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
Wed January 28, 2015

30 LESSONS FOR LOVING: Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Loving trailer from Karl Pillemer on Vimeo.

01/28/15 - If a young person seeks counsel about love & marriage, who’s the best source for it? Probably not the internet, Dear Abby or even Dr. Phil . . . but elders, who can recount valuable experience with tenderness and insight. Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we speak with renowned sociologist and gerontologist Karl Pillemer, about his book, 30 LESSONS FOR LOVING:  Advice from the Wisest Americans. That’s Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Internships, Micro-unions, Minimum Wage And Discrimination Laws

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01/27/15 - Join us for the next Topical Currents.  We’ll be “At Your Service” . . . with employment expert, attorney and author Donna Ballman.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Euro Crisis, Terrorism And The Rise Of Islamophobia

Markus Thiel
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01/26/15 - In the aftermath of European extremist attacks, pressure grows on EU leaders to improve security and combat terror threats. 

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Chef and Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks Wants to Know: What the Fork Are You Eating?

Stefanie Sack
www.stefaniesacks.com

01/22/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we speak with chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, along with Topical Currents culinary producer and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer. From her own childhood health battles, Sacks discovered how food could help heal her conditions. She’s created an action plan for both pantry and plate, which sifts through label gibberish to reveal healthy choices. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Sreenshot Angelina Jolie and Louis (Louie) Zamperini
NBC Today Show

01/21/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Luke Zamperini, son of the Olympic-runner and World War II survival legend, the late Louis (Louie) Zamperini.  Louie was the inspiration for the incredible book and Angelina Jolie-directed movie “Unbroken.” Also, Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with author Emily St.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Essential Tips and Shortcuts for Simplifying the Technology In Your Life

David Pogue
davidpogue.com

01/20/15 - Most aging boomers are baffled by ever-changing personal technology:  what percentage of, say, smart phone functions do you understand?  The average is but six percent.   Tuesday’s Topical Currents features former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue.   He has answers in POGUE’S BASICS:  Essential Tips

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Miss Universe Badia Spice Cooking Contest Winner

10 Contestants competed at Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism for Badia Spice’s Soul of Cooking Contestant Cook-off. Dominican Republic came in first place.
www.missuniverse.com

01/15/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Miss Universe Badia Spice cooking contest winner.  Ten Miss Universe contestants cook recipes from their home countries.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Citizen Empowerment and Transformation - Reclaiming Our Democracy

Sam Daley-Harris, link to c-span video below.
C-SPAN

01/15/15 - Is there a growing cynicism among our population in regard to regular people and government?   Is Congress truly the dysfunctional body described in the media?

Join us for Thursday’s Topical CurrentsWell begin with Sam Daley-Harris, who heads the Washington, D. C. based, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.  His views may surprise.  And more at 1:30 . . . Linda Gassenheimer with the winner of this year’s Miss Universe cooking contest.  The contestants cook beloved recipes from their home countries. That’s Thursday on Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Secret Club That Runs The World: Inside The Fraternity Of Commodity Traders

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01/13/15 - This hour on Topical Currents we feature CNBC Wall Street correspondent Kate Kelly, who’ll discuss the realm of financial commodity traders.  Those who survive in the cut-throat environment of commodities tend to be smart, aggressive and egomaniacal individuals.  They often flaunt their wealth and operate on gut instinct. Kate Kelly has written, The Secret Club That Runs The World:  Inside The Fraternity Of Commodity Traders. Most shun the media.  They aren’t like Warren Buffet or George Soros. When markets expand—such as the growth of India and China—so do prices for raw materials.  Commodity traders are in the thick of this. Tuesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Examining The Welfare And Habitats Of Florida's Wildlife

South Florida Wildlands Association
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01/12/15 - Today’s Topical Currents examines the welfare and habitats of our state’s wildlife.  We’ll hear from the executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, Matthew Schwartz. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

New Restaurants at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Chef Allen Susser and Chef Hector Torres

Bonnie Berman walks into the newly opened Café at Books and Books at Arsht Center
Paul Leary/WLRN

01/08/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Allen Susser; he discusses his new café at the Books and Books Café in the Sears Tower; and Chef Hector Torres discusses Brava, his new restaurant replacing Prelude at the Artsh Center.  They bring food for us to taste on the air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Already Torpedoed?

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01/08/15 - Thursday on Topical Currents:  We’re eight days into 2015:  is your new year’s resolution already torpedoed? 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress
steveearly.org

01/07/15 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is a visit by journalist, labor activist and attorney Steve Early.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt Our Finances, Freedom And Security

Janine Wedel at a book signing.
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01/06/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss what’s widely known as “dark money.”  These funds come from undisclosed donors and advocacy groups.  They often influence public opinion, legislation and elections.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Novelist Martin Amis with Literary Contributor Ariel Gonzalez

Martin Amis and his latest novel is THE ZONE OF INTEREST

01/05/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents features our literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez and an interview with acclaimed British author Martin Amis.  He’s the son of novelist Kingsley Amis—and has published more than 20 books since his days at Oxford.

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