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 July 11, 2013

Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs

Dr. Jay Cohen
http://www.jaycohenmd.com/

07/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the latest developments in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Medical researcher Dr. Jay Cohen says there are new alternatives to invasive surgeries and radiation therapies.  He was diagnosed with the condition in 2011.  Dr. Cohen's most recent book is Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Struggle Between The Haves And Have-nots

Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner
http://www.cultureclashes.org/

07/10/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Stanford University cultural psychologists Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner. They’ve co-authored CLASH:  8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are. They say there’s a clash between independence and interdependence, including the struggle between the haves and have-nots; the politics of religion and contention between Asian and Western cultures. That

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Keith Lowe
https://twitter.com/KeithLoweAuthor

07/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with World War II historian Keith Lowe.  Though the European conflict ended in May of 1945, with cheering victory celebrations, the grim reality is that anarchy reigned. Lowe has written SAVAGE CONTINENT:  Europe in the Aftermath of World War IIAll told, some 30-million died in the conflict, and after the Axis surrender, civil amenities were in shambles and civil war arose. Learn more on Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

The Tea Party & Politics In America

Christopher Parker
http://faculty.washington.edu/csparker/

07/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Washington, Seattle, Professor Christopher Parker.  He’s the co-author of CHANGE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IN:  The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in AmericaWhat makes the Tea Party click? Last November, some 45-million registered voters told a Fox News poll that they identified with the party.  That’s a fifth of the electorate. Tune in for Topical Currents 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

National Review Commentator Kevin Williamson: The End is Near

Kevin D. Williamson
https://twitter.com/KevinNR

07/03/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Kevin Williamson, author of THE END IS NEAR AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME:  How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier and More SecureWilliams says that while consumer goods get better, cheaper and more widely available, government delivered necessities grow more expensive with declining quality. He criticizes the modern welfare state in the era of globalization, and endorses market derived alternatives. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Miami-Dade Property Appraiser; Watchdog Report Publisher

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
http://www.miamidade.gov

07/02/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the independence of the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s office. Formerly, the appraiser was appointed by the county Mayor.  But current appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera was elected. Some interesting developments have arisen:  is the property appraiser still governed by the County Commission?  It may take a court ruling to decide.

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Topical Currents
8:14 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism

OVERBOOKED: The Exploding Business of Travel & Tourism
http://www.elizabethbecker.com
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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hot Dog Culture in America

Bruce Kraig
http://manbitesdogbook.com/

 


06/27/13 - In the second half of the program, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bruce Kraig author of Man Bites Dog – Hot Dog Culture in America.  Hot dogs are as American as apple pie – we talk about how they became icons of American culture and a July 4th tradition. Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:30pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Miami Man Rides 15,000 Miles for Charity

Arctic Ride For Dreams
http://www.arcticridefordreams.com/

   06/27/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami Shores resident Andrew Smith.  He has ambitious plans for the summer:  riding his Triumph motor cycle to the Arctic Circle to benefit favorite charities.  It’s a mere 15,000 miles and it's called Arctic Ride For Dreams. And more:  Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A Challenge to What We Know About Drugs & Society

Dr. Carl Hart
https://twitter.com/drcarlhart

06/26/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart. A native Miamian, Hart has written  HIGH PRICE:  A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. After 22 years of research, he challenges the way we think about poverty, race and addiction. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.   
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Is It The End Of Unpaid Internships?

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

06/25/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with contributor Donna Ballman.  She specializes in employment law and employee rights.  Many teens are now working summer part-time jobs.  Most are woefully unaware of employment regulations.  There are different rules about unpaid internships, as well. Also news about pre-employment medical exams. Donna Ballman is the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit or Get Axed. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Cost of American Militarism

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism
http://www.ciponline.org/research/publications/category/book

06/24/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with former CIA analyst and National War College Professor Melvin Goodman.  He’s written National Insecurity:  The Cost of American Militarism.  Goodman offers an insider’s critique of the U.S. military economy from Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell “military-industrial complex” warning to Obama’s expansion of the military’s power.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mango Madness at Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival

Bonnie Berman and Linda Gassenheimer
Paul Leary

06/20/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell, Director of the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  It's Mango Madness and the Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival. Learn how to grow, pick and use our native crop of ripe juicy mangoes.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Surviving What You Think You Can’t

Augusten Burroughs
twitter.com/augusten

06/20/13 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with Augusten Burroughs, who’s written the best-seller THIS IS HOW:  Surviving What You Think You Can’t.  There aren’t any quick fixes, but somehow, we get by.  And more.  South Florida’s mango season is in full swing.

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Ariel Gonzalez
2:54 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Journey From A Life Of Privilege To The Slums of Russia

Debra Dean
David Hiller via www.DebraDean.com

06/18/13 - In the second half of the program, literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with FIU Professor Debra Dean about her new novel, THE MIRRORED WORLD.

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