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 July 9, 2013

Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Keith Lowe
https://twitter.com/KeithLoweAuthor

07/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with World War II historian Keith Lowe.  Though the European conflict ended in May of 1945, with cheering victory celebrations, the grim reality is that anarchy reigned. Lowe has written SAVAGE CONTINENT:  Europe in the Aftermath of World War IIAll told, some 30-million died in the conflict, and after the Axis surrender, civil amenities were in shambles and civil war arose. Learn more on Topical Currents, Tuesday 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
Mon July 8, 2013

The Tea Party & Politics In America

Christopher Parker
http://faculty.washington.edu/csparker/

07/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Washington, Seattle, Professor Christopher Parker.  He’s the co-author of CHANGE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IN:  The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in AmericaWhat makes the Tea Party click? Last November, some 45-million registered voters told a Fox News poll that they identified with the party.  That’s a fifth of the electorate. Tune in for Topical Currents 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

National Review Commentator Kevin Williamson: The End is Near

Kevin D. Williamson
https://twitter.com/KevinNR

07/03/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Kevin Williamson, author of THE END IS NEAR AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME:  How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier and More SecureWilliams says that while consumer goods get better, cheaper and more widely available, government delivered necessities grow more expensive with declining quality. He criticizes the modern welfare state in the era of globalization, and endorses market derived alternatives. That’s 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
Tue July 2, 2013

Miami-Dade Property Appraiser; Watchdog Report Publisher

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
http://www.miamidade.gov

07/02/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the independence of the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s office. Formerly, the appraiser was appointed by the county Mayor.  But current appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera was elected. Some interesting developments have arisen:  is the property appraiser still governed by the County Commission?  It may take a court ruling to decide.

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Topical Currents
8:14 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism

OVERBOOKED: The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism
http://www.elizabethbecker.com
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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hot Dog Culture in America

Bruce Kraig
http://manbitesdogbook.com/

 


06/27/13 - In the second half of the program, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bruce Kraig author of Man Bites Dog – Hot Dog Culture in America.  Hot dogs are as American as apple pie – we talk about how they became icons of American culture and a July 4th tradition. Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:30pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Miami Man Rides 15,000 Miles for Charity

Arctic Ride For Dreams
http://www.arcticridefordreams.com/

   06/27/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami Shores resident Andrew Smith.  He has ambitious plans for the summer:  riding his Triumph motor cycle to the Arctic Circle to benefit favorite charities.  It’s a mere 15,000 miles and it's called Arctic Ride For Dreams. And more:  Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A Challenge to What We Know About Drugs & Society

Dr. Carl Hart
https://twitter.com/drcarlhart

06/26/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart. A native Miamian, Hart has written  HIGH PRICE:  A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. After 22 years of research, he challenges the way we think about poverty, race and addiction. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday 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
Tue June 25, 2013

Is It The End Of Unpaid Internships?

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

06/25/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with contributor Donna Ballman.  She specializes in employment law and employee rights.  Many teens are now working summer part-time jobs.  Most are woefully unaware of employment regulations.  There are different rules about unpaid internships, as well. Also news about pre-employment medical exams. Donna Ballman is the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit or Get Axed. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday 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
Mon June 24, 2013

The Cost of American Militarism

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism
http://www.ciponline.org/research/publications/category/book

06/24/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with former CIA analyst and National War College Professor Melvin Goodman.  He’s written National Insecurity:  The Cost of American Militarism.  Goodman offers an insider’s critique of the U.S. military economy from Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell “military-industrial complex” warning to Obama’s expansion of the military’s power.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mango Madness at Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival

Bonnie Berman and Linda Gassenheimer
Paul Leary

06/20/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell, Director of the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  It's Mango Madness and the Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival. Learn how to grow, pick and use our native crop of ripe juicy mangoes.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Surviving What You Think You Can’t

Augusten Burroughs
https://twitter.com/augusten

06/20/13 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with Augusten Burroughs, who’s written the best-seller THIS IS HOW:  Surviving What You Think You Can’t.  There aren’t any quick fixes, but somehow, we get by.  And more.  South Florida’s mango season is in full swing.

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Ariel Gonzalez
2:54 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Journey From A Life Of Privilege To The Slums of Russia

Debra Dean
David Hiller via www.DebraDean.com

06/18/13 - In the second half of the program, literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with FIU Professor Debra Dean about her new novel, THE MIRRORED WORLD.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Possibilities Of Changing The World

John-Paul Flintoffa with his book, "How to Change the World"
http://www.flintoff.org/

06/18/3 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at the possibilities of changing the world.  We’ll speak with journalist, broadcaster and author John-Paul Flintoff about his book, HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLDWe all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels that we lack the ability to make a difference.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

A Guide to the Logistics of Death

When Someone Dies: A Guide to the Logistics of Death
http://whensomeonedies.net/

06/17/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents addresses the bleak responsibilities of dealing with the death of a loved one. We’ll speak with attorney Scott Taylor Smith about his book, WHEN SOMEONE DIES:  The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death. Smith was pained by the unexpected passing of his mother . . .

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