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

(9-27-2016) A conversation, and listener calls,  with Daniel J. Levitin, author of A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.

(9-26-2016) Who hasn’t heard a horror story of protracted, emotional and destructive divorce? The battle may leave the lives of children scarred, and a couple in financial ruin.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at a more sensible, less adversarial split-up, with the “collaborative” divorce method.  Florida has adopted laws which help use non-litigated methods, and which may preserve family relationships.

(9-22-2016) Research shows that high school dropout kids can be identified as early as elementary school.

In many areas, 50-percent of students need extra support to stay in school.  We learn how City Year Miami uses “near peers” to help deter kids from quitting.  

(9-22-2016) June Morris, the Marquesa du Vin (co-chair) of Veritage Miami (United Way Food and Wine Festival).  She’ll take part in the Crush-a-thon working against 3 others to see who can crush the most grapes by stamping on them.  She also talks about this year’s other events.

(9-26-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Chapman Partnership, a partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

For more than 20 years, the Partnership has operated two Homeless Assistance Centers which serve some five-thousand men, women and children.  There’s emergency housing, meals, health and psychiatric care, plus day care and job training and placement.

It’s a leading model for homeless assistance centers.

(9-21-2016) Today’s Topical Currents highlights one of South Florida’s noteworthy higher education centers, Barry University.

One of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast, the main campus in Miami Shores was opened as Barry College for Women in 1940.  It attained University status in 1981.   

Barry University’s School of Law was established in Orlando, in 1999.  

(9-19-2016) Do we humans and our pets share the same neurochemistry, and complex emotional difficulties?

Pioneering veterinarian and researcher Dr. Nicholas Dodman has written, PETS ON THE COUCH:  Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds and New Science of Animal Psychiatry.

There’s even a form of Tourette Syndrome . . . in horses.

(9-15-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features Palm Beach Post columnist and author, Tony Doris.  We catch up on stories he’s covering, and also learn about his latest novel, based on the South Florida news business.

(9-15-2016) Interview with author Larry Olmsted.  His book is Real Food, Fake Food: (Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It).  Is it really red snapper or a fake? Is that salmon really wild caught? Is the extra virgin olive oil sold in the US even olive oil at all?  What are we really eating and what can we do about fake food?  

Fred gives his fake wine news.

Dinner in Minutes:

Red Pesto Pasta with Walnut and Chickpea Salad

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(9-14-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with noted tech-law attorney and author, Mark Grossman. 

His book is Technology Law—What Every Business (and Business-Minded Person) Needs to Know.

We answer your tech law questions, and address the growing issue of self-driving cars.

www.ecomputerlaw.com

(9-13-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, about etiquette and protocols.

It’s the 21st Century . . . yet some are not aware that traditional guidelines and courtesies are still in force. 

Indeed.

But, there are more venues.  Social media, email, and texts offer new landscapes.  We have experts on hand.

(9-12-2016) If you consider mechanical cooling a given, ponder the slow torture of hot weather.  But also, consider that many people were against the notion of cooling the air!  Sacrilege, they said.

We speak with Salvatore Basile, the author of COOL:  HOW AIR CONDITIONING CHANGED EVERYTHING.

    (9-8-2016) On Today’s Topical Currents we observe International Coastal Cleanup Day.

In Miami-Dade, more than three-thousand volunteers should pick up five tons of trash at 40 waterfront sites.

www.volunteercleanup.org

(9-8-2016) Food and Dining: The new concept of eco-friendly hotels. An in-studio interview with Kane Sarhan, Vice President of Brand, SH Group and Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich of 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach's restaurant, Beachcraft. They discuss their unique water-saving techniques, how they minimize electricity and how plants are used to restore comfort and oxygen to the hotel.  Chef Stephen will bring food to taste.  

Dinner in Minutes:

Eggplant Parmesan – using the bounty of the season

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(09-06-2016) Today’s Topical Currents concerns the 9-11 attacks on the U.S.

We’ll feature Florida Bulldog founder and editor Dan Christensen.  The Bulldog led a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to declassify documents related to the hijackers while in the U.S.

Also on the program is former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Co-chair of the Congressional 9-11 Joint Inquiry, and First Amendment attorney Tom Julin.

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