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

(4-11-2017) Today’s Topical Currents addresses our most vital South Florida issue:  protecting the fragile groundwater and ecosytems essential to drinking water and human health.

South Florida has been deemed the “ground zero” of sea level rise.

We have experts on hand to discuss threats to our aquifer, salt water intrusion and rising waters . . . and what innovative solutions can be created to mitigate them.

(4-10-2017) At first thought, being a game warden would be a fairly mundane vocation, mostly to check fishing and hunting licenses, or finding a lost hiker or canoer.

Today’s Topical Currents is with Bob Lee, who’s spent 30 years as a Florida wildlife officer.  We’ll hear about shoot-outs, rescues and powerboat chases from his book, BAD GUYS, BULLETS AND BOAT CHASES:  True Stories of a Florida Game Warden.

(4-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features resident Chef Linda Gassenheimer, who explores the blend of Mediterranean influences and indigenous ingredients which make up Argentinian cuisine.

We speak with Chef Max Alvarez who, with his brother Christian, owns the Miami restaurant Fiorito.

(4-4-2017) Today we’re with someone who began his incredible broadcast career in Miami and now returns to celebrate with us after 60 years in the business.

(4-3-2017) Today on our Topical Currents “Members Only” edition, Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss the benefits of South Florida public radio.

We have a good time chatting with many steadfast members who make our unique radio programs possible.

Never has membership been more important!

(3-30-2017) The Jewish Festival of Freedom—Passover—begins Monday.  While it’s a serious and joyous religious period . . . humor isn’t forbidden . . . nor is a visit by South Florida icon, Dave Barry.

We hope.

He’s co-written a mirthful spoof of Passover called, FOR THIS WE LEFT EGYPT? A Passover Haggadah for Jews And Those Who Love Them.

It’s Linda Gassenheimer’s special Food & Dining edition . . . with Dave Barry. 

(3-29-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we discuss innovations in interventional cardiac procedures and management of risk factors for heart disease. Our guests include Ramon Quesada, M.D., Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Research and Structural Heart Program at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital, Edward Savage, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Center Director for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Paul Lipton, who underwent quintuple bypass surgery  in 2016.

(3-28-2017) Today is an “At Your Service” pet care edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behaviorist Edel Miedes, of K-9 Advisors.

We take questions about pet care . . . as well as offer tips on walking your dog.  An act so seemingly simple can result in trauma, medical issues or lawsuits.

(3-27-2017) Florida Legislators have filed bills which could give Condo and Homeowner Association boards a double-take.

If passed, a volunteer board member could face criminal penalties if Association records are stonewalled, or if there are fraudulent elections.

Might residents avoid trouble by choosing to stay off condo boards?

Learn more on the Topical Currents “At Your Service” condo call-in edition.

(3-23-2017) In studio interview with Chef Jeff Maxfield from Brava by Brad Kilgore at the Arscht Center.  He will be participating in the Deering Bay Seafood Festival, Sunday, March 26.  He brings the seafood dish he’ll be offering at the festival and gives us tips on how to buy and cook seafood.

Dinner in Minutes:

Snapper Parmesan with Spinach Penne Pasta

Restaurant News: Carlos Frias, Miami Herald Food Editor,he discusses this week’s restaurant news and where to eat this weekend. 

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(3-23-2017) As many brick and mortar stores struggle for air, Amazon is growing by leaps and bounds.  Its latest venture…Amazon Fresh.

Hello, it’s BB.  It’s an online grocery service now available in South Florida.  Our shopping guru and Sun Sentinel columnist, Doreen Christensen gives us the details and the best deals around town.

(3-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with technology lawyer, negotiator and author, Mark Grossman.  He’s a pioneer in the field, with a practice dating back to 1995.

Grossman covers many technology issues, and discusses the unique legal aspects of self-driving cars, the recent developments in the 2014 Russian hacks of Yahoo, and advice on legal negotiations. 

Of course, we take your calls.

( 3-21-2017, Originally aired 11-22-2016) The role of “caregiver” can be thrust upon one without much say in matters.  It can be exhausting, frustrating, & even thankless.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at the many aspects of taking care of debilitated family members.  A caregiver’s family relations are often strained.

In a rebroadcast, we speak with Caregiver Magazine publisher Gary Barg . . . and take your calls.

(3-16-2017) Martin Lynch from John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Coral Gables joins us.  He talks about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and brings food to taste.

(3-16-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a good spring cleaning.

Few of us enjoy housework, so efficiency is essential.  We speak with Melissa Maker, author of “Clean My Space.”

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