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

Food For Your Brain

Neal Barnard MD
www.nealbarnard.org

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/

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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
All rights reserved by NASFT

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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/

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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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