Joseph Cooper

Host Topical Currents

WLRN Radio's Joseph Cooper says producing and hosting Topical Currents is the most rewarding experience of his long radio career, which began at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in the 1970s.

"It's now an obsession, but I never thought talk radio would be in my future. The wide, wide range of topics, research and reading keeps me hustling all week," he says. "It's similar to a daily newspaper column because, essentially, we write an essay to frame each show before conducting the interviews and taking calls and then it all starts over again for the next day's program."

Topical Currents is put together by a small production team, which includes producer Richard Ives and technical director Bonnie Berman. Syndicated food and dining columnist Linda Gassenheimer frequents the program, as well as a handful of expert regular contributors and regional reporters.

Topical Currents is a sub-tropical blend of regional issues and politics, local profiles, author interviews, "At Your Service" programs, South Florida history and any topic listeners might banter about around the proverbial "water cooler." It was first broadcast in January 1999.

Cooper is often asked to name his "favorite" interview subject.

"Hmmmm," he says with the hint of a smile. "Not necessarily the celebrities or famous authors but the one I've just done. Well usually.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Elder Care of Florida Founder Jackie Chiodo: Senior Financial Issues

Jacqueline Harris Chiodo
www.elderservicesofflorida.com

04/23/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast from 02/05/14/ with Elder Care of Florida founder Jacqueline Harris Chiodo. Over a 30-year career, she’s been a senior trust officer for numerous Florida banks.  She’s founded Elder Care of Florida, which provides “fiduciary” safety to Florida seniors. One in five seniors in the state who lost investment money have been defrauded.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Writer Gary Shteyngart's "Little Failure"

Little Failure
www.garyshteyngart.com

04/22/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features an Ariel Gonzalez interview with writer Gary Shteyngart.  The author of three highly acclaimed novels, including his recent bestseller, "Super Sad True Love Story,"  Shteyngart is recognized as a brilliant satirist with an unfailing eye for the foibles of modern life.  His latest work is a memoir whose title comes from his mother’s nickname for him, "Little Failure." Join us for Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives

Personal Intelligence: : The power of personality and how it shapes our lives
personalintelligence.info

04/21/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents features a conversation with psychologist John D. Mayer. Mayer, who developed the groundbreaking theory of “emotional intelligence”  now suggests that our ability to “read” the faces, emotions, and desires of those around us can greatly enhance our life experience…and better understand our own feelings. Join us for a discussion of John D.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Sustainable vs. Organic Farming

Herb Crusted Lamb Steak with Wild Mushroom Rice Pilaf
Credit www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

04/17/14- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview John Hillard co-owner of Hillard Bruce Winemakers; he believes that certified sustainable farming through Sustainable In Practice (SIP) is better than organic farming.  Marty Mesh is the Executive Director of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (Florida Organic Growers); he gives the organic side of farming. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Life And Legacy Of David Fairchild

04/17/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents looks at the life and legacy of David Fairchild.  We’ll visit with  Dr. David W.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning
www.americanafterlifebook.com

04/16/14 - Someone dies…what happens next? Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at America’s relationship with death today with NPR  award winning reporter and producer Kate Sweeney. She’s written American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Evolutionary Origins Of The Depression Epidemic

Jonathan Rottenberg
https://twitter.com/JonRottenberg

04/15/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at the epidemic of depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorder affects 6.7% of American adults, yet it’s root cause is little understood by scientists and the general population. We’ll speak with University of South Florida Professor and Psychologist, Jonathan Rottenberg who offers a bold new account of why depression endures. He’s written THE DEPTHS: THE EVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS OF THE DEPRESSION EPIDEMICThat’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

War Correspondent: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life

Brad Willis
www.bhavaram.com

04/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with former NBC war correspondent Brad Willis. He’s suffered severe illness, failed surgery, addiction and a crippling illness, then turned around his life by rejecting Western medical approaches, and embracing yoga. Today, he’s a renowned teacher and motivator. Willis has written WARRIOR POSE:  HOW YOGA (LITERALLY) SAVED MY LIFE

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Topical Currents
2:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Tax Filing Tips And Food And Dining

Today's Dish
Credit Linda Gassenheimer

4/10/14 - Topical Currents begins with an at your service edition on tax preparation.  There are new rules and new deductions for 2013.  The tax laws are composed of some 70,000 pages, so it’s easy to make mistakes.  We’ll speak with tax expert Keith Hall.

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Topical Currents
2:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A Nation In Pain: Healing Our Biggest Heath Problem

4/8/2014 - Topical Currents addresses chronic pain. One-hundred million adults in America live with it.
 
We’ll speak with science writer Judy Foreman, the author of "A NATION IN PAIN:  Healing Our Biggest Health Problem".
 
Most medical schools don’t even require students to take a course on the subject.  The NIH only allots one percent of its budget for pain research.

JUDYFOREMAN.COM »

ACPA.ORG »

Topical Currents
5:12 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

How to Care for Aging Parents

4/7/2014 - Topical Currents looks at what many people face:  caring for aging parents.

When does one get involved, and have that “difficult” conversation? What if a parent won’t budge? And working with siblings can be a vexing situation.

We’ll speak with expert Virginia Morris.

CAREFORAGINGPARENTS.COM
eldercare.gov   Phone: 800-677-1116

Topical Currents
2:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

“Drunk Tank Pink:” Unexpected Forces Which Influence Lives; Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining.

4/03/14 - Topical Currents begins with NYU marketing professor Adam Alter.  His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing and psychology. Most of us think we act independently from the world around us.  Alter refutes the notion in his book, DRUNK TANK PINK: AND OTHER UNEXPECTED FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK, FEEL, AND BEHAVE. It’s been found that pink surroundings make people more passive, and less prone to violence. ADAMALTERAUTHOR.COM

And more.

Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.

thierrycatering.com» or call 305.6356626

Topical Currents
2:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

LOVE ILLUMINATED: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject

Topical Currents is with New York Times “Modern Love” columnist Daniel Jones. No subject in human history has been more thoroughly examined, yet it’s still as little understood since the time of Shakespeare.

Columnist Jones has had some 50,000 letters cross his desk:  deluged with scheming cheaters, hopeless romantics and fierce devotees. He’s written, LOVE ILLUMINATED:  Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject.

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Topical Currents
12:27 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

"Mad As Hell," The Making Of The Movie "Network"

Topical Currents is with New York Times culture reporter David Itzkoff. He’s written a book about the making of the classic film, NETWORK. Famous for its “I’m Mad as Hell” tirade, the movie had an all-star cast:  Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty, and of course, posthumous Oscar-winner Peter Finch. Learn more about how NETWORK came to the screen.

Topical Currents
3:39 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Latest Information On Alzheimer’s Diagnosis And Treatment.

Recording from the live radio program

Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition.  We’ll share the latest information on Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment.Two South Florida-based experts will relate strides in combating this enigmatic syndrome. Will there be a vaccine to prevent Alzheimer’s?  What predispositions indicate one’s susceptibility? New techniques may catch the disease in it early, more treatable stages.

Alzheimers Care Consultants»

Miami Jewish Health Systems»  Hotline: 305.514.8710

Marc Agronin, M.D.»

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