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 May 20, 2014

LGBT Students and Organizations Advancing Equality In Florida

www.pointfoundation.org

05/20/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with Point Foundation Executive Director and CEO, Jorge Valencia.

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Topical Currents
12:33 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Author Roxane Gay Discusses Her Debut Novel

Roxane Gay
twitter.com/rgay

05/19/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents features an interview with writer and author, Roxane Gay.  Literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez speaks with her about her debut novel, An Untamed State. As the child of Haitian immigrants wh

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Why Whistleblowers Stand Up To Evil

Eyal Press
www.eyalpress.com

05/14/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast: We see and read about tragedies and evil propagated by individuals . . . but it isn’t so often we hear about the unsung persons who take chances . . . even being disobedient and risking repercussions. We’ll speak with journalist and author Eyal Press, author of BEAUTIFUL SOULS:  THE COURAGE AND CONSCIENCE OF ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES. What makes people go against the crowd, take chances, and face consequences? That’s a Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” May 2014 Edition

Linda Gassenheimer and Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein
www.dinnerinminutes.com

05/15/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critic Jen KaretnikMatt Meltzer, the Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Groupand our favorite wine columnist, Fred Tasker.  We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listener calls about favorite dining spots. Perhaps you have a new bistro to tell us about . . . or a favorite mom and pop pizza place. Listen in . . . Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship

www.facebook.com/pages/Americans-Against-Abusive-Probate-Guardianship/229316093915489

05/13/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks the widespread problems of probate guardianship. As many investigations have revealed, Florida has a substantial number of abusive "Professional For Profit" guardians and lawyers who have manipulated the Guardianship system and repeatedly exploited their positions to loot the very estates they are sworn to protect.  The elderly are the most vulnerable, but anyone at any age can be deemed incapacitated. We speak with Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Augusten Burroughs: Surviving What You Think You Can’t

Augusten Burroughs
twitter.com/augusten

05/08/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Augusten Burroughs, who’s written the best-seller THIS IS HOW:  Surviving What You Think You Can’t.  There aren’t any quick fixes, but somehow, we get by. And more.  Why has food blogging become so popular?  Linda

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Food and Dining
10:54 am
Thu May 8, 2014

BlogHer Food Conference Miami

www.blogher.com/blogher-food-14

05/08/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Elisa Camahort, co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc.  This is the largest community network of people who blog and are social media influencers.  The BlogHer/Food conference is in Miami, May 16-17, 2014.  She discusses food blogging, why it has become so popular and what it means to the media community.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox Of Modern Parenthood

www.jennifersenior.com

05/06/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with New York Magazine contributing editor and award-winning journalist, Jennifer Senior. Based on scientific research and studies, she says that parents are more unhappy than their childless peers – although she adds that the high price of raising children comes with high rewards. Senior - the mother of a six year old has written- ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD. Join us for Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Watchdog Report Publisher, Dan Ricker; A Call To Serve: Florida Jews And The U.S. Military

www.watchdogreport.net

05/05/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the 2014 Florida Legislative Session with Watchdog Report Publisher, Dan Ricker.  What was accomplished and what wasn’t? And more, a new WLRN original television documentary pays tribute to Florida Jews who served in military campaigns from the Seminole Wars through Afghanistan.  We’ll discuss “A Call to Serve: Florida Jews and the U.S.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters
www.peterkorn.com

05/01/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at creativity through hands-on work.  We’ll visit with woodworker Peter Korn, author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters.  Korn explores the nature and rewards of the creative practice. And more, Linda Gassenheimer speaks with Chef Richard Ingraham, the personal chef of Miami Heat star, Dwayne Wade.  What keeps him going in their race for another championship?  Fred Tasker offers his wine suggestions. Join us for Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
12:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Dwyane Wade's Personal Chef Richard Ingraham

CHEF RICHARD INGRAHAM
twitter.com/chefrli

05/01/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Richard Ingraham, personal chef to Dwyane Wade.  He talks about what he makes for the Heat star to keep in shape especially for these championship games and we taste Wade’s favorite dish on air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Neuroscientist’s Journey Of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs & Society

HIGH PRICE: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.
www.highpricethebook.com

04/30/14- Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast of a program with Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart. A native Miamian, Hart has written  HIGH PRICE:  A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. After 22 years of research, he challenges the way we think about poverty, race and addiction. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at one 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A History Of The World At The Time Of Jesus

And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus
www.selinaogrady.com

04/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with author and radio producer, Selina O’Grady. At the time of Jesus’ birth, there were thousands of gods worshiped across the world. So how was Christianity able to survive to become one of the world’s dominant religions?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America.

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America
wwnorton.com

04/28/14 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with award-winning author, Kevin Cook.  His latest book uncovers the truth about a grizzly murder that occurred 50 years ago. Using newly discovered documents and original interviews, Cook provides a new perspective on the life of Kitty Genovese, the background of her killer, and the riveting hunt for justice. Join us for a discussion of Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Byst

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