11/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois Communications professor Robert McChesney, co-author of DOLLAROCRACY. Can changes in our political system be made to take back control of what the authors call “the favored few?” What is big money’s influence on journalism? Does it affect election outcomes?
11/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an open-phone discussion with journalists Dan Ricker, publisher of the Watchdog Report, and investigative reporter Dan Christensen, who edits the Broward Bulldog. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regaldo appears to be a shoe-in for reelection Tuesday . . . yet has still spent campaign funds as though he were seriously challenged.
11/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents reflects on the 2012 Presidential Election, with political science professors John Side and Lynn Vavreck. Commentators and pundits quickly gave reasons for President Obama’s win . . . but detailed study by academics adds a dose of reality to the result. They drew on scads of data about voters, media coverage and candidate advertising.
11/01/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can hear another of our exciting, monthly studio performances. This time we’re honored to feature South Florida’s IKO IKO on their 30thanniversary. Led by Graham Wood Drout, they’ll perform their original “urban swamp music.” Blues, Rock, R&B and Jazz with a touch of New Orleans rhythm simmer in their “musical roux.” Let the good times roll with Iko Iko.
10/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the dynamics of arguments in a relationship. Psychologist Dr. Ilona Jerabek has closely studied the matter. She says fighting is one thing . . . but fighting dirty threatens bonds. She says anger isn’t destructive . . . but that rage provokes breakups. 42% of argument participants use curse words. But 47% make up right away.
10/24/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Arthur Agatston. His latest book is The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution. He talks about the myths and reality of gluten intolerance -- is it a fad, who does it affect, what are the solutions?
10/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Georgetown University law professor and author Peter Edelman. He’s written SO RICH, SO POOR: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. The US has the highest child poverty rate in the industrialized world. Income disparity is at its highest point since the great depression. One-half the jobs in the nation pay less than $35,000 per year. Learn more at 1pm on WLRN.
10/21/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood disease of malignant cells found in bone marrow. We’ll visit with Dr. James Berenson, the Director and Founder of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. Berenson’s Myeloma-related research can benefit all cancers where bone metastasis is a threat, particularly breast, lung and prostate cancers as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Learn more on Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.
10/18/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another studio performance. Our featured group, the Amernet String Quartet, is the distinguished ensemble in residence at FIU. They join us to perform on South Florida Arts Beat for their second year in a row.