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 February 2, 2015

BEYOND ADDICTION: How Science and Kindness Help People Change

02/02/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Foote

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Tips for Super Bowl 2015 with Chef Todd Erickson and Miami Food Editor Evan Been

Chef Todd Erickson in the WLRN studios.
Paul Leary/WLRN

01/29/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Haven and Huahua Chef Todd Erickson. He’ll bring tacos to taste.  By phone, Miami Food Editor, Evan Been.  He’ll talk about beer with tacos.  They’ll both give us tips for Super Bowl eats. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

We Reminisce About “Vintage Miami” with Mandy Baca

01/29/15 - Mandy Baca is a food and history-obsessed native Miamian.

She remembers a Royal Castle joint on most every corner and the opening of Dadeland Mall. Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we reminisce about “Vintage Miami,” the title of her new book. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer talks Super Bowl tacos & Fred Tasker picks beers for big game. That’s Thursday at one o’clock.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

30 LESSONS FOR LOVING: Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Loving trailer from Karl Pillemer on Vimeo.

01/28/15 - If a young person seeks counsel about love & marriage, who’s the best source for it? Probably not the internet, Dear Abby or even Dr. Phil . . . but elders, who can recount valuable experience with tenderness and insight. Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we speak with renowned sociologist and gerontologist Karl Pillemer, about his book, 30 LESSONS FOR LOVING:  Advice from the Wisest Americans. That’s Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Internships, Micro-unions, Minimum Wage And Discrimination Laws

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01/27/15 - Join us for the next Topical Currents.  We’ll be “At Your Service” . . . with employment expert, attorney and author Donna Ballman.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Euro Crisis, Terrorism And The Rise Of Islamophobia

Markus Thiel
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01/26/15 - In the aftermath of European extremist attacks, pressure grows on EU leaders to improve security and combat terror threats. 

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Chef and Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks Wants to Know: What the Fork Are You Eating?

Stefanie Sack
www.stefaniesacks.com

01/22/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we speak with chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, along with Topical Currents culinary producer and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer. From her own childhood health battles, Sacks discovered how food could help heal her conditions. She’s created an action plan for both pantry and plate, which sifts through label gibberish to reveal healthy choices. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Sreenshot Angelina Jolie and Louis (Louie) Zamperini
NBC Today Show

01/21/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Luke Zamperini, son of the Olympic-runner and World War II survival legend, the late Louis (Louie) Zamperini.  Louie was the inspiration for the incredible book and Angelina Jolie-directed movie “Unbroken.” Also, Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with author Emily St.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Essential Tips and Shortcuts for Simplifying the Technology In Your Life

David Pogue
davidpogue.com

01/20/15 - Most aging boomers are baffled by ever-changing personal technology:  what percentage of, say, smart phone functions do you understand?  The average is but six percent.   Tuesday’s Topical Currents features former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue.   He has answers in POGUE’S BASICS:  Essential Tips

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Miss Universe Badia Spice Cooking Contest Winner

10 Contestants competed at Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism for Badia Spice’s Soul of Cooking Contestant Cook-off. Dominican Republic came in first place.
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01/15/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Miss Universe Badia Spice cooking contest winner.  Ten Miss Universe contestants cook recipes from their home countries.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Citizen Empowerment and Transformation - Reclaiming Our Democracy

Sam Daley-Harris, link to c-span video below.
C-SPAN

01/15/15 - Is there a growing cynicism among our population in regard to regular people and government?   Is Congress truly the dysfunctional body described in the media?

Join us for Thursday’s Topical CurrentsWell begin with Sam Daley-Harris, who heads the Washington, D. C. based, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.  His views may surprise.  And more at 1:30 . . . Linda Gassenheimer with the winner of this year’s Miss Universe cooking contest.  The contestants cook beloved recipes from their home countries. That’s Thursday on Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Secret Club That Runs The World: Inside The Fraternity Of Commodity Traders

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01/13/15 - This hour on Topical Currents we feature CNBC Wall Street correspondent Kate Kelly, who’ll discuss the realm of financial commodity traders.  Those who survive in the cut-throat environment of commodities tend to be smart, aggressive and egomaniacal individuals.  They often flaunt their wealth and operate on gut instinct. Kate Kelly has written, The Secret Club That Runs The World:  Inside The Fraternity Of Commodity Traders. Most shun the media.  They aren’t like Warren Buffet or George Soros. When markets expand—such as the growth of India and China—so do prices for raw materials.  Commodity traders are in the thick of this. Tuesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Examining The Welfare And Habitats Of Florida's Wildlife

South Florida Wildlands Association
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01/12/15 - Today’s Topical Currents examines the welfare and habitats of our state’s wildlife.  We’ll hear from the executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, Matthew Schwartz. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

New Restaurants at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Chef Allen Susser and Chef Hector Torres

Bonnie Berman walks into the newly opened Café at Books and Books at Arsht Center
Paul Leary/WLRN

01/08/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Allen Susser; he discusses his new café at the Books and Books Café in the Sears Tower; and Chef Hector Torres discusses Brava, his new restaurant replacing Prelude at the Artsh Center.  They bring food for us to taste on the air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Already Torpedoed?

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01/08/15 - Thursday on Topical Currents:  We’re eight days into 2015:  is your new year’s resolution already torpedoed? 

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