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(07-28-2016) On today’s Topical Currents we talk about parks and the community.  If you live in Miami-Dade, your Parks Department goes back some 75 years, and still maintains some of the nation’s unique recreation areas.  We’ll visit with Parks Director, Jack Kardys.

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At Your Service - Traffic Control and Planning in FDOT District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties, among others. Today's guests are FDOT District 4 Traffic Operations Engineer Mark Plass, and FDOT District 4 Transportation Systems Management and Operations Engineer Melissa Ackert.

With much recent attention on the L-G-B-T community—and violence against it—we discuss past struggles, of the 1970s, when what was termed “gay liberation” began gaining momentum.

This month is the 47th anniversary of the pivotal “Stonewall Riot” of 1969.

On today’s Topical Currents we speak with Connecticut College professor Jim Downs, who’s chronicled events from that decade in his book, “STAND BY ME:  The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation.”

Onion Rings

Jul 23, 2016

Manchego Crusted Onion Rings

© 2016 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken

These egg battered onions have a nice sweetness to them that marries with even delicate foods.

2 Spanish onions, thinly sliced

2 eggs, beaten

6 Tablespoons finely grated Manchego cheese

Canola or corn oil for deep-frying

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

7-20-2016 - Today’s Topical Currents explores how scientific research and conclusions are often viewed skeptically.

We’ll speak with science advocate, novelist and screen writer Shawn Otto, the author of THE WAR ON SCIENCE:  Who’s Waging It . . . Why It Matters . . .  What We Can Do About It.

How does scientific study become frontline in climate change, public health and economic debates?   

07/19/2016 (Re-broadcast from 01/26/16)  - South Florida’s Coral Gables is among the most historic suburbs in America. Its Mediterranean Style homes and buildings, local stone, the parks, waterways, pools—and the University of Miami campus—make it an iconic “planned city.” On Today’s Topical Currents, we speak with historian Arva Moore Parks about her new, definitive biography of Coral Gables founder George Merrick--the genius behind “The City Beautiful.” The book is “George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables.” 

Six weeks into hurricane season, yet only slight tropical activity.  Could it be the “calm before a storm?”

Today’s Topical Currents is with renowned meteorologist Bryan Norcross.  An inspirational figure during Hurricane Andrew’s ravage, he’s now Senior Hurricane Specialist of the Weather Channel.

Our region hasn’t been struck since 2005.  Thousands of residents have no storm experience.

So get updated storm tips on Topical Currents 

Ice Cream

Jul 16, 2016

Today's guest is top race car and film stunt driver, Ben Collins.  He has tips from professionals which apply to those with only a daily commute.

In-studio interview with Smooshie’s manager, Jackie Healy. Smooshies is a toy, candy and ice cream store with locations on Key Biscayne and South Miami. July is national ice cream month.  Smoothies makes their instant ice cream with liquid nitrogen. They will bring a machine to make ice cream on air.  We’ll talk about this new and popular way of serving ice cream. 

Moules a la Mariniere (Mussels in White Wine) – quick summer recipe to celebrate Bastille Day:

Moules a la Mariniere  (Mussels in White Wine)

1 tablespoon butter

Today’s Topical Currents is devoted to chronic pain management and the latest treatment techniques. 

Our guests are Dr. Beth Darnell, an associate professor in the division of pain medicine at Stanford University.  She’s lived through her own chronic pain experience.

And, Dr. Joseph Alshon, of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants.  He’s developed expertise in helping people reduce opioid dependency.


Norman Van Aken, © 2013

Today's Topical Currents features the Mayor of Miami Gardens, Oliver Gilbert. 

The predominately African-American community is Miami-Dade’s third-largest city.  It’s the home of Sun-Life Stadium, and has plans for redevelopment and to continue to lower its crime rate.

There are more law enforcement officers, and a new emphasis on the arts and new businesses.

Biology professor Miryam Wahrman, who’s written the book, “Surviving in a Germ Filled World.” 

As microbial issues grow more complex, she gives tips on how to best maintain personal hygiene – without undue worries.