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 July 28, 2014

Campus Censorship and The End Of American Debate

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate
www.thefire.org

07/28/14 - Topical Currents is a rebroadcast with attorney Greg Lukianoff, who specializes in college campus free speech issues. He’s written the book, UNLEARNING LIBERTY:  Campus Censorship & the End of American DebateHe says “the road to censorship is always paved with good intentions.”  And for most people, free speech is extolled . . . until it crosses a personal border.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The National Hearing Loss Epidemic

SHOUTING WON’T HELP: Why I – and 50-Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You
www.katherinebouton.com

07/09/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines an increase in hearing problems . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Condominium And Homeowner Association Call-In Program

Donna D. Berger
twitter.com/CondoandHOALaw

06/17/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with community association attorney, Donna Berger. After returning to the law firm Becker & Poliakoff, she has been working to create new initiatives for community associations as well as addressing service animals and emotional-support animal requests in c

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Subliminal: How the Unconscious Mind Rules Behavior

SUBLIMINAL: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
http://www.randomhouse.com/

(Rebroadcast from May 2013)

06/16/14- Monday’s Topical Currents looks at new findings regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience.  We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates.  We speak with the Leonard Mlodinow, author of SUBLIMINAL:  How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.  Think you know the hows & whys of choices?  Think again.  Only on Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs

Ryan Holiday

06/12/14 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents we’ll consider life’s obstacles, and how we can turn them into our successes.  We’ll speak with media strategist, Ryan Holiday.  His latest book is The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into TriumphsAnd more, Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters In Latin America and South Florida

Andy Wagner in the host seat at WLRN
Bonnie Berman/WLRN

06-/11/14 - The FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo Brazil.  Please join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when our resident soccer enthusiast, Andy Wagner speaks about the British origins of the sport in the late 1800’s and its spread across the globe to become a part of everyday life in Latin America.  He visits with Joshua Nadel,

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Managing Growth In Palm Beach County and Dishing 'Dirt'

Tony Doris
twitter.com/TonyDorisPBP

06/10/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with Palm Beach Post reporter, Tony Doris.  He’s spent many years covering the worlds of government and business as an investigative reporter, editor and columnist for various Florida newspapers.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon
Annie Leibovitz

Rebroadcast from December 2013.

06/09/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and lecturer Andrew Solomon.  His latest book, FAR FROM THE TREE:  Parents, Children and the Search for Identity tells the stories of parents who deal with their exceptional children . . . and find profound meaning doing so. Families cope with deafness, dwarfism, autism, schizophrenia, children conceived in rape, kids who become criminals and transgendered individuals. Solomon tells how diversity makes parents more imaginative and understanding. Don’t miss Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money And Today’s Push For Performance

06/04/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents delves into one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions of our time: ADHD.  With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, alarming questions are being raised and our healthcare system is being impacted by the high costs. We visit with Dr.’s  Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Sheffler.  They’ve written THE ADH

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In a World... Of Relentless Surveillance: DRAGNET NATION

DRAGNET NATION: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Surveillance
Credit juliaangwin.com

 06/03/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin. With years of surveillance experiences, she found attempts to erase her digital footprint were impossible. She’s written, DRAGNET NATION:  A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of SurveillanceWho’s watching us?  And why do they need to know?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Future of the Public Transportation System in Miami-Dade County

A streetcar in Coral Gables in April, 1925
William A. Fishbaugh/State Archives of Florida

06/02/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the future of public transportation in Miami-Dade County.

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Breaking Artisan Bread with Zak the Baker

Zak the Baker in the Topical Currents studio at WLRN
Paul Leary/WLRN

05/29/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Zak the Baker (Zak Stern).  He discusses how he created and executed his bakery concept, what kickstarter is and how it helped him and about the craft food revolution in Wynwood.  And he brought some bread for us to taste on air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Impact Of Alcohol On The Lives And Work Of Six Great American Writers

A Trip to Echo Spring
olivialaing.co.uk

05/29/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents features an interview with Olivia Lang about her latest book “A Trip to Echo Spring”.  It examines the impact alcohol had on the lives and work of six great American writers.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez  spoke with Liang.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny

humorcode.com

05/28/14 - Why do we laugh?  Wednesday’s Topical Currents explores the psychological, cultural and emotional terrain of humor. We’ll visit with award-winning journalist, Joel Warner.  He’s the co-author of the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.  Along with co-author, Dr.

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