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 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.

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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.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Fancy Food” Edition

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

10/04/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents features chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her annual report from the food industry’s biggest event, The Fancy Food Show.  Linda reports that Ethiopian cuisine is popular. And we’ll sample an easy-to-use bottled “simmer sauce.”  Low-sodium, tasty crisp chips are in vogue. One ounce equals a full-servings of veggies.  Of course, Fred Tasker is on hand with his weekly wine report. 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Yankee Hall Of Famer Lefty Gomez: An American Odyssey

Lefty Gomez
www.leftygomez.com

10/03/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents features Veronica Gomez, the daughter of New York Yankee Hall-of-Fame pitcher and World Series hero, Lefty Gomez.  His career bridged a unique baseball era: from 1932 to 1943. He arrived in New York during the Ruth/Gehrig era and as a veteran roomed with and helped groom the magical Joe DiMaggio.  Gomez was known for his classic one liners and sense of humor but was a fierce competitor on the field.   His book is Lefty: An American Odyssey.

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.

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