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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cannabis And The New Green Revolution

09/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the decades old question of marijuana decriminalization with journalist and author Doug Fine.  Proponents of loosening laws governing cannabis point to economics: the sale value of legal and illegally grown pot is greater than revenues from corn and wheat. The cost of policing, prosecuting and incarceration of violators is staggering.  Doug Fine has written, Too High To Fail: Cannabis And The New Green Revolution

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women. 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Jenny Brown, Founder Of The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.  She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas.  Brown promotes a vegan diet.  

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food. Linda Gassenheimer & Traditional Irish Cooking

09/06/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with author and gardener Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food.   Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost—forever.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with Irish Chef Darina Allen.  The chef runs an Inn and Cookery School in County Cork, and is a popular TV figure.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System

09/04/12 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is with USC psychology and law professor Dan Simon, author of In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System.  Why do victims and eyewitnesses identify innocent people as crime perpetrators? DNA results show that some suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit.  Simon bemoans that juries are often given erroneous testimony during trials and are subject to human cognition failure.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Dr. Terri Orbuch's Finding Love Again. Then Linda Gassenheimer With Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Terri L. Orbuch, "The Love Doctor"
http://www.drterrithelovedoctor.com

08/30/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch.  In her book, Finding Love Again, she discusses how to move on after a relationship ends.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. An Ethiopian orphan, he was adopted by a Swedish couple at age three.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Miami Dade Pit Bull Referendum

08/09/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a discussion of pit bull terriers.  Ownership of the canines in Miami-Dade was banned in 1989, after a rash of attacks which sparked fear. There’s a pit bull-ban repeal measure on the August 14th ballot.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier
http://employees.oxy.edu/dreier/

08/08/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a 20th Century “Social Justice Hall of Fame,” compiled by Occidental College professor Peter Dreier.  It chronicles activists, thinkers and politicians who challenged injustice and promoted democracy.  His list of vignettes includes Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel . . . and even Bruce Springsteen.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business & Government

David Rothkopf
https://twitter.com/djrothkopf

08/07/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the rivalry between big business and government. It’s a historical struggle between public and private power.  We’ll speak with David Rothkopf  about his book, POWER, INC.The Epic Rivalary Between Big Business and Government – And the Reckoning That Lies Ahead.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

El Nuevo Herald Metro Columnist Daniel Shoer Roth

Daniel Shoer Roth
https://twitter.com/danielshoerroth/

08/06/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with El Nuevo Herald Metro columnist Daniel Shoer Roth. He also writes a weekly view in the Miami Herald Opinion section.  A grandson of Holocaust survivors, Daniel Shoer is a frequent voice for South Florida underdogs: the homeless, elderly, bullied and neglected.  Born in Venezuela, he’s the grandson of Holocaust survivors. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The South Florida Social and Restaurant Scene

(l-r) Drag Queen Elaine Lancaster, Lesley Abravanel, and Dennis Rodman.
http://blogs.herald.com/scene_in_the_tropics/

08/02/12 - In the second half of the program, Linda Gassenheimer with Miami Herald columnist Lesley Abravenel. She’ll give an update on the South Florida social and restaurant scene. Plus, wine columnist Fred Tasker.  That’s Topical Currents . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Preventing Home Accidents

Dan Hannan
http://www.danshomesafety.com/

08/02/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with home safety engineer Dan Hannan, his book is Preventing Home Accidents: A Quick and Easy Guide.  We think of our abode as a safe haven, where we feel most secure, but we’re ten times more likely to sustain a serious or fatal injury at home than at work. We’ll offer a home safety check-list, as well. And more . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Elizabeth Cline
https://www.facebook.com/overdressedthebook

07/31/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with journalist Elizabeth Cline, author of OVERDRESSED: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion.  The days of buying quality clothes at local shops or department stores – even having garments mended – have gone the way of the phonograph. The New York City garment district is mostly history.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget
http://nationalpriorities.org/

07/30/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “Federal Budget, 101.”   We’ll speak with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst of the National Priorities Project, and author of THE PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET.  Most Americans shun even trying to comprehend where or how our federal dollars are spent. Complex barriers have prevented us from having any influence over budget creation or oversight.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Avoiding the “CON” in Construction

Kia Ricchi
www.thecontractress.com

04/07/11 - Topical Currents begins with South Florida contractor Kia Ricchi, and her book, AVOIDING THE “CON” IN CONSTRUCTION.  She gives practical guidelines for home building, renovation and repair . . . and how to avoid scams.  And more, Linda Gassenheimer with Lyn Farmer, the Director of the United Way Wine and Food Festival, along with Chef Orlando Arroyo. In its 16th year, the event has raised $12-million for those in need.

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