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
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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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.

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