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
Tue August 27, 2013

The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
http://www.gayvictorybook.com/

08/27/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and author Linda Hirshman, who documents the  gay rights movement in her book, VICTORY:  The Triumphant Gay RevolutionOver the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:  from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011. Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for Topical Currents

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Catherine Steiner-Adair
http://www.catherinesteineradair.com

08/26/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents.  We discuss the digital revolution in regard to parents and children. We love our screens:  be they smartphones, laptops or tablets and worlds of communication, information and games they offer. But how does this affect the new generation of children . . . and parents?

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Food and Nutrition in Public Schools

http://nutrition.dadeschools.net/

08/22/13 ~ 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Also, joining the conversation, is Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward County Public Schools.  We discuss exciting new food programs including expanding after school meal services and new emphasis on breakfast on campus. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan

Seven50 logo
http://seven50.org/

08/22/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on South Florida’s Seven-50initiative. “Seven-50” is a blueprint for steering growth among Southeast  Florida’s seven counties:  Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. It considers transportation, housing, jobs and the environmental concerns over the next five decades. Guests are: Michael Busha, Seven50 Management Team, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); Victor Dover, Seven50 Lead Consultant, Principal – Dover Kohl & PartnersJoe Quinty, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Project Manager for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link.

And more, in the second half of the program: Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “back to school” lunch program, with dietary chiefs from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Tune in for Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools

From the The Thomas B. Fordham Institute website
http://www.edexcellence.net/

08/21/13- Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at our nation’s most esteemed and selective public high schools. Florida has six so-called “exam schools” . . . and two are in Miami-Dade County.  “Exam Schools” prepare America’s best and brightest for college and beyond.  We’ll visit with education expert Chester Finn, co-author of EXAM SCHOOLS:  Inside America’s Most Selective Public High SchoolsDon’t miss Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Miami-Dade’s Public/Private Partnerships

http://rgenneroriganti.wordpress.com/

08/20/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what are termed “P3s” which are public/private partnerships for construction or remodeling public works projects. In Miami-Dade, examples of “P3s” include downtown’s Museum Park, the massive Port Tunnel project, the Arsht Center and the proposed redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Private entities finance and construct public facilities, then run and collect revenues for a specific period of time. Guests include: Gillian Thomas, Pres.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Eating On The Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health

Wild strawberries and herb garden

08/19/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with health writer Jo Robinson.  Her latest book discusses of nutrition, and the eons of time when humans subsisted on wild flora and fauna. Her latest book is EATING ON THE WILD SIDE:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health. After generations of breeding more palatable fruits and vegetables, much of their original nutritional clout has been diluted. Robinson has tips to reclaim the nutrients and flavors lost.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine
http://mandybaca.com/

08/15/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview author Mandy Baca. Her book is The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas.  She recounts the history of Miami cuisine from the Tequesta Indians to the present–day local food revolution. A Miami native, Mandy studied at the Hospitality School at Johnson & Wales University and holds a master’s degree in Italian gastronomy and tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy.  On the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Free Medicare And Health Insurance Education

http://www.floridashine.org/

08/15/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) it’s a statewide, volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education to people and their caregivers. And more, Linda Gassenheimer speaks with Mandy Baca about her book,

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

3D Mammography

3D Mammography, also known as Tomosynthesis
http://www.digitalbreasthealthcenter.com/

08/14/13 -  Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

“At Your Service,” with Veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee and Animal Behaviorist, Edel Miedes

Dr, Ian Kupkee
http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

08/13/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover the issue of aggression in our animal companions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

The CIA's Shadow Warrior

SHADOW WARRIOR: William Egan Colby and the CIA
http://researchfrontiers.uark.edu/17190.php

 


08/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the intrigue surrounding the intelligence career of William Colby, with University of Arkansas history professor Randall Woods. He’s the author SHADOW WARRIOR:  William Egan Colby and the CIA.  His career began with the OSS during World War II.  He then joined the newly formed CIA, just before the onset of the Cold War, and was a controversial figure in Vietnam covert operations.  He became CIA director in 1973, but was later forced to resign.  His replacement was George H.W Bush. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1pm. 

 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

South Florida L♡ves Miami Spice

From the Miami Spice Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ilovemiamispice

08/08/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rolando Aeda of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Steven Haas Chairman of the GMCVB who give us the scoop on this year’s Miami Spice two tier program: luxury restaurants at $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch and Fine Dining restaurants at $33 for a 3 course dinner, $19 for lunch.  We discuss the business of Miami Spice and what it brings to the community and get tips on how to enjoy the many offerings.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A Rollicking, Eye-opening Look Of A Life Spent (and Misspent) In The Hotel Industry

http://jacobtomsky.com/

08/08/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with luxury hotel employee Jacob Tomsky, author of the hotel memoir HEADS IN BEDS.  He started as a parking valet, and then managed housekeeping at a top New York City hotel, before going behind the front desk. He has many tales to tell:  from how to get free movies in your room, or ransack the mini-bar at no charge.  Want a room upgrade?  Give a nice tip upon check-in. And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Budget Cuts for Police, Fire Rescue and Libraries?

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