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 May 9, 2013

Inside The Upscale Lounge Hyde at American Airlines Arena

Hyde at American Airlines Arena
http://hydeaaarena.com/

05/09/13 - 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 Richard Post, General Manager of Hyde at American Airlines Arena - cheer on the Heat with their Slam Dunk Platter and  3 Point Platter. Also, we toast Mother’s Day with Moet Chandon Ice Imperial designed to be served over ice. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Miami River's Murky History

Along the Miami River (Images of America)
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Consumer Protection Experts At Your Service

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05/07/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is “At Your Service,” with consumer protection experts. We’ll speak with Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias and University of Miami law professor Michael Schiff. And take your calls. Topics include misleading advertising, lemon laws, unfair debt collection, warranty violations and credit reporting issues. 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
Mon May 6, 2013

A New Economic Order?

WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?
http://whatthenmustwedo.org/

05/06/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with political economist Gar Alperovitz of the University of Maryland. He’s the author of WHAT THEN MUST WE DO? It considers the ways a new economic order could be created. He says that for sustainable jobs and fair economy, there is a balance between extreme corporate capitalism and governmental socialism. 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 2, 2013

Annual “Cinco de Mayo” Program featuring PBS food host Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich, host of PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table
PBS

05/02/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Pati Jinich, host of PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table, and author of a cookbook Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking .  She’s also the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. She talks about Mexican food beyond tacos and nachos slathered with cheese. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

The Future Of South Florida Ports And Airports

Port of Miami
www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/master-plan.asp

05/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the importance and future of South Florida ports and international airports. The Port of Miami’s dredging project will allow it to receive larger ships in conjunction with the Panama Canal’s expansion. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s a

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Facing Cancer and Maintaining Emotional Wellness

Facing Cancer and the Fear of Death: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Treatment

05/01/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines what everyone fears:  a cancer diagnosis. Whether it’s one’s self, a loved one or dear friend, life’s outlook is immediately changed and prioritized. We’ll visit with two authors who write about cancer diagnosis, the fear of death, and our emotional wellness when faced with such a trauma.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

**The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

** Please note this program did not air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon

Telegraph Road

04/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon about his latest novel, “Telegraph Road” which follows the co-owners of a vintage record store in Oakland who struggle to stay open in the face of black/white tensions, gentrification, and the ghosts of their past.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Dr. Sara Gottfried And The Hormone Cure

Sara Gottfried
http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/

04/29/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents addresses female hormonal imbalance, and how it can be treated with natural methods.  Harvard-trained physician Dr. Sara Gottfried has written THE HORMONE CURE:  Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive & Vitality Naturally.  After more than 20-years of practice, Gottfried says mature women often struggle with weight gain, insomnia, headaches and energy loss.  Tune in . . . and call-in . . . to Topical Currents.  Monday 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 April 25, 2013

Bob Marley's son, Rohan, talks Organic Coffee, Sustainable Farms

Rohan Marley

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04/25/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son, a graduate of Palmetto Sr. High, played football for UM, is a former professional football player and now a farmer.  His Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee along with other Marley Coffees are produced on sustainable farms.  Part of the profits goes to Kicks for a Cause, which helps youth soccer.  Other profits help support the Marley 1 Love foundation.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

“Shelter Me” Animal Documentary

“Shelter Me” Animal Documentary on WLRN-TV17

04/25/13 Thursday's  Topical Currents begins with discussion of the SHELTER ME documentary series which airs Thursday night on WLRN-TV, Channel 17. We’ll discuss how doomed shelter dogs have become successes for search-and-rescue operations, as well as giving comfort to hospital patients and kids. And more.  Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

The Biggest Ponzi Scheme In Florida History

The Ultimate Ponzi: The Scott Rothstein Story
http://www.ultimateponzi.com/

04/24/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the saga of Fort Lauderdale  Ponzi-schemer, attorney Scott Rothstein.  News of the scandal broke in 2009.  One of Fort Lauderdale’s top philanthropists had bilked some 1.4 Billion dollars from investors and charitable organizations.  The scams supported his outrageously opulent lifestyle.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Life Beyond Death?

Proof of Heaven
www.lifebeyonddeath.net

04/23/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Harvard educated surgeon Eben Alexander about his near death experience.  Five years ago, a rare form of meningitis and a coma created a powerful personal story.  Alexander has written, PROOF OF HEAVEN:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife. A surgeon for 25 years, Alexander says he discovered the identity of a spiritual guide from his medical crisis. 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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

The History and Promise of Green Technology

Alexis Madrigal
https://twitter.com/alexismadrigal

04/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at environmental technology with the author of POWERING THE DREAM:  The History and Promise of Green Technology.  Energy innovation began in earnest some 150 years ago.  Geo-thermal heating was used in Idaho in 1892, while windmills irrigated the Great Plains and watered livestock.

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