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
Mon October 21, 2013

Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research

Dr. James R. Berenson (third from left- bottom) leads a team of world-class research staff members, including Dr. Haiming Chen, MD., PhD. (second from right - bottom). The staff is dedicated to fighting Multiple Myeloma and related diseases.
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10/21/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood disease of malignant cells found in bone marrow.  We’ll visit with Dr. James Berenson, the Director and Founder of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.  Berenson’s Myeloma-related research can benefit all cancers where bone metastasis is a threat, particularly breast, lung  and prostate cancers as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Learn more on Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.       

 

 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Trader Joe's Comes to Miami

New Trader Joe's at the 9200 block of South Dixie Highway, where a Borders bookstore used to be located.
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10/17/13 - In the second half of the program, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman  talk about the opening of a Pinecrest Trader Joe’s supermarket, the first in South Florida, with store captain Jodi McCollough.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Advice For Parents Of Special Needs Kids

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10/17/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Mark and Sandy Horowitz.  They’re the parents of 14 year old son Ian. They’ve authored the book, I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW:  A Guide for Special Needs Parents.  Young Ian suffers from a brain structure disorder.  The Horowitz’s give advice for parents of special needs kids.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

10/15/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 75-year prohibition of cannabis in the United States.  20 states have now approved medical marijuana consumption . . . two states have legislated limited recreational use.  52% of Americans, according to a Pew Research poll, support the decriminalization of cannabis.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Reclaiming Our Democracy

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10/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with “social entrepreneur” Sam Daley-Harris. A Miami native, he founded the public interest group RESULTS, in 1980, and was instrumental in the microcredit movement.  His book, RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY:  Healing the Break Between People and Government has been updated and reprinted for a 20th Anniversary Edition. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Simply Delicioso

10/10/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with television personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Delicioso on Univision and Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel.  We’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Why Read Moby Dick?

First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.

10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel:  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay.  We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK?  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman.  Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

South Florida's Urban Menagerie

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10/09/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl. South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss.  We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties.  We’ll speak with nature writer and researcher Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book, THE URBAN BESTIARY:  Encountering the Everyday Wild.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate

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10/08/13 - Tuesday Topical Currents examines the complex world of large-scale ocean container ships.  Super-sized ships can lade 15,000 truck-able containers on board.  They may be longer than three-football fields . . . and as tall as Niagara Falls.  We’ll speak with Rose George, author of NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING:  Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Unusual Upbringing And The Long, Winding Path To Happiness

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
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10/07/13 - Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Kate Christensen about Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetitesa mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism

From Artsist Banksy
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10/07/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with political culture professor Michael Stewart Foley.  He’s written FRONT PORCH POLITICS: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s.  Most people remember the 1960s as the decade of activism, but Foley contends the 1970s and 1980s were equally important.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Dining at the White House

This week's Food & Dining podcast.

10/03/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef John Moeller, retired White House chef and  author of Dining at the White House.  It’s a behind the scenes look at preparing dinners at the White House and an insight into the personalities of the first families he served.  He was chef to Presidents H.W. Bush, Clinton and George Bush. We look at memorable White House moments – including visits from heads of state, sudden cancelation of a Congressional Picnic on 9/11 and family dinners.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

The Mental and Health Benefits of Tai-Chi

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10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits.   Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system.  His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents.  He’ll relate some remarkable moments.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Floridians & The Affordable Care Act

The new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

10/01/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines how the Affordable Care Act will affect Floridians.  It’s an “At Your Service” edition.  State government has resisted the federal health overhaul initiative.  Florida is one of a dozen states which have not expanded Medicaid.  Governor Rick Scott has barred health care “navigators” to assist Floridians with “Obamacare,” but some counties are resisting that order.  We’ll take your calls on the issue.  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at one 1pm.

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