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10/17/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with author, blogger and physicist Joseph Romm.  He’s written the book, LANGUAGE INTELLIGENCE, which examines how the correct use of rhetoric has influenced world history.  Take the language of the Bible, Shakespeare, Lincoln, Twain or Churchill:  simplicity and use of metaphors make them exceedingly powerful.  Which Presidential candidate is the better orator?

 

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10/16/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with Atlanta-based radiologist Dr. Handel Reynolds.  He’s written the book, THE BIG SQUEEZE:  A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram.  Also on the program is Dr. Roger Khouri, who heads the Miami Breast Center.  He’ll discuss new techniques in breast reconstruction for those who’ve had mastectomies.  Of course, we’ll take your calls.

 

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10/15/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with clinician and consultant Dr. Madeline Levine, author of TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL:  Parenting for Authentic Results.  Her premise is that teaching values and coping skills matter more than grades, trophies and a prestigious college admission.  Levine practices in affluent Marin, County California, so is familiar with the high-pressure educational stakes and over-scheduled activities placed upon kids.

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10/12/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, our area’s premiere big band, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, performs compositions from their latest recording, Trumpet Summit.  Featuring original Bergeron and Brian Lynch compositions and grand standards, the band’s new arrangements are fresh and quite exciting.

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10/11/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with news about an ambitious Miami-Dade collaboration studying the holocaust and human rights. It’s called “LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT”.  The events include a soul-stirring ballet, awareness projects, youth concerts, a one-man play, a family festival and anti-bullying workshops.

NPR's news-talk program Tell Me More is teaming up with StateImpact Florida for an extensive discussion on education in America. After launching an ongoing Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) with leaders in education, teachers, parents and students, the program has jump-started a national dialogue on education. 

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10/09/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with NPR’s Michel Martin, who’ll host a live national broadcast of her program “Tell Me More,” from WLRN, Wednesday morning at 11:00. The topic is national education reform, and includes Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho andtwitter chat component. And more, poet and actor Carlos Andres Gomez and his book, MAN UP: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood.

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10/08/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents features technologist and social critic Steven Johnson. He foresees emerging trends, and explains why they’re relevant to both personal life and business. Johnson’s a proponent of a collaborative “peer progressive” movement to spur social change, and has been dubbed the “Darwin” of social technology. His latest book is Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

Jobs And The Economy

Oct 5, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debated the state of the American economy this week - we analyze what that might mean for Florida's economy. How has federal stimulus impacted Florida’s recovery? We hear from you on whether stimulus money has worked where you live. And we explain the troubles of US Century Bank.

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10/04/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents features chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her annual report from the food industry’s biggest event, The Fancy Food Show.  Linda reports that Ethiopian cuisine is popular. And we’ll sample an easy-to-use bottled “simmer sauce.”  Low-sodium, tasty crisp chips are in vogue. One ounce equals a full-servings of veggies.  Of course, Fred Tasker is on hand with his weekly wine report. 

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10/03/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents features Veronica Gomez, the daughter of New York Yankee Hall-of-Fame pitcher and World Series hero, Lefty Gomez.  His career bridged a unique baseball era: from 1932 to 1943. He arrived in New York during the Ruth/Gehrig era and as a veteran roomed with and helped groom the magical Joe DiMaggio.  Gomez was known for his classic one liners and sense of humor but was a fierce competitor on the field.   His book is Lefty: An American Odyssey.

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10/02/12 - Tuesday'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 the first financial pledge offered?   How about a riveting “driveway moment?”

*Please note the audio begins about 30 to 45  seconds into the program, due to technical difficulties beyond our control .

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10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.

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On this fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll meet Miami City Ballet’s new Artistic Director, Ms. Lourdes Lopez. Charles Greenfield speaks with this highly accomplished, Ballanchine-trained, Cuban-born, success story now leading Miami’s internationally renowned ballet company. Also, Cuban-born New Music composer and Director of the School of Music at FIU, Dr. Orlando Jacinto Garcia, shares his excitement about a new season of FIU performances taking place all over Miami-Dade County.

We Want You!

