04/28/15 - If you’re of retirement age, have you considered the many options of Social Security benefits? More than 40% of Americans apply for Social Security benefits at age 62.  Not a good idea, unless you must.  And deferring to age 70 not only increases benefits, but helps give the fund a cash cushion. We’ll have PBS NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman and Laurence J.

04/27/15 - This summer, Social Security turns 85.  Is it in crisis?  Is it still relevant in the 21st Century?  Fifty-five-million Americans depend on Social Security . . .but not all are seniors.  Could the average person invest what they pay-in and reap as much income? We’ll discuss Social Security with Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson authors of the book Social Security Works! . . . and we take your calls on the next Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm.

04/23/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss: Miami 1981 a look back at the food scene in South Florida (part of the O Miami Poetry Festival).  The event will take place at the Kampong, April 27. Our guests are Gretchen Schmidt, host of the event, and Cristina Favretto, UM special collections curator for Miami culinary archives. 

04/23/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss term limits for Florida Legislators. 

We’ll visit with FIU’s Kathryn DePalo, who says limited legislative tenures has done more harm than good. Her book is  The Failure of Term Limits in Florida.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer revisits the year 1981.  What were the popular food trends and innovations?  An example:  “Lean Cuisine” made its debut in ’81. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

04/24/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and producer Arturo Campa joins us to talk about another exciting Miami International Jazz Fest. Judith Bishop speaks with Leann Standish of the Perez Art Museum Miami about enticing current and future exhibitions.

04/22/15 - The old-fashioned term “teach-in” applied to the first Earth Day, in 1970.  Now, it’s an internationally accepted week of environmental mindfulness.

04/21/15 - The South Florida rainy season is soon upon us . . . those dark clouds encroaching  daily—with drizzles or a torrent. Join us for Tuesday's Topical Currents. 

04/20/15 - 100 million adult Americans live with chronic pain.  They are desperate for relief, yet would-be doctors are seldom educated about the subject.

04/17/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ owner and Indie promoter extraordinaire, Lauren Reskin, celebrates the store’s 10th anniversary, their Sweatstock Festival and Record Store Day 2015. Charles Greenfield checks in with The Florida Grand Opera and their spokesman, Justin Moss.

04/16/15 - On the next Topical Currents we begin with an American from Key West who’s long lived in England . . . and her amusing take on our common language.