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(7-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with the Florida Unclaimed Property Division.  It holds money and property from dormant bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, utility deposits, and insurance payouts. 

(7-26-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features two award-winning veteran journalists:  Palm Beach Post reporter and columnist Tony Doris, and Florida Bulldog founder and editor, Dan Christensen.

We discuss a variety of South Florida issues and newsmakers with particular emphasis on Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

(7-25-2017, originally aired 5-16-2017) Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.”  Really?  We discuss a recent internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  Was it staying in a really bad relationship?  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss a poignant chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

(7-24-2017) Today’s Topical Currents highlights a Miami-Dade effort to shape and update the Comprehensive Development Master Plan.

This is a Florida state requirement, and occurs every seven years.

There’s an EAR2018 website, where residents can give detailed responses about county issues, especially in regard to development, traffic and environmental concerns.

FORTUNE COOKIES

© 2017 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

1 3/4 cups flour

1 1/4 cup superfine sugar

1 cup egg whites (about 6)

1/4 cup hot melted butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 Tablespoons ground ginger

(7-20-2017) Today's topic is Kid-friendly food. We have 2 guests plus 1 taster.  

Joining us is Senetta Carter, President of the Rayfield Family Literacy facilitates.  She is responsible for providing and organizing free food for 155 camps in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The kids have a choice of 2 meals a day, choosing from breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.  The program is supported by the Children’s Trust and paid for with Florida state funding.

(7-20-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a look at the 2017 Knight Foundation Cities Challenge winners from Miami.  They include two innovative civic engagement plans, as well as a “Green Mobility Network” transportation project.

( 7-19-2017) You wouldn’t think Topical Currents would yield to celebrity adoration, but alas, we too have sold out.

With a public radio twist, of course . . .

We look at celebrity from the viewpoint of Julie Klam, the author of THE STARS IN OUR EYES:  The Famous, The Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them.

(7-18-2017) Today we learn about the history of Florida Native tribes . . . the era of what is called the Seminole Wars . . . and how tribes evolved to the modern era. 

The Choctaw, Calusa, Timucua, Tequesta and others lived here in Florida.  The Miccosukee and Seminole remain the only federally recognized Tribes.

(7-17-2017) Today’s Topical Currents goes all-out for experimental music . . . and “sound art.”

The Subtropics-24 experimental music & sound art festival is underway in South Florida.  We visit with its founder—composer and sound artist Gustavo Matamoros--and feature “binaural” recording selections.

Non-driving listeners may want to use earbuds or headphones during the broadcast.

Corn

Jul 15, 2017

CHIPOTLE CORN SKILLET BREAD

Norman Van Aken, © Copyright 2001

Yields: 1) 9” cast iron or non-stick skillet

1 chipotle, stem removed seeded and toasted

2 Tablespoons butter

1 ½ Cups raw corn kernels (2 ears of corn, kernels removed)

1 clove garlic

½ Cup yellow cornmeal

½ Cup all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1-teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/3 Cup melted shortening

1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons buttermilk

1 Cup grated Manchego cheese

(7-13-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.

She scoffs at “paying full price—for anything”—and gives her best savings tips for listeners.

(7-13-2017) Bastille Day is July 14. Today we chat with Café Bonjour co-owner Veronique Youbi.  She and her husband came from Paris and opened this small café in South Miami.  They serve French classics and GREAT pastries. She brings some for us to taste. 

Dinner in Minutes: Moules a la Mariniere (Mussels in White Wine)

www.dinnerinminutes.com
 

(701102017) Do you have a customer service torment story you love to tell?  Of course, doesn’t everyone?

But think of the hilarious stories told by service reps about no-clue customers.

Today we have a session with customer relations professionals from the famed Dale Carnegie Training organization, and learn how fast and courteous customer service doesn’t have to be a relic of more genteel times.

(7-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with photojournalist, author and blogger, Al Crespo.

He’s been an ardent and high-profile critic of Miami City & County governments for decades, and has chastised area news media, as well.

His “Crespo-gram” Report is a strongly-worded attack on public corruption, with stinging accusations against government officials.

We hear about his long career and anti-corruption crusades.

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