11/28/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with regular contributor and Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker. We’ll follow up with South Florida election ramifications . . . and of course, take your calls. Is the large Miami-Dade Cuban-American vote now swinging to Democrats? And what effect will charter-enacted County Commission term limits foretell? We’ll also check up on post-election Broward County politics and government. http://www.watchdogreport.net/
11/27/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Communications Professor Brian Winston of the University of Lincoln, UK. His book, A Right to Offend, addresses the current state of freedom of expression in the western world. He examines the most pertinent cases of conflict during the last two decades. And more . . . literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Will Schwalbe, author of THE END OR YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB.
11/26/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors. We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls. Also a report on how the Miami-Dade Pet Trust straw ballot approval will play-out. It calls for low-cost spay and neuter services and a no-kill animal shelter.
11/23/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Beth Boone shares her excitement about a new season of cutting-edge presentations from Miami Light Project. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Miami Short Film Festival with Founder William Vela and Director of Events, Karla Merrell. Executive Director, Pamella Dearden, describes the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s new season now under way. Our calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky with enticing arts events in Broward County. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
11/20/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with education innovator Salman Kahn. He says today’s schools and colleges are built upon a model developed by Prussians in the 1700-hundreds . . . and that modern technology should make classrooms more human and teachers more important. He recommends a pay scale for teachers to match other professions. Salman Kahn has written, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE: Education Reimagined.
11/19/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behavior. Psychopaths are usually fearless, confident, charismatic and ruthless . . . but most people aren’t aware that they aren’t necessarily violent. In fact, some psychopathic behavior is exhibited by leaders of business and government. We’ll speak with research psychologist Kevin Dutton about his book, THE WISDOM OF PSYCHOPATHS: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.
11/16/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another concert from our Miami studios. Aaron Lebos Realityperforms compositions from their latest recording. This modern Jazz guitarist is a graduate of the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music Jazz/Studio Music Program and Florida International University. He’s also a veteran of the road having worked with numerous Latin Pop stars throughout the last decade.
It’s been a watering hole that has seen Miami grow from an insect-infested swamp town to a city of millions, gateway to Latin America. It’s weathered the worst of Miami and the best – all to the beat of South Florida’s music scene. No pretensions in this joint. It’s real, it’s genuine – it’s Tobacco Road. South Florida Arts Beat contributor, Chris DeAngelis, reveals the life of Miami’s booze and blues legend.
Written by Chris DeAngelis, produced and hosted by Ed Bell for WLRN’s South Florida Arts Beat.
11/15/12 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview celebrity chef Joanne Weir. Her latest book is Cooking Confidence. She’ll give us tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner - with confidence and more cooking and kitchen tips.
11/15/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of the anthology HOMEGROWN IN FLORIDA. It’s a collection of essays which address growing up in Florida – perhaps a child’s remembrance of “paradise.” Writing by Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Hiaasen, Jeff Klinkenberg and even Tom Petty is included. Also, Palm Beach Post reporter and author Carlos Frias, whose essay is included in the book.
11/13/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at South Florida “brownfield” remediation. Brownfields are hazardous, contaminated sites, usually in older and disadvantaged areas. They may qualify for federal and state grants for clean-up. These stipends spur economic development in several ways--including job creation from the restoration project. They also infuse funds into the community. The acclaimed Mid-Town Miami development was once tainted with arsenic and petroleum residues.
11/12/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Damien Echols, who spent 18-years on death row. He was convicted in 1993 of murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. He was even married on
death-row, with DNA results eventually setting him free. His memoir relates his youth, a highly publicizes trial, and the travails of nearly two-decades of solitary confinement. Damien Echols has written LIFE AFTER DEATH.
11/08/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about "Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.