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(11-17-2016) Today’s Topical Currents begins with our “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer sage, Doreen Christensen. Beware! Black Friday lurks. She has handy survival tips for the souls who choose to brave it.

(2016-11-16) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the life of Joan Kroc. Of course, her husband Ray created the world’s largest fast-food dynasty after buying out two Southern California brothers named . . . McDonald. But his third wife—Joan—intrigued in her own right. We speak with Lisa Napoli about her book, Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away .

(11-15-2016) – Longtime South Florida political figure Gwen Margolis is profiled. A former Florida Senate President and Miami-Dade Commissioner, she has now retired.

(11-14-2016) On today’s Topical Currents, we take a trip back to “old Florida,” the one before Interstate Highways and the theme park craze. Is it possible to retrace the routes promoted in the Florida tour guide of 1930 by the Federal Writers Project? Cathy Salustri says yes. She’s written BACKROADS OF PARADISE: A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER OLD FLORIDA.

Pork Fat

Nov 12, 2016

BASIC BRAISED PORK BELLY Norman & Janet Van Aken, © 2012 We wanted to give you a recipe that utilizes some of the best pork fat on a pig; pork belly. So …belly up! Yield: 4 servings 2 pounds fresh pork belly, skinned and trimmed of all except ¾” layer of fat 1 Tablespoon coriander seeds, lightly toasted and coarsely ground 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds, lightly toasted and coarsely ground ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and coarsely ground Kosher salt, to taste Black pepper, freshly...

(11-10-2016) Mi Ae Lipe, author of Bounty from the Box: the CSA Farm Cookbook, and Art Friedlich, President of the Urban Oasis Project. The topic is tropical produce and how to use it and how to connect with CSA Community Supported Agriculture farms. They both will be at the Miami Book Fair. There will be a special Kitchen Stadium food tent with cooking demonstrations and food discussions this year. Art will be running a farmer's market and Mi Ae will be speaking. Art brings produce for us to...

(11-10-2016) Starting with toddlers, parents exhort kids to NOT speak with strangers. Familiarity could lead to who-knows what . . . So, Today’s Topical Currents begins with Kio Stark. She loves to speak with those she doesn’t know . . . it enriches her life. We’ll talk about her book, WHEN STRANGERS MEET .

(11-9-2016) . Today’s Topical Currents is a South Florida post-election program, which highlights how our region will be affected by vote results. We feature Florida Bulldog Editor Dan Christensen, as well as Barry University Political Science professor, Sean Foreman. We also take your post-election calls.

(11-8-2016) To day’s Topical Currents highlights one of South Florida’s top events, the Miami Book Fair Intern ational, now in its 33 rd year. Esteemed worldwide, the Book Fair is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, with some 450 authors, a myriad of events, and of course, the gigantic street fair. We visit with Co-founder, Mitchell Kaplan, and Director of Programs, Lisette Mendez. 305-237-3258 www,

(11-7-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is a Florida-flavored analysis of Tuesday’s General Election, with a call-in program featuring members of the WLRN/Miami Herald News Team, including editors Tom Hudson and Tim Padgett. Co-hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman take a look at key state, regional and municipal races, as well as Florida Constitutional and local ballot initiatives.


Nov 5, 2016

I had been fascinated with this recipe for years. The first time I saw it was in the works of the great Marcella Hazan’s work. I began making versions only recently. Something else must have re-ignited my curiosity. Cooking is like that. You can circle and come back when you are ready to take on a recipe. I find books are the same way. Some books are not ready to meet us, (or really us meet them) until the age in life is at the ‘just so’ intersection. And it was patience that helped me the...

(11-3-2016) Today’s Topical Currents centers on a persistent Miami-Dade battle: the creation of a “Pets Trust” . . . funding for spay and neutering services . . . and a no-kill policy for adoptable pets by the Animal Services Department. A straw-ballot, non-binding resolution in favor was voter approved in 2012, but the Miami-Dade Mayor and some Commission members balk at implementing it. Why? We discuss the issue, and take your calls . am13...

(11-02-2016) Ponder how many obituaries have appeared in the New York Times since 1851, and how those obits reflect cultural, social and political history. Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with Obituary Editor, William McDonald, and his remarkable book of “obits,” called The New York Times Book of the Dead . What was written, for example, about Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie or Coco Chanel?

(11-1-2016) With South Florida’s abundant array of wildlife, and its human population, some contact is inevitable: and often at the expense of an animal. Touesday’s Topical Currents is about those who care for injured or orphaned creatures. We highlight the South Florida Wildlife Center in Broward, as well as the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Guests: Dr. Renata Schneider, DVM, Dir. of Wildlife Rehabilitation, S FL Wildlife Center -