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
1:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Anjelica Huston: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

02/11/14 - Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, daughter of famed director John Huston, with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.  She’s written a memoir which chronicles their complex relationship.  It's called A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

How to Fall OUT of Love

How to Fall Out of Love
http://www.drdphillips.com/

02/11/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Dr. Deborah Phillips . . . her latest book is HOW TO FALL OUT OF LOVE.  She says our culture is geared to fall in love . . . but little advice is given to how to point the way out.  It can lead to depression . . . even suicide.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

101 Ways To Create Your Own Road To Happiness

Tal Ben-Shahar
http://www.talbenshahar.com/

02/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with author and lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar.  He’s a worldwide consultant to executives in multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions.  He lays out the elements of a happier life in his book, CHOOSE THE LIFE YOU WANT:  101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Food Network Star/Cookbook Author Katie Lee

Katie Lee
www.katieleehome.com

Listen to all of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer

02/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview food network star and cookbook author Katie Lee. She hosted the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef, was a judge on Iron chef and is now one of the hosts on the new Food Network TV series “The Kitchen,” based on the fact that most parties end up with everyone in the kitchen. She talks about comfortable, casual, fun entertaining, and what it’s like behind the scenes at The Kitchen. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster

02/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Stephanie Brown, who’s written SPEED:  Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster—And Overcoming our Fear of Slowing Down.  She says we’ve become “entitled,” perfection-obsessed and beholden to lofty goals, with no “off button.”  There’s little time for quiet time, reflection and depths in relationships.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Elder Care of Florida

www.elderservicesofflorida.com

02/05/14/ - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Elder Care of Florida founder Jacqueline Harris Chiodo. Over a 30-year career, she’s been a senior trust officer for numerous Florida banks.  She’s founded Elder Care of Florida, which provides “fiduciary” safety to Florida seniors. One in five seniors in the state who lost investment money have been defrauded.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Florida Columnist and Novelist Carl Hiaasen: Dance of the Reptiles

Dance of the Reptiles
http://www.carlhiaasen.com/

02/04/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with writer Carl Hiaasen. A native of Plantation, Florida, his career includes being a Miami Herald investigative reporter . . . an award-winning columnist  . . . and the author of 14-dark mystery novels which capture the absurd landscape of South Florida.  His columns deride the graft, corruption and outlandishness of Florida, on many fronts.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

BLASPHEMY: A Collection Of Sherman Alexie's Short Stories

BLASPHEMY
fallsapart.com

02/03/14 - 1:30 -Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Native American writer Sherman Alexie.  He’s praised for his prolific production of both poetry and fiction. His latest publication is BLASPHEMY, a collection of his short stories

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Why America Needs A Left: A Historical Argument

Why America Needs A Left: A Historical Argument

02/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with historian Eli Zaretsky, author of WHY AMERICA NEEDS A LEFT:  A HISTORICAL ARGUMENT.  He traces the importance of liberalism to three periods:  the slavery crisis and civil war . . . the period preceding the great depression . . . and the turbulent anti-war movement of the 1960s.  And more.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Are You Ready For Some Football Super Bowl Party Tips?

Jamie DeRosa
https://twitter.com/JamieDeRosa

01/30/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Tongue and Cheek Restaurant Chef, Jamie DeRosa.  He gives tips for planning our Super Bowl parties.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Former Bollywood Star Stands Up To Domestic Violence

Somy Ali
https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreTearsProject

01/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of domestic violence . . . and firearms.  The US Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case where a Tennessee man, who pled guilty to a domestic violence misdemeanor, has been charged with arms possession.  This violates federal law.  He’s challenged the rule.  A decision is expected in June.  Our guests are: Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Texas Death-Row Defense & Appellate Attorney David Dow

Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life

01/29/14 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions.  He says he knows some were innocent.  He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution.  Is it better to anticipate one’s death and prepare for it?  Or is it better to go quickly, quietly, without warning?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Let It Shine: The Long History of Solar Energy

Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year History of Solar Energy
http://john-perlin.com/

01/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the history and viability of solar energy.  Portugal leads the way in European solar energy, with 70% of its electricity generated from the sun.  Some 20% of California’s electrical grid is solar powered.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The History, Pros & Cons of Charter Schools

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Washington, DC
www.csdc.org

01/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the topic of charter schools.  They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida.  There are nearly 600 charter schools in the state, attended by more than 200,000 students.  Critics say charter schools benefit some youngsters, and bite into school district budgets, which serve a wider variety of students.  Listen in . . . call-in . . . Monday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Delivering Calorie Counted, Portion Controlled Meals

Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean.
http://deliverlean.com/

01/23/14 - 1:30 Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean, a diet meal delivery service.  It's mid-January and many of us are still trying to drop the Holiday pounds – DeliverLean delivers calorie counted, portion controlled meals in many categories. 

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