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01/08/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian Laurent Dubois, author of HAITI:  The Aftershocks of History.  Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption.  Dubois says Haiti can only be understood by its complex past and inception as the only successful slave revolt in world history.  Can a new Haiti emerge from its legacy?

Video:  Laurent Dubois talks about What We Must Know in Order to Help Haiti:

01/07/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College.  We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture . . . listeners are invited to give answers.  A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.  Don’t miss the South Florida History Quiz on Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.

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01/04/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director of YoungArts, Paul Lehr, discusses expansive new development plans for this exciting arts organization. Iris van Eck speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts for the Chameleon Chamber Music Series in Fort Lauderdale. Our flashback music segment features Aaron Lebos’ Reality. Catch the conversation, information and contemporary Jazz music on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

01/03/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Sheila Bowman, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the home of Seafood Watch.  She is the Manager of culinary and Strategic Initiatives for Seafood Watch.  We’ll talk about Seafood Smarts – susta

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01/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez and writer Sandra Cisneros.  For decades, she’s inspired young Latino authors. Her latest work is a departure:  an illustrated children’s book which takes place in San Antonio.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer discusses how consumers can avoid endangered seafood species with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

01/02/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with former New York Times reporter and editor, Craig Whitney.  He reviews the long history of American gun control in his recent book, LIVING WITH GUNS: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.  Though his book was published before the Connecticut school massacre, Whitney says the rights of Americans to own and use guns can be preserved while also giving the public the right to live in safety. Over 30,000 die from gunshots every year.

12/28/12 - This week on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy an evergreen live performance from our Miami studios. FIU’s Ensemble-In-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elliott Carter. Advocates for neglected works of the past as well as committed to the music of our time, this quartet has been delighting and educating audiences of all ages since 1991.

12/27/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with journalist and language expert Constance Hale.  Her latest book concentrates on the “pivot points” of our sentences:  verbs.  In her book, VEX, HEX, SMASH, SMOOCH, she examines both heavenly and headache verbs.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker with end of year drinks and food.

12/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, restaurateur Bobby Stokey, shares his excitement about the “Uncorked: Key Largo & Islamorada Food and Wine Festival,” now expanding to 10 days starting January 10th.  Film critic, Dan Hudak, delivers his year-end Top Ten Best Films of 2012. Author Bob Kealing talks about a Florida musical legend in his new book, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock. Our arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky with enticing Broward County events.

12/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with first impressions.  Just a fraction of a second can influence a relationship . . . and those first takes tend to be remarkably accurate.  We’ll speak with expert Patti Wood, author of SNAP:  Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma.   And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.

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12/19/12 -  Topical Currents is with South Florida-based author Les Standiford.  His latest work is DESPERATE SONS:  Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War.  The leaders of the Sons of Revolution were colonial merchants, whose businesses suffered greatly from British tax and trade structures.

12/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at how we can improve communication skills.  Verbal expert Dr. Ben Benjamin , co-author of CONVERSATION TRANSFORMATION, says there are red flags to notice when conversations take the wrong course.  Complaints and leading questions can start a downhill path.  And “Yes, buts” usually put another person on the defensive.  More information at

12/17/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Temple University Professor Joan Mellen, whose latest book is OUR MAN IN HAITI:  George de Mohrenschildt & the CIA in the Nightmare Republic.  It tracks the role of the U.S. military and CIA in the internal life of Haiti, particularly during the despotic reign of Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier.  Mellen cites ties to the U-S Mafia, drug traffic, and even the Kennedy assassination.

12/14/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami’s Latin Pop star, pianist and composer Arthur Hanlon, discusses his Public TV special, “Encanto Del Caribe” and his long career. Jazz and Blues contributor, Bob Weinberg, chats with Dr. Ron Weber about the exciting 21st anniversary season for the not-for-profit, South Florida Jazz. Our calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council with enticing events for your consideration. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

12/13/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.   Guest is acclaimed Chef Norman Van Aken.  His food career began in Key West . . . before his mega-star tenure in the South Florida dining scene.  He’s written MY KEY WEST KITCHEN, along with his son, Justin Van Aken.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.  *Today's program is an abbreviated fundraising edition.

