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 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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the watchdogreport.net
www.watchdogreport.net

05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? 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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Tips For Eating a Healthy Lifestyle

Chilean Salmon, Quinoa and Corn Salad
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

05/16/13 - In the second part of the program syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Susan Finn, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetic Association.) What should we eat for a healthy lifestyle?  Whether we’re eating a plant-based or gluten-free diet or one including animal proteins, she explains the vitamins and nutrition we need and why.  
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Big, Bad Book Of Beasts: The Most Curious Creatures In The World.

Michael Largo
www.michaellargo.com

05/16/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author Michael Largo, whose specialty is unusual topics. He’ll discuss THE BIG, BAD BOOK OF BEASTS:  The Most Curious Creatures in the World. A Rhino can stand six-feet tall and weigh ten-thousand pounds.  A sawfish has a six-foot saw blade snout.  A sponge doesn’t mate, but clones.  And a cobra can spit venom into the eye of a predator from six feet. And more. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Improbable Tales of the Real Florida

Jeff Klinkenberg
http://www.jeffklinkenberg.com/

05/15/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with veteran Florida journalist and raconteur Jeff Klinkenberg. In the tradition of the great Al Burt, Klinkenberg discovers the quirks and funky aspects of our diverse and often unusual state. He’s found that a low register tuba blast can trigger bull alligators to bellow. That and more in his book, ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT:  Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida.    Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program. 

Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Fifth Assassin

Brad Meltzer
http://bradmeltzer.com/

05/14/13 - In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth Assassin. Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and seven other bestsellers. The Fifth Assassin is out now.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Myth of Persecution

Candida Moss
https://twitter.com/candidamoss

05/14/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Notre Dame University New Testament and Early Christian professor Candida Moss. According to cherished tradition, early Christians were relentlessly persecuted for their beliefs. Jesus died on the cross, and others were tortured, even burned alive. Professor Moss says the “Age of Martyrs” is largely fiction. She’s the author of THE MYTH OF PERSECUTION. In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth AssassinTopical 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 May 13, 2013

Would Two Presidents Be Better Than One?

Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch
http://orentlicher.tumblr.com/

05/13/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with law scholar David Orentlicher. He’s the author of TWO PRESIDENTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE:  The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch. In his view, the legislative fights over healthcare, debt ceiling, “fiscal cliff” and budget sequestering show that a bipartisan, shared Presidency would remove incentives to obstruct progress. Should there be another desk

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Inside The Upscale Lounge Hyde at American Airlines Arena

Hyde at American Airlines Arena
http://hydeaaarena.com/

05/09/13 - 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 Richard Post, General Manager of Hyde at American Airlines Arena - cheer on the Heat with their Slam Dunk Platter and  3 Point Platter. Also, we toast Mother’s Day with Moet Chandon Ice Imperial designed to be served over ice. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Miami River's Murky History

Along the Miami River (Images of America)
http://www.historymiami.org/

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Consumer Protection Experts At Your Service

http://www.miamidade.gov/economy/

05/07/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is “At Your Service,” with consumer protection experts. We’ll speak with Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias and University of Miami law professor Michael Schiff. And take your calls. Topics include misleading advertising, lemon laws, unfair debt collection, warranty violations and credit reporting issues. 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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