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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01/11/16 - Dramatic changes are afoot in South Florida’s transportation industry.

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01/07/16- Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Senior Advisor and the Executive Director of Miami-Dade’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Michael Spring. 

01/06/15 - Identity theft is now so common-place that it’s nearly a “not IF, but  WHEN” situation.

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01/05/16 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents examines a project of the Florida Attorney General’s office called, SENIORS versus CRIME, particularly in the areas of fraud and elder abuse.

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01/04/16 - The holidays are over—perhaps the credit cards are full.  Have you ever been stuck in the web of debt collection? 

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12/30/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we visit with journalist and author Kate Harding.

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12/28/15 - Many of us have received the horrid news that a family member, friend or co-worker has made the ultimate decision to end despair . . . and their life. 

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12/23/15 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents, we chat about an Ohio man who’s probably the most inexhaustible rescuer of abandoned dogs in America.  He’s Greg Mahle, known as “the dog savior.” 

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