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

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11/05/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with tips on how to successfully navigate being a newcomer.

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11/03/15 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents examines the history and current state of voting rights, with investigative journalist and political correspondent of The Nation, Ari Berman.

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10/25/15 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents we visit with Margee Kerr.  She studies the science of fear. 

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10/26/15 - Make it a point to catch Monday’s Topical Currents. We’ll learn about a new book, which makes great sense of our complicated and unwieldy medical labyrinth.

10/22/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker. 

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10/21/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents.  We’ll hear a re-broadcast of our interview of South Florida’s Luther Campbell.

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