01/20/14 - Monday’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, are stereotypes, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture. He's writtenFEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET: America’s New Dilemma. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.
01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm. www.AllanHarris.Com
01/16/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Alice Pereira, Baptist Health South Florida Diet and Nutrition specialist. She talks about the links between cancer and diet, what are the power foods and how we all can eat smart rather than diet.
01/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the benefits of . . . adversity. It can make us better, stronger and more resilient. Adversity is a boon to creativity. And when life is hardest, there are meanings and gifts to be found. We’ll speak with Georgetown University Medical Center psychiatrist and researcher Norman Rosenthal.
01/13/14 - In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr. Maya Angelou. She’s had a vast career in dance, screenplays, television, and novels. She’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with an appearance at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton next week. Dr.
01/12/14 - With special guest co-host, Bob Weinberg. Bob has written about jazz and blues in South Florida for 20 years. He was a longtime columnist and feature writer for City Link magazine, and currently writes for Jazziz Magazine, for which he also serves as reviews editor, and Jazz & Blues Florida, a monthly online publication.
01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization. It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . . from entrance to middle school through high school. College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.
01/08/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with patient advocate and author Dr. Melissa Clarke. She gives tips on how one can become more proactive in treatment of serious conditions. She’s written EXCUSE ME DOCTOR! I’ve Got What? Studies show that patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive – and may save money, as well. Of course, we’ll take your calls. That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.
01/07/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian and author Maureen Ogle who’s documented the long history of the livestock and meat debate. It dates back to Colonial times. In her book, IN MEAT WE TRUST, Ogle doesn’t take sides . . . but explains how meat winds up on plates. The factory-farm system first evolved because a labor shortage . . .
01/06/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents addresses “Angry White Men,” a study of the extreme right, White Supremacists and neo-Nazis in the US, Germany and Scandinavia. Sociologist Michael Kimmel of New York’s Stony Brook University says young white men are distraught that society no longer belongs exclusively to them.