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(9-29-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents features Miami civil rights and Coconut Grove pioneer, Thelma Gibson. 

She was a prime participant and witness to the desegregation movement from the 1950’s through the ‘70s.

(9-28-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features one of  Florida’s most beloved, irreverent and prolific Florida writers, Carl Hiassen.

Our state’s scams, stings, swindles, and freak factors give him priceless material for both his novels and Miami Herald columns.

We get his unique take on all things Florida of course, and take listener calls.

He has a new book out, called RAZOR GIRL.

(9-27-2016) A conversation, and listener calls,  with Daniel J. Levitin, author of A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.

(9-26-2016) Who hasn’t heard a horror story of protracted, emotional and destructive divorce? The battle may leave the lives of children scarred, and a couple in financial ruin.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at a more sensible, less adversarial split-up, with the “collaborative” divorce method.  Florida has adopted laws which help use non-litigated methods, and which may preserve family relationships.

(9-22-2016) Research shows that high school dropout kids can be identified as early as elementary school.

In many areas, 50-percent of students need extra support to stay in school.  We learn how City Year Miami uses “near peers” to help deter kids from quitting.  

(9-22-2016) June Morris, the Marquesa du Vin (co-chair) of Veritage Miami (United Way Food and Wine Festival).  She’ll take part in the Crush-a-thon working against 3 others to see who can crush the most grapes by stamping on them.  She also talks about this year’s other events.

(9-26-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Chapman Partnership, a partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

For more than 20 years, the Partnership has operated two Homeless Assistance Centers which serve some five-thousand men, women and children.  There’s emergency housing, meals, health and psychiatric care, plus day care and job training and placement.

It’s a leading model for homeless assistance centers.


Sep 24, 2016


Copyright © by Norman Van Aken, 1999. All rights reserved.

Yield: 8 Cups

For the Soup Base: 

1/3 Cup flour

1/3 Cup butter

2 ounces bacon, diced medium, about 1/2 cup

2 Tablespoons butter

1 red onion, diced medium

2 red bell peppers, stem and seeds discarded, diced medium small 2 stalks celery, cleaned and diced medium small

2 jalapeños, stem and seeds discarded and minced

6 cloves garlic, minced

32 Clams scrubbed clean

(9-21-2016) Today’s Topical Currents highlights one of South Florida’s noteworthy higher education centers, Barry University.

One of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast, the main campus in Miami Shores was opened as Barry College for Women in 1940.  It attained University status in 1981.   

Barry University’s School of Law was established in Orlando, in 1999.  

(9-19-2016) Do we humans and our pets share the same neurochemistry, and complex emotional difficulties?

Pioneering veterinarian and researcher Dr. Nicholas Dodman has written, PETS ON THE COUCH:  Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds and New Science of Animal Psychiatry.

There’s even a form of Tourette Syndrome . . . in horses.

Reuben Sandwiches

Sep 17, 2016


© 2016 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: 2 sandwiches

6 ounces of corned beef, (or more as desired). If you prefer pastrami this sandwich becomes a “Rachel”.

melted (or clarified butter), as needed

butter, softened, amount as needed

4 slices Jewish rye bread or pumpernickle

8 thin slices Emmenthaler Swiss cheese

6 Tablespoons good sauerkraut, drained

1/4 Cup Thousand Island Dressing, (recipe below)

(9-15-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features Palm Beach Post columnist and author, Tony Doris.  We catch up on stories he’s covering, and also learn about his latest novel, based on the South Florida news business.

(9-15-2016) Interview with author Larry Olmsted.  His book is Real Food, Fake Food: (Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It).  Is it really red snapper or a fake? Is that salmon really wild caught? Is the extra virgin olive oil sold in the US even olive oil at all?  What are we really eating and what can we do about fake food?  

Fred gives his fake wine news.

Dinner in Minutes:

Red Pesto Pasta with Walnut and Chickpea Salad

(9-14-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with noted tech-law attorney and author, Mark Grossman. 

His book is Technology Law—What Every Business (and Business-Minded Person) Needs to Know.

We answer your tech law questions, and address the growing issue of self-driving cars.

(9-13-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, about etiquette and protocols.

It’s the 21st Century . . . yet some are not aware that traditional guidelines and courtesies are still in force. 


But, there are more venues.  Social media, email, and texts offer new landscapes.  We have experts on hand.