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 August 5, 2013

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

Mark Blyth
Brown University via www.brown.edu

08/05/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Brown University Professor Mark Blyth.  He contends that conservatives in both Europe and the US have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has worsened economies. He says the problem has been a result of bailing out, recapitalizing and adding liquidity to broken banking systems with

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” 08/01/13

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

08/01/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us is restaurant critic Jen Karetnik and wine columnist Fred Tasker. We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listene

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

A History Of America’s Financial Disasters

Scott Nelson
http://srnels.people.wm.edu/

07/30/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the history of US financial crunches.  It’s easy to recall the recession of 2008 or the 1929 stock market crash, but there have been many more panics, and they’ve all revolved around consumer, state and federal defaults. We’ll speak with Scott Reynolds, author of A NATION OF DEADBEATS:  An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters. The first U-S financial crisis was in 1792. Tha

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Florida’s Landlord and Tenant Laws

Leonard Elias
http://www.dadecountybar.org/

07/31/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, which addresses  Florida’s landlord and tenant laws. Questions about eviction procedures, tenant rights, security deposits, partial rent payments and attorney fees?  We’ll have a panel of experts including: Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias, Jeffrey Hearne of Legal Services of Greater Miami and attorney Michael Birnholz. . What are the legal obligations of renters of single-family homes to homeowner associations? Find out on Wednesday Topical Currents at 1:00pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:00pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The FBI’s War on Student Radicals

Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power
http://www.sethrosenfeld.com/

07/29/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the FBI’s secret involvement in the 1960’s counter-culture environment in Berkeley, California. The struggle between radical students, a liberal University President and soon to be Governor Ronald Reagan helped ignite an era of broad protest. We’ll speak with veteran San Francisco journalist Seth Rosenfeld.  He’s the author of SUBVERSIVES:  The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Sweet and Savory Flavors of Mexican Ice Cream

Rosa Mexicano
http://www.rosamexicano.com/

07/25/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rosa Mexicano Regional Executive Chef James Cawley.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Love & Loss: Suddenly Solo

LOVE AND LOSS In Life and in Treatment
http://www.lindasherbyphd.com/

07/24/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines lifestyle adjustments needed after the death of a long-term spouse. We’ll speak with two octogenarian men, Hal Spielman ("Suddenly Solo”) and Bob Levinson (“Full Circle”), who lost long-term wives . . . but rebounded . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

D.B. Grady
http://elder-geek.com/


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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Our Obsession With Stardom

Ty Burr Michael
Lionstar/Pantheon

07/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr, who explores our obsession with stardom . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Paving The Way For Eligible Immigrant Employees

Abeje Chumo from IRC-Silver Spring leads a workshop at the JW Marriott-Washington DC
http://immigrationforum.org/bethlehem

07/18/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami’s “Bethlehem Project,” which brings together business, education and civic organizations to pave the way for eligible immigrant employees to become citizens. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer presents an archive edition with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Born in horrific conditions in Ethiopia, he was adopted by a Swedish couple, and became of one of the world’s top chefs. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1:00pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:00pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Robert W. McChesney
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences University of Illinois

07/16/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois professor and FreePress.net co-founder Robert McChesney, whose latest book is DIGITAL DISCONNECT:  How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. He wonders if a society drenched in commercial

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Osteoporosis Breakthroughs

Dr. Antonio Prats

07/15/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with the latest information about osteoporosis, a bone disease which can lead to fractures. A surgeon general’s report says that one in two Americans over the age of 50 is at risk of fractures due to low bone mass. Topical Currents  at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs

Dr. Jay Cohen
http://www.jaycohenmd.com/

07/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the latest developments in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Medical researcher Dr. Jay Cohen says there are new alternatives to invasive surgeries and radiation therapies.  He was diagnosed with the condition in 2011.  Dr. Cohen's most recent book is Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Struggle Between The Haves And Have-nots

Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner
http://www.cultureclashes.org/

07/10/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Stanford University cultural psychologists Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner. They’ve co-authored CLASH:  8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are. They say there’s a clash between independence and interdependence, including the struggle between the haves and have-nots; the politics of religion and contention between Asian and Western cultures. That

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