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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2013

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

12/05/13 -1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about Linda’s favorite kitchen gift gadgets. Drop Zone Cookie sheet makes perfectly shaped cookies and helps place the right amount of dough and prevents cookies from spreading across the pan. Hot milk frother: velvety milk for latte and cappuccino in minutes... and my favorite, the pomegranate tool, this gadget takes the mess out of seeding pomegranates and takes less than a minute to do the job, and much more. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Public Usage And Protection Of National Park Resources

Biscayne National Park
www.nps.gov/bisc National Park Service

12/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.  The park will hold hearings to consider the delicate balance between public usage and protection of national resources.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Hit-Making, Risk Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

A first impression of what the prologue to Blockbusters has in store for readers
www.facebook.com/Blockbusters.the.Book

12/04/13  - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is with Harvard University Professor Anita Elberse. She specializes in today’s entertainment culture, and has written BLOCKBUSTERS:  Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment.  Elberse teaches a course in Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries, which covers entertainment, media and sports.  It’s a favorite among MBA students.  What drives success in the modern media and digital world?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion

Bob Burg
www.facebook.com/burgbob

12/03/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Bob Burg, who’s written ADVERSARIES INTO ALLIES:  How to Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.  It might be as simple as getting a spouse to put out the trash, or as important as convincing your boss that you deserve a raise.  How about talking a state trooper out of giving you a ticket on I-95?  Burg says that looking at people as adversaries usually results in failure.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Background of Common Core State Education Standards

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/
JOHN O'CONNOR StateImpact Florida

12/02/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the controversy and background of Common Core State Education Standards. Backers say they are benchmarked to international criteria and will keep US competitive with students from other countries.  Three of four teachers feel the Core Standards will help students, particularly those who wish to be college-ready. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1 pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hanukkah: From A Simple Occasion To Something Grand

11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America.  Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.

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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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