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 March 25, 2013

1 year. No Makeup. The Beauty Experiment.

The Beauty Experiment
http://phoebebakerhyde.com

03/25/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with journalist Phoebe Baker Hyde, about her dilemma of a “perfect storm” of self-doubt.  She struggled with the notion that as a professional woman, she should be encumbered with the expense and trappings of fashion, makeup, new clothes, salon haircuts and jewelry.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Food For Your Brain

Neal Barnard MD

03/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  She visits with Dr. Neal Barnard author of Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1.

http://www.nealbarnard.org/

Video courtesy of TED Talks:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Free Your Mind at Peace In the Park

Peace in the Park, Festival of Spirit
peaceintheparkflorida.org

03/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with British-born Jamaican percussionist Willie Stewart, a headliner at Peace in the Park Florida this weekend.  This festival of spirit also features WLRN Morning Edition host Wanda Myles.  In this delicate time of worldly imbalance, this community event offers an afternoon to unplug and experience a very special day of peace.

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Topical Currents
11:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

“Members Only” Edition

03/19/13 -  Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” edition with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and special guest host/news anchor Phil Latzman.  During our Spring Pledge Drive, we turn the tables, so to speak, and have listeners solicit new members to the WLRN family.  When did you first contribute to public radio?  What makes you continue to support it?  Think about those “driveway” moments you’ve enjoyed over the years.  That’s Topical Currents  Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the website
www.watchdogreport.net/

03/18/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  An independent journalist, he follows South Florida government and politics with a weekly e-mail summary.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Inside The Fancy Food Show 2013

http://www.specialtyfood.com
All rights reserved by NASFT

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03/14/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with Linda Gassenheimer, and her report from the huge “Fancy Food Show.”  It’s a big event for the food industry, and Linda gives her slice of the best and most innovative products.  How about a boxed Ethiopian dinner you can prepare at home?   Also, we’ll taste the latest veggie chips, and sample banana jam on breakfast toast.  Fred Tasker gives wine suggestions. 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
Tue March 12, 2013

Ecological Anxiety

Nathanael Johnson
http://www.nathanaeljohnson.org/

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03/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist and public radio figure Nathanael Johnson.  He’s the author of ALL NATURAL:  A SKEPTIC’S QUEST.   It’s a mix of science writing and memoir, and chronicles his “ecological anxiety,” with questions about man-made versus made-by-nature.  Is there a middle ground?  That’s Topical Currents with Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman . . . Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Muhammad, The First Muslim

The First Muslim, The Story of Muhammad
http://www.aftertheprophet.com

03/11/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is the fascinating story of Muhammed.  This one man radically changed the world, yet westerners have little idea of who he was or where he came from.  We’ll speak with journalist Lesley Hazelton, author of the THE FIRST MUSLIM:  The Story of MuhammadBorn an orphan, he had a monogamous marriage of 24 years.  He became a prophet in the year 610, when he was 40, after being exiled from Mecca to Medina.  That’s

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show

Chef Allen Susser
Copyright 2013 Chef Allen Consulting

03/07/13 - 1:30pm- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview legendary Chef Allen Susser.  The Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show is this weekend at Pinecrest Gardens.  It’s all about delectable chocolate: pair chocolate with spices, tasting chocolate tea - learn how to taste, buy and use chocolate.  

This week's Dinner in Minutes Recipe: 

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice (Arroz con Jitomate)

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

South Florida's Unique Architecture

MOD Weekend 2013
http://www.modweekend.com

03/06/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with news about ModWeekend 2013.  It highlights unique South Florida architecture with many events, including double-decker bus and tours, films and parties.  ModWeekend begins a week from tomorrow.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Dr. Howell Goldberg
http://www.fountainsdental.com/

03/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents addresses the common problems of snoring and sleep apnea.  Airway blockage is the root cause of both, and can incur considerable health problems.  It can also have ramifications for frazzled sleep partners.  We’ll speak with Dr. Howell Goldberg, who prescribes dental remedies . . . and of course, take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2

Link:

www.fountainsdental.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Florida’s Dark History Revealed

T.D. Allman
via www.booksandbooks.com

03/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist T.D. Allman.  His latest work is a ten-year project to create  FINDING FLORIDA:  The True History of the Sunshine State.  The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit.  Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.”  He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any.  The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell.  Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.”  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

T.D. Allman South Florida Appearances: 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

500 Years Circumnavigating Earth

Joyce Chaplin
David Armitage

03/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Harvard history professor Joyce Chaplin, author of ‘Round About the Earth:  Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.  Humans have circled the globe for some 500 years.  Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was the first to achieve the feat by spacecraft.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

South Florida “Restaurant Roundabout” 02/28/13

Linda Gassenheimer
www.dinnerinminutes.com

02/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer . . . and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs . . . old favorites and best values.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Get Fired for Anything: Workplace Laws & Rights

Donna Ballman
http://twitter.com/EmployeeAtty

02/27/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents discusses workplace laws and rights.  If you’re a private sector employee, you really have very few rights . . . and can be let go without specific cause.  Race or age discrimination, harassment or sexual exploitation, however, can be grounds for litigation.

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