05/06/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with New York Magazine contributing editor and award-winning journalist, Jennifer Senior. Based on scientific research and studies, she says that parents are more unhappy than their childless peers – although she adds that the high price of raising children comes with high rewards. Senior - the mother of a six year old has written- ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD. Join us for Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

Miami Heart Gallery Profiles Foster Kids

Mar 26, 2014
Lisann Ramos

Volunteer photographers, videographers and makeup artists gathered in Coconut Grove to profile foster children that are up for adoption in Miami-Dade.

Twice a year The Children's Trust puts on a photo shoot for the foster kids. It's called the Miami Heart Gallery.

Sid Hoeltzell is a photographer who's been involved with the project since it started in Miami.

02/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at child and adolescent anxiety, and how it can unravel families.  Are kids more anxious today?  Does their fear stem from parental fretfulness?  We’ll speak with psychologist Dr.

Scott Wants $40 Million Increase For Child Protection

Jan 14, 2014
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  In the wake of a wave of children's deaths last year, Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the Florida Legislature to include about $40 million in additional money for child protection in the next state budget, the governor announced Tuesday in Miami.

Scott's budget proposal includes nearly $32 million for the state Department of Children and Families for child protective investigations and $8 million for six Florida sheriff's offices that handle such investigations.

Scott called his proposal a "historic" budget increase for DCF, and Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo agreed.

01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization.  It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . .  from entrance to middle school through high school.  College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.

Elaine Chen / WLRN

When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:

Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.


A Florida Senate committee has approved a bill cracking down on parents who illegally put their children up for adoption.

The practice often involves children who were adopted from other countries.

It's called "rehoming," and it puts kids into new families -- for free. The kids are typically offered for adoption on the Internet by parents who just don’t want them anymore.

Annie Leibovitz

12/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and lecturer Andrew Solomon.  His latest book, FAR FROM THE TREE:  Parents, Children and the Search for Identity tells the stories of parents who deal with their exceptional children . . . and find profound meaning doing so.  Families cope with deafness, dwarfism, autism, schizophrenia, children conceived in rape, kids who become criminals and transgendered individuals. Solomon tells how diversity makes parents more imaginative and understanding.  Don’t miss Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

Adam Bouska via

10/23/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She chairs the Democratic National Committee. She’s served in the U.S. House nine years and has written FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:  A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s ProblemsWasserman Schultz’s district covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. She’s the mother of three, and is a breast cancer survivor. Tune in for Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN.    

Children's Hospital DJs Spin A Dose Of Joy

Aug 19, 2013



There are close to 70 radio stations in Miami, but one of them isn't like the others.


UNIDENTIFIED DJ: You're listening to Radio Lollipop.

SIMON: Radio Lollipop has sky-high ratings and a devoted audience. It broadcasts from inside the Miami Children's Hospital to its 300 young patients. Reporter Judith Ritter paid a visit.

JUDITH RITTER, BYLINE: Most radio DJs don't look like Dazzling Dave, especially when he wears his red superman cape.

Miami Herald

After weeks under fire following the deaths of four children, David Wilkins on Thursday abruptly resigned as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that Wilkins had stepped down "to pursue opportunities in the private sector and to provide more attention to his foundation." 

Scott also tapped as interim secretary Esther Jacobo, the regional managing director for DCF's southern region, which serves Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. 

Elaine Chen

Often “Art Basel” is used as shorthand for the many arts events that coincide with the Art Basel fair itself, which takes place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

But throughout Miami, galleries and artists are exhibiting their work so there really is something for everyone this week.  Below is a small sampling for various persuasions. 

You hate contemporary art: Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum.