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
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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Painful Decision To Euthanize A Pet

Bonnie's cat Der shpark
Bonnie Berman

08/19/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors. We focus on the painful and emotionally wrought decision to euthanize a pet. And of course, we’ll take your pet questions of course . . . Listen in . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Back To School Anxiety In Children

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08/18/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents focuses on back to school anxiety in children.  Yes, some separation anxiety and fear are normal, but how can parents identify genuine anxiety that requires treatment as opposed to plain old back to the books blues and end of summer foot dragging?  What should parents do? We’ll visit with Jill Ehrenrich May… she’s a University of Miami Psychology Professor and Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” August 2014 Edition

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

08/14/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critics Jen Karetnick covering Miami-Dade County, Matt Meltzer in Broward and Jan Norris i

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

No Makeup For 1 Year? The Beauty Experiment.

The Beauty Experiment
www.phoebebakerhyde.com

08/13/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is a rebroadcast of a visit with journalist Phoebe Baker Hyde, about her dilemma of a “perfect storm” of self-doubt. She struggled with the notion that as a professional woman, she should be encumbered with the expense and trappings of fashion, makeup, new clothes, salon haircuts and jewelry. Hyde swore off the fantasy of feminine perfection for a year, and has written THE BEAUTY EXPERIMEN

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

All In A Day’s Work: The View From The Cockpit Of A Transcontinental Passenger Jet

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08/12/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents, we continue our series “All in a Day’s Work”, with retired commercial airline pilot Bruce Bornstein.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Reclaiming What We’ve Lost In A World Of Constant Connection

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connectivity
www.endofabsence.com

08/11/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents considers how our constant connectivity is engulfing our world.  What have we lost to the long hours we spend in digital space?  Award-winning writer Michael Harris has authored, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connectivity

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Butter, Meat and Cheese and a Healthy Diet

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
www.thebigfatsurprise.com

08/07/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents takes on the issue of dietary fats and whether or not they are actually detrimental to our health. Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz has written The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.  She contends that everything we thou

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Shame And Secrecy Surrounding Bipolar Disorder And Other Mental Illnesses

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08/05/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents delves into a mother’s heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s suicide…her unimaginable and all-consuming grief, her guilt, and her struggle to find peace. Joan E.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

What Hospitals Won’t Tell You with Johns Hopkins Surgeon/Professor Dr. Marty Makary

Dr. Marty Makary
www.unaccountablebook.com

08/04/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is a rebroadcast with whistle-blower surgeon and Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Marty Makary.  He’s an international expert on patient safety, who laments the corporatized hospital culture.

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Inside Miami Spice 2014

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07/31/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview  Bill Talbert, President and CEO Greater Miami Convention and Business Bureau and John Kunkel CEO of 50 Eggs group owner of 5 concept restaurants – Yardbird, Khong, Swine, Lounge Bar and Lime.  Miami Spice runs for two months – August and September -  $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch. They give us tips on how to navigate the offerings. 
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Other Side of Paradise: Life In The New Cuba

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba
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07/31/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents features literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez’ interview with journalist and author, Julia Cooke Her new book, The Other Side of Paradise recounts her 10 month stay in Cuba in 2009. And more, Miami Spice runs through August and September.  Lin

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Summer Sun Safety With Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Ana Duarte

Dr. Ana Duarte
www.childrensskincenter.com

07/30/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the dangers and risks of overexposure to the sun.   Making sun protection a priority as an adult, helps children develop sun-smart behaviors that can last a lifetime.  Parents, teachers and even camp counselors have to model healthy sun habits and act as role models for children. Of course, protection from the sun is essential in summer, but here in South Florida,  it’s important to remember it is also necessary year round.  We visit with Pediatric Dermatologist

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A Love Story On Death Row

“Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row.”
www.damienechols.com

07/29/14 - Damien Echols spent eighteen years on death row for murders he did not commit.  Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when we speak with Echols - one of the infamous West Memphis Three - and the woman who spearheaded the 16 year effort to secure his release from prison, Lorri Davis.  They married in a Buddhist Ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit. Their collection of love letters during these harrowing years have been compiled into the book “Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row.”  Listen in to Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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