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
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?

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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