09/06/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with author and gardener Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost—forever. And more: Linda Gassenheimer with Irish Chef Darina Allen. The chef runs an Inn and Cookery School in County Cork, and is a popular TV figure.
09/04/12 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is with USC psychology and law professor Dan Simon, author of In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System. Why do victims and eyewitnesses identify innocent people as crime perpetrators? DNA results show that some suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Simon bemoans that juries are often given erroneous testimony during trials and are subject to human cognition failure.
08/30/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch. In her book, Finding Love Again, she discusses how to move on after a relationship ends. And more: Linda Gassenheimer with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. An Ethiopian orphan, he was adopted by a Swedish couple at age three.
08/09/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a discussion of pit bull terriers. Ownership of the canines in Miami-Dade was banned in 1989, after a rash of attacks which sparked fear. There’s a pit bull-ban repeal measure on the August 14th ballot.
04/07/11 - Topical Currents begins with South Florida contractor Kia Ricchi, and her book, AVOIDING THE “CON” IN CONSTRUCTION. She gives practical guidelines for home building, renovation and repair . . . and how to avoid scams. And more, Linda Gassenheimer with Lyn Farmer, the Director of the United Way Wine and Food Festival, along with Chef Orlando Arroyo. In its 16th year, the event has raised $12-million for those in need.
“Mean” Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Her mom (author, Jean James) and dad (WWII veteran, William James) lived a very nomadic lifestyle. On one occasion they packed up the family (Mary was four at the time) and moved from Florida to North Minnesota, near the Canadian border, to rough it in the wilds. more at www.maryjamesband.com