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 June 3, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 6/3/13

06/03/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College. We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture, listeners are invited to give answers. A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What’s with the explosion of new restaurants in South Florida?

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

05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Child Abuse Prevention

Family Resource Center of South Florida
http://frcflorida.org/

05/30/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an explanation of the Florida “Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act.”  Child abuse reporting is now mandatory even for non-parents or caregivers.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pet Care and Animal Welfare

Der Shpark, Bonnie's rarely seen cat.
Bonnie Berman

05/29/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover issues involved with housecats who are seldom—if ever--taken for a vet exam. Also with us is dog trainer and behavior specialist Edel Miedes of South Florida’s K-9 Advisors.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

How the Unconscious Mind Rules Behavior

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

05/28/13 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at new finding regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience. We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates. 

We’ll speak with the Leonard Mlodinow, author of SUBLIMINAL:  How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. Think you know the hows and whys of choices? Think again. Only 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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Florida Staycations and Fine Wines by the Glass (Tube)

Delano South Beach
http://www.delano-hotel.com/

05/23/13 - In the second half of Topical Currents, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Andrew Pittard, food and beverage director at the Delano Hotel.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Third Largest Barrier Reef In The World

Brad Bertelli
http://bradbertelli.com/

05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater.  Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world.  It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

A Profession in Crisis: The Lawyer Bubble

The Lawyer Bubble
http://www.stevenjharper.com/

05/22/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and law professor Steven Harper.  A successful attorney for over 30 years, he’s written about the troubled legal state in THE LAWYER BUBBLE:  A Profession in Crisis. Law schools graduate some 45,000 attorneys each year.  Most will be in debt $100,000 dollars from loans.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Rich Food/Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System

Jayson and Mira Calton
http://www.caltonnutrition.com/

05/21/13- Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton. They’ve developed a system to determine the healthiest options among the some 40,000 food offerings in the mega-mart. With a bit of effort, shoppers can avoid processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, artificial colors, and nitrites. They’ve written, RICH FOOD/POOR FOOD:  THE ULTIMATE GROCERY PURCHASING SYSTEM. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the watchdogreport.net
www.watchdogreport.net

05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? 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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Tips For Eating a Healthy Lifestyle

Chilean Salmon, Quinoa and Corn Salad
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

05/16/13 - In the second part of the program syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Susan Finn, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetic Association.) What should we eat for a healthy lifestyle?  Whether we’re eating a plant-based or gluten-free diet or one including animal proteins, she explains the vitamins and nutrition we need and why.  
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Big, Bad Book Of Beasts: The Most Curious Creatures In The World.

Michael Largo
www.michaellargo.com

05/16/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author Michael Largo, whose specialty is unusual topics. He’ll discuss THE BIG, BAD BOOK OF BEASTS:  The Most Curious Creatures in the World. A Rhino can stand six-feet tall and weigh ten-thousand pounds.  A sawfish has a six-foot saw blade snout.  A sponge doesn’t mate, but clones.  And a cobra can spit venom into the eye of a predator from six feet. And more. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Improbable Tales of the Real Florida

Jeff Klinkenberg
http://www.jeffklinkenberg.com/

05/15/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with veteran Florida journalist and raconteur Jeff Klinkenberg. In the tradition of the great Al Burt, Klinkenberg discovers the quirks and funky aspects of our diverse and often unusual state. He’s found that a low register tuba blast can trigger bull alligators to bellow. That and more in his book, ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT:  Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida.    Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Fifth Assassin

Brad Meltzer
http://bradmeltzer.com/

05/14/13 - In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth Assassin. Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and seven other bestsellers. The Fifth Assassin is out now.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Myth of Persecution

Candida Moss
https://twitter.com/candidamoss

05/14/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Notre Dame University New Testament and Early Christian professor Candida Moss. According to cherished tradition, early Christians were relentlessly persecuted for their beliefs. Jesus died on the cross, and others were tortured, even burned alive. Professor Moss says the “Age of Martyrs” is largely fiction. She’s the author of THE MYTH OF PERSECUTION. In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth AssassinTopical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 
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