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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer interviews Executive Chef Fabio Viviani from Siena Tavern on South Beach

(left) Fabio Viviani enthusiastically describes his special ingredients to Linda, Bonnie and Joe.
Paul Leary

11/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio’s American Home Kitchen and Executive Chef at the newly opened Siena Tavern on South Beach. (It’s in the old China Grill spot.) He talks about his Italian spin on American dishes, some Italian Thanksgiving thoughts and his new restaurant. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Going To Bat For Abused, Neglected And Abandoned Kids: Miami-Dade Guardian Ad Litem Program

Voices for Children of Broward County
www.facebook.com/VoicesBroward

11/20/14 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with a look at the Miami-Dade Guardian Ad Litem program, which goes to bat in court for abused, neglected and abandoned kids.

In-Studio Guests: Michael Brennan (at left), Volunteer Recruiter, Florida Guardian ad  Litem Program, 11th Judicial Circuit and Erica Herman (at right), Executive Director, Voices for Children of Broward.  In the second half of the program, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pet Care Call In Program - November 2014 Edition

Dr. Ian Kupkee, Lynn Kupkee and Edel Miedes

11/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Kendall. He takes questions about your favorite friends and companions. Also on hand is canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K-9 Advisors.  He says he'll give dog advice . . .  for humans.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

11/17-14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with social critic and author Astra Taylor

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews The Salvage Chef Michael Love

Michael Love
Credit twitter.com/lovecancook

11/13/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Michael Love, Specialty Chef at Epicure Market. 

His book is book is The Salvage Chef.  He’ll discuss ways to cut down on food waste, save money and turn leftovers into delicious meals. He’ll bring food for us to taste.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Kids In Distress Seeks Qualified Parents

www.kidinc.org

11/13/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the Kids in Distress program, guided by the Community Foundation of Broward.  It operates in Broward and Palm Beach counties—the area’s largest foster care licensing agency.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Discussing the WLRN-TV Documentary: Journey to the Macy’s Parade

South Florida Attorney Chuck Tatelbaum
WLRN

11/12/14 - Today’s Topical Currents tells the story of a new WLRN Public TV documentary,  Journey to the Macy’s Parade.

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Topical Currents
3:53 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Memoir of Modern War in Theory & Practice

11/11/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis

11/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines our looming retirement predicament with James Russell, author of SOCIAL INSECURITY:  401(K)S AND THE RETIREMENT CRISIS. The pitch for 401(K)s began in the 1980s.  They were heralded by the financial services industry as better than traditional pensions. Russell says what was promised proved untrue . . .

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews 'Mango Mama' Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick
www.twitter.com/Kavetchnik

11/06/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jen Karetnick about her latest book is "Mango."  It’s filled with recipes from local chefs.  She tells how she became known as 'Mango Mama' while cultivating her mango orchard of 11 mango trees with charming stories about learning to grow and use mangos. Plus, a history of the Mango gang and many recipes, including ones that are not always associated with mangos. Fred Tasker gives wines suggestions. Tune in Thursday at 1:30 on Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Mastering The Art Of Being Interesting and the Elements of Wit

11/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents ponders the highly-prized human value of . . . wit. . . 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

The History And Actions Of The Supreme Court

11/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents reviews the history and actions of the Supreme Court of the United States, with noted constitutional attorney Erwin Chemerinsky. He notes that most people consider the Supreme 

  Court an impartial body, imparting learned decisions on key issues. He also notes, however, that Justices are human, and often show bias and political colors. Chemerinsky has written THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT. Hear the discussion Wednesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Impact of Law & Litigation on U.S. Elections and the ACLU of Florida

11/04/14 - Tuesday' s Topical Currents looks at how US elections have been increasingly influenced by

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

2014 Florida Midterm Election Preview

11/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our semi-annual election preview.Tuesday is election day . . . and Florida should experience one of the closest races for Governor in modern history. There are many other statewide and municipal races, as well as a host of Constitutional matters.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The High Cost of Food Waste

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/
Robert Clark, National Geographic

10/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the worldwide epidemic of food waste.  The US is world leader in this dubious category.

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