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 March 5, 2013

Florida’s Dark History Revealed

T.D. Allman
via www.booksandbooks.com

03/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist T.D. Allman.  His latest work is a ten-year project to create  FINDING FLORIDA:  The True History of the Sunshine State.  The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit.  Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.”  He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any.  The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell.  Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.”  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

T.D. Allman South Florida Appearances: 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

500 Years Circumnavigating Earth

Joyce Chaplin
David Armitage

03/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Harvard history professor Joyce Chaplin, author of ‘Round About the Earth:  Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.  Humans have circled the globe for some 500 years.  Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was the first to achieve the feat by spacecraft.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

South Florida “Restaurant Roundabout” 02/28/13

Linda Gassenheimer
www.dinnerinminutes.com

02/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer . . . and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs . . . old favorites and best values.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Get Fired for Anything: Workplace Laws & Rights

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

02/27/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents discusses workplace laws and rights.  If you’re a private sector employee, you really have very few rights . . . and can be let go without specific cause.  Race or age discrimination, harassment or sexual exploitation, however, can be grounds for litigation.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

Peter Cappelli at the WLRN Studios
Paul Leary

02/26/13 -  Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with human resource expert and Wharton Business School professor Peter Cappelli.  Conventional wisdom says that our educational system fails the economy . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Got a Pet? Ask the Vet.

Dr. Ian Kupkee
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

02/25/13 - Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of  Kendall’s  Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes from ​K9 Advisors.  We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service” .

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

Stars! SoBe, Food & Wine!

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

02/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a food world star studded special with Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker.  The focus is the huge South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Shortage of Primary Care Doctors

02/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the shortage of primary care doctors in today’s medical landscape and efforts to give more latitude to nurse care practitioners.  The upcoming Florida Legislative session will address the issue.  Increased Medicare costs and the Affordable Care Act figure into the picture to give qualified nurse practitioners more latitude in patient treatment.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Economic Disaster

Alan S. Blinder
http://www.princeton.edu

02/19/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Princeton University economics professor and Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Blinder.  How did the worst economic disaster in post-war American history occur?  The US financial system, he says, was far too complex and unregulated for the public good.  Blinder has written  AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED:  The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead.   Links http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

God vs. Atheism

J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy)
http://www.jandersonthomson.com/

02/18/13- Monday’s Topical Currents features two leading figures in the God-versus-atheism debate.  We’ll speak with University of Virginia psychiatrist Dr. J. Anderson Thomson, author of WHY WE BELIEVE IN GOD(S):  A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.  Also with us is prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of THE SELFISH GENE.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Martha Stewart is 'Meatless' in Miami

Martha Stewart
Photo by Scott Duncan

02/14/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the legendary Martha Stewart . . . she’s in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with her latest book, MEATLESS.  And more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Relationships: Chemistry With Anyone

Liel Lowndes
http://lowndes.com/

02/14/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with communications expert Liel Lowndes, author of HOW TO CREATE CHEMISTRY WITH ANYONE.  Evolution, genetics and past experiences are factors in relationships.  And more.  Linda Gasseneheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker discuss Valentine’s Day champagnes & cognacs.  Also, the legendary Martha Stewart . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness
http://themythsofhappiness.org

02/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what should make us happy—but doesn’t—and what shouldn’t make us happy—but does.  We’ll speak with the author of THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESSSonja Lyubomirsky.  She says we give too much weight to initial emotional responses to events—both good and bad.  No matter the uplift or downturn, humans usually return to their initial happiness level.  Losing a job . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The Rich Don’t Always Win

The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900 to 1970.
http://inequality.org/

02/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with journalist and editorial writer Sam Pizzigati.  He’s written THE RICH DON’T ALWAYS WIN:  The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900 to 1970.  A century ago, the super rich were even more powerful than today’s.  Their reign eroded in favor of a vibrant middle class nation.  

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Miami's Scarpetta Restaurant Owner/TV's Scott Conant

Scott Conant
http://scottconant.com

02/07/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Scott Conant, owner of Scarpetta restaurants at the Fontainebleau,  judge on TV’s popular show, Chopped, the highest rated show on the Food Network and serv

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