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 July 2, 2014

Summer Reading Picks With Mitchell Kaplan From Books And Books

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07/02/14 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents we’ll sit for a spell with Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International. He’ll tell us how he has become one of the country’s most successful independent booksellers and about his plans to venture into publishing. We’ll also get his recommendations for a good summer read. Join us and call in with your own suggestions on the next Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender Of Florida’s Environment

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

07/01/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents takes an intimate look at a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to conserving Florida’s wildlife and wild places and transformed the modern environmental movement. We visit with author and adjunct professor of history at Stetson University, Peggy Macdonald.  She’s written a comprehensive biography of Marjorie Harris Carr. The self-described “housewife from Micanopy” is best known for leading the fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cross Florida Barge Canal. Learn more on Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Estate Planning For Florida LGBT Couples

firstcoastnews.com

06/30/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the complexities of estate planning for same sex and other non-traditional couples. Even though the Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, Florida remains a state that does not recognize same sex marriage. We speak with James Peppelman,  Certified Financial Planner, Senior Vice President and Wealth Director for PNC Wealth Management in Palm Beach County.  Also joining us is attorney an

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Writer And Filmmaker Rebecca Miller

Jacob’s Folly
rebecca-miller.com

06/26/14 - On Thursday's  Topical Currents literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with writer and filmmaker, Rebecca Miller, about her latest book, “Jacob’s Folly.” It explores the competing demands of individual freedom and communal responsibility. And on our Food and Dining se

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Bad English, Good Humor, LOL, And Many Surprises, OMG!

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
www.ammon-shea.com

06/25/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents documents the state of the English language with author and dictionary collector, Ammon Shea.  The author of Reading the OED has just written a new book -  Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation. Complaints that Americans are ruining the King’s English have been around for hundreds of years…fro

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

How Important Is The Public Library In Your Life?

Miami-Dade County Public Library System

How important is the public library in your life?  Leave your comments below and please share this post: http://wlrn.org/post/publiclibrary

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

What Happens When Data Shakes A Doctor’s Beliefs?

Dr. Gervasio Lamas
twitter.com/GLamasMD

06/23/14 - On Monday's Topical Currents we visit with Dr. Gervasio Lamas.   He’s the Chairman of Medicine and Chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Condominium And Homeowner Association Call-In Program

Donna D. Berger
twitter.com/CondoandHOALaw

06/17/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with community association attorney, Donna Berger. After returning to the law firm Becker & Poliakoff, she has been working to create new initiatives for community associations as well as addressing service animals and emotional-support animal requests in c

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Subliminal: How the Unconscious Mind Rules Behavior

SUBLIMINAL: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
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(Rebroadcast from May 2013)

06/16/14- Monday’s Topical Currents looks at new findings regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience.  We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates.  We speak with the Leonard Mlodinow, author of SUBLIMINAL:  How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.  Think you know the hows & whys of choices?  Think again.  Only on Topical Currents, Monday at 1pm. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fried and True: Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides

Open-Face Steak Sandwich
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06/12/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  His latest book is Fried and True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides. From down home diners to top a rated restaurant, French Laundry, fried chicken is part of Americana.  Lee gives us tips, stories and a tour through America.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs

Ryan Holiday

06/12/14 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents we’ll consider life’s obstacles, and how we can turn them into our successes.  We’ll speak with media strategist, Ryan Holiday.  His latest book is The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into TriumphsAnd more, Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters In Latin America and South Florida

Andy Wagner in the host seat at WLRN
Bonnie Berman/WLRN

06-/11/14 - The FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo Brazil.  Please join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when our resident soccer enthusiast, Andy Wagner speaks about the British origins of the sport in the late 1800’s and its spread across the globe to become a part of everyday life in Latin America.  He visits with Joshua Nadel,

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Managing Growth In Palm Beach County and Dishing 'Dirt'

Tony Doris
twitter.com/TonyDorisPBP

06/10/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with Palm Beach Post reporter, Tony Doris.  He’s spent many years covering the worlds of government and business as an investigative reporter, editor and columnist for various Florida newspapers.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon
Annie Leibovitz

Rebroadcast from December 2013.

06/09/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and lecturer Andrew Solomon.  His latest book, FAR FROM THE TREE:  Parents, Children and the Search for Identity tells the stories of parents who deal with their exceptional children . . . and find profound meaning doing so. Families cope with deafness, dwarfism, autism, schizophrenia, children conceived in rape, kids who become criminals and transgendered individuals. Solomon tells how diversity makes parents more imaginative and understanding. Don’t miss Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

Food and Dining
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Brazilian Recipes In Time For The World Cup

Sausage Potato Salad
Credit www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

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06/05/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Anna French author of A Pinch, A Dash, and a Pocketful of Cash, inspired by her 16 years of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We discuss Brazilian recipes in time for the opening of the World Cup tournament and we taste Brazilian dishes in the studio.

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