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WLRN 91.3 FM is licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida and serves a weekly audience of more than 500,000 from Palm Beach to Key West. It is ranked number one in the state of Florida among NPR stations.

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(9-28-2017) Today’s Topical Currents marks the end of a nearly 18-year era for our interview/call-in program.

It was created by Joseph Cooper in 1999, and covered South Florida issues and personalities, with over four-thousand editions.

Joseph retires from the station this month . . . so we air an hour retrospective, with visits from some of our favorite guests &  listener calls.

(9-27-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents ponders a South Florida which existed long before documented settlers arrived at what’s now a Megalopolis.  We visit with FSU Professor Andrew Frank and discuss his book, BEFORE THE PIONEERS:  Indians, Settlers, Slaves and the Founding of Miami.

Obviously, the ancients were on to something:  the largest Tequesta village at the Miami River mouth, was also the focal point of what became a great city.

(9-26-2017) With so much political attention devoted to “fake news” drivel and social media, how should university journalism schools prepare tomorrow’s reporter and editors?  

Today’s Topical Currents looks into news credibility with the Dean of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Dave Kurpius, and Randy Picht, who heads its Reynolds Journalism Institute.

(9-25-2017) On today’s Topical Currents, we talk about foster-care parent recruitment.

We focus on ChildNet, Broward and Palm Beach Counties’ community-based care agency, which manages services and support for abused, abandoned and neglected children and caregivers.

This support system is essential for the well-being, safety and permanence of these kids, who’ve lived in unstable conditions.

Abuse hotline 800-96-ABUSE

Foster Care Recruitment Hotline:

The Beard House

Sep 23, 2017

(9-21-2017) Chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer’s final segments on Topical Currents.  For more than 17 years, she produced over 900 programs, starting January 7, 1999.

(9-20-2017) The histories of R&B, soul, funk, and disco in Florida, as chronicled by University of Tampa journalism professor, John Capouya, author of Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band

Mark Hedden / markhedden.com

Almost 20 years ago, a little radio station from the Lower Keys won an Edward R. Murrow award — one of the highest honors in broadcasting. WWUS was recognized for continuously broadcasting during and after Hurricane Georges, a Category 2 storm that pummeled the Lower Keys.

But it turns out that effort was just a warm-up act for Hurricane Irma.

(9-19-2017) Wouldn’t most everyone love to go through life with grace and poise? Known for our adaptability in daily routines . . . and admired for insight?

Today’s Topical Currents is with longtime South Florida consultant, entrepreneur and administrator, Pauline Winnick.  She specializes in etiquette and decorum, and has taught protocol to international business leaders and officials.

(9-18-2017) Today’s Topical Currents tackles South Florida’s affordable housing woes. 

Single family home prices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties price low and middle income families out of the market.

On one hand, steep housing costs can prohibit new white collar workers from relocating here, as well as thwart the hiring of needed teachers, nurses and police officers.

On the other hand, homegrown students move to take jobs in less costly urban areas.

(9-14-2017) Today we continue with updates, tips, discussion and your calls and concerns in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  Guests include Bryan Norcross and Tim Padgett.

Turtle

Sep 9, 2017

(9-7-2017) Today's Topical Currents gives Hurricane Irma updates and advice from The Weather Channel's Senior Hurricane Specialist and meteorologist, Bryan Norcross.

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman join Bryan Norcross on the air for this special edition, with listener call-ins.

He provides exclusive insights on the storm from Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, with an emphasis on Southeastern Florida.

(9-5-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with longtime South Florida journalist and CBS-4 investigative reporter, Jim Defede.

His first post in the region was 27 years ago, at The Miami New Times.  He was Miami Herald Metro columnist through July of 2005, and joined Channel 4 in 2006.

We discuss many issues, including his current Facing South Florida Everglades documentary.

Vanilla

Sep 2, 2017

TOMATO AND VANILLA ‘JAM’

© 2017 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken
 

Yield: 2 Cups

1 Tablespoon of pure olive oil

1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter

1 Cup sweet onion, peeled and chopped medium

¼ Cup sugar

1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar

6 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 fresh vanilla bean, split

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Pinch of black pepper

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