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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06/16/15 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we continue our ongoing series, “All In a Day’s Work.”  

   We’ll learn about the crucial work of the medical pathologist, with two experienced ones:  Hadi Yaziji and Enma Saiz.The pathologist is unknown to patients, but is considered the “doctor’s doctor,” who provides essential patient data and insight. That’s Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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06/15/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we visit with author, psychologist, and grief  specialist Claire Bidwell Smith.    She analyzes the question, “When Life is Over, Where Do We Go?” Humans have always wondered – and always will — about death and its aftermathHeaven?  Reincarnation?  Unification with others?

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06/11/15 - Join us Thursday on Topical Currents for an hour food and dining program with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Her topic is of deep interest to many: food allergies. Our expert is Dr. Michael Pacin, founder of the Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care.

06/10/15 - Today on Topical Currents: Miami’s vast feral chicken population has become streetwise.  They avoid those charged with rounding them up as adroitly as a street drug dealer.

06/09/15 - Everyone makes prejudicial judgments . . . but exposure to groups and individuals can mitigate them.    

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06/08/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents when we examine how physicians adapt and enhance treatment for special needs patients. The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect for 25 years, yet a new survey finds some 20% of doctors remain inaccessible to those with special needs. It can be a major challenge for parents, as well as patients who need treatment and understanding. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.

06/04/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Amy Yu, city launcher for Instacart, a same day grocery membership delivery service.  Groceries are delivered to your door within 1 hour of placing the order.  You can choose groceries from Whole Foods, Costco, and Winn Dixie.  Amy explains what i

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06/04/15 - On the next Topical Currents, it’s our At Your Service mode.  June is here, and another brutal summer looms.  Is your air conditioning OK for the brutal months ahead?  We’ll have an expert on hand.

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06/02/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss women and their inclusion in the fields of technology and science.  Despite more women currently employed in these areas, women and girls are often not encouraged to pursue advanced studies in math, science and technology.  We’ll have a panel of distinguished women to give their experience & insights.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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