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.

Ways to Connect

Most of Florida’s 20-million souls swear they live in the country’s goofiest state.

Forget about it California--the Florida peninsula attracts more nutty folks and ideas. 

Remember, we blew up a Presidential election.  We lead the league in Ponzi schemes, insurance fraud, and “stand-your-ground” gun defenses.

We speak with reporter Craig Pittman about Oh, Florida!:  How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.

At Your Service - Traffic Control and Planning in FDOT District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties, among others. Today's guests are FDOT District 4 Traffic Operations Engineer Mark Plass, and FDOT District 4 Transportation Systems Management and Operations Engineer Melissa Ackert.

With much recent attention on the L-G-B-T community—and violence against it—we discuss past struggles, of the 1970s, when what was termed “gay liberation” began gaining momentum.

This month is the 47th anniversary of the pivotal “Stonewall Riot” of 1969.

On today’s Topical Currents we speak with Connecticut College professor Jim Downs, who’s chronicled events from that decade in his book, “STAND BY ME:  The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation.”

This week’s Food and Dining: What’s New from the Fancy Food Show. Linda talks about new food trends and will bring in her favorite picks for Joe and Bonnie to taste.

Chocolate and booze were two ingredients found in many products.  Sweet and tangy Chocolate Balsamic vinegar was a favorite.  Or, here’s a hot one - sweet and very spicy Orange Hatch Vodka Jamalade (not a misspelling). The hatch pepper is hotter than a habanero one. Linda also liked a maple syrup aged in 12-18 year old bourbon barrels. Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.   

Dinner in Minutes:

7-20-2016 - Today’s Topical Currents explores how scientific research and conclusions are often viewed skeptically.

We’ll speak with science advocate, novelist and screen writer Shawn Otto, the author of THE WAR ON SCIENCE:  Who’s Waging It . . . Why It Matters . . .  What We Can Do About It.

How does scientific study become frontline in climate change, public health and economic debates?   

07/19/2016 (Re-broadcast from 01/26/16)  - South Florida’s Coral Gables is among the most historic suburbs in America. Its Mediterranean Style homes and buildings, local stone, the parks, waterways, pools—and the University of Miami campus—make it an iconic “planned city.” On Today’s Topical Currents, we speak with historian Arva Moore Parks about her new, definitive biography of Coral Gables founder George Merrick--the genius behind “The City Beautiful.” The book is “George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables.” 

Six weeks into hurricane season, yet only slight tropical activity.  Could it be the “calm before a storm?”

Today’s Topical Currents is with renowned meteorologist Bryan Norcross.  An inspirational figure during Hurricane Andrew’s ravage, he’s now Senior Hurricane Specialist of the Weather Channel.

Our region hasn’t been struck since 2005.  Thousands of residents have no storm experience.

So get updated storm tips on Topical Currents 

Today's guest is top race car and film stunt driver, Ben Collins.  He has tips from professionals which apply to those with only a daily commute.

In-studio interview with Smooshie’s manager, Jackie Healy. Smooshies is a toy, candy and ice cream store with locations on Key Biscayne and South Miami. July is national ice cream month.  Smoothies makes their instant ice cream with liquid nitrogen. They will bring a machine to make ice cream on air.  We’ll talk about this new and popular way of serving ice cream. 

Moules a la Mariniere (Mussels in White Wine) – quick summer recipe to celebrate Bastille Day:

Moules a la Mariniere  (Mussels in White Wine)

1 tablespoon butter

Today’s Topical Currents is devoted to chronic pain management and the latest treatment techniques. 

Our guests are Dr. Beth Darnell, an associate professor in the division of pain medicine at Stanford University.  She’s lived through her own chronic pain experience.

And, Dr. Joseph Alshon, of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants.  He’s developed expertise in helping people reduce opioid dependency.

Today's Topical Currents features the Mayor of Miami Gardens, Oliver Gilbert. 

The predominately African-American community is Miami-Dade’s third-largest city.  It’s the home of Sun-Life Stadium, and has plans for redevelopment and to continue to lower its crime rate.

There are more law enforcement officers, and a new emphasis on the arts and new businesses.

Biology professor Miryam Wahrman, who’s written the book, “Surviving in a Germ Filled World.” 

As microbial issues grow more complex, she gives tips on how to best maintain personal hygiene – without undue worries.

Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “Mad-About-Mango” program, with Fairchild Tropical Garden Horticulture Director, Dr. Richard Campbell.

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Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Karen E. Bender about her new book "Refund".


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