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 February 25, 2013

Got a Pet? Ask the Vet.

Dr. Ian Kupkee
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

02/25/13 - Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of  Kendall’s  Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes from ​K9 Advisors.  We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service” .

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

Stars! SoBe, Food & Wine!

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

02/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a food world star studded special with Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker.  The focus is the huge South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Shortage of Primary Care Doctors

02/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the shortage of primary care doctors in today’s medical landscape and efforts to give more latitude to nurse care practitioners.  The upcoming Florida Legislative session will address the issue.  Increased Medicare costs and the Affordable Care Act figure into the picture to give qualified nurse practitioners more latitude in patient treatment.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Economic Disaster

Alan S. Blinder
http://www.princeton.edu

02/19/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Princeton University economics professor and Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Blinder.  How did the worst economic disaster in post-war American history occur?  The US financial system, he says, was far too complex and unregulated for the public good.  Blinder has written  AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED:  The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead.   Links http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

God vs. Atheism

J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy)
http://www.jandersonthomson.com/

02/18/13- Monday’s Topical Currents features two leading figures in the God-versus-atheism debate.  We’ll speak with University of Virginia psychiatrist Dr. J. Anderson Thomson, author of WHY WE BELIEVE IN GOD(S):  A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.  Also with us is prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of THE SELFISH GENE.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Martha Stewart is 'Meatless' in Miami

Martha Stewart
Photo by Scott Duncan

02/14/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the legendary Martha Stewart . . . she’s in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with her latest book, MEATLESS.  And more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Relationships: Chemistry With Anyone

Liel Lowndes
http://lowndes.com/

02/14/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with communications expert Liel Lowndes, author of HOW TO CREATE CHEMISTRY WITH ANYONE.  Evolution, genetics and past experiences are factors in relationships.  And more.  Linda Gasseneheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker discuss Valentine’s Day champagnes & cognacs.  Also, the legendary Martha Stewart . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness
http://themythsofhappiness.org

02/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what should make us happy—but doesn’t—and what shouldn’t make us happy—but does.  We’ll speak with the author of THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESSSonja Lyubomirsky.  She says we give too much weight to initial emotional responses to events—both good and bad.  No matter the uplift or downturn, humans usually return to their initial happiness level.  Losing a job . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The Rich Don’t Always Win

The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900 to 1970.
http://inequality.org/

02/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with journalist and editorial writer Sam Pizzigati.  He’s written THE RICH DON’T ALWAYS WIN:  The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900 to 1970.  A century ago, the super rich were even more powerful than today’s.  Their reign eroded in favor of a vibrant middle class nation.  

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

Miami's Scarpetta Restaurant Owner/TV's Scott Conant

Scott Conant
http://scottconant.com

02/07/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Scott Conant, owner of Scarpetta restaurants at the Fontainebleau,  judge on TV’s popular show, Chopped, the highest rated show on the Food Network and serv

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Broward's $10.6 Billion Boating Industry

http://hargravecustomyachts.com

02/07/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the economic impact of the South Florida marine industry.  Business leaders say coastal development has created a dearth of waterfront parcels for boaters.  Boating creates some $10.6 Billion of revenue in Broward County alone.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

FPL Turkey Point Expansion Project

Turkey Point Project
www.fpl.com

02/06/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the expansion of FPL’s Turkey Point electric power facility.  Last month, the Miami-Dade Commission granted a go-ahead for zoning changes, which enables construction of new nuclear reactors.  Environmentalists decry the expansion, but FPL says safety is the utmost consideration . . . that they’ll serve a growing population with lower bills and less fossil fuel usage.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Death of Liberalism

Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.
http://melvynlfein.com/

02/05/13  - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Kennesaw State University sociologist Melvyn Fein.  He’s written POST-LIBERALISM & THE DEATH OF A DREAM, and says that liberalism contradicts human nature and history’s lessons. Poverty hasn’t been eliminated . . . education not improved . . . crime hasn’t diminished . . . and universal peace never established.  Fein maintains liberalism is regressive . . .

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer visits with the owners of the Big Easy’s Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide

http://www.cafeadelaide.com

01/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Lally Brennan and Ti Martin.

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