11/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines our looming retirement predicament with James Russell, author of SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(K)S AND THE RETIREMENT CRISIS. The pitch for 401(K)s began in the 1980s. They were heralded by the financial services industry as better than traditional pensions. Russell says what was promised proved untrue . . .
11/06/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jen Karetnick about her latest book is "Mango." It’s filled with recipes from local chefs. She tells how she became known as 'Mango Mama' while cultivating her mango orchard of 11 mango trees with charming stories about learning to grow and use mangos. Plus, a history of the Mango gang and many recipes, including ones that are not always associated with mangos. Fred Tasker gives wines suggestions. Tune in Thursday at 1:30 on Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN.
11/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our semi-annual election preview.Tuesday is election day . . . and Florida should experience one of the closest races for Governor in modern history. There are many other statewide and municipal races, as well as a host of Constitutional matters.
10/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the partnership between sister cities – Nice, France and Miami, Florida, present the Third Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of the diversity of Jazz. Founder and CEO, Phillipe Pautesta-Herder brings us the details.
10/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents shares the background of the new WLRN-TV documentary, TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS. It premieres Tuesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 17. Check your cable listings. The program is an emotional presentation of the history of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious extermination camps. Some 900,000 Jews were slaughtered there in a 13-month period. TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS features the last known survivor of the death camp . . . Samuel Willenberg. Tune in for Topical Currents Monday at 1pm only on 91.3 WLRN.
10/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a new look at what’s always been termed the “Golden Years.” Many seniors in this country are in a “survival mode,” living day-to-day on Social Security. Many also face an affordable housing crunch, which will worsen as more and more boomers retire. Our guest is Steve Protulis, Executive Director of Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corp (EHDOC) a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income seniors. And more . . .
10/21/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis. No – not more information about the Ebola virus. We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted: a toilet. That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases.
This program is a raw unedited version, and includes fundraising efforts.
10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead. It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.
10/15/14 - Today’s Topical Currents takes a much different approach than usual….We’re turning the tables!! An interviewer . . . becomes an interviewee. Bonnie Berman's guest for the hour is a friend, mentor and colleague: Joseph Cooper. The Topical Currents host and executive producer celebrates his 40th anniversary at WLRN in 2014. He came to the station back when it was a low-powered, monaural education outlet. It had just recently qualified as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee and had just joined the fledgling National Public Radio Network. He’s seen the long road of progress and excellence in public broadcasting. That's Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.
10/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another..