Topical Currents

Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm

Bonnie and Joseph
Bonnie and Joseph
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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
2:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Joseph Cooper Talks About His Medical Ordeal/Return To Hosting Topical Currents

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman in the studio today.
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

BLOCKBUSTERS: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Harvard University Professor Anita Elberse.  She specializes in today’s entertainment culture, and has written BLOCKBUSTERS:  Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

How The New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Pet

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09/09/14 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when take another look at the most popular pet in the world—the elusive and inscrutable cat.  The past two decades have seen an explosion in research leading to some astounding findings.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

Steve Almond
againstfootball.org

09/08/14 - "Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?"  That was the title of a 2014 essay in the New York Times Magazine written by journalist, author and former sports reporter, Steve Almond.  Join us for Monday’s T

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t with Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs
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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

From Food Truck To Brick And Mortar

Linda Gassenheimer and Michell Sanchez at WLRN Studio.
Dina Allende via twitter.com/MakeitClique

09/04/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Chef Michel Sanchez, chef/owner Latin House Grill.  He started with a food truck and now has a brick and mortar restaurant and another about to open.  He also won best burger from Burger Beast 3 years in a row. He talks about how he created his food truck and turned it into a restaurant and how to make a great burger.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Condemning Children To Die In Prison - 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story

A child appearing in Pinellas County juvenile court.
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09/02/14 - The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison.  On Tuesday's Topical Currents we look at the issue which is the subject of the POV documentary, “15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story.”  It’s the story of one of those children, Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida.  A Supreme

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New School Food Programs Including Expanded Afterschool Meals

Salmon Burgers with Hot Pepper Corn
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08/28/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Schools.  Also in studio, Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward.  What’s in store for school meals and after school activities -- We discuss exciting new food programs including expanded afterschool meals.  
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

An Unexpected Love Affair With Florida

www.fau.edu

08/28/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an exploration of the real Florida with FAU English and creative writing Professor, Andrew Furman.  He’s the author of  Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair With Florida.

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Topical Currents
3:54 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Florida's Biggest Ponzi Scheme

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08/27/14 - Wednesday Topical Currents examines the saga of Fort Lauderdale  Ponzi-schemer, attorney Scott Rothstein. News of the scandal broke in 2009.  One of Fort Lauderdale’s top philanthropists bilked $1.4 Billion from investors and charitable organizations. The scams supported his outrageously opulent lifestyle. We speak with Chuck Malkus, author of THE ULTIMATE PONZI:  The Scott Rothstein St

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

How The Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America’s Love Life

Sarah Varney
sarahvarney.com

08/26/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents considers the ways that one’s weight can affect the emotional and physical lives of those who heavy.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Preview Of The 2014 Primary Election

Elaine de Valle, Broward Bulldog, and George Bennett
twitter.com

08/25/14 - On Monday's Topical Currents we’ll get a preview of Tuesday’s Primary Election.

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Food And Dining
6:18 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Importance Of The Bee Population

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08/21/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN guest host Peter J. talk about the importance of the bee population, why we are losing so many bees and what is being done about it.  John Gentzel, a Homestead Beekeeper is in studio; He is on the Board of the Dade County Farm Bureau. Also joining the conversation is Aaron Mullins, a senior biological scientist at the University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

ABC's Of The Plant Kingdom – The History, Facts And Lore

Michael Largo
michaellargo.com

08/22/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the ABC’s of the plant kingdom – the history, facts and lore.  We visit with Miami author, Michael Largo.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Part Two of All In A Day’s Work with retired airline Captain Bruce Bornstein

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08/20/14 - It’s not “Déjà vu all over again”!

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