Sep 28, 2012

During our pledge drive, we highlight the work of reporters from the WLRN-Miami Herald newsroom. They give us the latest on Governor Rick Scott's voter purge efforts. How many non-citizens are actually registered to vote and voting? The November ballot will include several proposed amendments to the state constitution. Ashley Lopez and Sarah Gonzalez tell us about them. Plus: more evidence on allegations that Republican Congressman David Rivera funded a Democratic candidate's campaign. Our guests from WLRN also include Dan Grech, Sammy Mack, Kelley Mitchell and Kenny Malone. 

09/27/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day.” We’ll speak with Ethics Commission Executive Director Joseph Centorini and Miami-Dade Schools social science coordinator Jackie Viana. Events begin October 12th. And more. Linda Gassenheimer and TV Chef Aida Mollenkamp with cooking tips from her book, Keys To The Kitchen

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09/25/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Steve and Annette Economides, known as America’s Cheapest Family. They’ve made saving money—and still living well—an art form. They plan carefully and only grocery shop once a month. How about feeding seven on $350 dollars a month? The Cheapest Family doesn’t give allowances—the kids earn their way and learn the value of a buck by buying their own clothes.  The book is The Money Smart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence To Children Of Every Age

09/26/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with NYU political science professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics. Perhaps the authors are overly cynical, but a dictator can stay in power as long a ruling coalition can be maintained, even if it is a small minority. Democracies, in contrast, tend to be wide coalition systems and must satisfy a far wider population segment.

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09/24/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and naturalist William Bryant Logan. He's shown the complexities of simple topics in his books such as Oak and Dirt. His latest work is Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World.  Breathing air gives us life and brings hurricanes, skydiving and fungus. It blows the dust which feeds the seas' food building block: plankton. We may forever fight dust at home but airborne particles bred South America’s rain forests.

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09/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Doreen Marx describes a new season of concerts for Sunday Afternoons of Music and Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival offerings. Dean Shelly Berg shares his excitement about the 29th Annual Festival Miami. Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Interim Director of the Broward Cultural Division, features enticing events on our Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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09/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs old favorites and best values. Critics Jen Karetnik, Rochelle Koff and Jan Norris will take calls.  Plus Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.  That’s Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman 09/20/12 at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

09/19/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the trend of many so-called “progressives” to disregard scientific opinion. One usually thinks of the conservative right disputing evolution, global warming and stem cell treatments . . . but those on the left have railed against vaccines, “green energy” forms and genetically modified foods. We’ll speak with the co-author of SCIENCE LEFT BEHIND: Feel Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left, Alex Berzow.

09/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the future of 21st Century democracy and capitalism, with University of Massachusetts professor emeritus and author Richard Woolf. For more than 25 years, he’s developed a new approach for an economy aimed at promoting “workers’ self-directed enterprises.” There have been success stories for these small capitalist endeavors worldwide and in progressive US companies.  His book is Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.  

Amernet String Quartet Performs Live

Sep 14, 2012

09/14/12 - This week on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another 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.

09/13/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami-Herald obituary writer Elinor Brecher.  It takes singular skill and diplomacy to interview family and friends and craft a polished, posthumous profile. Brecher has made it an art.  And more: The Jewish New Year begins this weekend and Linda Gassenheimer gets holiday food tips from Chef Hector Morales, of the famed Miami Beach Epicure Market and Café.

09/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the decades old question of marijuana decriminalization with journalist and author Doug Fine.  Proponents of loosening laws governing cannabis point to economics: the sale value of legal and illegally grown pot is greater than revenues from corn and wheat. The cost of policing, prosecuting and incarceration of violators is staggering.  Doug Fine has written, Too High To Fail: Cannabis And The New Green Revolution

09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women. 

09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.  She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas.  Brown promotes a vegan diet.  

09/06/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with author and gardener Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food.   Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost—forever.  And more: Linda Gassenheimer with Irish Chef Darina Allen.  The chef runs an Inn and Cookery School in County Cork, and is a popular TV figure.

09/04/12 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is with USC psychology and law professor Dan Simon, author of In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System.  Why do victims and eyewitnesses identify innocent people as crime perpetrators? DNA results show that some suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit.  Simon bemoans that juries are often given erroneous testimony during trials and are subject to human cognition failure.

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