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 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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Brian Boitano
http://brianboitano.com/

10/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Olympic Gold Medal Skater, Brian Boitano.  He went from champion skating to cooking on the TV Food Network.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A Philosophical Conundrum: The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?

10/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with philosopher Thomas Cathcart and his book The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum.  He’ll discuss a famous ethical dilemma.  Say there’s a runaway trolley car.  A crew of five is in its path, all surely to be killed.   But wait.  You are near a switch which could divert the car to an alternate track.  But one man on that track is in the way . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Love of a Good Fight: Are Relationship Arguments Bad?

Ilona Jerabek
twitter.com/ila_jer

10/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the dynamics of arguments in a relationship.  Psychologist Dr. Ilona Jerabek has closely studied the matter.  She says fighting is one thing . . . but fighting dirty threatens bonds.  She says anger isn’t destructive . . . but that rage provokes breakups.  42% of argument participants use curse words.  But 47% make up right away.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Battle Over The Future Of Food, Farming In America

Is GE Food Making Pigs Sick?
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

10/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter.  She’s written widely on many environmental topics and owns a working organic farm in The Plains, Virginia. Hauter has written, FOODOPOLY:  The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar

Dr Perlmutter and Grain Brain on Dr Oz
www.drperlmutter.com

10/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, who’s written GRAIN BRAIN:  The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar.  He says these ingredients – even whole grains – can cause chronic headaches, insomnia and depression.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution

Arthur Agatston MD
www.southbeachdiet.com

10/24/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Arthur Agatston.  His latest book is The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution.  He talks about the myths and reality of gluten intolerance -- is it a fad, who does it affect, what are the solutions?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The 10 Greatest Conspiracies

Brad Meltzer in the green room about to go on at CBS This Morning.
www.facebook.com/BradMeltzer

10/24/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer, whose latest book is an unconventional presentation of HISTORY DECODED:  The Ten Greatest ConspiraciesEach chapter has a removable envelope, which contain facsimile documents.  You can hold John Wilkes Booth’s “Wanted” poster.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems

Rep. Schultz posing for celebrity photographer Adam Bouska's noh8campaign.com supporting the GLBT community.
Adam Bouska via twitter.com/RepDWStweets

10/23/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She chairs the Democratic National Committee. She’s served in the U.S. House nine years and has written FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:  A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s ProblemsWasserman Schultz’s district covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. She’s the mother of three, and is a breast cancer survivor. Tune in for Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN.    
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ending Poverty in America

10/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Georgetown University law professor and author Peter Edelman.  He’s written SO RICH, SO POOR:  Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.  The US has the highest child poverty rate in the industrialized world.  Income disparity is at its highest point since the great depression.  One-half the jobs in the nation pay less than $35,000 per year. Learn more at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research

Dr. James R. Berenson (third from left- bottom) leads a team of world-class research staff members, including Dr. Haiming Chen, MD., PhD. (second from right - bottom). The staff is dedicated to fighting Multiple Myeloma and related diseases.
www.facebook.com/IMBCRdotorg

10/21/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood disease of malignant cells found in bone marrow.  We’ll visit with Dr. James Berenson, the Director and Founder of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.  Berenson’s Myeloma-related research can benefit all cancers where bone metastasis is a threat, particularly breast, lung  and prostate cancers as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Learn more on Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.       

 

 

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