01/02/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with former New York Times reporter and editor, Craig Whitney. He reviews the long history of American gun control in his recent book, LIVING WITH GUNS: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment. Though his book was published before the Connecticut school massacre, Whitney says the rights of Americans to own and use guns can be preserved while also giving the public the right to live in safety. Over 30,000 die from gunshots every year.
12/28/12 - This week on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy an evergreen live performance from our Miami studios. FIU’s Ensemble-In-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elliott Carter. Advocates for neglected works of the past as well as committed to the music of our time, this quartet has been delighting and educating audiences of all ages since 1991.
12/27/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with journalist and language expert Constance Hale. Her latest book concentrates on the “pivot points” of our sentences: verbs. In her book, VEX, HEX, SMASH, SMOOCH, she examines both heavenly and headache verbs. And more. Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker with end of year drinks and food.
12/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, restaurateur Bobby Stokey, shares his excitement about the “Uncorked: Key Largo & Islamorada Food and Wine Festival,” now expanding to 10 days starting January 10th. Film critic, Dan Hudak, delivers his year-end Top Ten Best Films of 2012. Author Bob Kealing talks about a Florida musical legend in his new book, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock. Our arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky with enticing Broward County events.
12/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with first impressions. Just a fraction of a second can influence a relationship . . . and those first takes tend to be remarkably accurate. We’ll speak with expert Patti Wood, author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma. And more. Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo. Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.
12/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at how we can improve communication skills. Verbal expert Dr. Ben Benjamin , co-author of CONVERSATION TRANSFORMATION, says there are red flags to notice when conversations take the wrong course. Complaints and leading questions can start a downhill path. And “Yes, buts” usually put another person on the defensive. More information at www.conversationtransformation.com
12/17/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Temple University Professor Joan Mellen, whose latest book is OUR MAN IN HAITI: George de Mohrenschildt& the CIA in the Nightmare Republic. It tracks the role of the U.S. military and CIA in the internal life of Haiti, particularly during the despotic reign of Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier. Mellen cites ties to the U-S Mafia, drug traffic, and even the Kennedy assassination.
12/14/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami’s Latin Pop star, pianist and composer Arthur Hanlon, discusses his Public TV special, “Encanto Del Caribe” and his long career. Jazz and Blues contributor, Bob Weinberg, chats with Dr. Ron Weber about the exciting 21st anniversary season for the not-for-profit, South Florida Jazz. Our calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council with enticing events for your consideration. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
12/13/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Guest is acclaimed Chef Norman Van Aken. His food career began in Key West . . . before his mega-star tenure in the South Florida dining scene. He’s written MY KEY WEST KITCHEN, along with his son, Justin Van Aken. Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker. *Today's program is an abbreviated fundraising edition.
12/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents begins with the Chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, David Lawrence. He’ll update the issues and progress of efforts to better prepare Florida kids to learn . . . and thrive. One in four Florida high school students are dropouts. A half-million kids have no health insurance.
12/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with University of Miami professor Dr. Patti Rose, who specializes in cultural diversity issues which face health professionals -- and interactions with patients and families. And more. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez interviews award-winning novelist Junot Diaz. Recently awarded a sizeable “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. His latest book is a collection of themed short-stories called, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.
12/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” pledge program with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman . . . and faithful listeners. We’ll “turn the table,” and have WLRN members give on-air testimonials, and relate public radio experiences. When was your first financial pledge offered? How about revealing one of those riveting “driveway moments?”
Made famous by James Brown, saxophonist Maceo Parker has built an impressive career on his own, working with artists ranging from George Clinton to Ani DiFranco. He talks about his start with the Godfather of Soul, discusses his years in the music business, and offers advice to musicians who would follow in his footsteps.