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
Thu April 30, 2015

Dangers of Firing Over Social Media with Nova University Professor Ethan Wall

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04/30/15 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss the legal ramifications of social media, with Nova University professor Ethan Wall. Employee use of social media is a burgeoning problem.  Wall has written “Fire Over Facebook.” And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with Kids Cook French author, Claudine Pepin.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Have You Considered The Many Options Of Social Security Benefits?

04/28/15 - If you’re of retirement age, have you considered the many options of Social Security benefits? More than 40% of Americans apply for Social Security benefits at age 62.  Not a good idea, unless you must.  And deferring to age 70 not only increases benefits, but helps give the fund a cash cushion. We’ll have PBS NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman and Laurence J.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Is Social Security Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

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04/27/15 - This summer, Social Security turns 85.  Is it in crisis?  Is it still relevant in the 21st Century?  Fifty-five-million Americans depend on Social Security . . .but not all are seniors.  Could the average person invest what they pay-in and reap as much income? We’ll discuss Social Security with Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson authors of the book Social Security Works! . . . and we take your calls on the next Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
6:36 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

A Look Back at the 1981 Food Scene in South Florida

04/23/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss: Miami 1981 a look back at the food scene in South Florida (part of the O Miami Poetry Festival).  The event will take place at the Kampong, April 27. Our guests are Gretchen Schmidt, host of the event, and Cristina Favretto, UM special collections curator for Miami culinary archives. 

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Topical Currents
6:19 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Term Limits for Florida Legislators

04/23/15 - Tune in for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we discuss term limits for Florida Legislators. 

We’ll visit with FIU’s Kathryn DePalo, who says limited legislative tenures has done more harm than good. Her book is  The Failure of Term Limits in Florida.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer revisits the year 1981.  What were the popular food trends and innovations?  An example:  “Lean Cuisine” made its debut in ’81. That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

A Climate Of Crisis: America In The Age Of Environmentalism

04/22/15 - The old-fashioned term “teach-in” applied to the first Earth Day, in 1970.  Now, it’s an internationally accepted week of environmental mindfulness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Environmental Journalist Cynthia Barnett Discusses Her Book, Rain: A Natural And Cultural History

04/21/15 - The South Florida rainy season is soon upon us . . . those dark clouds encroaching  daily—with drizzles or a torrent. Join us for Tuesday's Topical Currents. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Healing Our Biggest Health Problem: Chronic Pain

04/20/15 - 100 million adult Americans live with chronic pain.  They are desperate for relief, yet would-be doctors are seldom educated about the subject.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Why We Are Seeing A Large Increase In Food Allergies

Dr. Michael Pacin with Linda Gassenheimer, Bonnie Berman and Joseph Cooper in the WLRN Studio.
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04/16/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Michael Pacin about food allergies – why we are seeing a large increase in them and how to diagnose and control them.  Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Dude, THAT’S NOT ENGLISH!

Erin Moore
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04/16/15 - On the next Topical Currents we begin with an American from Key West who’s long lived in England . . . and her amusing take on our common language.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Solar Energy In The Sunshine State

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04/14/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents and a discussion of solar energy . . . in the Sunshine State. The Florida Legislature is not on board to allow consumers to buy solar-generated electricity from non-monopoly corporations.  It’s one of five U.S. states that make such a restriction. However, FPL is a national leader in power company solar investment. GUESTS In-studio: Steve Smith, Exec.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Kidney Transplants and The Crucial Shortage Of Donor Organs

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04/13/15 - Join us Monday, when Topical Currents focuses on kidney transplants—and the crucial shortage of donor organs. A kidney donation doesn’t change life expectancy, nor increase one’s risk of renal failure. We speak with the Director of Kidney Transplantation at UM/Jackson Hospital, Dr. Michael Goldstein, as well as both a kidney donor . . . and donee. That’s Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
2:44 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

What is bad English, or, what English is bad?

Do you worry about the state of the English language? Are you a stickler, a nitpicker or a rule-breaker in the know when it comes to grammar?

Language mistakes and how they came to be accepted as correct…or not are the subject of today’s rebroadcast of our interview with Ammon Shea, the author of “Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation”.

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Topical Currents
4:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

“At Your Service” Pet Care program

Pet First Aid

Do you have a pet injury kit in the home? Do you know what to do in the case of a pet emergency?

Veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and pet trainer and behaviorist Edel Miedes take listener calls to give advice and tips on pet care.

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Topical Currents
5:20 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

It’s All About The Money

COINED: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

It’s hard to believe, but 85-percent of the world’s transactions are still cash. And currency is a long way from disappearing. How did barter pave the way for cash and digital payments?

On this edition of Topical Currents we’ll visit with Kabir Sehgal, who’s written, COINED: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us.

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