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 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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

Roman Krznaric
http://www.romankrznaric.com/

01/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British sociologist and writer Roman Krznaric, author of HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?  Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.  He says people should embrace past wisdom and escape what he terms “status anxiety.”  He’ll join us from London.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  She’ll tell us about a new diet meal delivery service.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Television Anchor Jane Pauley: Reimagnining the Rest of Your Life

Jane Pauley
lifereimagined.aarp.org/

01/22/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with one of America’s most beloved TV anchors, Jane Pauley.  She hosted NBC’s Today Show for 13 years, and then anchored the Dateline program for 11 years.  She was always fresh-faced, plainspoken and funny.  In 2001, Pauley was diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder.  She’s written a memoir, YOUR LIFE CALLING:  Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons

Front page of the Miami Herald this past weekend.
MIAMI HERALD

01/21/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Miami-Dade Schools English teacher David Menache. He’s 40 years old, and has been an inspiration to some 3,000 students.  He’s also battling stage-four brain cancer . . . and is traveling to reconnect with former students before his death.  David has written, THE PRIORITY LIST:  A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fear of A Hip-Hop Planet

Miami Law Professor Donald Jones
http://www.law.miami.edu/

01/20/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones.  He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, are stereotypes, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture. He's written FEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET:  America’s New Dilemma.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Possible Links Between Cancer And Diet

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

01/16/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Alice Pereira, Baptist Health South Florida Diet and Nutrition specialist. She talks about the links between cancer and diet, what are the power foods and how we all can eat smart rather than diet.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

An Experiment in Ageless Living

The Ageless Experiment
http://theagelessexperiment.com/

01/16/14 Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with South Florida attorney Paul Lipton.  We all contemplate the passage of time, and have regrets about our usage of it. Lipton has written HOUR OF THE WOLF:  An Experiment in Ageless Living.   He describes the late-night “witching hour,” which is when our lives are examined.  How can we live more meaningfully?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties

https://www.facebook.com/normanrosenthal

01/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the benefits of . . . adversity.  It can make us better, stronger and more resilient.  Adversity is a boon to creativity.  And when life is hardest, there are meanings and gifts to be found.  We’ll speak with Georgetown University Medical Center psychiatrist and researcher Norman Rosenthal.

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Topical Currents
1:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Legendary Poet & Author Maya Angelou

01/13/14 - In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr. Maya Angelou.  She’s had a vast career in dance, screenplays, television, and novels.  She’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with an appearance at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton next week.  Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

A Religion of One’s Own

A Religion of One’s Own
http://careofthesoul.net/

01/13/14- Monday’s Topical Currents begins with Thomas Moore, author of A Religion of One’s Own.  He was a Catholic monk for 12 years, is a theology professor . . . and a psychotherapist.  In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Master Class in Indian Cooking

Raghavan Iyer
http://www.raghavaniyer.com/

01/09/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Raghavan Iyer award-winning cooking teacher and cookbook author.  His latest book is Indian Cooking Unfolded: A Master Class in Indian Cooking.  He teaches us how to create Indian-style dishes with ease.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Take Stock In Children Miami

From Take Stock in Children's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/TSIChildren

01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization.  It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . .  from entrance to middle school through high school.  College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Making Healthcare Reform Work for You

Dr. Melissa Clarke
http://www.drmelissaclarke.com/

01/08/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with patient advocate and author Dr. Melissa Clarke.  She gives tips on how one can become more proactive in treatment of serious conditions.  She’s written EXCUSE ME DOCTOR!  I’ve Got What?  Studies show that patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive – and may save money, as well. Of course, we’ll take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

IN MEAT WE TRUST
maureenogle.com

01/07/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian and author Maureen Ogle who’s documented the long history of the livestock and meat debate.  It dates back to Colonial times.  In her book, IN MEAT WE TRUST,  Ogle doesn’t take sides . . . but explains how meat winds up on plates.  The factory-farm system first evolved because a labor shortage . . .

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