In With Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman

Behind the scenes of WLRN's pledge drive, Bonnie Berman (left).
Paul Leary

10/02/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” pledge program with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and faithful listeners.  We’ll “turn the table,” and have WLRN members give on-air testimonials and relate public radio experiences.  When was the first financial pledge offered?   How about a riveting “driveway moment?”

*Please note the audio begins about 30 to 45  seconds into the program, due to technical difficulties beyond our control .

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Michael Grunwald & The New New Deal

Michael Grunwald, Author of The New New Deal
www.michaelgrunwald.com

10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day”. Linda Gassenheimer & Chef Aida Mollencamp

09/27/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day.” We’ll speak with Ethics Commission Executive Director Joseph Centorini and Miami-Dade Schools social science coordinator Jackie Viana. Events begin October 12th. And more. Linda Gassenheimer and TV Chef Aida Mollenkamp with cooking tips from her book, Keys To The Kitchen

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

America’s Cheapest Family & The Money Smart System

www.americascheapestfamily.com

09/25/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Steve and Annette Economides, known as America’s Cheapest Family. They’ve made saving money—and still living well—an art form. They plan carefully and only grocery shop once a month. How about feeding seven on $350 dollars a month? The Cheapest Family doesn’t give allowances—the kids earn their way and learn the value of a buck by buying their own clothes.  The book is The Money Smart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence To Children Of Every Age

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

09/26/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with NYU political science professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics. Perhaps the authors are overly cynical, but a dictator can stay in power as long a ruling coalition can be maintained, even if it is a small minority. Democracies, in contrast, tend to be wide coalition systems and must satisfy a far wider population segment.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World

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09/24/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and naturalist William Bryant Logan. He's shown the complexities of simple topics in his books such as Oak and Dirt. His latest work is Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World.  Breathing air gives us life and brings hurricanes, skydiving and fungus. It blows the dust which feeds the seas' food building block: plankton. We may forever fight dust at home but airborne particles bred South America’s rain forests.

Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer’s South Florida “Restaurant Roundabout” 09/20/12

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

09/20/12 - 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. Critics Jen Karetnik, Rochelle Koff and Jan Norris will take calls.  Plus Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.  That’s Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman 09/20/12 at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

U-Mass Economics Professor Richard Woolf & Democracy At Work

09/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the future of 21st Century democracy and capitalism, with University of Massachusetts professor emeritus and author Richard Woolf. For more than 25 years, he’s developed a new approach for an economy aimed at promoting “workers’ self-directed enterprises.” There have been success stories for these small capitalist endeavors worldwide and in progressive US companies.  His book is Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.  

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Miami-Herald Obit Specialist Elinor Brecher. Linda Gassenheimer And Jewish Holiday Foods

09/13/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami-Herald obituary writer Elinor Brecher.  It takes singular skill and diplomacy to interview family and friends and craft a polished, posthumous profile. Brecher has made it an art.  And more: The Jewish New Year begins this weekend and Linda Gassenheimer gets holiday food tips from Chef Hector Morales, of the famed Miami Beach Epicure Market and Café.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cannabis And The New Green Revolution

09/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the decades old question of marijuana decriminalization with journalist and author Doug Fine.  Proponents of loosening laws governing cannabis point to economics: the sale value of legal and illegally grown pot is greater than revenues from corn and wheat. The cost of policing, prosecuting and incarceration of violators is staggering.  Doug Fine has written, Too High To Fail: Cannabis And The New Green Revolution

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women. 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Jenny Brown, Founder Of The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.  She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas.  Brown promotes a vegan diet.  

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food. Linda Gassenheimer & Traditional Irish Cooking

09/06/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with author and gardener Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food.   Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost—forever.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with Irish Chef Darina Allen.  The chef runs an Inn and Cookery School in County Cork, and is a popular TV figure.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System

09/04/12 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is with USC psychology and law professor Dan Simon, author of In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System.  Why do victims and eyewitnesses identify innocent people as crime perpetrators? DNA results show that some suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit.  Simon bemoans that juries are often given erroneous testimony during trials and are subject to human cognition failure.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Dr. Terri Orbuch's Finding Love Again. Then Linda Gassenheimer With Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Terri L. Orbuch, "The Love Doctor"
http://www.drterrithelovedoctor.com

08/30/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch.  In her book, Finding Love Again, she discusses how to move on after a relationship ends.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. An Ethiopian orphan, he was adopted by a Swedish couple at age three.

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