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.

Ways to Connect

11/25/15 - Listen for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss compulsive eating, and how to best bring it under control.

11/23/15 - Many South Floridians quake at the remembrance of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew.  The potent storm left 65 dead, and thousands homeless.

11/17/15 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we learn more about the Give Miami Day program, and other philanthropic efforts in our region.

11/16/15 - In a world of strangers drowning in need, where do we draw the line of personal responsibility?  Consider the classic quandary:  should you save your own mother from drowning . . . or two strangers?

11/12/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Art Friedlich President of the Urban Oasis Project.  This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to gardening and farming that does not harm the environment.  They run a 22 acre farm, sell local produce, grass fed beef, free

11/12/15 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents, we begin with Lynn University Professor Robert Watson, who’s written America’s First Crisis:  The War of 1812, a fascinating account of what’s called, “America’s Forgotten War.” And more.  Linda Gassenheimer details Miami’s Urban Oasis Project, which not only promotes sustainable gardening, but runs a 22-acre farm in Homestead. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1PM. 

Audrey Armitage

11/11/15 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents examines regulated hunting, such as the recent hunt of Florida bears.