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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Discussion Of Weight Management And Eating Disorders

Linda Spangle
www.weightlossjoy.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Power Of Positive Confrontation

09/15/14 - Have you ever wished you knew exactly how to confront someone in order to solve a problem while saving the relationship? Then, join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with author and professor, Barbara Pachter.

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Topical Currents
2:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Joseph Cooper Talks About His Medical Ordeal/Return To Hosting Topical Currents

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman in the studio today.
Paul Leary/WLRN

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

BLOCKBUSTERS: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Harvard University Professor Anita Elberse.  She specializes in today’s entertainment culture, and has written BLOCKBUSTERS:  Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

How The New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Pet

catsensebook.com

09/09/14 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when take another look at the most popular pet in the world—the elusive and inscrutable cat.  The past two decades have seen an explosion in research leading to some astounding findings.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

Steve Almond
againstfootball.org

09/08/14 - "Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?"  That was the title of a 2014 essay in the New York Times Magazine written by journalist, author and former sports reporter, Steve Almond.  Join us for Monday’s T

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t with Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs
twitter.com/augusten

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

From Food Truck To Brick And Mortar

Linda Gassenheimer and Michell Sanchez at WLRN Studio.
Dina Allende via twitter.com/MakeitClique

09/04/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Chef Michel Sanchez, chef/owner Latin House Grill.  He started with a food truck and now has a brick and mortar restaurant and another about to open.  He also won best burger from Burger Beast 3 years in a row. He talks about how he created his food truck and turned it into a restaurant and how to make a great burger.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Condemning Children To Die In Prison - 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story

A child appearing in Pinellas County juvenile court.
HitPlay Productions

09/02/14 - The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison.  On Tuesday's Topical Currents we look at the issue which is the subject of the POV documentary, “15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story.”  It’s the story of one of those children, Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida.  A Supreme

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New School Food Programs Including Expanded Afterschool Meals

Salmon Burgers with Hot Pepper Corn
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

08/28/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Schools.  Also in studio, Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward.  What’s in store for school meals and after school activities -- We discuss exciting new food programs including expanded afterschool meals.  
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

An Unexpected Love Affair With Florida

www.fau.edu

08/28/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an exploration of the real Florida with FAU English and creative writing Professor, Andrew Furman.  He’s the author of  Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair With Florida.

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Topical Currents
3:54 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Florida's Biggest Ponzi Scheme

http://www.ultimateponzi.com/

08/27/14 - Wednesday Topical Currents examines the saga of Fort Lauderdale  Ponzi-schemer, attorney Scott Rothstein. News of the scandal broke in 2009.  One of Fort Lauderdale’s top philanthropists bilked $1.4 Billion from investors and charitable organizations. The scams supported his outrageously opulent lifestyle. We speak with Chuck Malkus, author of THE ULTIMATE PONZI:  The Scott Rothstein St

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

How The Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America’s Love Life

Sarah Varney
sarahvarney.com

08/26/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents considers the ways that one’s weight can affect the emotional and physical lives of those who heavy.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Preview Of The 2014 Primary Election

Elaine de Valle, Broward Bulldog, and George Bennett
twitter.com

08/25/14 - On Monday's Topical Currents we’ll get a preview of Tuesday’s Primary Election.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

ABC's Of The Plant Kingdom – The History, Facts And Lore

Michael Largo
michaellargo.com

08/22/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the ABC’s of the plant kingdom – the history, facts and lore.  We visit with Miami author, Michael Largo.

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