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

(701102017) Do you have a customer service torment story you love to tell?  Of course, doesn’t everyone?

But think of the hilarious stories told by service reps about no-clue customers.

Today we have a session with customer relations professionals from the famed Dale Carnegie Training organization, and learn how fast and courteous customer service doesn’t have to be a relic of more genteel times.

(7-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with photojournalist, author and blogger, Al Crespo.

He’s been an ardent and high-profile critic of Miami City & County governments for decades, and has chastised area news media, as well.

His “Crespo-gram” Report is a strongly-worded attack on public corruption, with stinging accusations against government officials.

We hear about his long career and anti-corruption crusades.

(7-6-2017) July is National Ice Cream Month, and Federico Di Franco, co-owner with his wife, Carla, of Bianco Gelato in Coconut Grove is with us.  His gelato is made with organic milk, and has dairy free, low fat and low sugar options.  Bianco was voted one of America’s top 18 ice cream shops on Yahoo Food.  He brings gelato to taste.

Restaurant news: Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Food Critic gives her restaurant tips

Dinner in Minutes: Beef and Berry Pasta Salad, a cool salad for hot summer evenings.

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(7-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features the Unity360 Summer  Race Dialogue from the South Florida People of Color organization.

Two Saturday sessions in Miami Shores discuss how race, bias and bigotry shape society and daily interactions.

(7-5-2017) .  Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with Florida employment lawyer, Donna Ballman.

She updates the latest info about wrongful termination, non-compete agreements, harassment, independent contractor designations, and whistleblower cases.

Donna Ballman is also the author of “How to Stand Up for Your Rights Without Getting Fired.”

(6-29-2017) Today we're joined by Chef Jim Pastor and Mixologist Oscar Amaya from the Rusty Pelican.  They will give tips for a sparkling 4th with food and drink. They have a special party/dinner at the Rusty Pelican for Independence Day.  They bring food and drinks for us to taste. 

Restaurant news: Laine Doss, Miami New Times Food Editor will give her restaurant tips

Dinner in Minutes: Texas Turkey Burger with Corn and Black Bean Salad. Celebrate July 4th with a sparkling burger that gets its bang from jalapeno peppers.

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(6-28-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with social media law attorney, author, professor & consultant, Ethan Wall.  He’s a legal authority on all things Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram . . . and has advice for companies and individuals seeking how to best market on social media.

Of course, we take your calls.

(6-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at bicycles as a key to the future of South Florida urban transformation.  Over the last decade bike commuting grew 47-percent in the U.S. . .  and 73-percent in our largest cities.

Another plus for bikes:  48-percent of adolescents who bike are less obese than peers.

We’ve assembled a panel to discuss bikes and South Florida . . . and of course, to take your calls.

(6-26-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents has an expert outlook on the 2017 hurricane season. 

  Veteran General Contractor Kia Ricchi has the essentials for home preparedness measures.

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(6-22-2017) In-studio interview with The Restaurant at the Raleigh Chef, Josh Elliot. Topic: Grilling. He concentrates on grilled foods at the restaurant.   He gives tips on how to grill the perfect, steak, burger, fish, chicken, vegetables.  He also bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor for the Thrillist Group will give his restaurant tips.

Dinner in Minutes: Mike Golic’s Barbecue Blitz Chicken Wraps

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(6-22-2017) Today it's a “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with Sun-Sentinel Consumer Columnist Doreen Christensen.  Many of her consumer deals are of the digital variety, with discounts by the Big Four mobile carriers and selected Amazon Prime discounts.

(6-20-2017) If you don’t have enough to worry about, consider “Zoonotic” diseases, when illnesses are spread between animals and people.  It’s more common than you think.

Today's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition about pet care, with Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and Animal Behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

Also, why does a pet just KNOW a vet trip is imminent?  If yours freaks out . . . we have advice about curbing that anxiety.

(6-19-2017) We know sleep is essential for all species.  Most humans have comfortable quarters to attain it, and no reason to fear attack while in bed.  Then why is there often such frustration over it?

Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist and English professor Benjamin Reiss.  He’s written WILD NIGHTS:  How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World.

Can you believe there’s a sleep magazine?  It’s called, Van Winkle’s!

(6-15-2017) Pre-Father's Day conversation with Sushi Maki owner, Abe Ng and his father, Canton owner, Allan Ng. We discuss the role Abe’s father played in his becoming a restaurateur and how his father came to America and started his successful restaurant chain.  They bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Carols Frias Miami Herald Food Editor

Dinner in Minutes: Open-face steak sandwich – perfect for Dad on his day

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(6-15-2017) Today's pre-Father’s Day Topical Currents features the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida.  It works for the full involvement of fathers in children’s lives, with workshops, conferences . . . and even the Fatherhood Reading Squad.

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