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
Wed March 4, 2015

The End Of College: Creating The Future Of Learning And The University Of Everywhere

03/04/15 - Wednesday's Topical Currents: A college degree rewards graduates with higher wages, but costs precludes many from attending.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education

03/03/15 - Can modern neuroscience research be used to improve teaching skills and deliver new tools to the classroom?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

From Egg Nog to Beef Jerky: The Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products

www.whatsinyourmouthbook.com

03/02/15 - Perhaps in mid-mouthful, who hasn’t wondered just what’s gone into the making of a processed-food product? 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

The "Rat Pack" History of the Edition Hotel, Miami Beach

www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach

02/26/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Joshua Wagner, Director of Culture and Entertainment at the Edition Hotel (formerly the Seville Hotel).  He’ll discuss the history and renovations of the hotel.  Much of the original lobby and parts of the restaurant have been

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dave Barry: “Live Right & Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)"

Sreengrab of Dave's website, note the "weather" section.
www.davebarry.com

02/26/15 - It’s fitting to get life-advice and insight to attain a modicum of happiness from a grandfather. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Learn How To Attract Birds To South Florida Gardens, Yards, and Even Balconies

www.kirstennaturetravel.com
www.facebook.com/KirstenNatureTravel

02/25/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we learn how to attract birds to South Florida gardens, yards--and even balconies.  We’ll have ornithologist James Kushlan and photographer Kirsten Hine.  In the second half of the program . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Author David Boaz discusses his book "The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto For Freedom"

David Boaz with Senator Rand Paul
twitter.com/David_Boaz

02/24/15 - Recent polls find 25% of respondents identifying themselves as “libertarian.” 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

All in A Day’s Work: United States Postal Service letter carrier Bob Garron

02/23/15 - Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from  the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

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Food and Dining
3:12 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

TV Food Network Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine

02/19/15 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV food network celebrity chef, Robert Irvine.  His Restaurant Impossible TV program is one of the most popular shows on the network. He’ll discuss how he rehabs the restaurants in 48 hours with only $10,000. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

20th Anniversary of Greater Miami’s 'Take Stock in Children' Organization

Take Stock in Children group in the studio.
Paul Leary

02/19/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begin with a look at Greater Miami’s Take Stock in Children non-profit.  It’s the 20th anniversary of its Florida founding. “Take Stock” creates a student pipeline from middle school to college, and aims to break the cycle of poverty. Also, Linda Gassenheimer with The Food Network’s Robert Irvine . . . host of Restaurant Impossible.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Huck Finn’s America

Author Andew Levy
Photo Credit: Randy Johnson

02/18/15 - Today at 1pm on Topical Currents: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn could be considered the seminal work of American fiction. It’s the most recognizable title in American literature. Huck Finn is told in the first-person, through the eyes of an adolescent white orphan traveling with a runaway slave upon the Mississippi River.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind

www.davidlinden.org

02/17/15 - Why is it impossible to tickle oneself?  Why do women tend to have more tactile sense in their fingers?  And why does scratching an itch give such pleasure?  Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when we visit with Johns Hopkins University neuroscience professor David Linden.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker (February 2015 Edition)

www.watchdogreport.net

02/16/15 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with frequent contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the independent “Watchdog Report.” We’ll discuss South Florida government, politics and institutions. Next year’s race for City of Miami Mayor has already gained attention . . . and State Senator Nan Rich may run for a Broward County Commission seat.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

How To Age With Medical Sociologist And Journalist Anne Karpf

02/12/15 - Growing older, of course, is inevitable. Indeed, it’s much better than the alternative.   Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with medical sociologist and journalist Anne Karpf.  Her book is How to Age.

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