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11/07/12 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is with financial journalist Chrystia Freeland of Reuters.  She’s written the book, PLUTOCRATS:  The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.  There’s always been a gap between rich and poor in this country, but never has there been the class of global super-rich.  There’s even a wide gap between the elite rich inside the quote, “one-percent.”

11/06/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is an election day discussion of the myriad of voting rules among states and counties, as well as the constitutional history of U.S. voting and the Electoral College.  We’ll visit with the author of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION:  A Survivor’s Guide For American Voters.   More than five-million voters will be affected by new voter registration restrictions.  That’s larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

11/02/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Founder and Executive Producer, Larry Rosen, joins us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Jazz record label, GRP Records. Mr. Rosen is also the founder and Executive Producer of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots Series which opens this weekend. The Miami Jazz Festival premieres November 17th. Founder and Musical Director, Carmen Cartiglia shares his excitement about this exciting five year project at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Miami.

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11/01/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricel Presilla author of Gran Cocina Latina – The food of Latin America. It’

Florida Voter Ballot Options

Nov 1, 2012

11/01/12 - Topical Currents begins with analysis of Florida election ballots with the president of the League of Women Voters, Deirdre Macnab, and WLRN/Miami-Herald reporter Ashley Lopez.  They’ll explain the state constitutional amendments as well as charter measures . . . and take calls.  And more Linda Gassenheimer explores the food of Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico.  Wine columnist Fred Tasker, is on-board as well.

10/31/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with investigative reporter David Cay Johnston.  His latest book is, THE FINE PRINT:  How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind.  Johnston show how big corporations work with government to relax rules, rewrite regulations, and enforce only the one which benefit them.  Insurance companies regularly delay victim disability payments . . . hoping the recipient won’t be around to collect. 

David Cay Johnston on public media's Democracy Now!

10/30/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with employment attorney and author Donna Ballman. She’ll discuss common workplace issues, including layoffs, bullying, hostile environments and overtime compensation. Donna Ballman is the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit or Get Axed.


The Global Scramble For the World’s Last Resources

Oct 27, 2012

10/29/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with prolific author Michael Klare, author of THE RACE FOR WHAT’S LEFT:  The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.  The Earth’s reserves of natural resources are diminishing as population swells and developing countries modernize.  What happens as the demand for these critical natural materials surpass the supply?  Klare says the possibility of border disputes and military confrontations will increase.

10/26/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll talk with the new Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year.  We’ll also find out about a new, five year commitment that brings the Miami-Nice Jazz Festival to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theatre this weekend. Judith Bishop interviews Lissette Mendez, a co-producer of the 29th Annual Miami Book Fair International. Bill Nix delivers our arts calendar featuring enticing events in Palm Beach County. Catch the conversation and information  Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

Christian Howes

Oct 25, 2012

In 2011 Christian Howes was voted first place in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“rising stars/violin”) and nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “violinist of the year.”

Evenin' Jazz host Tracy Fields interviews Christian about his online teaching, a new CD and his appearance at Art Deco Weekend happening January 18 - 20, 2013.

10/25/12 -  Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Candice Kumai, author of Cook Yourself Sexy, Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest Most Confident You.   She’s a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a Food TV personality on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats.  She talks about a healthy lifestyle makes for a better you. 

“Our Miami” Community Initiative

Oct 24, 2012

10/25/12 -  Topical Currents begins with info about “Our Miami:  Soul of the City.”   The Miami Foundation, the Beacon Council and FIU have surveyed residents to find their perceptions of the region.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with TV Iron Chef Judge Candice Kumai.  She’s written Cook Yourself Sexy.

10/24/12 - Topical Currents is with attorney Greg Lukianoff, who specializes in college campus free speech issues.  He’s written the book, UNLEARNING LIBERTY:  Campus Censorship & the End of American Debate.  He says “the road to censorship is always paved with good intentions.”  And for most people, free speech is extolled . . . until it crosses a personal border.

10/23/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents features British-born conductor James Judd, and the story behind his ambitious Miami Music Project.  Judd conducted the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 2001.  Financial difficulties forced the ensemble’s closure.  Some 25,000 public school students – many in underserved communities -- have been exposed to classical music through the performances of the Project.