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 August 2, 2012

Preventing Home Accidents

Dan Hannan
http://www.danshomesafety.com/

08/02/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with home safety engineer Dan Hannan, his book is Preventing Home Accidents: A Quick and Easy Guide.  We think of our abode as a safe haven, where we feel most secure, but we’re ten times more likely to sustain a serious or fatal injury at home than at work. We’ll offer a home safety check-list, as well. And more . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Elizabeth Cline
https://www.facebook.com/overdressedthebook

07/31/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with journalist Elizabeth Cline, author of OVERDRESSED: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion.  The days of buying quality clothes at local shops or department stores – even having garments mended – have gone the way of the phonograph. The New York City garment district is mostly history.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget
http://nationalpriorities.org/

07/30/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “Federal Budget, 101.”   We’ll speak with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst of the National Priorities Project, and author of THE PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET.  Most Americans shun even trying to comprehend where or how our federal dollars are spent. Complex barriers have prevented us from having any influence over budget creation or oversight.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Avoiding the “CON” in Construction

Kia Ricchi
www.thecontractress.com

04/07/11 - Topical Currents begins with South Florida contractor Kia Ricchi, and her book, AVOIDING THE “CON” IN CONSTRUCTION.  She gives practical guidelines for home building, renovation and repair . . . and how to avoid scams.  And more, Linda Gassenheimer with Lyn Farmer, the Director of the United Way Wine and Food Festival, along with Chef Orlando Arroyo. In its 16th year, the event has raised $12-million for those in need.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Women & Decreased Sexual Desire

drlauriemintz.com

05/05/10 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with University of Missouri psychologist Dr. Laurie Mintz.  She’s written the book A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex, which gives tips and exercises to raise sexual desire. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .

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