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
Tue June 11, 2013

Comprehensive Governmental Protections For Consumers, Workers, and the Environment

Freedom to Harm
yalepress.yale.edu

06/11/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at federal regulatory and state civil justice systems with University of Texas Administrative Law professor Thomas McGarity. He’s written FREEDOM TO HARM:  The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire RevivalMcGarity contends there’s been a return to the political economy which dominated the American Gilded Age Society. He points to weakened environmental laws and looser bank safety policies. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  
Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

South Florida Summer Gardening Tips

Stan DeFreitas "Mr. Greenthumb"
https://www.facebook.com/AskMrGreenthumb

06/10/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “At Your Service” . . . about gardening and landscaping. We’ll visit with Florida’s “Mr.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Hurricane Food Tips

Jan Norris
https://twitter.com/JanNorrisdotcom

06/06/13 - At 1:30, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jan Norris, publisher Food and Florida Online.  Hurricane season is here,  Jan gives tips on what to have on hand, how to prepare the fridge and freezer before a storm; how to store foods once power is out and how to tell if foods are OK to

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Surviving Armed Robbery, Suicide, Financial Ruin, a Life-threatening Accident and a Brain Tumor

Darah Zeledon
http://www.booksandbooks.com/event/darah-zeledon

06/06/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the trials and tribulations of Darah Zeledon. Few have experienced such adversity:  armed robbery, a suicide, financial ruin, a life-threatening accident and a brain tumor during pregnancy.  She’s written about it in GIRL WITH THE CROOKED SMILE.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority

The Reluctant Republican
http://thereluctantrepublican.net/

06/05/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with lifelong moderate Republican attorney Barbara Olschner. After a 28-year legal career, she decided to run for a U.S. Congressional seat in the ultra-conservative Florida panhandle. She was swamped by tea party attacks, branded as an elitist, and finished dead last. In her book, THE RELUCTANT REPUBLICAN, she details the harrowing experience. That’s Topical CurrentsWednesday 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 4, 2013

5 Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear test
www.rethinkingnuclearweapons.org

06/04/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nuclear historian Ward Wilson, author of FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONSMillions of American baby-boomers grew up haunted by the possibility of nuclear annihilation.  After negotiations in the 1980s, both US and Soviet nuclear stockpiles were reduced. Wilson says the idea that that nuclear weapons have created a deterrence to war and contributed to negotiations is misleading. 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
Mon June 3, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 6/3/13

06/03/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College. We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture, listeners are invited to give answers. A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What’s with the explosion of new restaurants in South Florida?

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

05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Child Abuse Prevention

Family Resource Center of South Florida
http://frcflorida.org/

05/30/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an explanation of the Florida “Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act.”  Child abuse reporting is now mandatory even for non-parents or caregivers.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pet Care and Animal Welfare

Der Shpark, Bonnie's rarely seen cat.
Bonnie Berman

05/29/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover issues involved with housecats who are seldom—if ever--taken for a vet exam. Also with us is dog trainer and behavior specialist Edel Miedes of South Florida’s K-9 Advisors.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

How the Unconscious Mind Rules Behavior

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
http://www.randomhouse.com/

05/28/13 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at new finding regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience. We often misperceive our relationships with family, friends and business associates. 

We’ll speak with the Leonard Mlodinow, author of SUBLIMINAL:  How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. Think you know the hows and whys of choices? Think again. Only 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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Florida Staycations and Fine Wines by the Glass (Tube)

Delano South Beach
http://www.delano-hotel.com/

05/23/13 - In the second half of Topical Currents, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Andrew Pittard, food and beverage director at the Delano Hotel.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Third Largest Barrier Reef In The World

Brad Bertelli
http://bradbertelli.com/

05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater.  Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world.  It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

A Profession in Crisis: The Lawyer Bubble

The Lawyer Bubble
http://www.stevenjharper.com/

05/22/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and law professor Steven Harper.  A successful attorney for over 30 years, he’s written about the troubled legal state in THE LAWYER BUBBLE:  A Profession in Crisis. Law schools graduate some 45,000 attorneys each year.  Most will be in debt $100,000 dollars from loans.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Rich Food/Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System

Jayson and Mira Calton
http://www.caltonnutrition.com/

05/21/13- Tuesday's Topical Currents is with nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton. They’ve developed a system to determine the healthiest options among the some 40,000 food offerings in the mega-mart. With a bit of effort, shoppers can avoid processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, artificial colors, and nitrites. They’ve written, RICH FOOD/POOR FOOD:  THE ULTIMATE GROCERY PURCHASING SYSTEM. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on 

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