09/30/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers. But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction. Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted. We’ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm on WLRN.
Cynthia S Hernandez, Senior Research Associate, Instructor & Director of Internship Programs Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy Center for Labor Research & Studies Florida International University www.risep-fiu.org
Jeanette Smith Executive Director South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Member of the Wage Theft Task Force www.sfiwj.org
09/27/13 - On the next fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop, speaks with Artistic Director, David Arisco, about another enticing season coming to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Beloved Maestro Eduardo Marturet of MISO, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, has the details about the orchestra’s upcoming events. He shares his excitement with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.
09/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker. Linda’s “Food & Dining” segments have been broadcast weekly now for some 15 years, and she discusses some of her favorite programs . . . and what new challenges are presented. Many internationally renowned chefs, authors, Food Network stars and others have appeared. That’s Topical Currents . . .Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.
09/24/13 - Today's Topical Currents is with noted historian Dr. Paul George of Miami-Dade College and HISTORY/MIAMI. He’s conducted countless South Florida “History Tours,” and is co-host of our popular Topical Currents History Quiz program. On this program, however, he’ll break down the most critical historical preservation projects for the area.
09/20/13 - On a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Eric Fliss, talks about the arts explosion in South Dade due to the center’s community outreach programs and presentations of international, national and local talent. The arts are transforming this South Florida community.
09/19/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. It’s her annual “Fancy Food” show report. The Fancy Food gathering is the largest display of food related products in the country. It sets trends for the industry. Linda will show us – and have us taste – her favorites.
09/18/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at parental influences on kids and their educational experience. There are frequent urgings to increase budgets and hire skilled teachers to motivate school-kids . . . but plans seldom mention the importance of parents. We’ll speak with University of Wisconsin professor-emeritus Dr.
09/17/13 - Tuesday'sTopical Currents features regular contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly “Watchdog Report.” Topics include the budget hardball being played out in Miami-Dade County. Funding for libraries has been restored, but there are still battles with union workers, who look for benefits to be restored. Coconut Grove residents say more police officers are needed to curb crime in their village. Learn more . . . and call in with concerns . . .
09/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein. He’s written THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Most of us have a limited – and limiting – understanding of trauma. Epstein says trauma is more than death, chronic illness or cataclysmic life events in the news . . . that it isn’t a rare event . . . but is central to our psychological makeup.
09/12/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bulldog Barbecue restaurant chef/owner Howie Kleinberg. Football season is in full swing. Howie gives us tips for tailgate parties and we taste some tailgate treats. In the second half of Topical Currents, Thursday at 1:30 on WLRN-HD1.
09/12/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the notion that it’s OK to say “I Don’t Know.” Is it human nature to pretend we do even when we don’t? Parents seldom want kids to know they don’t have an answer: “Daddy, why is the sky blue?” Perhaps politicians would be better off to admit they don’t know either.
09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85. They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.