4/10/14 - Topical Currents begins with an at your service edition on tax preparation. There are new rules and new deductions for 2013. The tax laws are composed of some 70,000 pages, so it’s easy to make mistakes. We’ll speak with tax expert Keith Hall.
03/24/14 - Monday's Topical Currents: George Saunders has been called one of America’s greatest short story writers. His work astounds readers with its effortless mix of humor and horror. A brilliant satirist, he delights in skewering the foibles of our corporate-driven, consumer-based society. But beneath the fun and games lies a profound wellspring of compassion for his fellow man.
Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.
I learn words in many ways, but the best may be in eating. The words on the menus and in the cookbooks I have from around the world have helped me conquer at least ‘parts’ of foreign languages.
I have a good knowledge of French, Italian and even some Japanese, if you allow that food is the central most important aspect of understanding a people’s tongue. My vocabulary was broadened by at least seven new words in Little Havana just the other day at a place blandly named, “Viva Mexico.”
12/13/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, iconic Pop artist, Peter Max, talks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about his long and varied career. His "cosmic '60s" style brought him a worldwide audience that continues to grow to this day. A contemporary of Andy Warhol, Max’s work is on exhibition in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton this Saturday. He comes to South Florida in a whirl-wind tour.
11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America. Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.
10/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Olympic Gold Medal Skater, Brian Boitano. He went from champion skating to cooking on the TV Food Network.
10/17/13 - In the second half of the program, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about the opening of a Pinecrest Trader Joe’s supermarket, the first in South Florida, with store captain JodiMcCollough.