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 November 3, 2014

2014 Florida Midterm Election Preview

11/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our semi-annual election preview.Tuesday is election day . . . and Florida should experience one of the closest races for Governor in modern history. There are many other statewide and municipal races, as well as a host of Constitutional matters.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The High Cost of Food Waste

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/
Robert Clark, National Geographic

10/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the worldwide epidemic of food waste.  The US is world leader in this dubious category.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Whistleblower George Mallinckrodt and Prison Mental Illness Treatment

georgemallinckrodt.com

10/29/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the often criticized Dade Correctional Institute.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A World More Concrete: Real Estate & The Remaking Of Jim Crow South Florida

10/28/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at the history of real estate and land usage in South Florida, since the inception of the City of Miami to today’s three-county urban mass. Not unlike other American communities, Miami’s black population was exploited by white entrepreneurs and politicians . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Discussion About The New WLRN-TV Documentary, “Treblinka’s Last Witness"

10/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents shares the background of the new WLRN-TV documentary, TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS. It premieres Tuesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 17.  Check your cable listings. The program is an emotional presentation of the history of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious extermination camps.  Some 900,000 Jews were slaughtered there in a 13-month period. TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS features the last known survivor of the death camp . . .  Samuel Willenberg. Tune in for Topical Currents Monday at 1pm only on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How To Make A Great Cup Of Colombia Coffee

Edgardo Texidor corporate trainer for Juan Valdez coffee

10/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Edgardo Texidor, Corporate Trainer for Juan Valdez coffee.  We talk Colombian coffee, the different types, how to make a great cup and how to taste coffee.  We taste test with him, called a cupping session.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Souls of All Living Creatures: What Animals Teach Us About Being Human

www.vintvirga.com

10/20/14 - Do you view your pet as a full-fledged family member?  

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Food And Dining
1:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

It’s All About Pairing Wines With Favorite Foods

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead.  It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Joseph Cooper Talks About His 40 Years At WLRN with Bonnie Berman

Joseph Cooper circa 1977 at WLRN
WLRN

10/15/14 - Today’s Topical Currents takes a much different approach than usual….We’re turning the tables!! An interviewer . . . becomes an interviewee. Bonnie Berman's guest for the hour is a friend, mentor and colleague: Joseph Cooper.  The Topical Currents host and executive producer celebrates his 40th anniversary at WLRN in 2014. He came to the station back when it was a low-powered, monaural education outlet.  It had just recently qualified as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee and had just joined the fledgling National Public Radio Network. He’s seen the long road of progress and excellence in public broadcasting.  That's Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Celebrating Writers On Knitting -- And Knitters

Martha Frankel
twitter.com/marthafrankel

10/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another..

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Season in College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights

www.samuelfreedman.com

10/13/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities. There were more implications than just a football title. We’ll visit with Columbia University journalism professor Samuel Freedman, who’s written BREAKING THE LINE:  The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

1 in 3 Americans With Diabetes By 2050?

Nutty Butter Blizard Smoothie
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents: Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Stephanie Dunbar, Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association.  There are over 100 million US adults and children with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.  If we continue on this path there will be 1 in 3 Americans with diabetes by 2050. Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-friendly snacks and complete meals and No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts, both published by the American Diabetes Association. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

America’s New Dilemma: Fear of A Hip Hop Planet

Miami Law Professor Donald Jones
www.law.miami.edu

10/08/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones. He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, is stereotype, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

World War II Historian Rick Atkinson & “The Guns At Last Light”

liberationtrilogy.com

10/06/14 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents. We learn about little-known details of the largest military operation in history: World War II’s “Operation Overlord.”  Allied forces began it on “D-Day,” in June of 1944. The planning was meticulous, and the result was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s global domination plan. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with historian Rick Atkinson

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Ritz October Biergarten, Deering Estate Foundation’s Wine On Harvest Moon Oktoberfest

Glazed Pork with Caraway Cabbage
Credit http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

10/02/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove Chef,  Ramesh Kaduru and Crown Wine and Spirits wine buyer, Veronica Litton.  It's Oktoberfest!  Chef Ramish talks about the Ritz October Biergarten and his appearance at the Deering Estate Foundation’s 13th annual Wine On Harvest Moon event.  The event features German wine and food.  Veronica talks with Fred about German Riesling wines and German beer.

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