10/15/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 75-year prohibition of cannabis in the United States. 20 states have now approved medical marijuana consumption . . . two states have legislated limited recreational use. 52% of Americans, according to a Pew Research poll, support the decriminalization of cannabis.
10/10/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with television personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Delicioso on Univision and Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel. We’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.
First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.
10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay. We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK? And more. Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman. Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.
10/09/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl. South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss. We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties. We’ll speak with nature writer and researcher Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book, THE URBAN BESTIARY: Encountering the Everyday Wild. That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.
10/03/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef John Moeller, retired White House chef and author of Dining at the White House. It’s a behind the scenes look at preparing dinners at the White House and an insight into the personalities of the first families he served. He was chef to Presidents H.W. Bush, Clinton and George Bush. We look at memorable White House moments – including visits from heads of state, sudden cancelation of a Congressional Picnic on 9/11 and family dinners.
10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits. Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system. His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise. And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents. He’ll relate some remarkable moments.
10/01/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines how the Affordable Care Act will affect Floridians. It’s an “At Your Service” edition. State government has resisted the federal health overhaul initiative. Florida is one of a dozen states which have not expanded Medicaid. Governor Rick Scott has barred health care “navigators” to assist Floridians with “Obamacare,” but some counties are resisting that order. We’ll take your calls on the issue. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at one 1pm.
09/30/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers. But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction. Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted. We’ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm on WLRN.
Cynthia S Hernandez, Senior Research Associate, Instructor & Director of Internship Programs Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy Center for Labor Research & Studies Florida International University www.risep-fiu.org
Jeanette Smith Executive Director South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Member of the Wage Theft Task Force www.sfiwj.org