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Topical Currents | The Florida Roundup | A Word On Food | Folk & Acoustic Music | The Public Storyteller

Today’s Topical Currents looks at how the “News Literacy Project” empowers students to resist the inaccuracy and bias of “fake news.”

Extreme headings lure readers into ad pop-ups. “News-bots” use artificial intelligence to automate stories, while propagandists cleverly post online.

The News Literacy Project shows how to identify and fact-check stories in a program of the Miami-Dade Public Library System

(8-1-2017) Most South Floridians have strolled Young’s Circle in Hollywood . . . but may not know of its namesake, Joseph Young, the City’s founder. 

Today’s Topical Currents is with historian Joan Mickelson, the author of Joseph W. Young, Jr., And The City Beautiful.

Young was also instrumental in the creation of Port Everglades, and his historic home is rumored to harbor a resident ghost!

(7-31-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is our seasonal South Florida Gardening “At Your Service” edition, with Urban Horticulturist Dr. John Pipoly and Broward Master Gardeners President, Teri Goldsmith.

It’s our mid-summer edition, and we have tips for coping with recent rain surges, plus how to get ready for vegetables and fruit cultivation.

Of course, we take listener calls.

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(7-27-2017) This week’s Food News and Views: What’s New from the Fancy Food Show.  Linda talks about new food trends and brings in her favorite picks to taste.

Snacks are always big at the show and growing – baked popcorn is a hit.

Wellness and plant based foods another big trend– purple tea and Renew Drinkable Veggies with bone broth. 

And why is pickle juice on the list?

There are lots of indulgences, too.  Many have a special message.  Chocolate Fudge Brownies from a company whose motto is no questions asked, “We make brownies to hire people.”

(7-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with the Florida Unclaimed Property Division.  It holds money and property from dormant bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, utility deposits, and insurance payouts. 

(7-26-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features two award-winning veteran journalists:  Palm Beach Post reporter and columnist Tony Doris, and Florida Bulldog founder and editor, Dan Christensen.

We discuss a variety of South Florida issues and newsmakers with particular emphasis on Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

(7-25-2017, originally aired 5-16-2017) Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.”  Really?  We discuss a recent internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  Was it staying in a really bad relationship?  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss a poignant chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

(7-24-2017) Today’s Topical Currents highlights a Miami-Dade effort to shape and update the Comprehensive Development Master Plan.

This is a Florida state requirement, and occurs every seven years.

There’s an EAR2018 website, where residents can give detailed responses about county issues, especially in regard to development, traffic and environmental concerns.

FORTUNE COOKIES

© 2017 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

1 3/4 cups flour

1 1/4 cup superfine sugar

1 cup egg whites (about 6)

1/4 cup hot melted butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 Tablespoons ground ginger

(7-20-2017) Today's topic is Kid-friendly food. We have 2 guests plus 1 taster.  

Joining us is Senetta Carter, President of the Rayfield Family Literacy facilitates.  She is responsible for providing and organizing free food for 155 camps in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The kids have a choice of 2 meals a day, choosing from breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.  The program is supported by the Children’s Trust and paid for with Florida state funding.

(7-20-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a look at the 2017 Knight Foundation Cities Challenge winners from Miami.  They include two innovative civic engagement plans, as well as a “Green Mobility Network” transportation project.

( 7-19-2017) You wouldn’t think Topical Currents would yield to celebrity adoration, but alas, we too have sold out.

With a public radio twist, of course . . .

We look at celebrity from the viewpoint of Julie Klam, the author of THE STARS IN OUR EYES:  The Famous, The Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them.

(7-18-2017) Today we learn about the history of Florida Native tribes . . . the era of what is called the Seminole Wars . . . and how tribes evolved to the modern era. 

The Choctaw, Calusa, Timucua, Tequesta and others lived here in Florida.  The Miccosukee and Seminole remain the only federally recognized Tribes.

(7-17-2017) Today’s Topical Currents goes all-out for experimental music . . . and “sound art.”

The Subtropics-24 experimental music & sound art festival is underway in South Florida.  We visit with its founder—composer and sound artist Gustavo Matamoros--and feature “binaural” recording selections.

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