12/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents begins with the Chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, David Lawrence.  He’ll update the issues and progress of efforts to better prepare Florida kids to learn . . . and thrive.  One in four Florida high school students are dropouts.  A half-million kids have no health insurance.

12/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with University of Miami professor Dr. Patti Rose, who specializes in cultural diversity issues which face health professionals -- and interactions with patients and families.  And more.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez interviews award-winning novelist Junot Diaz.  Recently awarded a sizeable “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.  His latest book is a collection of themed short-stories called, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

12/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” pledge program with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman . . . and faithful listeners.  We’ll “turn the table,” and have WLRN members give on-air testimonials, and relate public radio experiences.  When was your first financial pledge offered? How about revealing one of those riveting “driveway moments?”

Made famous by James Brown, saxophonist Maceo Parker has built an impressive career on his own, working with artists ranging from George Clinton to Ani DiFranco.  He talks about his start with the Godfather of Soul, discusses his years in the music business, and offers advice to musicians who would follow in his footsteps.

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12/07/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, enjoy another performance from our studios in Miami. The renowned, two-time Grammy nominated choral group, Seraphic Fire, sings a program of holiday favorites in this Radio Flash Mob performance. Catch the beauty of Seraphic Fire in this world wide broadcast Friday at 1:00pm on South Florida Arts Beat.

12/06/12 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents and Linda Gassenheimer’s Annual Holiday Kitchen Gadget extravaganza with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  How about a battery-operated vacuum chip and cracker storage container?  Contents stay crisp for months.  Linda demonstrates the ultimate double-edged bread knife, as well as a unique flippable omelet pan.  Fred has gadgets for the wine devotee.

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Drummer, composer, physician, father – South Florida’s own Reuben Hoch has it all.  Founder and leader of the Chassidic Jazz Project, a member of Zaviot and other ensembles, this busy musician talks about making it all work, why and how he does it.

12/04/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with socio-biologist Rebecca Costa.  She offers a “genetic” explanation for currents events . . . emerging trends . . . and individual behavior.   Costa retired at the zenith of her Silicon Valley career to write her book, THE WATCHMAN’S RATTLE:  A Radical New Theory of Collapse.  She says the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock.

12/03/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with whistle-blower surgeon and Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Marty Makary.  He’s an international expert on patient safety, who laments the corporatized hospital culture.   25% of all hospital patients are harmed by medical mistakes.  He says these blunders are due to blind focus on the proverbial “bottom line.”  He’s written UNACCOUNTABLE:  What Hospitals Won’t Tell You.

11/30/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Bob Goodman talks about the huge economic engine that is Art Basel/Miami Beach and previews the excitement. Charles Greenfield covers The Chopin Foundation’s offerings for this season. The premiere of the Key West Film Festival is the subject for film critic Dan Hudak’s segment.

Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow:  Dispatches from the Future of Food.  What will we be eating, say, in 2035: test tube meat, stem cell burgers, blue bananas?

11/29/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with naturopathic physician Michael Murray author of WHAT DRUG COMPANIES WON’T TELL YOU And your Doctor Doesn’t Know.   He discusses alternative treatments for the drugs which may be in our home medicine cabinets.   Murray says headache remedies can worsen symptoms . . . and that antacids can create digestive problems.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow:  Dispatches from the Future of Food.

11/28/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with regular contributor and Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  We’ll follow up with South Florida election ramifications . . . and of course, take your calls.  Is the large Miami-Dade Cuban-American vote now swinging to Democrats?  And what effect will charter-enacted County Commission term limits foretell?  We’ll also check up on post-election Broward County politics and government.

11/27/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Communications Professor Brian Winston of the University of Lincoln, UK.  His book, A Right to Offend, addresses the current state of freedom of expression in the western world.  He examines the most pertinent cases of conflict during the last two decades.  And more . . . literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Will Schwalbe, author of THE END OR YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB.