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
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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Topical Currents
3:25 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jonathan Waldman, Author Of RUST: The Longest War

Rust: The Longest War

6/04/15 - The corrosion of metals is a pervasive and expensive menace . . . it even occurs in outer space. It’s the #1 threat to the U.S. Navy which spends 500-billion dollars annually combatting it. Jonathan Waldman talks about this unique and unexpectedly entertaining subject.

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Topical Currents
2:54 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

The Orbital View And Veritage Miami

The Orbital Perspective

2/04/15 - After his Space Shuttle mission--and the view of majestic planet earth— Astronaut Ron Garan realized that world problems must be solved with a new global cooperation.  

Learn More at rongaran.com

Also Linda Gassenheimer with info about the United Way Food & Wine Festival, “Veritage Miami.”

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Topical Currents
12:43 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Journalist And Editor Harriet Brown Speaks About Her New Book, Body Of Truth

Harriet Brown

4/01/15 - Syracuse University journalist and editor Harriet Brown speaks about her new book, BODY OF TRUTH. After studying the science, history, and culture of diet and health, she came to the conclusion that our obsession with weight and weight loss is unneeded, and that the relationship between weight and health isn’t simple, or straightforward.

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Topical Currents
3:28 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. Angelo Volandes Discusses End Of Life Choices

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care

3/31/15 - Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Angelo Volandes discusses end of life choices. His book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care is an advisory on how to prevent expensive hospital deaths, fruitless interventions and divided families.

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Topical Currents
3:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Charles Cobb And His Book: This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed

Book Cover: This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed

3/30/15 - Former Brown University Department of Africana Studies faculty member and staff writer for National Geographic, Charles Cobb recounts his involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when he was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 

He’s written a book which reflects on his participation called, THIS NONVIOLENT STUFF’LL GET YOU KILLED.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews PBS Personality Claudine Pepin

04/30/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Claudine Pepin, author of Kids Cook French,

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” Call-in Program March 2015

03/26/15 - Do you often rave about a favorite restaurant?  Do like to experience a new spot, or travel a bit to get to one?  Then you’ll love Thursday’s Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection

Catherine Price www.catherine-price.com
Sara Remington/www.sararemington.net

03/24/15 - Has the allure of vitamins as an emblem of health affected common sense about diet? What about supplements?  Many on store shelves don’t even contain what’s listed on the label.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Florida Bulldog Editor/Investigative Reporter Dan Christensen & Dan Ricker of WatchdogReport.net

Screenshot of www.floridabulldog.org

03/23/15 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with veteran South Florida investigative reporter Dan Christensen, Editor of The Florida Bulldog.  We’ll focus on Broward issues, and take listener calls.Discussion issues involve Broward School Board bidding procedures . . . and a federal investigation into the North Broward Hospital District’s Medicare and Medicaid claim processes.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer Discusses Diabetes And Cuisine

Linda Gassenheimer on American Diabetes Association YouTube video link below.
YouTube/American Diabetes Association

03/19/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents: Our resident chef, author and syndicated columnist, Linda Gassenheimer, speaks about diabetes:  which foods should be avoided--and what’s OK for meals, snacks—even desserts. Linda says diabetic fare doesn’t mean a table of steamed veggies and broiled fish.  She’s the author of five books pertaining to diabetes and cuisine. Tune in Thursday at 1pm for Topical Currents.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

“Members Only” Call-In: Tell Us Why You Support WLRN

Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper and Linda Gassenheimer
Paul Leary

03/17/15 - On the next Topical Currents program, we open our phones and talk to the people, who in the end, really make our station possible:  the listener-members. Perhaps you’re one . . .  We call it “Members Only.”  It’s been a pledge drive tradition for many years. Tell us what first attracted you to listen to public radio . . . what programs you love to listen to . . . and also, what inspired your first pledge.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

"All In a Day’s Work" South Florida-based professional model and photographer, J. D. Ferguson

www.jdvision.net

03/16/15 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we continue our All In a Day’s Work series.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Linda Gassenheimer's St. Patrick's Day Salute

03/12/15 - On the next Topical Currents we turn to chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her yearly Saint Patrick’s Day salute. We’ll visit with Ireland-born Martin Lynch, co-owner of the renowned John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Coral Gables.  He’ll give tips for a traditional St. Patty’s celebration . . .

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