11/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of Broward County’s ambitious “Complete Streets” program. It’s aimed at providing safe streets for pedestrians, vehicles, and most especially, having a more bicycle-friendly community. And more. Linda Gassenheimer’s annual Thanksgiving dinner tips. We’ll open up the phones and take calls.
11/20/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with journalist Anthony Summers, who’s spent many years researching the many conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, 50 years ago. His book title: “NOT IN YOUR LIFETIME” is a quote from investigative commission chairman, Earl Warren, when asked about the release of the final details of the crime.
11/13/13 - On the next Topical Currents we’ll hear from renowned author Salman Rushdie about what it was like to live in hiding for 9 years after being condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini for his book “The Satanic Verses.” Now living in the U.S.
11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich. He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.
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.