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

(2-7-2017) Hope for Stroke Victims.  With Dr. Felipe de los Rios de la Rosa, Vascular Neurology specialist, and South Florida resident Elaine Viets, a stroke survivor who’s written a book about her experience.  

(2-6-2017) ** Due to a technical issue, there is no audio for today's program.  We apologize for the inconvenience**

Topical Currents continues with South Florida transportation and traffic issues.  Today, we focus on the Miami-Dade Transportation Authority, or M-D-X.

M-D-X operates five crucial toll roads, and has plans to improve commuter bus interconnects to the 836/Dolphin Expressway.

Also, in the works are toll rebates for those who spend more than $100-dollars yearly on M-D-X roads.

(2-2-2017) It will be a Super Bowl Bash this week! Two guests – celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz, owner of Michael's Genuine restaurant, Harry’s Pizza and now Fi’lia at the SLS Brickell (Honest Italian Food) and Tim Piazza, Chef de Cuisine at Fi’lia. They give us tips for our own Super Bowl celebrations and bring food to taste.

Dinner in Minutes

Mexican Pork and Bean Chili – great for a Super Bowl Crowd

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(2-2-2017) The past few nights have been chilly by South Florida standards...so we wondered how these temperature dips affect South Florida plants and landscapes.  We hear from Jennifer Rehage, PhD, Associate Professor, Earth & Environment Department, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University. 

(2-1-2017) Ponder that people of African descent came to Florida more than one-hundred years before the British landed at Jamestown.

Today’s edition is with Dr. Marvin Dunn, the former Chairman of Florida International University’s Department of Psychology. 

He’s written several books on Florida history, including a new one called, THE HISTORY OF FLORIDA:  Through Black Eyes.

facebook.com/marvindunn

www.healthinthehood.com

(1-31-2017) In Florida, for every dollar of wage earned by a man, a woman takes home but 87-cents.

A proposed bill filed for the next Florida Legislative sessions says employers may take into account differences in education, skill-sets and experience for higher pay, but cannot discriminate by sexual gender.

The bill is sponsored by three female Democratic members of  the Legislature, from Central and South Florida. We speak with them on today's Topical Currents.

(1-30-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we discuss changes in environmental policy expected with the new administration/Congress that will affect the S. FL environment, and other land management proposals already under consideration, with our guest, Matt Schwartz, Executive Director of the South Florida Wildlands Association.

www.southfloridawild.org

www.cclusa.org

www.facebook.com/southfloridawild/

(1-26-2017) Betty King, author of Seasons to Taste Cookbook: Menus and Memories from Home and Abroad. Betty spent much of her business life traveling the world.  Along the way, she learned how to entertain with ease and gathered many other cooking tips. She helps us entertain with ease and also shows us how to turn our leftovers into second acts.   Betty is part of the radio reading service at WLRN.  She brings an entertaining dish to taste on air.

Dinner in Minutes:

Chinese Pork Puffs and Quick Fried Rice – Celebrating Chinese New Year

(1-26-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist and Topical Currents regular contributor, Doreen Christensen.  She’s forcefully proclaimed “enough” to cable and satellite TV.  She tells us how to best “cut the cord,” and also warns of some drawbacks.

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www.sunsentinel.com/cutthecord

(1-24-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is a special two-hour edition, which embodies the strength of true friendship under ominous and inconceivable conditions.

"An Unbroken Bond:  A Story of Survival," tells the story of Howard Chandler and Martin Baranek, two boyhood friends from the same small Polish town of Starachowice that not only survived the Holocaust but also continued their mutual devotion well into the 21st Century. 

(1-23-2017) Today’s Topical Currents discusses the Criminal Mental Health Project, and ways to treat disorders outside of county correctional institutions.

It’s been a fifteen year project, and has already lowered incarceration rates, and saved millions in non-jail treatment programs.

There are still many hurdles, however.  

South Florida Behavioral Health Network www.sfbhn.org  305-858-3335

(1-17-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Miami-based journalist Brett Sokol, whose beat is the region’s distinctive arts world. 

He’s the arts editor of Ocean Drive Magazine, and a frequent New York Times contributor.

Sokol is co-founder of “Letter 16 Press,” which explores the works of talented Miami photographers from the 1960s through the ‘90s.

He also appraises December’s Art Basel International Art Fair.  

(1-19-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  There’s a great need for more volunteer mentors to participate . . . as we’ll learn, from both Broward and Miami-Dade reps.

www.bbbsbroward.org 954-584-9990

www.bbbsmiami.org

(1-19-2017) Today's topic: Fairchild Garden Chocolate Festival (Jan 20,21.22, 2017).  In studio: Francisco and Ana Moreno, ambassadors for Pacari Chocolates.  They will have a booth at the Festival. Pacari Chocolates is a family-owned company that produces high quality chocolate from Ecuador.  They will discuss how chocolate is made and why their methods protect the environment.  They bring some for us to taste.

Dinner in Minutes

Fish Tacos – It has become a favorite American sandwich.

Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions

www.dinnerinminutes.com 

(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.

For example, does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

We take calls on this Topical Currents At Your Service edition

www.socialmedialawandorder.com

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