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 January 31, 2013

Florida’s “Take Stock in Children” Program

Take Stock in Children
http://www.takestockinchildren.org

01/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Florida’s acclaimed Take Stock in Children education program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Is It Time for Alimony Reform?

Florida Second Wives Club
http://www.facebook.com/FloridaSecondWivesClub

01/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the nationwide campaign for alimony reform.  Most states—including Florida—haven’t had a meaningful review of alimony since the 1950s.  Reformers say times have changed:  many women now lead the way in the workforce and are primary breadwinners.   “Second Wives” bemoan that their earnings can complement the alimony paid to their new husband’s former spouse.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

What’s A Dog For? The Age-Old Connection With Humans

John Homans, executive editor of New York magazine and author of "What's a Dog For?" in Gramercy Park with his dog, Stella, a Labrador mixed breed adopted from the North Shore Animal League.
Photo credit: Ari Mintz via www.newsday.com

01/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the unique relationship between humans and dogs.  Descended from the wolf, dogs were utilitarian working animals the developed into loved family members.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

The Rise of Investment Scams and Financial Fraud

http://www.newshubber.com/protect-your-identity-from-internet-fraud/

01/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the rise of financial fraud and investment scams in the US.  Figures show a 62% increase of crimes over the past three years.  We’ll speak with a South Florida FBI White-Collar Crime coordinator, as well as certified examiners.  The courts are overwhelmed and backlogged with cases.  So beware:  much of the fraud and scams originate from the Internet.

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Dinner in Minutes
1:30 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Monique Seillan and Pascal Oudin

Monique Seillan
http://www.chateau-lassegue.com

01/24/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview Pascal Oudin, Chef/Owner of Pascal’s on Ponce and Monique Seillan co-owner of Chateau Lassegue and wife of the vigneron.

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Topical Currents
2:40 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Overcoming Childhood Neglect

Jonice Webb
https://twitter.com/jwebbphd

01/24/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Dr. Jonice Webb, who specializes in the effects of childhood emotional neglect.  She’s written Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect,  which details how old scars can still influence adult well-being and behaviors.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tampa Times Media Critic Eric Deggans Discusses His Book, Race Baiter

Eric Deggans TV/Media Critic for Tampa Bay Times
https://twitter.com/Deggans

01/23/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Tampa Bay Times TV and media critic Eric Deggans, author of RACE BAITER:  How the Media Wields Dangerous Words.  Deggans says modern media uses racial tensions to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic, and plays to ingrained stereotypes and assumptions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapmen: Make Your Brain Smarter

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.
http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/

01/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents addresses our “cognitive potential,” with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas.  She says today’s “multi-tasking” culture is bad for the brain . . . and that working crosswords or Sudoku really can’t make us sharper.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Boston College Sociologist Charles Derber, author of The Surplus American

Charles Derber
https://www2.bc.edu/~derber/

01/21/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with Boston College sociology professor Charles Derber, the co-author of THE SURPLUS AMERICAN:  How the 1% is Making Us Redundant.  Many Americans are rendered jobless, but the authors maintain that this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”  They examine the results of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, as well as how people are forcibly induced to leave the workforce.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Food Network host Melissa d’Arabian

Food Network host Melissa d’Arabian
http://www.foodnetwork.com

01/17/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Joseph Cooper interview  Melissa d’Arabian host of Food Network’s Drop 5 Pounds and author of Ten Dollar Dinners.  Tips on how to look and feel younger along with foods and exercise that boost our moods and why.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

University of Miami CFO Joe Natoli

Joe Natoli
http://www.miami.edu

01/17/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with news of a report which shows the economic impact of the University of Miami’s presence in South Florida.  The estimate is over 6-billion dollars, with 13-thousand employees and indirect employment of 43-thousand persons.  75-percent of students are from outside the area.  They bring in revenue to the tune of 200- million dollars.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Universe Within: Rocks, Planets & People

Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
http://www.neilshubin.com/

01/15/13 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with science writer and paleontologist Neil Shubin, author of THE UNIVERSE WITHIN:  Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People.  Shubin is an associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

Lori Andrews
http://www.socialnetworkconstitution.com

01/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Lori Andrews, the director of Science & Law at Chicago-Kent College.  What sort of digital identity do you have on the Web?  Remember:  what’s posted on social networks can be used against you.  Andrews has written, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND I SAW WHAT YOU DID:  Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.  She promotes a “Social Network Constitution” to protect individual rights.

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Dinner in Minutes
1:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Organic Farms

Gabriele Marewski
http://www.southfloridafoodandwine.com/

01/10 /13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Gabriele Marewski owner of Paradise Farms.  She talks about Dinner in Paradise, how we can grow our own organic gardens and what we’ll find in our farmer’s markets this year.   Fred Tasker will give his wine suggestions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Jeremy Dean
twitter.com/PsyBlog

01/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Jeremy Dean, a researcher at University College, London.  He’s written MAKING HABITS, BREAKING HABITS:  Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick.  Ingrained routines are difficult to break . . . but Dean says fulfilling new patterns can be achieved.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining explores the fabulous Paradise Farms operation in Homestead.

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