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

(1-5-2017) Face it:  there’s NO CURE for the common cold.  It’s an infectious illness caused by a virus.

Neither Vitamin C or warm clothes prevent colds.  Hand washing does.

We have more helpful tips for symptoms.  

(1-5-2017) With Chef/Author Bill Jones.  Topic: Truffles and Mushrooms – how to buy and use them.  Truffle flavored items are on many restaurant menus; truffle oil and other products are now big sellers. But, what are we really eating and buying?  We learn the good, bad and truth about truffles and other mushrooms.  His book is The Deerholme Mushroom Book: From Foraging to Feasting.  He is a chef and farmer in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia.   

(1-4-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents is with a self-proclaimed “difficult person,” Sarah Ellison.

She says most “hard to get along-with” people have no idea they’re such. 

Clueless.

Once she saw the light, she changed . . . and began to help other “difficult” types take on different exteriors.

www.sarahelliston.com

(1-3-2017) Today’s Topical Currents considers . . . the Life Coach.  Have you ever considered using one? 

Is there energy, wisdom and skills waiting to have you thrive . . . if only they could be set in motion?

We discuss areas where coaching is effective, what qualifies someone to be a coach, and what sort of results are common.  There is no state regulation or licensing requirements for coaches.  

(12-29-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents begins with a look at upcoming “Special Olympics Florida” happenings at regional Publix Markets. 

Each store will hold a “Torch Icon” event from New Year’s Eve through January 21st. 

We learn more about the “Healthy Community” efforts of the Special Olympics.

Special Olympics FL 954-901-9232 

www.specialolympicsflorida.com

Lucanus Developmental Center 954-981-4019

(12-29-2016) Food & Dining - In studio interview with Miami Herald Food Editor, Carlos Frias. Topic: Restaurant Retrospective; major trends in 2016 (openings, closings, celebrity chefs) and what to expect in 2017. 

Dinner in Minutes: Sirloin Steak in Cognac Sauce with Saffron and Pepper Orzo

A perfect, quick dinner for this holiday week.

Fred Tasker gives his News Year’s wine suggestions and restaurant wine trends.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(12-28-2016, Originally aired 5-9-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents, we recount the terrible events which caused the collapse of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Writer and editor Bill DeYoung, has researched events for the book, SKYWAY:  The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge, and the Man Who Brought It Down.

Thirty-five people lost their lives on May 9th, 1980, when a 20-thousand-ton vessel rammed a support pier.

(It shouldn’t have happened.)

(12-27-2016, Original air date 1-19-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents,  we speak with writer Jeff Wilser, author of the unconventional book, The Good News About What’s Bad For You . . . and the Bad News About What’s Good For You.

S-t-r-e-s-s-i-n-g moderation, one can eat more steak, drink whiskey, eschew kale and juice cleanses . . . while taking more naps.

And ouch:  a study shows gluten-free may cause weight gain.

(12-26-2016 ** Rebroadcast from 3-29-2016) Today’s program looks at the fight against cancer, and MoonShot 2020, in a Topical Currents rebroadcast.

Just as J-F-K pledged a lunar landing in the 1960s, “2020” brings together the pharmaceutical industry, biotechs, oncologists, academics and others with a focused mission:  to radically change how cancer is treated. 

We speak about “MoonShot 2020”, with University of Miami Medical Professor and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Dr. Stephen Nimer.   

(12-22-2016) We're joined by The Continental Starr Restaurant's Chef Richard Torres, and General Manager, Stephanie Hart.  We’ll be talking about Christmas Celebrations – Japanese Style – with a very American twist.  Fried Chicken and Chocolate Cake???  

Dinner in Minutes-

Steak au Poivre (Steak with Pepper and Mushroom Sauce) with Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

A perfect quick dinner for the holiday season.

Fred Tasker  gives his Christmas wine suggestions.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(12-22-2016)   Have you ever been COMFOOZLED by FETID EFFLUVIA?  That is, overcome by a noxious odor? 

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Bryan Kozlowski, who’s written “What the Dickens:  Distinctly Dickensian Words & How to Use Them.”

(12-21-2016) Has the holiday shopping grind put you in an “enough-already!!” mood? 

Then, why not consider more meaningful gifts?  No parking woes, no bar-codes . . . and no re-gifting. 

Today’s Topical Currents considers simple holiday presents.  Perhaps the gift of time.  Chronicle family history for siblings. Enlarge and frame a great picture.  Or, splurge for your niece’s trumpet lessons.  Her mother will love it.  

(12-20-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition . . . on pet care.  With us is Dr. Ian Kupke, who heads the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

The Holidays can present pet situations, including animal stress or as unwanted gifts.

We take listener calls about our four-legged family members, and get the views of professionals.

(12-19-2016) What industry magnate owned the Miami Beach estate where the great Fontainebleau Hotel arose?

Hello, BB here. 

It was Harvey Firestone.  Of-THE-Firestones.

Hear numerous historical tidbits, such as that, on Monday’s Topical Currents.

It’s one of our South Florida History Quiz editions, with Dr. Paul George.

Oh . . . & what’s with the weird origin of the name Tamarac, in Broward?

(12-15-2016) Caterer extraordinaire, Bill Hansen from Bill Hansen Catering.  He’s known as the luxury catering and event planner. With the holidays coming up, it’s time to think about planning parties and events. He talks about the secrets to a successful party and planning an event, and how to approach a caterer.  Also his new Executive Chef, Dewey Losasso is with us and has brought some of his signature dishes to taste.

Dinner in Minutes-

Turkey and Black Bean Burrito – quick and easy for this busy time of year.

Fred Tasker gives his party wine suggestions.

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