10/09/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl. South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss. We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties. We’ll speak with nature writer and researcher Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book, THE URBAN BESTIARY: Encountering the Everyday Wild. That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.
10/03/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef John Moeller, retired White House chef and author of Dining at the White House. It’s a behind the scenes look at preparing dinners at the White House and an insight into the personalities of the first families he served. He was chef to Presidents H.W. Bush, Clinton and George Bush. We look at memorable White House moments – including visits from heads of state, sudden cancelation of a Congressional Picnic on 9/11 and family dinners.
10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits. Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system. His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise. And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents. He’ll relate some remarkable moments.
10/01/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines how the Affordable Care Act will affect Floridians. It’s an “At Your Service” edition. State government has resisted the federal health overhaul initiative. Florida is one of a dozen states which have not expanded Medicaid. Governor Rick Scott has barred health care “navigators” to assist Floridians with “Obamacare,” but some counties are resisting that order. We’ll take your calls on the issue. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at one 1pm.
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.