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
1:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

A New Cooking Concept — Intact Cuisine: Clean Balanced Cooking

Basil Park
www.basilpark.com

07/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Tim Andreola chef owner Basil Park in Sunny Isles. It features a new concept cooking—intact cuisine (clean balanced cooking).  He is also owner with Rodrigo Martinez of Timo a few doors down from Basil Park.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

History Miami President and Ceo Ramiro Ortiz

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music Opening August 6
www.historymiami.org

07/24/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with HistoryMiami President and CEO, Ramiro Ortiz.  We hear about the upcoming traveling Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor, Latinos in US popular music.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Most Popular Drug In The United States – Caffeine

Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts And Hooks Us
murraycarpenter.com

07/22/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at the most popular drug in 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

All In A Day’s Work With Miami Dade Transit Bus Driver Franklin Brown

Bus Route 150
www.miamidade.gov/transit/

07/21/14 - Ever wonder what it’s like to work a day in someone else’s shoes?  On Monday’s Topical Currents we’ll find out! We begin our series "All in a Day’s Work." We’re looking at a day in the life of all kinds of workers that we know are out there, but generally take for granted and really don’t think about too much.  We visit with Miami Dade Transit bus driver, Franklin Brown.  From the training to his first time behind the big wheel-Mr. Brown will share his eighteen years of experience.  It’s the first edition of “All in a Day’s Work” with bus driver Franklin Brown, on Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Frost Museum of Science Summer Camp Healthy Cooking For Kids

Shrimp Gazpacho with Cheese Toasts
Credit www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

07/17/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Karlisa Callwood, Director of Programs for the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science. She talks about their summer kids camp featuring healthy cooking, also their chromatic cooking (cooking with colorful foods) and the plans for kids in the new museum at Bay Front Park. 
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Long Key: Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich and Famous

The lodge and dining hall of Henry Flager's (inset) Long Key resort.
Photo: (Inset) University Press of Florida; (Main) Patricia J. Duane

07/17/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a visit with Thomas Neil Knowles, a fourth generation Conch whose ancestors moved from the Bahamas to the Keys in the mid 1800’s.  He’s written "Long Key: Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich and Famous."   In the second half of the program:  Summer Camp at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science begins soon…

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Employment Law Issues with Attorney Donna Ballman

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired
http://www.ballmanfirm.com/

07/15/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition on Employment/Workplace Issues with  Employee-Side Employment Attorney Donna Ballman. She specializes in employment law and employee rights.  Many teens are now working summer part-time jobs.  Most are woefully unaware of employment regulations and workplace rights.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts

Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts

07/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents goes inside the criminal justice system with trial consultant Richard Gabriel.  Having worked on such high-profile cases as O.J.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s Favortie Picks From The Fancy Food Show 2014

Linda setting up in the studio
Paul Leary/WLRN

07/10/14 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents we’ll look at the latest in food trends with Linda Gassenheimer.  She’s just returned from the annual Fancy Food Show and can’t wait to share her favorites with us.  There are lots of healthy foods and super foods along with the usual chocolate indulgences, such as smoke-infused chocolate chip cookies.  But what about a treat that’s both healthy and indulgent…think - a quinoa sesame chocolate bar?  Of course Fred Tasker will give us his wine suggestions. Join us for a full hour of Food and Dining on Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The National Hearing Loss Epidemic

SHOUTING WON’T HELP: Why I – and 50-Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You
www.katherinebouton.com

07/09/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines an increase in hearing problems . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

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07/08/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at the issue of  U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security's ever-widening reach into the lives of American citizens and legal immigrants as well as the undocumented. We visit with investigative journalist Todd Miller.  He’s spent the last fifteen years researching, writing about and working on immigration and border issues.

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival

Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival
Trina Sargalski / WLRN

07/03/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild Garden Director of Horticulture and Noris Ledesma Director of Tropical Fruit.  We talk about Mango Madness and the Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival.  

~~Dinner in Minutes~~ a July 4th sparkler!

Pan Roasted Chicken with Chunky Mango Salsa and Hot Peanut Rice 

1 cup mango cubes about 1/4-inch

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped red onion

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (about 1 tablespoon)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided use

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil

To make mango salsa, place mango cubes in a medium-size bowl and sprinkle with sugar.  Add onion and jalapeno pepper.  Mix  1/2 teaspoon cumin and lime juice together and drizzle over ingredients. Add salt to taste. Toss well and sprinkle with cilantro.

Remove fat from chicken and pound it flat to about 1/4-inch.  This can be done with a meat mallet or the bottom of a sturdy frying pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1 teaspoon ground cumin.  Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high.  Cook chicken 3 minutes.  Turn and cook 3 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste to the cooked side.  A meat thermometer should read 170 degrees. Remove to a plate and serve with salsa on top. Makes 2 servings. 

HOT PEANUT RICE 

1 teaspoon olive oil 

1/4 cup coarsely chopped red onion 

1/2 cup long-grain white rice 

1 cup water 

2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted peanuts 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1 scallion, washed and sliced 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high and add onion and rice.  Saute 2 minutes tossing to coat rice with oil.  Add water and bring to a simmer.  Cover and continue to simmer 15 minutes, until rice is cooked through and liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, place peanuts in a small bowl and sprinkle with cayenne.  When rice is cooked, stir in peanuts and scallions.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 2 servings.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thriller Novelist Brad Meltzer Talks About His Latest Children’s Book

Brad Meltzer's "I am Rosa Parks"
www.bradmeltzer.com

07/03/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins  with novelist and nonfiction writer, Brad Meltzer.  His “Ordinary People Change the World” series of books for children continues with his latest release: “I am Rosa Parks.”    In the second half of the progra

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Summer Reading Picks With Mitchell Kaplan From Books And Books

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07/02/14 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents we’ll sit for a spell with Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International. He’ll tell us how he has become one of the country’s most successful independent booksellers and about his plans to venture into publishing. We’ll also get his recommendations for a good summer read. Join us and call in with your own suggestions on the next Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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