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 April 11, 2013

Tax Tips From Experts

Tax Credits/Flickr

04/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with income tax tips from experts.  The deadline for 2012 tax filing is Monday.  We’ll also look ahead to important changes in the tax code for 2013, especially those which affect small businesses.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining . . . with wine columnist Fred Tasker and “Dinner in Minutes.”  That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at one o’clock on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

Helaine Olen
http://helaineolen.com/

04/10/13 - Wednesday Topical Currents goes behind the scenes of the individual finance industry, with journalist Helaine Olen.   She’s written POUND FOOLISH:  Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.  Most well-known TV and radio experts sell dreams that are seldom reached.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Chip Kidd
www.chipkidd.com

04/09/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with noted book jacket designer Chip Kidd.  Many DO judge a book by its cover. Mr. Kidd's book is "Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Eating Less Meat; Book Jacket Designer Chip Kidd

Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States
http://www.humanesociety.org/

04/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States.  The society urges a reduction or elimination of meat-based diets, for both health and ethical reasons.  Many school districts add more fruits and veggies in lunchroom fare, and offer “Meatless Mondays.”  Miami-Dade & Broward schools are participants.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

The Science of Winning & Losing

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
https://www.facebook.com/topdogbook

04/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the science involved in why we win . . . or lose in competition.  What gives peak performance?  For some, high-pressure brings out the best.  For others, stress avoidance gives the groove.  Employees who just want to “get through the day” will never reach lofty goals, and fear of mistakes dampens ambition and success.  Our guest is Po Bronson co-author of TOP DOG:  The Science of Winning & Losing.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Celebrity Chefs with Restaurants In South Florida

Bar and Lounge at BOURBON STEAK Miami
http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/bsmi.php

04/04/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Gustavo Rech general manager of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle and David Varley, corporate executive chef for the Mina Group.  Wediscuss how they have been able to keep their brand standards when many celebrity chefs in South Florida have failed, plus the new Michael Mina restaurant opening at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Reinvent How You See The World

Sam Sommers
http://www.samsommers.com/

04/04/13 -  Thursday's Topical Currents begins with social psychologist Sam Sommers.  He’s written SITUATIONS MATTER:  Understanding How Context Transforms Your World. Context affects our behavior in inexplicable ways:  peaceful persons joining a riot . . . a sports fan who behaves like a lout . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Why Whistleblowers Stand Up To Evil

Eyal Press
http://eyalpress.com/

04/03/13 - We see and read about tragedies and evil propagated by individuals . . . but it isn’t so often we hear about the unsung persons who take chances . . . even being disobedient and risking repercussions.  We’ll speak with journalist and author Eyal Press, author of BEAUTIFUL SOULS:  THE COURAGE AND CONSCIENCE OF ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES.  What makes people go against the crowd, take chances, and face consequences?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Kids Through Sports

Raising Your Game: Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Girls and Boys Through Sports
http://raisingyourgamebook.com/

04/02/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with sportswriter Ethan Skolnik and psychologist Dr. Andrea Corn.  They’ve co-written RAISING YOUR GAME:  Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Girls and Boys Through Sports.  Sports are enriching enjoyable for kids . . . usually.  If not addressed in the right manner they can be a source of pressure, self-doubt and dejection.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Why Lawmakers Choose Myths Over Evidence

Professor David Schultz
http://schultzstake.blogspot.com/

04/01/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Professor David Schultz, author of AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE AGE OF IGNORANCE.  He contends that lawmakers on all levels ignore clear evidence and prefer myths of belief when creating legislation and policies . . . and that money, special interests and simple ideology figure in recycling old policies.  That’s Topical Currents . . .

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer & Fred Tasker Discuss Fine American Wines

Shari Gherman
www.americanfinewinecompetition.org

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03/28/13 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Shari Gherman, founder of the American Fine Wine Competition and Chef Christina Machammer, from B Cellars Napa Valley Blends and winner of the 4th season of Hell’s Kitchen.  Shari talks about the best American wines and Christina shares her thoughts on pairing food and wine.  

Dinner in Minutes:  Mint Pesto Lamb with Garlic Potatoes

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Chronically Exhausted? Stop Feeling Tired.

Dr. George Zgourides
www.linkedin.com

03/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Dr. George Zgourides, author of STOP FEELING TIRED.   Chronic exhaustion is a complaint of many . . . but coffee and energy drinks aren’t effective.   Life balance, stress reduction and equilibrium get results.    And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and Fred Taker discuss the American Fine Wine Competition . . . and how to best pair wine with food.  That’s Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tel Aviv University Professor Anita Shapira, author of Israel: A History

Prof. Anita Shapira
The Israel Democracy Institute. http://en.idi.org.il

03/27/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the turbulent history of Israel, from the origins of the Zionist movement in the late 19th Century to the present day.  There’s the backdrop of relations between Jews, Arabs and Turks, and the earliest settlements in Palestine under Ottoman rule.  We’ll visit with Tel Aviv University professor Anita Shapira, author of ISRAEL:  A HISTORY.  Don’t miss Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Florida's Infamous Insane Asylum: Chattahoochee

Sally Ling
http://sallyjling.com/

03/26/13 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents ventures into the murky world of Florida’s infamous Chattahoochee State Hospital. Historian Sally Ling has written, OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT. Just 40 miles west of Tallahassee, the institution began as a federal arsenal during the Seminole Wars, was then a state prison, then an insane asylum. There’s the good, the bad, and ugly in its history. That’s Topical Currents .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

1 year. No Makeup. The Beauty Experiment.

The Beauty Experiment
http://phoebebakerhyde.com

03/25/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with journalist Phoebe Baker Hyde, about her dilemma of a “perfect storm” of self-doubt.  She struggled with the notion that as a professional woman, she should be encumbered with the expense and trappings of fashion, makeup, new clothes, salon haircuts and jewelry.

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