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

(6-22-2017) In-studio interview with The Restaurant at the Raleigh Chef, Josh Elliot. Topic: Grilling. He concentrates on grilled foods at the restaurant.   He gives tips on how to grill the perfect, steak, burger, fish, chicken, vegetables.  He also bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor for the Thrillist Group will give his restaurant tips.

Dinner in Minutes: Mike Golic’s Barbecue Blitz Chicken Wraps

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(6-22-2017) Today it's a “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with Sun-Sentinel Consumer Columnist Doreen Christensen.  Many of her consumer deals are of the digital variety, with discounts by the Big Four mobile carriers and selected Amazon Prime discounts.

(6-20-2017) If you don’t have enough to worry about, consider “Zoonotic” diseases, when illnesses are spread between animals and people.  It’s more common than you think.

Today's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition about pet care, with Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and Animal Behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

Also, why does a pet just KNOW a vet trip is imminent?  If yours freaks out . . . we have advice about curbing that anxiety.

(6-19-2017) We know sleep is essential for all species.  Most humans have comfortable quarters to attain it, and no reason to fear attack while in bed.  Then why is there often such frustration over it?

Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist and English professor Benjamin Reisse.  He’s written WILD NIGHTS:  How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World.

Can you believe there’s a sleep magazine?  It’s called, Van Winkle’s!

(6-15-2017) Pre-Father's Day conversation with Sushi Maki owner, Abe Ng and his father, Canton owner, Allan Ng. We discuss the role Abe’s father played in his becoming a restaurateur and how his father came to America and started his successful restaurant chain.  They bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Carols Frias Miami Herald Food Editor

Dinner in Minutes: Open-face steak sandwich – perfect for Dad on his day

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(6-15-2017) Today's pre-Father’s Day Topical Currents features the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida.  It works for the full involvement of fathers in children’s lives, with workshops, conferences . . . and even the Fatherhood Reading Squad.

(6-14-2017) How could a toddler KNOW she’d be a writer? Only a four-year-old with the resolve of Miami-icon, Edna Buchanan.

Today’s Topical Currents profiles the prolific longtime crime reporter, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner.

She’s written some 20 books, mostly best-seller fiction, and was recently awarded a Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award.

National YoungArts Foundation

(6-13-2017) While government support for the arts undergoes funding cuts, private sources become essential. 

We feature the acclaimed “YoungArts,” a national program headquartered in Miami which identifies and supports young artists, ages 15 through 18, in some 60 creative specialty areas.

YoungArts also aids talented youth in establishing inventive professional careers.

Applications for YoungArts are now open until October 13th, 2017.

(6-12-2017) What recent start-up company is the most ambitious . . . admired . . . and loathed?

It’s probably Uber.

In seven years Uber has 80-million users, in 77 countries.  It’s worth some 69-million dollars, and has both external and internal power struggles.

We speak with Fortune Magazine Executive Editor Adam Lashinsky, who’s written, WILD RIDE:  Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination.

(6-8-2017) Food & Dining with Danny Bouza ,chef/owner of Poke Bao. He serves poke and Bao Buns in his fast-casual restaurant located in Coral Gables.  Poke is a Hawaiian raw fish dish that is quickly becoming a popular favorite here in South Florida. He brings some for us to taste.  

Restaurant news: Jodie Milander Farrel, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer

Dinner in Minutes: Thai Beef Salad – thinking of quick and easy Asian-style meals.

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(6-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s inventive IncreMental-U adult summer program.  Some 60 courses are offered . . . such as How to Sing, Invasive Species, and even White House Scandals. 

http://wpb.org/mycitylibrary/

(6-7-2017) South Florida abounds in condominiums—and associations—so today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with an association expert.  She’s attorney Donna Berger.

We touch on bills passed in this year’s legislative session, including those calling for criminal penalties for condo fraud, and term-limits for board members.

Of course, we take your Condo and Homeowner’s Board questions during the hour.

(6-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at specialized efforts to prepare individuals with autism spectrum disorder for productive employment.

Technology, self-advocacy, and decision making skills offer new worlds of independence for A-S-D adolescents and adults.

We engage a panel of experts from regional universities and foundations to update the remarkable progress in the field.

www.umcard.org

1-800-9-autism

(6-5-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with renowned architect Bernard Zyscovich, whose large firm is involved in numerous projects worldwide, as well as projects in South Florida.  Zyskovich Architects designed the Midtown Miami urban market and housing area, as well as the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Its current proposal is the “Plan Z” development along the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami-Dade.  The Causeway would become more recreation and bicycle friendly.

Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/ZyscovichArchitects/?fref=nf

(6-1-2017) Restaurant Roundabout with Laine Doss, Food Editor for Miami New Times, and Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Restaurant Critic. We talk about the many new restaurant openings and closings and ask listeners for their favorite local restaurant.

Dinner in Minutes

Poached Salmon with Hot Arugula Pasta- salmon steaks an alternative to salmon fillet

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