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
Wed January 8, 2014

Making Healthcare Reform Work for You

Dr. Melissa Clarke
http://www.drmelissaclarke.com/

01/08/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with patient advocate and author Dr. Melissa Clarke.  She gives tips on how one can become more proactive in treatment of serious conditions.  She’s written EXCUSE ME DOCTOR!  I’ve Got What?  Studies show that patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive – and may save money, as well. Of course, we’ll take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

IN MEAT WE TRUST
maureenogle.com

01/07/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian and author Maureen Ogle who’s documented the long history of the livestock and meat debate.  It dates back to Colonial times.  In her book, IN MEAT WE TRUST,  Ogle doesn’t take sides . . . but explains how meat winds up on plates.  The factory-farm system first evolved because a labor shortage . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era

Michael Kimmel
www.michaelkimmel.com

01/06/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents addresses “Angry White Men,” a study of the extreme right, White Supremacists and neo-Nazis in the US, Germany and Scandinavia. Sociologist Michael Kimmel of New York’s Stony Brook University says young white men are distraught that society no longer belongs exclusively to them.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Verde Café at PAMM

Verde Miami
https://www.facebook.com/verdemiami

01/02/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview restaurateur Stephen Starr, he opened Verde Café at PAMM and is the owner of two other South Florida restaurants, 954 Steak in Ft. Lauderdale and Makoto in Bal Harbour; and Verde Chef, Nicolay Adinaquez talks about how they developed the new style cuisine at Verde.  

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1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others

Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others
https://twitter.com/abmarkman

01/02/14 - Did you make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or find a more meaningful career?  Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents.  We’ll visit University of Texas professor Dr. Art Markman. He’s written Smart Change:  Five Tools to Create  New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Author Salman Rushdie (Rebroadcast)

Salman Rushdie
twitter.com/SalmanRushdie

12/31/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is an interview with novelist Salman Rushdie, by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.  Rushdie, of course, authored Satanic Verses in 1988.  It enraged Muslim clerics, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Novelist Allan Gurganus

Local Souls
http://www.allangurganus.com/

12/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez visits with novelist Allan Gurganus.  He’s known for documenting southern US sentiments and the bittersweet lives of the citizens of a present-day fictional town in North Carolina.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times

“Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”
http://www.projectcensored.org/

12/30/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents, when we begin with Andy Lee Roth, coauthor of Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times.”  The book chronicles news censorship and under-reported stories from the past year.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

"Restaurant Roundabout” December 2013 Edition

Linda Gassenheimer on Chat Chow TV
www.chatchow.tv

12/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critics Jen Karetnik and Jan Norris.  We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listener calls about favorite dining spots.  Perhaps you have a new bistro to tell us about . . . or a favorite steakhouse.  Listen in Topical Currents today at 1pm.
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

The Life And Times Of Jesus Of Nazareth

ZEALOT: The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth
http://rezaaslan.com/

12/24/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with religious scholar Dr. Reza Aslan, who’s written ZEALOT:  The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  He says the Jesus known as Christ is not the same as the one from Nazareth.  The gospels weren’t written during his lifetime, but between 70 and 100 years after his death.  Aslan comes from a purely academic perspective.  Jesus was probably born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem.  He was a disciple of John the Baptist. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Historian John McMillian: Beatles vs. Stones?

www.ultimateclassicrock.com

12/23/13 - Which group was better and more influential . . . The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?  They are the most renowned bands in rock and roll history, so we’ll take up the question with historian and diehard fan John McMillian.  The Beatles were the sensations of sensations, and created an everlasting body of work over ten years.  John Lennon was murdered in 1980.  George Harrison succumbed to cancer 12 years ago.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Marky's Fine Foods Holiday Feasts with CEO Chris Hlubb

Marky's Group President Christopher Hlubb with some caviar in the warehouse at the company headquarters
PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD

12/19/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Christopher Hlubb, Pres and CEO of Marky’s group, purveyor of fine foods.  He gives us tips on creating holiday feasts and debunk some of the mysteries in gourmet foods – caviar – smoked salmon – chocolates how to choose from the many varieties

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Topical Currents
7:05 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Emotionally Focused Therapy For Dummies

12/19/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents begins with the authors of EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY FOR DUMMIES.  Professors Brent Bradley and James Furrow say it takes daily attention to keep a meaningful, fulfilling relationship vibrant.  And more . . . Linda Gasssenheimer’s Food & Dining looks at the finer delicacies of the holidays:  caviar, smoked salmon and rich chocolates.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think

Douglas Kenrick

12/18/13 - Why do people overspend, underinvest and make poor life decisions?  Nearly two-million vehicles are repossessed each year.  $57 Billion dollars are invested in state lotteries that have a negative return rate of 80%.  Is this communal stupidity, or are other factors involved that are evolutionary smarts?  On the next Topical Currents we speak with University of Arizona professor Douglas Kenrick, co-author of THE RATIONAL ANIMAL:  How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Psychopath Inside

Fallon's brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control.
The normal scan on the left is his son's. Jim Fallon

12/17/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with neuroscientist James Fallon.  After decades of studying human brains, he found that his own scan showed psychopathic patterns. Did he have the genes of a serial killer? He’s written THE PSYCHOPATH INSIDE:  A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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