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 March 6, 2014

Women’s History Month

www.timeforkids.com

03/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with recognition of Women’s History Month.  We’ll profile two outstanding South Florida seniors.  First, Maria Elena Torano.  She founded the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  Also, breast cancer specialist Dr. Vilma Biaggi.  She owns and operates South Beach’s historic Cadet Hotel . . .

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Food and Dining
11:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival

Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival screen shot
www.igotsprung.com

Listen to all of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
03/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview Buns and Buns Chef Reuven Sugarman and Tony Albelo organizer of Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival.  It's all about beer-friendly food and craft beer but how do we pairing food with beer?  Find out on Topical Currents and Food and Dining Thursday at 1:30pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NBC News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom, author of Suspicion Nation

Lisa Bloom
lisabloom.com

03/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a detail account of the controversial death of teenager Trayvon Martin and the ensuing trial of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman’s defense captivated the nation, his acquittal viewed by many with disbelief and dismay.  Today Show and NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered every minute of the trial, and has written Suspicion Nation:  The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

DIVINE FURY: A History of Genius

Divine Fury: A History of Genius
www.darrinmcmahon.com

03/04/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the qualities and history of “genius.” Just what is it?  Socrates, Da Vinci, Mozart and Madame Curie produced extraordinary accomplishments . . . but to what extent did their imagination and creativity account for their success?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

2014 Florida Legislative Session Preview

An empty Senate Chambers awaits all the activity that starts this week.
www.politicalcortadito.com

03/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the 2014 Florida Legislative session.  It begins Tuesday, in Tallahassee.  Which issues most influence South Florida?  We’ll host a panel of journalists who are tuned into the matters.  Will big-time casino resorts be given an OK from the Legislature?  The Republican leadership remains cool to the idea.  The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority will be scrutinized . . . and sweeping ethics bills considered.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Preventing And Reversing Heart Disease

Dr. Masley
www.hearttuneup.com

02/27/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Stephen Masley,  author of the 30-Day Heart Tune Up. He gives us advice for preventing and reversing heart disease. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015?

Phillip Pessar/Flickr

02/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on the plight of the homeless in Miami–Dade.  The federal Department of Health and Urban Development (HUD) have mandated that funded agencies eliminate chronic homelessness in 2015.  Is it possible?  We’ll speak with two board members of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.  And more . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pet Care Do’s & Don’ts Call-in Program

Dr. Ian Kupke
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

See below to hear the bonus segment.

02/26/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.  Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors.  We’ll take your pet question calls, of course . . . and also focus on how to best introduce a new dog, puppy or cat into a household.  There are numerous “do’s and don’ts.”  Listen in . . . call-in . . . for Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Art of Quitting: How it Matters in Life, Love & Work

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work
www.loveworkbalance.com

02/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at what is usually considered a cop-out, or profound weakness.  Quitting.  But often it’s the pragmatic answer to many situations.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How to Run—or Ruin—an Economy

Tim Harford
twitter.com/timharford

02/24/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with popular economist, journalist and broadcaster Tim Harford.  His book, THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST sold millions internationally.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

FIU On The Forefront Of Hospitality Training

Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
twitter.com/FIUHospitality

A list of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
02/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Mike Hampton Dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality at FIU.   Hospitality is an important part of our economy and FIU is on the forefront of new ideas and training for the industry. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

How You Can Make An Ethical Difference

Make An Ethical Difference
www.markpastin.com

02/20/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Mark Pastin, of the Council of Ethical Organizations.  He says individuals are born with an ethical sense, and can learn how to harness it.  Some say that’s a radical view.  Pastin has written MAKE AND ETHICAL DIFFERENCE.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why 50 Million Americans Can’t Hear You

SHOUTING WON’T HELP: Why I – and 50-Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You
www.katherinebouton.com

02/19/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines an increase in hearing problems . . . particularly in those under the age of 55.  Hearing loss is usually associated with the elderly, but statistics show an increasing number of young people put themselves at risk with overloud music, sports arenas, even sports bars and subways.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children

02/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at child and adolescent anxiety, and how it can unravel families.  Are kids more anxious today?  Does their fear stem from parental fretfulness?  We’ll speak with psychologist Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

How George Washington Forged the Highest Office

“Mr. President” George Washington and The Making Of the Nation's Highest Office
http://www.harlowgilesunger.com/

02/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is a Presidents Day edition, which looks at how George Washington overcame the almost complete lack of specific powers. The first President had chaired the Constitutional Convention debates, but realized the Presidency would be impotent without a strong Executive branch.  With cunning and guile, Washington ignored Constitutional limits and usurped powers not specifically granted, including the oft used “Executive Privilege” component.

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