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.
11/08/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with marriage and family therapist Jude Bijou, author of ATTITUDE RECONSTRUCTION: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life. We’ll discuss how to deal with disappointment and anger in the workplace, and how to let off steam in a safe setting. Also, Linda Gassenheimer and “Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.
11/06/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an election day discussion of the myriad of voting rules among states and counties, as well as the constitutional history of U.S. voting and the Electoral College. We’ll visit with the author of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION: A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters. More than five-million voters will be affected by new voter registration restrictions. That’s larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.
11/02/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Founder and Executive Producer, Larry Rosen, joins us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Jazz record label, GRP Records. Mr. Rosen is also the founder and Executive Producer of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots Series which opens this weekend. The Miami Jazz Festival premieres November 17th. Founder and Musical Director, Carmen Cartiglia shares his excitement about this exciting five year project at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Miami.
11/01/12 - Topical Currents begins with analysis of Florida election ballots with the president of the League of Women Voters, Deirdre Macnab, and WLRN/Miami-Herald reporter Ashley Lopez. They’ll explain the state constitutional amendments as well as charter measures . . . and take calls. And more Linda Gassenheimer explores the food of Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico. Wine columnist Fred Tasker, is on-board as well.
10/31/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with investigative reporter David Cay Johnston. His latest book is, THE FINE PRINT: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind. Johnston show how big corporations work with government to relax rules, rewrite regulations, and enforce only the one which benefit them. Insurance companies regularly delay victim disability payments . . . hoping the recipient won’t be around to collect.
David Cay Johnston on public media's Democracy Now!
10/29/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with prolific author Michael Klare, author of THE RACE FOR WHAT’S LEFT: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources. The Earth’s reserves of natural resources are diminishing as population swells and developing countries modernize. What happens as the demand for these critical natural materials surpass the supply? Klare says the possibility of border disputes and military confrontations will increase.
10/26/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll talk with the new Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year. We’ll also find out about a new, five year commitment that brings the Miami-Nice Jazz Festival to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theatre this weekend. Judith Bishop interviews Lissette Mendez, a co-producer of the 29th Annual Miami Book Fair International. Bill Nix delivers our arts calendar featuring enticing events in Palm Beach County. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
10/25/12 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Candice Kumai, author of Cook Yourself Sexy, Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest Most Confident You. She’s a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a Food TV personality on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats. She talks about a healthy lifestyle makes for a better you.