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

(6-1-2017) 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

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(5-31-2017) Today's Topical Currents features an examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities”, with Gail Saltz, MD, author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius.

(5-30-2017) Think about a troubled adolescent or teenage girl faced with a juvenile justice system designed for wayward boys.  It’s not an advantageous position.

Today’s Topical Currents features the PACE Center for Girls, which operates in 19 Florida counties.  It’s recognized for its proficiency in keeping these young women out of the justice system, amidst a fostering and productive atmosphere.

786-254-2460

pacecenter.org

(5-25-2017)   Chef Niven Patel, Chef/Owner of the new restaurant, Ghee Indian Kitchen.  The restaurant is located in rapidly developing Downtown Dadeland, the area across Kendall Dr. from the Dadeland shopping mall.  He serves Indian home-style dishes that are unusual and not seen in the US.  He uses Indian vegetables grown in his own Homestead garden.  He also has a water story. His only water source for the restaurant is recovered from the humidity in the restaurant. It makes 150 gallons of water a day.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer gives his restaurant news

(5-25-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist Doreen Christensen, and her mission to quell invasive “robo” calls. She has many tips, which include “googling” your own phone number, and getting smartphone apps to thwart ad calls.

(5-22-2017, originally aired 1-18-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is with Nova Southeastern University Social Media and the Law professor, Ethan Wall.

The upsurge in social media use by professionals generates legal and ethical questions, which require care and consideration when promoting products and services.

Does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

(5-18-2017) Old-salt NPR listeners have heard this tag innumerable times:   “Our theme music was composed by B.J. Leiderman.” He’s someone who’s left an indelible mark on public radio . . . having never uttered a word.

We meet him on Today’s Topical Currents.

(5-18-2017)  We visit with Dr. Chris Winter, author of THE SLEEP SOLUTION:  Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It.

(5-17-2017) If you’re a person of at least modest wealth, chances are you employ a financial advisor.  But how does one rate such an advice-giver?  And what’s the best method to find one?

We visit with Kevin Neal, the founder and president of a firm called, “Moenio,” an independent client advocacy and consulting firm.

They work with, and evaluate the performance of financial advisors, to ensure the best performance for an individual.  

(5-16-2017)  Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.” 

Really?

We discuss a popular internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  And take calls about them. 

Perhaps it was staying in a really bad relationship.  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss the chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

(5-15-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at a “Safe & Healthy Schools” Project.  It seeks acceptance and support of LGBT & Q youth who continue to face disturbing and life threatening challenges.

A recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows some 40-percent of L-G-B students have seriously contemplated suicide; 29-percent have made attempts.

One in ten of them report missing school due to safety concerns.

(5-11-2017) What segment of the modern city wastes the most energy?  The answer is business buildings, with 60 or even 75-percent of local energy use. 

Buildings produce about half of carbon emissions, yet much is wasted.  We learn more about Miami-Dade’s adoption of the City Energy Project.

305-375-5593

http://www.miamidade.gov/green/build-green.asp

(5-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with frequent contributor Mark Grossman, a leading authority in the field of technology law and longtime columnist.

Our focus is on one of his specialties:  the art of negotiation. He gives keys to making negotiation a success . . . for both parties.

And of course, we take your calls.

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