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

(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.

( 5-19-2017 ) Today’s Topical Currents profiles City of South Miami Mayor, Dr. Phillip Stoddard. 

In today’s ideology arguments, where science is brought into play, electing a Mayor who’s a science professor is unique.

Professor Stoddard is a biologist and zoologist, and background weighs in on sea level issues and control of the controversial Zika virus.

5-8-2017 We’ve passed the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion, in 2010.  A spill impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

We speak with Connie May Fowler about her memoir of the event, called “A Million Fragile Bones.”

(5-4-2017) Food & Dining: In-studio interview with Colleen Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Empowered Youth, and 2 members of the Vibe 305 Food Truck team. Empowered Youth serves inner city boys between the ages of 13 and 17. Their goal is to provide these young men the opportunity and support to redirect their lives and become successful. Their Vibe 305 Food Truck trains the youth in the food industry and helps to support some of the program.  They will be coming to the station in their food truck for a Facebook live video and will bring food  for us to taste.

(5-4-2017) A captivating aspect of South Florida life and geography is the string of islands comprising the historic Florida Keys.  Today’s Topical Currents features a highlight of the new Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, in Islamorada.

www.keysdiscovery.com


(5-1-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami History Professor Gregory Bush, a longtime advocate for South Florida’s urban environmental conscience, public land use, South Florida history, and much more.

After decades at U-M, Professor Bush has decided to leave the sub-tropical Miami area for the opposite pole: the state of Maine, with its average temperature of 42 degrees.

He has significant thoughts about leaving the region.

(5-2-2017) On today’s Topical Currents,  we celebrate National Teachers’ Day, with three outstanding educators from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Teaching isn’t the highest paid profession . . . nor the easiest.

We chat with exceptional teachers, and find what motivates, inspires, and even confounds them.

4-27-2017 Linda Gassenheimer, with Irvin Lin, author of Marbled, Swirled & Layered, his cookbook of homemade cake and cookie twists.

Are you tempted by a beer-battered brownie?

(4-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with an ongoing program to reach the Miami-Dade stray and free-roaming cat population. 

It’s the COMMUNITY ACTION TARGETED TRAPPING INITIATIVE.  Teams of volunteers trap kitties . . . for neutering and release.

amoise@miamidade.gov

pets@miamidade.gov

305-418-7193, or dial 311

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