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 September 23, 2013

Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Eldar Shafir
psych.princeton.edu

09/23/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Princeton University Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Eldar Shafir.  He specializes in cognitive science and behavioral economics.   Shafir is the co-author of SCARCITY:  Why Having Too Little Means So Much.  They say scarcity predicts that daily errors are common and unavoidable . . . no matter how motivated the person.

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Food And Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Country's Largest Display Of Food & Gadgets

Honey Orange Almond Chicken
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

09/19/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s her annual “Fancy Food” show report.   The Fancy Food gathering is the largest display of food related products in the country.  It sets trends for the industry.  Linda will show us – and have us taste – her favorites.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Every Boy Should Have a Man

Author Preston L. Allen
© PEN American Center/Susan Horgan.

09/18/13 - Ariel Gonzalez with local author Preston Allen about his novel,EVERY BOY SHOULD HAVE A MAN

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Key To America’s Prosperity: Parents

Dr. Jack C. Westman
www.jackwestman.com

09/18/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at parental influences on kids and their educational experience.  There are frequent urgings to increase budgets and hire skilled teachers to motivate school-kids . . . but plans seldom mention the importance of parents.  We’ll speak with University of Wisconsin professor-emeritus Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Watchdog Report: Dade County Budget Hardball

www.watchdogreport.net

09/17/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features regular contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly “Watchdog Report.”  Topics include the budget hardball being played out in Miami-Dade County.  Funding for libraries has been restored, but there are still battles with union workers, who look for benefits to be restored.  Coconut Grove residents say more police officers are needed to curb crime in their village.  Learn more . . . and call in with concerns . . .

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Leftover Angst About The Vietnam War

Tim O'Brien
wikipedia.org

09/16/13 - Ariel Gonzalez interviews Tim O’Brien, about his book "JULY, JULY," which deals with leftover angst about the Vietnam War.  Mr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Trauma of Everyday Life

Dr Mark Epstein
www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Epstein-MD/201450013207216

09/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein.  He’s written THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE.  Most of us have a limited – and limiting – understanding of trauma.   Epstein says trauma is more than death, chronic illness or cataclysmic life events in the news . . . that it isn’t a rare event . . . but is central to our psychological makeup.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Tasty Tailgate Treats from Chef Howie Kleinberg

Chef Howie Kleinberg
www.bulldog-bbq.com

09/12/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bulldog Barbecue restaurant chef/owner Howie Kleinberg.  Football season is in full swing.  Howie gives us tips for tailgate parties and we taste some tailgate treats.  In the second half of Topical Currents, Thursday at 1:30 on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

I Don't Know: Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)
www.leahhagercohen.com

09/12/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the notion that it’s OK to say “I Don’t Know.”   Is it human nature to pretend we do even when we don’t?  Parents seldom want kids to know they don’t have an answer:  “Daddy, why is the sky blue?”  Perhaps politicians would be better off to admit they don’t know either.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Path to a Better Way of Death

Knocking On Heaven's Door
katybutler.com

09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist  Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85.  They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority  hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

40 Years Of Bee Gees Hits

The Bee Gees at their Middle Ear Studios in Miami.
courtesy of Dick Ashb

09/10/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 40 year hit parade ride of the Bee Gees, with rock biographer David Meyer (The Bee Gees: The Biography).  The brothers Gibb began their unique harmonic careers in Australia.  They moved back to England and international stardom. They sold some 250 million records, were the darlings of the disco era, and of course, had strong South Florida ties. Who can’t hum a Bee Gees pop classic? Tune in for Topical Currents and a Bee Gees retrospective Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

Heidi Boghosian
https://twitter.com/HeidiBoghosian

 

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cook Like A Rock Star

Anne Burrell of Food Network
www.foodnetwork.com

09/05/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV celebrity Anne Burrell host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cook in America. Anne gives us tips from her books "Cook Like a Rock Star" and "Own Your Kitchen."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children

"ALL I DID WAS TURN 18" via Florida's Children First Facebook
www.facebook.com/FloridasChildrenFirst

09/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with attorney Howard Talenfeld.  He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of Florida’s Children First, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.” That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Immigration, Civilization and America

GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America
www.independent.org/globalcrossings/

09/04/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with policy expert and Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa, author of GLOBAL CROSSINGS:  Immigration, Civilization, and America.  He’s been an op-ed page editor and Miami Herald columnist as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  He ponders how America has gone from a “nation of immigrants,” to become skeptical, even critical of receiving others on our shores and borders.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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