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.
12/07/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, enjoy another performance from our studios in Miami. The renowned, two-time Grammy nominated choral group, Seraphic Fire, sings a program of holiday favorites in this Radio Flash Mob performance. Catch the beauty of Seraphic Fire in this world wide broadcast Friday at 1:00pm on South Florida Arts Beat.
12/06/12 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents and Linda Gassenheimer’s Annual Holiday Kitchen Gadget extravaganza with wine columnist Fred Tasker. How about a battery-operated vacuum chip and cracker storage container? Contents stay crisp for months. Linda demonstrates the ultimate double-edged bread knife, as well as a unique flippable omelet pan. Fred has gadgets for the wine devotee.
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Drummer, composer, physician, father – South Florida’s own Reuben Hoch has it all. Founder and leader of the Chassidic Jazz Project, a member of Zaviot and other ensembles, this busy musician talks about making it all work, why and how he does it.
12/04/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with socio-biologist Rebecca Costa. She offers a “genetic” explanation for currents events . . . emerging trends . . . and individual behavior. Costa retired at the zenith of her Silicon Valley career to write her book, THE WATCHMAN’S RATTLE: A Radical New Theory of Collapse. She says the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock.
12/03/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with whistle-blower surgeon and Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Marty Makary. He’s an international expert on patient safety, who laments the corporatized hospital culture. 25% of all hospital patients are harmed by medical mistakes. He says these blunders are due to blind focus on the proverbial “bottom line.” He’s written UNACCOUNTABLE: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You.