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 22, 2013

Our Obsession With Stardom

Ty Burr Michael
Lionstar/Pantheon

07/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr, who explores our obsession with stardom . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Paving The Way For Eligible Immigrant Employees

Abeje Chumo from IRC-Silver Spring leads a workshop at the JW Marriott-Washington DC
http://immigrationforum.org/bethlehem

07/18/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami’s “Bethlehem Project,” which brings together business, education and civic organizations to pave the way for eligible immigrant employees to become citizens. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer presents an archive edition with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Born in horrific conditions in Ethiopia, he was adopted by a Swedish couple, and became of one of the world’s top chefs. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1:00pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:00pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Robert W. McChesney
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences University of Illinois

07/16/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois professor and FreePress.net co-founder Robert McChesney, whose latest book is DIGITAL DISCONNECT:  How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. He wonders if a society drenched in commercial

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Osteoporosis Breakthroughs

Dr. Antonio Prats

07/15/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with the latest information about osteoporosis, a bone disease which can lead to fractures. A surgeon general’s report says that one in two Americans over the age of 50 is at risk of fractures due to low bone mass. Topical Currents  at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs

Dr. Jay Cohen
http://www.jaycohenmd.com/

07/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the latest developments in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Medical researcher Dr. Jay Cohen says there are new alternatives to invasive surgeries and radiation therapies.  He was diagnosed with the condition in 2011.  Dr. Cohen's most recent book is Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Struggle Between The Haves And Have-nots

Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner
http://www.cultureclashes.org/

07/10/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Stanford University cultural psychologists Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner. They’ve co-authored CLASH:  8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are. They say there’s a clash between independence and interdependence, including the struggle between the haves and have-nots; the politics of religion and contention between Asian and Western cultures. That

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Keith Lowe
https://twitter.com/KeithLoweAuthor

07/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with World War II historian Keith Lowe.  Though the European conflict ended in May of 1945, with cheering victory celebrations, the grim reality is that anarchy reigned. Lowe has written SAVAGE CONTINENT:  Europe in the Aftermath of World War IIAll told, some 30-million died in the conflict, and after the Axis surrender, civil amenities were in shambles and civil war arose. Learn more on Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

The Tea Party & Politics In America

Christopher Parker
http://faculty.washington.edu/csparker/

07/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Washington, Seattle, Professor Christopher Parker.  He’s the co-author of CHANGE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IN:  The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in AmericaWhat makes the Tea Party click? Last November, some 45-million registered voters told a Fox News poll that they identified with the party.  That’s a fifth of the electorate. Tune in for Topical Currents 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

National Review Commentator Kevin Williamson: The End is Near

Kevin D. Williamson
https://twitter.com/KevinNR

07/03/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Kevin Williamson, author of THE END IS NEAR AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME:  How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier and More SecureWilliams says that while consumer goods get better, cheaper and more widely available, government delivered necessities grow more expensive with declining quality. He criticizes the modern welfare state in the era of globalization, and endorses market derived alternatives. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Miami-Dade Property Appraiser; Watchdog Report Publisher

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
http://www.miamidade.gov

07/02/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the independence of the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s office. Formerly, the appraiser was appointed by the county Mayor.  But current appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera was elected. Some interesting developments have arisen:  is the property appraiser still governed by the County Commission?  It may take a court ruling to decide.

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Topical Currents
8:14 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism

OVERBOOKED: The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism
http://www.elizabethbecker.com
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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hot Dog Culture in America

Bruce Kraig
http://manbitesdogbook.com/

 


06/27/13 - In the second half of the program, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bruce Kraig author of Man Bites Dog – Hot Dog Culture in America.  Hot dogs are as American as apple pie – we talk about how they became icons of American culture and a July 4th tradition. Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:30pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Miami Man Rides 15,000 Miles for Charity

Arctic Ride For Dreams
http://www.arcticridefordreams.com/

   06/27/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami Shores resident Andrew Smith.  He has ambitious plans for the summer:  riding his Triumph motor cycle to the Arctic Circle to benefit favorite charities.  It’s a mere 15,000 miles and it's called Arctic Ride For Dreams. And more:  Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A Challenge to What We Know About Drugs & Society

Dr. Carl Hart
https://twitter.com/drcarlhart

06/26/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart. A native Miamian, Hart has written  HIGH PRICE:  A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. After 22 years of research, he challenges the way we think about poverty, race and addiction. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.   
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Is It The End Of Unpaid Internships?

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

06/25/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with contributor Donna Ballman.  She specializes in employment law and employee rights.  Many teens are now working summer part-time jobs.  Most are woefully unaware of employment regulations.  There are different rules about unpaid internships, as well. Also news about pre-employment medical exams. Donna Ballman is the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit or Get Axed. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  
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