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 April 22, 2013

The History and Promise of Green Technology

Alexis Madrigal
https://twitter.com/alexismadrigal

04/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at environmental technology with the author of POWERING THE DREAM:  The History and Promise of Green Technology.  Energy innovation began in earnest some 150 years ago.  Geo-thermal heating was used in Idaho in 1892, while windmills irrigated the Great Plains and watered livestock.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly

eco-friendly kitchens
www.upstairsstudioarchitecture.com

04/18/13 -1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricarmen Martinez, a principal in the Upstairs Studio Architecture with tips on how we can make our kitchens more eco-friendly whether building a new kitchen or making an existing kitchen greener.  What's the best type of l

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Habitat For Humanity: Women Helping Women

Women Build
http://www.miamihabitat.org/

04/18/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Miami and its “Women Build” program.  Local women wield saws, hammers and paint brushes to create homes for low-income single mothers to live with their kids.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

True Story: a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau

John Glatt
http://johnglatt.com/

04/16/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the saga of the famed Miami Beach Fontainebleau Hotel, and the events which ended the lives of its “matriarch” and her son.  Ben Novack, Junior, was raised in sumptuous Fontainebleau suites.  When the family lost the hotel, he took a second wife:  Narcy.  She was an exotic dancer who performed in Hialeah.  Years later, Narcy Novack executed a plot to kill her widowed mother-in-law and husband to gain their estates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

What You Don’t Know About the Cuban Revolution

Joan Mellen
http://joanmellen.com

    

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Veritage Miami/United Way Food and Wine Festival

Richard D Fain
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

04/11/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview, Richard Fain, CEO/Board Chair of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and chair of Veritage Miami (United Way Food and Wine Festival.)  He’s changed the name to Veritage.

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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
www.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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