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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer visits with the owners of the Big Easy’s Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide

http://www.cafeadelaide.com

01/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Lally Brennan and Ti Martin.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Florida’s “Take Stock in Children” Program

Take Stock in Children
http://www.takestockinchildren.org

01/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Florida’s acclaimed Take Stock in Children education program.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Is It Time for Alimony Reform?

Florida Second Wives Club
http://www.facebook.com/FloridaSecondWivesClub

01/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the nationwide campaign for alimony reform.  Most states—including Florida—haven’t had a meaningful review of alimony since the 1950s.  Reformers say times have changed:  many women now lead the way in the workforce and are primary breadwinners.   “Second Wives” bemoan that their earnings can complement the alimony paid to their new husband’s former spouse.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

What’s A Dog For? The Age-Old Connection With Humans

John Homans, executive editor of New York magazine and author of "What's a Dog For?" in Gramercy Park with his dog, Stella, a Labrador mixed breed adopted from the North Shore Animal League.
Photo credit: Ari Mintz via www.newsday.com

01/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the unique relationship between humans and dogs.  Descended from the wolf, dogs were utilitarian working animals the developed into loved family members.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

The Rise of Investment Scams and Financial Fraud

http://www.newshubber.com/protect-your-identity-from-internet-fraud/

01/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the rise of financial fraud and investment scams in the US.  Figures show a 62% increase of crimes over the past three years.  We’ll speak with a South Florida FBI White-Collar Crime coordinator, as well as certified examiners.  The courts are overwhelmed and backlogged with cases.  So beware:  much of the fraud and scams originate from the Internet.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

University of Miami CFO Joe Natoli

Joe Natoli
http://www.miami.edu

01/17/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with news of a report which shows the economic impact of the University of Miami’s presence in South Florida.  The estimate is over 6-billion dollars, with 13-thousand employees and indirect employment of 43-thousand persons.  75-percent of students are from outside the area.  They bring in revenue to the tune of 200- million dollars.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Universe Within: Rocks, Planets & People

Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
http://www.neilshubin.com/

01/15/13 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with science writer and paleontologist Neil Shubin, author of THE UNIVERSE WITHIN:  Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People.  Shubin is an associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

Lori Andrews
http://www.socialnetworkconstitution.com

01/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Lori Andrews, the director of Science & Law at Chicago-Kent College.  What sort of digital identity do you have on the Web?  Remember:  what’s posted on social networks can be used against you.  Andrews has written, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND I SAW WHAT YOU DID:  Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.  She promotes a “Social Network Constitution” to protect individual rights.

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Dinner in Minutes
1:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Organic Farms

Gabriele Marewski
http://www.southfloridafoodandwine.com/

01/10 /13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Gabriele Marewski owner of Paradise Farms.  She talks about Dinner in Paradise, how we can grow our own organic gardens and what we’ll find in our farmer’s markets this year.   Fred Tasker will give his wine suggestions.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Jeremy Dean
twitter.com/PsyBlog

01/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Jeremy Dean, a researcher at University College, London.  He’s written MAKING HABITS, BREAKING HABITS:  Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick.  Ingrained routines are difficult to break . . . but Dean says fulfilling new patterns can be achieved.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining explores the fabulous Paradise Farms operation in Homestead.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

WLRN-TV’s Documentary, “Weird Florida: On The Road Again”

Charlie Carlson and Lady Isabel.
Photo: Gary Lester

01/09/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents features Florida raconteur Charlie Carlson and his “curious canine,” Lady Isabel, his adopted full-bred boxer.  They’re the focus of a WLRN-TV documentary, “WEIRD FLORIDA:  ON THE ROAD AGAIN.”  They travel over 1500 miles across the Sunshine State in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends. 

The official Weird Florida: On the Road Again trailer:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

HAITI: The Aftershocks of History

Historian/author Laurent Dubois
http://duboisl2.wordpress.com/

01/08/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian Laurent Dubois, author of HAITI:  The Aftershocks of History.  Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption.  Dubois says Haiti can only be understood by its complex past and inception as the only successful slave revolt in world history.  Can a new Haiti emerge from its legacy?

Video:  Laurent Dubois talks about What We Must Know in Order to Help Haiti:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 01/07/13

HistoryMiami Walking Tour
http://www.historymiami.org/

01/07/13 - 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.  Don’t miss the South Florida History Quiz on Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Sheila Bowman of Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch
http://www.facebook.com/seafoodwatch

01/03/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Sheila Bowman, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the home of Seafood Watch.  She is the Manager of culinary and Strategic Initiatives for Seafood Watch.  We’ll talk about Seafood Smarts – susta

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Interview with Novelist Sandra Cisneros

Sandra at San Miguel Allende Mexico
© Copyright 2011 Alan Goldfarb

01/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez and writer Sandra Cisneros.  For decades, she’s inspired young Latino authors. Her latest work is a departure:  an illustrated children’s book which takes place in San Antonio.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer discusses how consumers can avoid endangered seafood species with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

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