Bonnie Berman

Host Topical Currents

She's been heard in many pledge drives, dating back to May of 1989, when she began as a volunteer reader at the WLRN Radio Reading Service. While managing the "Clayspace" Art Gallery at the South Florida Arts Center, she came to WLRN to read for the RRS, when a dear friend became blind in his illness, and began using the service. At that time, Bonnie was a frequent newspaper reader on the main channel and each week reading her treasured New Yorker magazine for the benefit of the print-handicapped audience, among which was her friend.

It didn't take long for her to be noticed. Soon she was voicing underwriting credits, station promotional announcements and other work. She narrated an hour-long radio documentary about the homeless in South Florida. She pitched in tirelessly during the on-air fundraising drives.

Next, she became a frequent voice on sister-station, WLRN-TV while continuing her radio work, and filled in as a local host on both Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Not an easy task. During this period, she also conducted many interviews for Topical Currents with artists, musicians and others in, or related to, South Florida's burgeoning arts community.

Soon, Bonnie's talents were recognized by a broader community. While continuing at WLRN, she began working as an on-air personality at WTMI, South Florida's classical music station. Her program, "Music of the Night" heard weeknights from 7 to midnight, consisted of classical music with more popular fare, blended with listener dedications and requests. It was entertaining late night radio, which was discontinued after the sale of WTMI to Cox Broadcasting.

Not long after, Bonnie was made the permanent local host for WLRN's Morning Edition, while continuing her voice-over work for both radio and television. She held this position until her love for classical music beckoned once more.

In an effort to provide classical music to the aching South Florida community, WKAT attempted to pick up where WTMI had so abruptly left off. Bonnie was sought out by WKAT where she was program director and host of the morning drive "Classical Morning" Show. Sadly for classical music lovers, WKAT - on the AM frequency did not survive.

Bonnie returned to WLRN in the position of midday host, from 10 AM - 2 PM weekdays, technical director for Topical Currents, and once again the "voice" of WLRN radio. She is "thrilled to be back home" and adds a special note of appreciation to Joseph Cooper, who first recognized her talents nearly two decades ago, paving the way for a beloved career in broadcasting.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” Call-in Program March 2015

03/26/15 - Do you often rave about a favorite restaurant?  Do like to experience a new spot, or travel a bit to get to one?  Then you’ll love Thursday’s Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection

Catherine Price www.catherine-price.com
Sara Remington/www.sararemington.net

03/24/15 - Has the allure of vitamins as an emblem of health affected common sense about diet? What about supplements?  Many on store shelves don’t even contain what’s listed on the label.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Florida Bulldog Editor/Investigative Reporter Dan Christensen & Dan Ricker of WatchdogReport.net

Screenshot of www.floridabulldog.org

03/23/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with veteran South Florida investigative reporter Dan Christensen, Editor of The Florida Bulldog.  We’ll focus on Broward issues, and take listener calls.Discussion issues involve Broward School Board bidding procedures . . . and a federal investigation into the North Broward Hospital District’s Medicare and Medicaid claim processes.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer Discusses Diabetes And Cuisine

Linda Gassenheimer on American Diabetes Association YouTube video link below.
YouTube/American Diabetes Association

03/19/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents: Our resident chef, author and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer, speaks about diabetes:  which foods should be avoided--and what’s OK for meals, snacks—even desserts. Linda says diabetic fare doesn’t mean a table of steamed veggies and broiled fish.  She’s the author of five books pertaining to diabetes and cuisine. Tune in Thursday at 1pm for Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

“Members Only” Call-In: Tell Us Why You Support WLRN

Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper and Linda Gassenheimer
Paul Leary

03/17/15 - On the next Topical Currents program, we open our phones and talk to the people, who in the end, really make our station possible:  the listener-members. Perhaps you’re one . . .  We call it “Members Only.”  It’s been a pledge drive tradition for many years. Tell us what first attracted you to listen to public radio . . . what programs you love to listen to . . . and also, what inspired your first pledge.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

"All In a Day’s Work" South Florida-based professional model and photographer, J. D. Ferguson

www.jdvision.net

03/16/15 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we continue our All In a Day’s Work series.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer's St. Patrick's Day Salute

03/12/15 - On the next Topical Currents we turn to chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her yearly Saint Patrick’s Day salute. We’ll visit with Ireland-born Martin Lynch, co-owner of the renowned John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Coral Gables.  He’ll give tips for a traditional St. Patty’s celebration . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

www.miamilighthouse.org

03/11/15 - The renowned Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has roots in the legacy of blind icon, Helen Keller. Listen for Wednesday’s Topical Currents . . . The Miami Lighthouse began in 1931.  And still thrives at the same location . . . with state-of-the-art services, which include job readiness, computer auditory reading, braille distance learning, and much, much more.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Internet Is Not The Answer

Andrew Keen
www.ajkeen.com

03/10/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we visit with Silicon Valley digital columnist and commentator Andrew Keen.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind

Discussing My Age of Anxiety on Fox & Friends with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Scott Stossel, and John Stossel
FoxNews

03/09/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents discusses something which disturbs many of us: anxiety. By far the most common classified mental illness, anxiety affects 40-million Americans to varying degrees. We’ll visit with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, who wrote a book--as therapy for his vexing condition.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Grilling in the Grove

Paul Leary

03/05/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview: The Local Craft Food and Drink, Chef Phil Bryant and Tony Albelo, creator of Grilling in the Grove event.  They’ll talk about best grilling/barbecue techniques and the different barbecue styles (Me

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

God’s Bankers: A History Of Money And Power At The Vatican.

Gerald Posner at the WLRN Studios.
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03/05/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez’s interview of investigative reporter Gerald Posner

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The End Of College: Creating The Future Of Learning And The University Of Everywhere

03/04/15 - Wednesday's Topical Currents: A college degree rewards graduates with higher wages, but costs precludes many from attending.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education

03/03/15 - Can modern neuroscience research be used to improve teaching skills and deliver new tools to the classroom?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

From Egg Nog to Beef Jerky: The Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products

www.whatsinyourmouthbook.com

03/02/15 - Perhaps in mid-mouthful, who hasn’t wondered just what’s gone into the making of a processed-food product? 

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