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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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Food For Your Brain

Neal Barnard MD

03/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  She visits with Dr. Neal Barnard author of Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1.

http://www.nealbarnard.org/

Video courtesy of TED Talks:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Free Your Mind at Peace In the Park

Peace in the Park, Festival of Spirit
peaceintheparkflorida.org

03/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with British-born Jamaican percussionist Willie Stewart, a headliner at Peace in the Park Florida this weekend.  This festival of spirit also features WLRN Morning Edition host Wanda Myles.  In this delicate time of worldly imbalance, this community event offers an afternoon to unplug and experience a very special day of peace.

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Topical Currents
11:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

“Members Only” Edition

03/19/13 -  Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” edition with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and special guest host/news anchor Phil Latzman.  During our Spring Pledge Drive, we turn the tables, so to speak, and have listeners solicit new members to the WLRN family.  When did you first contribute to public radio?  What makes you continue to support it?  Think about those “driveway” moments you’ve enjoyed over the years.  That’s Topical Currents  Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the website
www.watchdogreport.net/

03/18/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  An independent journalist, he follows South Florida government and politics with a weekly e-mail summary.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Inside The Fancy Food Show 2013

http://www.specialtyfood.com
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03/14/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with Linda Gassenheimer, and her report from the huge “Fancy Food Show.”  It’s a big event for the food industry, and Linda gives her slice of the best and most innovative products.  How about a boxed Ethiopian dinner you can prepare at home?   Also, we’ll taste the latest veggie chips, and sample banana jam on breakfast toast.  Fred Tasker gives wine suggestions. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Ecological Anxiety

Nathanael Johnson
http://www.nathanaeljohnson.org/

If you download, link or post this audio, please use the credit: from WLRN's Topical Currents www.wlrn.org

03/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist and public radio figure Nathanael Johnson.  He’s the author of ALL NATURAL:  A SKEPTIC’S QUEST.   It’s a mix of science writing and memoir, and chronicles his “ecological anxiety,” with questions about man-made versus made-by-nature.  Is there a middle ground?  That’s Topical Currents with Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman . . . Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Muhammad, The First Muslim

The First Muslim, The Story of Muhammad
http://www.aftertheprophet.com

03/11/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is the fascinating story of Muhammed.  This one man radically changed the world, yet westerners have little idea of who he was or where he came from.  We’ll speak with journalist Lesley Hazelton, author of the THE FIRST MUSLIM:  The Story of MuhammadBorn an orphan, he had a monogamous marriage of 24 years.  He became a prophet in the year 610, when he was 40, after being exiled from Mecca to Medina.  That’s

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show

Chef Allen Susser
Copyright 2013 Chef Allen Consulting

03/07/13 - 1:30pm- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview legendary Chef Allen Susser.  The Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show is this weekend at Pinecrest Gardens.  It’s all about delectable chocolate: pair chocolate with spices, tasting chocolate tea - learn how to taste, buy and use chocolate.  

This week's Dinner in Minutes Recipe: 

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice (Arroz con Jitomate)

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

South Florida's Unique Architecture

MOD Weekend 2013
http://www.modweekend.com

03/06/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with news about ModWeekend 2013.  It highlights unique South Florida architecture with many events, including double-decker bus and tours, films and parties.  ModWeekend begins a week from tomorrow.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Dr. Howell Goldberg
http://www.fountainsdental.com/

03/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the common problems of snoring and sleep apnea.  Airway blockage is the root cause of both, and can incur considerable health problems.  It can also have ramifications for frazzled sleep partners.  We’ll speak with Dr. Howell Goldberg, who prescribes dental remedies . . . and of course, take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2

Link:

www.fountainsdental.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Florida’s Dark History Revealed

T.D. Allman
via www.booksandbooks.com

03/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist T.D. Allman.  His latest work is a ten-year project to create  FINDING FLORIDA:  The True History of the Sunshine State.  The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit.  Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.”  He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any.  The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell.  Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.”  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

T.D. Allman South Florida Appearances: 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

500 Years Circumnavigating Earth

Joyce Chaplin
David Armitage

03/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Harvard history professor Joyce Chaplin, author of ‘Round About the Earth:  Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.  Humans have circled the globe for some 500 years.  Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was the first to achieve the feat by spacecraft.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

South Florida “Restaurant Roundabout” 02/28/13

Linda Gassenheimer
www.dinnerinminutes.com

02/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer . . . and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs . . . old favorites and best values.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Get Fired for Anything: Workplace Laws & Rights

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

02/27/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents discusses workplace laws and rights.  If you’re a private sector employee, you really have very few rights . . . and can be let go without specific cause.  Race or age discrimination, harassment or sexual exploitation, however, can be grounds for litigation.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

Peter Cappelli at the WLRN Studios
Paul Leary

02/26/13 -  Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with human resource expert and Wharton Business School professor Peter Cappelli.  Conventional wisdom says that our educational system fails the economy . . .

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