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 February 26, 2015

Dave Barry: “Live Right & Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)"

Sreengrab of Dave's website, note the "weather" section.
www.davebarry.com

02/26/15 - It’s fitting to get life-advice and insight to attain a modicum of happiness from a grandfather. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Learn How To Attract Birds To South Florida Gardens, Yards, and Even Balconies

www.kirstennaturetravel.com
www.facebook.com/KirstenNatureTravel

02/25/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we learn how to attract birds to South Florida gardens, yards--and even balconies.  We’ll have ornithologist James Kushlan and photographer Kirsten Hine.  In the second half of the program . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Author David Boaz discusses his book "The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto For Freedom"

David Boaz with Senator Rand Paul
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02/24/15 - Recent polls find 25% of respondents identifying themselves as “libertarian.” 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

All in A Day’s Work: United States Postal Service letter carrier Bob Garron

02/23/15 - Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from  the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

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Food and Dining
3:12 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

TV Food Network Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine

02/19/15 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV food network celebrity chef, Robert Irvine.  His Restaurant Impossible TV program is one of the most popular shows on the network. He’ll discuss how he rehabs the restaurants in 48 hours with only $10,000. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

20th Anniversary of Greater Miami’s 'Take Stock in Children' Organization

Take Stock in Children group in the studio.
Paul Leary

02/19/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begin with a look at Greater Miami’s Take Stock in Children non-profit.  It’s the 20th anniversary of its Florida founding. “Take Stock” creates a student pipeline from middle school to college, and aims to break the cycle of poverty. Also, Linda Gassenheimer with The Food Network’s Robert Irvine . . . host of Restaurant Impossible.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Huck Finn’s America

Author Andew Levy
Photo Credit: Randy Johnson

02/18/15 - Today at 1pm on Topical Currents: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn could be considered the seminal work of American fiction. It’s the most recognizable title in American literature. Huck Finn is told in the first-person, through the eyes of an adolescent white orphan traveling with a runaway slave upon the Mississippi River.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind

www.davidlinden.org

02/17/15 - Why is it impossible to tickle oneself?  Why do women tend to have more tactile sense in their fingers?  And why does scratching an itch give such pleasure?  Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when we visit with Johns Hopkins University neuroscience professor David Linden.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker (February 2015 Edition)

www.watchdogreport.net

02/16/15 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with frequent contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the independent “Watchdog Report.” We’ll discuss South Florida government, politics and institutions. Next year’s race for City of Miami Mayor has already gained attention . . . and State Senator Nan Rich may run for a Broward County Commission seat.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

How To Age With Medical Sociologist And Journalist Anne Karpf

02/12/15 - Growing older, of course, is inevitable. Indeed, it’s much better than the alternative.   Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents when we begin with medical sociologist and journalist Anne Karpf.  Her book is How to Age.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships

02/10/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we explore a new discipline called “relational neuroscience.”  We’ll learn more from psychiatrist Dr. Amy Banks, author of FOUR WAYS TO CLICK:  Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships. Why do many tend to repeat the same detrimental relationship patterns? Dr. Banks says there are tools and practices to help break the cycle. Tune in for Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

02/09/15 - On the next Topical Currents we discuss the future of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and how the common lentil can help.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Joy Wallace Celebrating 26 Years As Caterer Extraordinaire

Paul Leary/WLRN

02/05/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview caterer extraordinaire, Joy Wallace. She shares the secrets to successful catering and event planning, and she is celebrating her 26th year in the business.  She started in 1988 and is now one of Miami’s top caterers.  One of her venues is the Vizcaya Café and Shop which she helped reclaim after hurricane Wilma. Her Disaster Relief Services division has been an important aid to the US government when disaster strikes.  She has helped in relief programs all over the States.

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