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 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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

WLRN-TV’s Documentary, “Weird Florida: On The Road Again”

Charlie Carlson and Lady Isabel.
Photo: Gary Lester

01/09/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents features Florida raconteur Charlie Carlson and his “curious canine,” Lady Isabel, his adopted full-bred boxer.  They’re the focus of a WLRN-TV documentary, “WEIRD FLORIDA:  ON THE ROAD AGAIN.”  They travel over 1500 miles across the Sunshine State in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends. 

The official Weird Florida: On the Road Again trailer:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

HAITI: The Aftershocks of History

Historian/author Laurent Dubois
http://duboisl2.wordpress.com/

01/08/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian Laurent Dubois, author of HAITI:  The Aftershocks of History.  Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption.  Dubois says Haiti can only be understood by its complex past and inception as the only successful slave revolt in world history.  Can a new Haiti emerge from its legacy?

Video:  Laurent Dubois talks about What We Must Know in Order to Help Haiti:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 01/07/13

HistoryMiami Walking Tour
http://www.historymiami.org/

01/07/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College.  We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture . . . listeners are invited to give answers.  A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.  Don’t miss the South Florida History Quiz on Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Sheila Bowman of Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch
http://www.facebook.com/seafoodwatch

01/03/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Sheila Bowman, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the home of Seafood Watch.  She is the Manager of culinary and Strategic Initiatives for Seafood Watch.  We’ll talk about Seafood Smarts – susta

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Interview with Novelist Sandra Cisneros

Sandra at San Miguel Allende Mexico
© Copyright 2011 Alan Goldfarb

01/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez and writer Sandra Cisneros.  For decades, she’s inspired young Latino authors. Her latest work is a departure:  an illustrated children’s book which takes place in San Antonio.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer discusses how consumers can avoid endangered seafood species with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment
http://craigrwhitney.com/

01/02/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with former New York Times reporter and editor, Craig Whitney.  He reviews the long history of American gun control in his recent book, LIVING WITH GUNS: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.  Though his book was published before the Connecticut school massacre, Whitney says the rights of Americans to own and use guns can be preserved while also giving the public the right to live in safety. Over 30,000 die from gunshots every year.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Language Expert Constance Hale: Let Verbs Power Your Writing

Constance Hale
http://sinandsyntax.com

12/27/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with journalist and language expert Constance Hale.  Her latest book concentrates on the “pivot points” of our sentences:  verbs.  In her book, VEX, HEX, SMASH, SMOOCH, she examines both heavenly and headache verbs.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker with end of year drinks and food.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia

Chef Angelo Elia
Alissa Dragun

12/20/12 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Body Language Expert Patti Wood

Patti Wood
http://www.snapfirstimpressions.com/

12/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with first impressions.  Just a fraction of a second can influence a relationship . . . and those first takes tend to be remarkably accurate.  We’ll speak with expert Patti Wood, author of SNAP:  Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma.   And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.

Video clip of Patti Wood:

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