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 October 27, 2014

A Discussion About The New WLRN-TV Documentary, “Treblinka’s Last Witness"

10/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents shares the background of the new WLRN-TV documentary, TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS. It premieres Tuesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 17.  Check your cable listings. The program is an emotional presentation of the history of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious extermination camps.  Some 900,000 Jews were slaughtered there in a 13-month period. TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS features the last known survivor of the death camp . . .  Samuel Willenberg. Tune in for Topical Currents Monday at 1pm only on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How To Make A Great Cup Of Colombia Coffee

Edgardo Texidor corporate trainer for Juan Valdez coffee

10/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Edgardo Texidor, Corporate Trainer for Juan Valdez coffee.  We talk Colombian coffee, the different types, how to make a great cup and how to taste coffee.  We taste test with him, called a cupping session.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Housing for Low Income Seniors

www.ehdoc.org

10/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a new look at what’s always been termed the “Golden Years.” Many seniors in this country are in a “survival mode,” living day-to-day on Social Security. Many also face an affordable  housing crunch, which will worsen as more and more boomers retire.  Our guest is Steve Protulis, Executive Director of Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corp (EHDOC) a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income seniors.  And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Wage Theft, Independent Contractor Misclassification and Labor Law Issues with Donna Ballman

Donna Ballman
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10/22/14 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” call-in with Fort Lauderdale-based employment attorney Donna Ballman. With wage theft rampant, some employers have moved to shift workers to  “independent contractor” status, to avoid paying employment taxes and-worker comp dues. Most states impose fines for employers guilty of misclassification.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

rosegeorge.com

10/21/14 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis.  No – not more information about the Ebola virus.  We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted:  a toilet.  That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Souls of All Living Creatures: What Animals Teach Us About Being Human

www.vintvirga.com

10/20/14 - Do you view your pet as a full-fledged family member?  

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Food And Dining
1:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

It’s All About Pairing Wines With Favorite Foods

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead.  It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Joseph Cooper Talks About His 40 Years At WLRN with Bonnie Berman

Joseph Cooper circa 1977 at WLRN
WLRN

10/15/14 - Today’s Topical Currents takes a much different approach than usual….We’re turning the tables!! An interviewer . . . becomes an interviewee. Bonnie Berman's guest for the hour is a friend, mentor and colleague: Joseph Cooper.  The Topical Currents host and executive producer celebrates his 40th anniversary at WLRN in 2014. He came to the station back when it was a low-powered, monaural education outlet.  It had just recently qualified as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee and had just joined the fledgling National Public Radio Network. He’s seen the long road of progress and excellence in public broadcasting.  That's Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Celebrating Writers On Knitting -- And Knitters

Martha Frankel
twitter.com/marthafrankel

10/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another..

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Season in College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights

www.samuelfreedman.com

10/13/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities. There were more implications than just a football title. We’ll visit with Columbia University journalism professor Samuel Freedman, who’s written BREAKING THE LINE:  The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

1 in 3 Americans With Diabetes By 2050?

Nutty Butter Blizard Smoothie
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents: Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Stephanie Dunbar, Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association.  There are over 100 million US adults and children with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.  If we continue on this path there will be 1 in 3 Americans with diabetes by 2050. Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-friendly snacks and complete meals and No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts, both published by the American Diabetes Association. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

America’s New Dilemma: Fear of A Hip Hop Planet

Miami Law Professor Donald Jones
www.law.miami.edu

10/08/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones. He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, is stereotype, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

World War II Historian Rick Atkinson & “The Guns At Last Light”

liberationtrilogy.com

10/06/14 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents. We learn about little-known details of the largest military operation in history: World War II’s “Operation Overlord.”  Allied forces began it on “D-Day,” in June of 1944. The planning was meticulous, and the result was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s global domination plan. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with historian Rick Atkinson

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Ritz October Biergarten, Deering Estate Foundation’s Wine On Harvest Moon Oktoberfest

Glazed Pork with Caraway Cabbage
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/02/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove Chef,  Ramesh Kaduru and Crown Wine and Spirits wine buyer, Veronica Litton.  It's Oktoberfest!  Chef Ramish talks about the Ritz October Biergarten and his appearance at the Deering Estate Foundation’s 13th annual Wine On Harvest Moon event.  The event features German wine and food.  Veronica talks with Fred about German Riesling wines and German beer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

A Mindful Miami Conference and How Better To Serve Our Community

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10/02/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at the upcoming A Mindful Miami Conference and how better to serve our community.  We’ll visit with the conference co-chair and founder of Mindful Kids Miami, Valerie York-Zimmerman.  Also with us, David Lawrence – the President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. And more...

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