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
3:28 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. Angelo Volandes Discusses End Of Life Choices

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care

3/31/15 - Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Angelo Volandes discusses end of life choices. His book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care is an advisory on how to prevent expensive hospital deaths, fruitless interventions and divided families.

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Topical Currents
3:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Charles Cobb And His Book: This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed

Book Cover: This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed

3/30/15 - Former Brown University Department of Africana Studies faculty member and staff writer for National Geographic, Charles Cobb recounts his involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when he was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 

He’s written a book which reflects on his participation called, THIS NONVIOLENT STUFF’LL GET YOU KILLED.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews PBS Personality Claudine Pepin

04/30/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Claudine Pepin, author of Kids Cook French,

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” Call-in Program March 2015

03/26/15 - Do you often rave about a favorite restaurant?  Do like to experience a new spot, or travel a bit to get to one?  Then you’ll love Thursday’s Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection

Catherine Price www.catherine-price.com
Sara Remington/www.sararemington.net

03/24/15 - Has the allure of vitamins as an emblem of health affected common sense about diet? What about supplements?  Many on store shelves don’t even contain what’s listed on the label.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Florida Bulldog Editor/Investigative Reporter Dan Christensen & Dan Ricker of WatchdogReport.net

Screenshot of www.floridabulldog.org

03/23/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with veteran South Florida investigative reporter Dan Christensen, Editor of The Florida Bulldog.  We’ll focus on Broward issues, and take listener calls.Discussion issues involve Broward School Board bidding procedures . . . and a federal investigation into the North Broward Hospital District’s Medicare and Medicaid claim processes.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer Discusses Diabetes And Cuisine

Linda Gassenheimer on American Diabetes Association YouTube video link below.
YouTube/American Diabetes Association

03/19/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents: Our resident chef, author and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer, speaks about diabetes:  which foods should be avoided--and what’s OK for meals, snacks—even desserts. Linda says diabetic fare doesn’t mean a table of steamed veggies and broiled fish.  She’s the author of five books pertaining to diabetes and cuisine. Tune in Thursday at 1pm for Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

“Members Only” Call-In: Tell Us Why You Support WLRN

Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper and Linda Gassenheimer
Paul Leary

03/17/15 - On the next Topical Currents program, we open our phones and talk to the people, who in the end, really make our station possible:  the listener-members. Perhaps you’re one . . .  We call it “Members Only.”  It’s been a pledge drive tradition for many years. Tell us what first attracted you to listen to public radio . . . what programs you love to listen to . . . and also, what inspired your first pledge.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

"All In a Day’s Work" South Florida-based professional model and photographer, J. D. Ferguson

www.jdvision.net

03/16/15 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we continue our All In a Day’s Work series.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer's St. Patrick's Day Salute

03/12/15 - On the next Topical Currents we turn to chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her yearly Saint Patrick’s Day salute. We’ll visit with Ireland-born Martin Lynch, co-owner of the renowned John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Coral Gables.  He’ll give tips for a traditional St. Patty’s celebration . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

www.miamilighthouse.org

03/11/15 - The renowned Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has roots in the legacy of blind icon, Helen Keller. Listen for Wednesday’s Topical Currents . . . The Miami Lighthouse began in 1931.  And still thrives at the same location . . . with state-of-the-art services, which include job readiness, computer auditory reading, braille distance learning, and much, much more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Internet Is Not The Answer

Andrew Keen
www.ajkeen.com

03/10/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we visit with Silicon Valley digital columnist and commentator Andrew Keen.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind

Discussing My Age of Anxiety on Fox & Friends with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Scott Stossel, and John Stossel
FoxNews

03/09/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents discusses something which disturbs many of us: anxiety. By far the most common classified mental illness, anxiety affects 40-million Americans to varying degrees. We’ll visit with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, who wrote a book--as therapy for his vexing condition.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Grilling in the Grove

Paul Leary

03/05/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview: The Local Craft Food and Drink, Chef Phil Bryant and Tony Albelo, creator of Grilling in the Grove event.  They’ll talk about best grilling/barbecue techniques and the different barbecue styles (Me

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

God’s Bankers: A History Of Money And Power At The Vatican.

Gerald Posner at the WLRN Studios.
www.facebook.com/geraldposner

03/05/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez’s interview of investigative reporter Gerald Posner

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