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
Mon September 9, 2013

Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

Heidi Boghosian
https://twitter.com/HeidiBoghosian

 

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cook Like A Rock Star

Anne Burrell of Food Network
www.foodnetwork.com

09/05/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV celebrity Anne Burrell host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cook in America. Anne gives us tips from her books "Cook Like a Rock Star" and "Own Your Kitchen."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children

"ALL I DID WAS TURN 18" via Florida's Children First Facebook
www.facebook.com/FloridasChildrenFirst

09/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with attorney Howard Talenfeld.  He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of Florida’s Children First, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.” That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Immigration, Civilization and America

GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America
www.independent.org/globalcrossings/

09/04/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with policy expert and Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa, author of GLOBAL CROSSINGS:  Immigration, Civilization, and America.  He’s been an op-ed page editor and Miami Herald columnist as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  He ponders how America has gone from a “nation of immigrants,” to become skeptical, even critical of receiving others on our shores and borders.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Ultimate Grilling For Your Labor Day BBQ

Editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine
https://twitter.com/rapo4

08/29/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Adam Rapoport, Editor-in-Chief Bon Appetite magazine and editor of The Grilling Book: the Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit.  He gives us tips for our Labor Day Barbecues.  It's Food and Dining in the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

How to Find Fulfilling Work

Roman Krznaric
http://www.romankrznaric.com/

08/29/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British philosopher Roman Krznaric, author of HOW TO FIND FULFILLING WORK.  Is one’s fulfillment in a great dream and meaning . . . or money?  Job satisfaction in the U.S. is at all-time low of 45%.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Bon Appetit Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport.  He’s written THE GRILLING BOOK.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving

Marina Palms website
http://marinapalms.com/

08/28/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the status of the South Florida housing market and mortgage rates.  After the meltdown of 2008, banks say they’re issuing loans to only experienced and well-capitalized developers.  The South Florida condo market is thriving, and residential properties have increased in value.  Most property sells for close to asking prices.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
http://www.gayvictorybook.com/

08/27/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and author Linda Hirshman, who documents the  gay rights movement in her book, VICTORY:  The Triumphant Gay RevolutionOver the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:  from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011. Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for Topical Currents

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Catherine Steiner-Adair
http://www.catherinesteineradair.com

08/26/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents.  We discuss the digital revolution in regard to parents and children. We love our screens:  be they smartphones, laptops or tablets and worlds of communication, information and games they offer. But how does this affect the new generation of children . . . and parents?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan

Seven50 logo
http://seven50.org/

08/22/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on South Florida’s Seven-50initiative. “Seven-50” is a blueprint for steering growth among Southeast  Florida’s seven counties:  Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. It considers transportation, housing, jobs and the environmental concerns over the next five decades. Guests are: Michael Busha, Seven50 Management Team, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); Victor Dover, Seven50 Lead Consultant, Principal – Dover Kohl & PartnersJoe Quinty, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Project Manager for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link.

And more, in the second half of the program: Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “back to school” lunch program, with dietary chiefs from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Tune in for Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools

From the The Thomas B. Fordham Institute website
http://www.edexcellence.net/

08/21/13- Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at our nation’s most esteemed and selective public high schools. Florida has six so-called “exam schools” . . . and two are in Miami-Dade County.  “Exam Schools” prepare America’s best and brightest for college and beyond.  We’ll visit with education expert Chester Finn, co-author of EXAM SCHOOLS:  Inside America’s Most Selective Public High SchoolsDon’t miss Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Miami-Dade’s Public/Private Partnerships

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08/20/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what are termed “P3s” which are public/private partnerships for construction or remodeling public works projects. In Miami-Dade, examples of “P3s” include downtown’s Museum Park, the massive Port Tunnel project, the Arsht Center and the proposed redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Private entities finance and construct public facilities, then run and collect revenues for a specific period of time. Guests include: Gillian Thomas, Pres.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Eating On The Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health

Wild strawberries and herb garden

08/19/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with health writer Jo Robinson.  Her latest book discusses of nutrition, and the eons of time when humans subsisted on wild flora and fauna. Her latest book is EATING ON THE WILD SIDE:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health. After generations of breeding more palatable fruits and vegetables, much of their original nutritional clout has been diluted. Robinson has tips to reclaim the nutrients and flavors lost.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine
http://mandybaca.com/

08/15/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview author Mandy Baca. Her book is The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas.  She recounts the history of Miami cuisine from the Tequesta Indians to the present–day local food revolution. A Miami native, Mandy studied at the Hospitality School at Johnson & Wales University and holds a master’s degree in Italian gastronomy and tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy.  On the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Free Medicare And Health Insurance Education

http://www.floridashine.org/

08/15/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) it’s a statewide, volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education to people and their caregivers. And more, Linda Gassenheimer speaks with Mandy Baca about her book,

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