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

Paul Leary

10/20/15 - As a public radio listener, you’ve undoubtedly heard membership campaigns, where we extol the virtues of supporting WLRN

10/19/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents tells the story of the late Mel Fisher and his Key West treasure-hunting family.  

YouTube/American Diabetes Association

10/15/15 - Join us for the next Topical Currents, when we feature our resident chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer with a discussion of diabetes and diet.

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10/13/15 - Have you ever been stuck in the web of a debt collection?  

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10/12/15 - Have you noticed the laptop is the most utilized instrument in your GP’s examining room?  And was a recent surgery performed via robot? 

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10/07/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a visit by the Executive Director of ACLU Florida, Howard Simon. 

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10/07/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we revisit the status of the Florida Everglades after decades-long efforts to restore natural water flow and habitats to Florida’s unique ecosystem. 

haitianheritagemuseum.org

10/06/15 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is a visit by Eveline Pierre, and discussion of the creation of new and fascinating museums, worldwide.  

www.michaelahaas.com

10/05/15 - With a tip of the hat to the late-legend Maya Angelou, Dr. Michaela Hass has entitled a book BOUNCING FORWARD:  Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs

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