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(5-15-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at a “Safe & Healthy Schools” Project.  It seeks acceptance and support of LGBT & Q youth who continue to face disturbing and life threatening challenges.

A recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows some 40-percent of L-G-B students have seriously contemplated suicide; 29-percent have made attempts.

One in ten of them report missing school due to safety concerns.

Batidos

May 13, 2017

MAMEY BATIDO MILKSHAKE

Norman Van Aken, 2012 Copyright ©

Yield: Serves 2-3 depending on how thirsty you are

1 Cup fresh, ripe mamey cubed, (peel and pit discarded)

1 Cup milk

1/4 Cup buttermilk

¼ Cup sugar or honey

1 dash vanilla extract, (optional)

½ Cup ice cubes

Blend all of the above together very well. Serve.

Note: Frozen mamey pulp can be found in many Latin and Caribbean grocery stores. The flavor is pretty good though not as exquisite as the ripe, fresh one.

(5-11-2017) What segment of the modern city wastes the most energy?  The answer is business buildings, with 60 or even 75-percent of local energy use. 

Buildings produce about half of carbon emissions, yet much is wasted.  We learn more about Miami-Dade’s adoption of the City Energy Project.

305-375-5593

http://www.miamidade.gov/green/build-green.asp

(5-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with frequent contributor Mark Grossman, a leading authority in the field of technology law and longtime columnist.

Our focus is on one of his specialties:  the art of negotiation. He gives keys to making negotiation a success . . . for both parties.

And of course, we take your calls.

( 5-19-2017 ) Today’s Topical Currents profiles City of South Miami Mayor, Dr. Phillip Stoddard. 

In today’s ideology arguments, where science is brought into play, electing a Mayor who’s a science professor is unique.

Professor Stoddard is a biologist and zoologist, and background weighs in on sea level issues and control of the controversial Zika virus.

5-8-2017 We’ve passed the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion, in 2010.  A spill impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

We speak with Connie May Fowler about her memoir of the event, called “A Million Fragile Bones.”

Artichokes

May 6, 2017

ARTICHOKE FRITTERS WITH OLI

©2008 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yield: 30-36

For the Fritters:
5 Cups cooked and drained artichoke hearts, chopped 1 Tablespoon thyme leaves,
1 egg
1/3 Cup milk
1 Cup, (or slightly more if needed) sifted flour
1 1⁄4 Tablespoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
3⁄4 Cups red onion, minced
3 Tablespoons beer
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
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Canola or peanut oil for deep-frying (as needed)

(5-4-2017) Food & Dining: In-studio interview with Colleen Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Empowered Youth, and 2 members of the Vibe 305 Food Truck team. Empowered Youth serves inner city boys between the ages of 13 and 17. Their goal is to provide these young men the opportunity and support to redirect their lives and become successful. Their Vibe 305 Food Truck trains the youth in the food industry and helps to support some of the program.  They will be coming to the station in their food truck for a Facebook live video and will bring food  for us to taste.

(5-4-2017) A captivating aspect of South Florida life and geography is the string of islands comprising the historic Florida Keys.  Today’s Topical Currents features a highlight of the new Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, in Islamorada.

www.keysdiscovery.com


(5-1-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami History Professor Gregory Bush, a longtime advocate for South Florida’s urban environmental conscience, public land use, South Florida history, and much more.

After decades at U-M, Professor Bush has decided to leave the sub-tropical Miami area for the opposite pole: the state of Maine, with its average temperature of 42 degrees.

He has significant thoughts about leaving the region.

(5-2-2017) On today’s Topical Currents,  we celebrate National Teachers’ Day, with three outstanding educators from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Teaching isn’t the highest paid profession . . . nor the easiest.

We chat with exceptional teachers, and find what motivates, inspires, and even confounds them.

Arroz Chaufa

Apr 29, 2017
Photo by Debi Harbin

ARROZ CHAUFA

© 2016 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yield: 3 1/2 Cups

2 Cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice, (see below)

1 Tablespoon canola oil

5 ounces raw, broken up somewhat ‘hot’ (or mild) style Italian sausage

1 Cup onion, peeled and chopped medium

1 Scotch bonnet (or Thai or other hot) chile, seeded and stemmed, minced

1/2 Tablespoon minced ginger

4 scallions, trimmed and cut cross-wise into rings

2 Tablespoons garlic, minced

4-27-2017 Linda Gassenheimer, with Irvin Lin, author of Marbled, Swirled & Layered, his cookbook of homemade cake and cookie twists.

Are you tempted by a beer-battered brownie?

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