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
Tue February 10, 2015

Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships

02/10/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we explore a new discipline called “relational neuroscience.”  We’ll learn more from psychiatrist Dr. Amy Banks, author of FOUR WAYS TO CLICK:  Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships. Why do many tend to repeat the same detrimental relationship patterns? Dr. Banks says there are tools and practices to help break the cycle. Tune in for Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

02/09/15 - On the next Topical Currents we discuss the future of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and how the common lentil can help.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Joy Wallace Celebrating 26 Years As Caterer Extraordinaire

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02/05/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview caterer extraordinaire, Joy Wallace. She shares the secrets to successful catering and event planning, and she is celebrating her 26th year in the business.  She started in 1988 and is now one of Miami’s top caterers.  One of her venues is the Vizcaya Café and Shop which she helped reclaim after hurricane Wilma. Her Disaster Relief Services division has been an important aid to the US government when disaster strikes.  She has helped in relief programs all over the States.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

How The Chicken Helped Spread Civilization

02/03/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we’ll get the lowdown on the “ordinary” chicken. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Missing Microbes: Overuse of Antibiotics with Dr. Martin Blaser

02/03/15 - Antibiotics ushered in a “golden age” of medical marvels.  They often cure life-threatening diseases.  Listen for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss the effects of antibiotics—and other factors—which contribute to the loss of the body’s useful bacteria. We’ll chat with Dr. Martin Blaser, who directs the Human Microbiome Program at NYU.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

BEYOND ADDICTION: How Science and Kindness Help People Change

02/02/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Foote

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Tips for Super Bowl 2015 with Chef Todd Erickson and Miami Food Editor Evan Been

Chef Todd Erickson in the WLRN studios.
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01/29/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Haven and Huahua Chef Todd Erickson. He’ll bring tacos to taste.  By phone, Miami Food Editor, Evan Been.  He’ll talk about beer with tacos.  They’ll both give us tips for Super Bowl eats. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

We Reminisce About “Vintage Miami” with Mandy Baca

01/29/15 - Mandy Baca is a food and history-obsessed native Miamian.

She remembers a Royal Castle joint on most every corner and the opening of Dadeland Mall. Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we reminisce about “Vintage Miami,” the title of her new book. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer talks Super Bowl tacos & Fred Tasker picks beers for big game. That’s Thursday at one o’clock.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

30 LESSONS FOR LOVING: Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Loving trailer from Karl Pillemer on Vimeo.

01/28/15 - If a young person seeks counsel about love & marriage, who’s the best source for it? Probably not the internet, Dear Abby or even Dr. Phil . . . but elders, who can recount valuable experience with tenderness and insight. Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we speak with renowned sociologist and gerontologist Karl Pillemer, about his book, 30 LESSONS FOR LOVING:  Advice from the Wisest Americans. That’s Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Internships, Micro-unions, Minimum Wage And Discrimination Laws

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01/27/15 - Join us for the next Topical Currents.  We’ll be “At Your Service” . . . with employment expert, attorney and author Donna Ballman.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Euro Crisis, Terrorism And The Rise Of Islamophobia

Markus Thiel
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01/26/15 - In the aftermath of European extremist attacks, pressure grows on EU leaders to improve security and combat terror threats. 

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Chef and Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks Wants to Know: What the Fork Are You Eating?

Stefanie Sack
www.stefaniesacks.com

01/22/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we speak with chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, along with Topical Currents culinary producer and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer. From her own childhood health battles, Sacks discovered how food could help heal her conditions. She’s created an action plan for both pantry and plate, which sifts through label gibberish to reveal healthy choices. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Sreenshot Angelina Jolie and Louis (Louie) Zamperini
NBC Today Show

01/21/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Luke Zamperini, son of the Olympic-runner and World War II survival legend, the late Louis (Louie) Zamperini.  Louie was the inspiration for the incredible book and Angelina Jolie-directed movie “Unbroken.” Also, Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with author Emily St.

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