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 November 26, 2013

A German-Jewish Family's Journey After The Rise Of Nazism

davidlaskin.com

11/26/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist David Laskin, who’s chronicled the amazing divergence of his German Jewish family after the rise of Nazism. One branch emigrated to Palestine and embraced socialism.  Another branch went the other way, and came to the US.  They founded the famous Maidenform Bra Company. A third family branch chose to stay put in Europe.  All of them were exterminated in the Holocaust.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

“At Your Service” Pet Care Advice

Edel Meides
www.k9advisors.com

11/25/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. We’ll also have Edel Meides, K-9 Advisors.  He specializes in dog training and behavior issues.  With the holidays upon us, experts want people to avoid giving pets as “surprise” gifts.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving 101

Cory Vicens
twitter.com/coryvicens

11/21/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Cory Vicens, Culinary Director of AllRecipes.com. It's Thanksgiving 101. She gives us tips for a no-fuss Thanksgiving meal, including how to buy, store and cook a turkey, a quick and easy gravy and much more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Broward Aims For A More Bicycle Friendly Community

11/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of Broward County’s ambitious “Complete Streets” program.  It’s aimed at providing safe streets for pedestrians, vehicles, and most especially, having a more bicycle-friendly community.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s annual Thanksgiving dinner tips.  We’ll open up the phones and take calls.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Weighing The Evidence 50 Years After The Kennedy Assassination

Summers & Swan
twitter.com/summersandswan

11/20/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with journalist Anthony Summers, who’s spent many years researching the many conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, 50 years ago.  His book title:  NOT IN YOUR LIFETIME is a quote from investigative commission chairman, Earl Warren, when asked about the release of the final details of the crime.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

www.facebook.com/wilshylton

11/18/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents discusses the tens-of-thousand military veterans of World War Two still listed as “Missing-In-Action.”  Journalist Wil Hylton has written VANISHED:  The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War Two.  Traumatized family members have waited decades for researchers to finally put to rest what happened to sons, fathers and husbands.  Most of the M.I.A.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Invention of the American Meal

Terry Auspitz dpchallenge.com

11/14/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a special Food & Dining edition with Linda Gassenheimer and food historian Abigail Carroll.  Carroll has written THREE SQUARES:  The Invention of the  American meal.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Renowned Author Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie
twitter.com/SalmanRushdie

11/13/13 - On the next Topical Currents we’ll hear from renowned author Salman Rushdie about what it was like to live in hiding for 9 years after being condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini for his book “The Satanic Verses.”  Now living in the U.S.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Promise Of Civic Renewal In America

Peter Levine
https://twitter.com/peterlevine

    

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Breach of Trust: The Gap Between America’s Soldiers And Society

Andrew J. Bacevich
www.democracynow.org

11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich.  He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight.  For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Inside Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant

Marilee Love Thurman celebrates her 100th birthday at Joe's Stone Crab!
http://www.joesmemories.com/

11/07/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Deeny Kaplan Lorber author of Waiting at Joe’s.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

Patty Chang Anker
http://pattychanganker.com/

11/07/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with blogger and yoga instructor Patty Chang Anker.  She’s written, SOME NERVE:  Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave.  She details how to overcome fears and escape one’s comfort zone.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Corporate Dollars, The Media and Elections

Robert McChesney
http://www.communication.illinois.edu/people/rwmcches

11/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois Communications professor Robert McChesney, co-author of DOLLAROCRACY.  Can changes in our political system be made to take back control of what the authors call “the favored few?”   What is big money’s influence on journalism?  Does it affect election outcomes?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day Questions? Comments? Call-In

Broward Bulldog logo
https://twitter.com/BrowardBulldog

11/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an open-phone discussion with journalists Dan Ricker, publisher of the Watchdog Report, and investigative reporter Dan Christensen, who edits the Broward Bulldog. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regaldo appears to be a shoe-in for reelection Tuesday . . . yet has still spent campaign funds as though he were seriously challenged.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election

The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election
Princeton University Press

11/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents reflects on the 2012 Presidential Election, with political science professors John Side and Lynn Vavreck. Commentators and pundits quickly gave reasons for President Obama’s win . . . but detailed study by academics adds a dose of reality to the result. They drew on scads of data about voters, media coverage and candidate advertising.

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