10/08/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones. He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, is stereotype, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture.
10/06/14 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents. We learn about little-known details of the largest military operation in history: World War II’s “Operation Overlord.” Allied forces began it on “D-Day,” in June of 1944. The planning was meticulous, and the result was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s global domination plan. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with historian Rick Atkinson
10/02/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove Chef, Ramesh Kaduru and Crown Wine and Spirits wine buyer, Veronica Litton. It's Oktoberfest! Chef Ramish talks about the Ritz October Biergarten and his appearance at the Deering Estate Foundation’s 13th annual Wine On Harvest Moon event. The event features German wine and food. Veronica talks with Fred about German Riesling wines and German beer.
10/02/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at the upcoming A Mindful Miami Conference and how better to serve our community. We’ll visit with the conference co-chair and founder of Mindful Kids Miami, Valerie York-Zimmerman. Also with us, David Lawrence – the President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. And more...
10/01/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is another edition of the popular South Florida History Quiz with historian and author Dr. Paul George. Listeners are invited to answer questions about local history, pop culture, sports and more . . .Here’s a sample: In 1881, a Philadelphia man was called “The Savior of Florida” after buying four-million acres of land. It triggered the state’s first land boom. Who was he?
09/26/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, on October 16th Broward County will start a year of celebrations for its 100th anniversary. Jody Horne-Leshinsky and Dawn Robinson-Patrick with the Broward Cultural Division bring us the exciting details. Judith Bishop highlights a new season presented by New Theatre with Artistic Director, Ricky J. Martinez.
At the close of every Topical Currents, since its inception in 1999, Joseph Cooper incorporates historical and fun facts over the ending theme music. We want to know from you, should Joseph continue to end the program with the calendar? Please comment below, or on theTC Facebook page or Twitter.
09/24/14 - Without much notice, America’s basic community building blocks have dissolved. Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the epochal shift in the structure of American life with journalist and author, Marc Dunkelman.
09/23/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents recalls the early days of soul music . . . in Miami. The first black-owned music label was created by Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall. They learned their trade on the streets of Overtown and at Johnny’s Record Store. Numerous Miami artists charted music during the period, including singers Betty Wright and Helene Smith.
09/22/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents considers the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the greater Everglades area. The lands surrounding the ‘Glades is the most populous urban area in the southeastern U-S . . . the seventh largest in the nation. We speak with the Executive Director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, which monitors factors which affect the delicate the ecosystem.
09/18/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with John Mariani, restaurant and travel columnist for Esquire Magazine and the Huffington Post. He has been called “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. We discuss the state of the restaurant industry in the US. He wrote a scathing article “What is Bon Appetit Magazine trying to sell us?” referring to their 50 nominees for the best restaurants of 2014. He questions their assumption that fine dining is dead. We talk about their concept of hipster restaurants; the overpriced food and what America wants when dining out.