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 April 30, 2013

Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon

Telegraph Road

04/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon about his latest novel, “Telegraph Road” which follows the co-owners of a vintage record store in Oakland who struggle to stay open in the face of black/white tensions, gentrification, and the ghosts of their past.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Dr. Sara Gottfried And The Hormone Cure

Sara Gottfried
http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/

04/29/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents addresses female hormonal imbalance, and how it can be treated with natural methods.  Harvard-trained physician Dr. Sara Gottfried has written THE HORMONE CURE:  Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive & Vitality Naturally.  After more than 20-years of practice, Gottfried says mature women often struggle with weight gain, insomnia, headaches and energy loss.  Tune in . . . and call-in . . . to Topical Currents.  Monday 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 April 25, 2013

Bob Marley's son, Rohan, talks Organic Coffee, Sustainable Farms

Rohan Marley

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04/25/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son, a graduate of Palmetto Sr. High, played football for UM, is a former professional football player and now a farmer.  His Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee along with other Marley Coffees are produced on sustainable farms.  Part of the profits goes to Kicks for a Cause, which helps youth soccer.  Other profits help support the Marley 1 Love foundation.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

“Shelter Me” Animal Documentary

“Shelter Me” Animal Documentary on WLRN-TV17

04/25/13 Thursday's  Topical Currents begins with discussion of the SHELTER ME documentary series which airs Thursday night on WLRN-TV, Channel 17. We’ll discuss how doomed shelter dogs have become successes for search-and-rescue operations, as well as giving comfort to hospital patients and kids. And more.  Linda

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

The Biggest Ponzi Scheme In Florida History

The Ultimate Ponzi: The Scott Rothstein Story
http://www.ultimateponzi.com/

04/24/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the saga of Fort Lauderdale  Ponzi-schemer, attorney Scott Rothstein.  News of the scandal broke in 2009.  One of Fort Lauderdale’s top philanthropists had bilked some 1.4 Billion dollars from investors and charitable organizations.  The scams supported his outrageously opulent lifestyle.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Life Beyond Death?

Proof of Heaven
www.lifebeyonddeath.net

04/23/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Harvard educated surgeon Eben Alexander about his near death experience.  Five years ago, a rare form of meningitis and a coma created a powerful personal story.  Alexander has written, PROOF OF HEAVEN:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife. A surgeon for 25 years, Alexander says he discovered the identity of a spiritual guide from his medical crisis. 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 April 22, 2013

The History and Promise of Green Technology

Alexis Madrigal
https://twitter.com/alexismadrigal

04/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at environmental technology with the author of POWERING THE DREAM:  The History and Promise of Green Technology.  Energy innovation began in earnest some 150 years ago.  Geo-thermal heating was used in Idaho in 1892, while windmills irrigated the Great Plains and watered livestock.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly

eco-friendly kitchens
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04/18/13 -1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricarmen Martinez, a principal in the Upstairs Studio Architecture with tips on how we can make our kitchens more eco-friendly whether building a new kitchen or making an existing kitchen greener.  What's the best type of l

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Habitat For Humanity: Women Helping Women

Women Build
http://www.miamihabitat.org/

04/18/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Miami and its “Women Build” program.  Local women wield saws, hammers and paint brushes to create homes for low-income single mothers to live with their kids.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

True Story: a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau

John Glatt
http://johnglatt.com/

04/16/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the saga of the famed Miami Beach Fontainebleau Hotel, and the events which ended the lives of its “matriarch” and her son.  Ben Novack, Junior, was raised in sumptuous Fontainebleau suites.  When the family lost the hotel, he took a second wife:  Narcy.  She was an exotic dancer who performed in Hialeah.  Years later, Narcy Novack executed a plot to kill her widowed mother-in-law and husband to gain their estates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

What You Don’t Know About the Cuban Revolution

Joan Mellen
http://joanmellen.com

    

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Veritage Miami/United Way Food and Wine Festival

Richard D Fain
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

04/11/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview, Richard Fain, CEO/Board Chair of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and chair of Veritage Miami (United Way Food and Wine Festival.)  He’s changed the name to Veritage.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Tax Tips From Experts

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04/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with income tax tips from experts.  The deadline for 2012 tax filing is Monday.  We’ll also look ahead to important changes in the tax code for 2013, especially those which affect small businesses.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining . . . with wine columnist Fred Tasker and “Dinner in Minutes.”  That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at one o’clock on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

Helaine Olen
http://helaineolen.com/

04/10/13 - Wednesday Topical Currents goes behind the scenes of the individual finance industry, with journalist Helaine Olen.   She’s written POUND FOOLISH:  Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.  Most well-known TV and radio experts sell dreams that are seldom reached.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Chip Kidd
www.chipkidd.com

04/09/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with noted book jacket designer Chip Kidd.  Many DO judge a book by its cover. Mr. Kidd's book is "Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design."

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