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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07/02/15  - Sometimes it takes know-how to save money. On Thursday’s Topical Currents we begin with The Sun-Sentinel’s consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  She’s proud to have never paid full price for anything . . . and has tips for you to do the same. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “Mango Madness” program, with Dr.

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07/01/15 - Most aging boomers are baffled by ever-changing personal technology:  what percentage of smart phone functions do you understand?  The average is but 6%. Wednesday’s Topical Currents features former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue.

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06/30/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Securities Arbitration Attorney, Jake Zamansky.  He works on behalf of investors who’ve suffered fraud, misrepresentation and other misdeeds by their stockbrokers. Some have lost retirement and life savings accounts, or suffered elder abuse. Of course, we’ll take your calls . . . Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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06/29/15 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we ponder some of Miami’s best tourist locales . . . 

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06/25/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview David Foulquier, owner Fooq’s Miami restaurant. We talk summer cooking tips and easy summer entertaining.  He has an unusual wine list and will talk with Fred about it.

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06/25/15 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents, we begin with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of South Florida’s weekly “Watchdog Report.” He’ll discuss our region’s government, politics . . . and personalities. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer gives cooking and entertaining tips for the summer months ahead . . .

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06/24/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents for Neda Ulaby.  She reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk. Ulaby’s stories reflect political and economic realities, cultural issues, obsessions and transitions . . . which overlap the worlds of art, music, TV, film, new media and literature. Neda Ulaby is in South Florida tonight at ArtServe Fort Lauderdale - we get the details on Topical Currents today at 1pm.

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06/23/15 - Join us for our June Topical Currents call-in edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke and animal behaviorist Edel Miedes. We’re “At Your Service” for questions Tuesday, especially about those loyal family members who can’t voice their concerns . . . pets.  They need special attention when a storm approaches. Listen in . . . and phone in . . .

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06/22/15 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we visit with a native Miamian who has the peculiarity of moving from a defendant . . . to a defense attorney. He’s David Lee Windecher, a former gang member, drug dealer and crime ring leader. After 13 arrests, he saw the light.  Last May he was sworn in as an attorney, in the same courtroom where he appeared in han.dcuffs and jumpsuit. We discuss his book The American Dream: HisStory in the Making.”  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.

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06/18/15 - Make your reservations for Linda Gassenheimers Restaurant Roundabout call-in on Thursday’s Topical Currents. We bring a panel of South Florida reviewers to the table, and take your input about areas dining spots. Perhaps an out-of-the-way café . . . a vegetarian oasis . . . or a scrumptious neighborhood pizza delight. That’s Topical Currents . . . the Restaurant Roundabout . . . with Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Group, covering Broward County; Evan Benn, Miami Herald Food Editor covering Miami Dade; and Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker.  Thursday at 1pm.

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