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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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Unusual Upbringing And The Long, Winding Path To Happiness

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
www.randomhouse.com

10/07/13 - Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Kate Christensen about Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetitesa mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism

From Artsist Banksy
www.banksy.co.uk

10/07/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with political culture professor Michael Stewart Foley.  He’s written FRONT PORCH POLITICS: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s.  Most people remember the 1960s as the decade of activism, but Foley contends the 1970s and 1980s were equally important.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Dining at the White House

This week's Food & Dining podcast.

10/03/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef John Moeller, retired White House chef and  author of Dining at the White House.  It’s a behind the scenes look at preparing dinners at the White House and an insight into the personalities of the first families he served.  He was chef to Presidents H.W. Bush, Clinton and George Bush. We look at memorable White House moments – including visits from heads of state, sudden cancelation of a Congressional Picnic on 9/11 and family dinners.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

The Mental and Health Benefits of Tai-Chi

www.arthurrosenfeld.com

Listen or download the entire program.

10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits.   Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system.  His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise.  And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents.  He’ll relate some remarkable moments.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Floridians & The Affordable Care Act

The new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

10/01/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines how the Affordable Care Act will affect Floridians.  It’s an “At Your Service” edition.  State government has resisted the federal health overhaul initiative.  Florida is one of a dozen states which have not expanded Medicaid.  Governor Rick Scott has barred health care “navigators” to assist Floridians with “Obamacare,” but some counties are resisting that order.  We’ll take your calls on the issue.  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at one 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Florida Wage Theft Issues

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

09/30/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers.  But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction.  Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted.  We’ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm on WLRN. 

  • Guests/links:
  • Wage Theft Claims, Miami-Dade Consumer Service: 305-375-3677  
  • http://www.miamidade.gov/business/wage-theft.asp
  • Cynthia S Hernandez, Senior Research Associate, Instructor & Director of Internship Programs Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy Center for Labor Research & Studies Florida International University www.risep-fiu.org
  • Jeanette Smith Executive Director South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Member of the Wage Theft Task Force  www.sfiwj.org
  • Donna M. Ballman, P.A. Employment Attorney  www.ballmanfirm.com

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

15 Years of Food & Dining & Wine, Oh My!

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

Fundraising edition of the program.

09/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker.  Linda’s “Food & Dining” segments have been broadcast weekly now for some 15 years, and she discusses some of her favorite programs . . . and what new challenges are presented.  Many internationally renowned chefs, authors, Food Network stars and others have appeared.  That’s Topical Currents . . .Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Critical Historical Preservation Projects

Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper and Dr. Paul George
Cesar Barroso of miamihoje.com

09/24/13 - Today's Topical Currents is with noted historian Dr. Paul George of Miami-Dade College and HISTORY/MIAMI.  He’s conducted countless South Florida “History Tours,” and is co-host of our popular Topical Currents History Quiz program.  On this program, however, he’ll break down the most critical historical preservation projects for the area.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Eldar Shafir
psych.princeton.edu

09/23/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Princeton University Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Eldar Shafir.  He specializes in cognitive science and behavioral economics.   Shafir is the co-author of SCARCITY:  Why Having Too Little Means So Much.  They say scarcity predicts that daily errors are common and unavoidable . . . no matter how motivated the person.

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Food And Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Country's Largest Display Of Food & Gadgets

Honey Orange Almond Chicken
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

09/19/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s her annual “Fancy Food” show report.   The Fancy Food gathering is the largest display of food related products in the country.  It sets trends for the industry.  Linda will show us – and have us taste – her favorites.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Every Boy Should Have a Man

Author Preston L. Allen
© PEN American Center/Susan Horgan.

09/18/13 - Ariel Gonzalez with local author Preston Allen about his novel,EVERY BOY SHOULD HAVE A MAN

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Key To America’s Prosperity: Parents

Dr. Jack C. Westman
www.jackwestman.com

09/18/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at parental influences on kids and their educational experience.  There are frequent urgings to increase budgets and hire skilled teachers to motivate school-kids . . . but plans seldom mention the importance of parents.  We’ll speak with University of Wisconsin professor-emeritus Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Watchdog Report: Dade County Budget Hardball

www.watchdogreport.net

09/17/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features regular contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly “Watchdog Report.”  Topics include the budget hardball being played out in Miami-Dade County.  Funding for libraries has been restored, but there are still battles with union workers, who look for benefits to be restored.  Coconut Grove residents say more police officers are needed to curb crime in their village.  Learn more . . . and call in with concerns . . .

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Leftover Angst About The Vietnam War

Tim O'Brien
wikipedia.org

09/16/13 - Ariel Gonzalez interviews Tim O’Brien, about his book "JULY, JULY," which deals with leftover angst about the Vietnam War.  Mr.

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