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 November 25, 2014

South Florida’s Working Poor: The Struggle for Basic Needs

The Miami Marlins 1,000 Thanksgiving meal distribution is underway at Marlins Park. Big shout out to Pincho Factory for donating the cranberry sauce and stuffing, and to Publix for helping with the turkeys.
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11/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents examines studies of South Florida’s “working poor.”  Having a job doesn’t preclude a lack of sustenance. Only 1% of those who get food assistance are unemployed.  Seniors often face a choice of paying utilities and rent . . . or going hungry. We’ll learn more about the efforts with guests: United Way of Miami-Dade Sr. Dir.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

What Stays in Vegas? Personal data and gambling

11/24/14 Monday’s  Topical Currents looks at “data digging” and online advertising, including the sophisticated methods employed by Las Vegas casinos.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer interviews Executive Chef Fabio Viviani from Siena Tavern on South Beach

(left) Fabio Viviani enthusiastically describes his special ingredients to Linda, Bonnie and Joe.
Paul Leary

11/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio’s American Home Kitchen and Executive Chef at the newly opened Siena Tavern on South Beach. (It’s in the old China Grill spot.) He talks about his Italian spin on American dishes, some Italian Thanksgiving thoughts and his new restaurant. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Going To Bat For Abused, Neglected And Abandoned Kids: Miami-Dade Guardian Ad Litem Program

Voices for Children of Broward County
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11/20/14 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with a look at the Miami-Dade Guardian Ad Litem program, which goes to bat in court for abused, neglected and abandoned kids.

In-Studio Guests: Michael Brennan (at left), Volunteer Recruiter, Florida Guardian ad  Litem Program, 11th Judicial Circuit and Erica Herman (at right), Executive Director, Voices for Children of Broward.  In the second half of the program, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pet Care Call In Program - November 2014 Edition

Dr. Ian Kupkee, Lynn Kupkee and Edel Miedes

11/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Kendall. He takes questions about your favorite friends and companions. Also on hand is canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K-9 Advisors.  He says he'll give dog advice . . .  for humans.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

11/17-14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with social critic and author Astra Taylor

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews The Salvage Chef Michael Love

Michael Love
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11/13/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Michael Love, Specialty Chef at Epicure Market. 

His book is book is The Salvage Chef.  He’ll discuss ways to cut down on food waste, save money and turn leftovers into delicious meals. He’ll bring food for us to taste.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Kids In Distress Seeks Qualified Parents

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11/13/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the Kids in Distress program, guided by the Community Foundation of Broward.  It operates in Broward and Palm Beach counties—the area’s largest foster care licensing agency.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Discussing the WLRN-TV Documentary: Journey to the Macy’s Parade

South Florida Attorney Chuck Tatelbaum
WLRN

11/12/14 - Today’s Topical Currents tells the story of a new WLRN Public TV documentary,  Journey to the Macy’s Parade.

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Topical Currents
3:53 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Memoir of Modern War in Theory & Practice

11/11/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis

11/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines our looming retirement predicament with James Russell, author of SOCIAL INSECURITY:  401(K)S AND THE RETIREMENT CRISIS. The pitch for 401(K)s began in the 1980s.  They were heralded by the financial services industry as better than traditional pensions. Russell says what was promised proved untrue . . .

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews 'Mango Mama' Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick
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11/06/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jen Karetnick about her latest book is "Mango."  It’s filled with recipes from local chefs.  She tells how she became known as 'Mango Mama' while cultivating her mango orchard of 11 mango trees with charming stories about learning to grow and use mangos. Plus, a history of the Mango gang and many recipes, including ones that are not always associated with mangos. Fred Tasker gives wines suggestions. Tune in Thursday at 1:30 on Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Mastering The Art Of Being Interesting and the Elements of Wit

11/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents ponders the highly-prized human value of . . . wit. . . 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

The History And Actions Of The Supreme Court

11/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents reviews the history and actions of the Supreme Court of the United States, with noted constitutional attorney Erwin Chemerinsky. He notes that most people consider the Supreme 

  Court an impartial body, imparting learned decisions on key issues. He also notes, however, that Justices are human, and often show bias and political colors. Chemerinsky has written THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT. Hear the discussion Wednesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Impact of Law & Litigation on U.S. Elections and the ACLU of Florida

11/04/14 - Tuesday' s Topical Currents looks at how US elections have been increasingly influenced by

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