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
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Brazilian Recipes In Time For The World Cup

Sausage Potato Salad
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06/05/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Anna French author of A Pinch, A Dash, and a Pocketful of Cash, inspired by her 16 years of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We discuss Brazilian recipes in time for the opening of the World Cup tournament and we taste Brazilian dishes in the studio.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Celebrated Miami-Based Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat
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06/05/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents features an interview by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with celebrated Miami-based Haitian author, Edwidge Danticat.  She edited a sequel to her 2011 collection of stories entitled Haiti Noir 2. Also, as we await the start of the

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money And Today’s Push For Performance

06/04/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents delves into one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions of our time: ADHD.  With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, alarming questions are being raised and our healthcare system is being impacted by the high costs. We visit with Dr.’s  Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Sheffler.  They’ve written THE ADH

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In a World... Of Relentless Surveillance: DRAGNET NATION

DRAGNET NATION: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Surveillance
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 06/03/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin. With years of surveillance experiences, she found attempts to erase her digital footprint were impossible. She’s written, DRAGNET NATION:  A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of SurveillanceWho’s watching us?  And why do they need to know?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Future of the Public Transportation System in Miami-Dade County

A streetcar in Coral Gables in April, 1925
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06/02/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the future of public transportation in Miami-Dade County.

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Breaking Artisan Bread with Zak the Baker

Zak the Baker in the Topical Currents studio at WLRN
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05/29/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Zak the Baker (Zak Stern).  He discusses how he created and executed his bakery concept, what kickstarter is and how it helped him and about the craft food revolution in Wynwood.  And he brought some bread for us to taste on air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Impact Of Alcohol On The Lives And Work Of Six Great American Writers

A Trip to Echo Spring
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05/29/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents features an interview with Olivia Lang about her latest book “A Trip to Echo Spring”.  It examines the impact alcohol had on the lives and work of six great American writers.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez  spoke with Liang.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny

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05/28/14 - Why do we laugh?  Wednesday’s Topical Currents explores the psychological, cultural and emotional terrain of humor. We’ll visit with award-winning journalist, Joel Warner.  He’s the co-author of the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.  Along with co-author, Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Maestro James Judd & His Miami Music Project

James Judd
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05/27/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features British-born conductor James Judd, and the story behind his ambitious Miami Music Project. Judd conducted the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 2001.  Financial difficulties forced the ensemble’s closure. Some 25-thousand public school students – many in underserved communities -- have been exposed to classical music through the performances o

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Craft Brewery Explosion in Florida with Florida Breweries Author Gerard Walen

Florida Breweries
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05/22/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents looks at the explosive rise in the demand for Craft Beer and the burgeoning Craft Beer Brewing and Brew Pub business in our state. Author Gerard Walen has written “Florida Breweries”, a comprehensive guide to the plants and pubs that are popping up like mushrooms around the state. Walen will relate stories about some of  Florida’s prominent breweries, he’ll help us untangle some of the arcane vocabulary of craft brews, talk about their history and discuss their future. Cheers!  It’s a taste of C

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pet Care Call In Show - Dog Bite Prevention Edition

Dr. Ian Kupkee
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05/21/147 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of ​K-9 Advisors. We’ll take your pet questions of course . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

LGBT Students and Organizations Advancing Equality In Florida

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05/20/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with Point Foundation Executive Director and CEO, Jorge Valencia.

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Topical Currents
12:33 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Author Roxane Gay Discusses Her Debut Novel

Roxane Gay
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05/19/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents features an interview with writer and author, Roxane Gay.  Literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez speaks with her about her debut novel, An Untamed State. As the child of Haitian immigrants wh

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Why Whistleblowers Stand Up To Evil

Eyal Press
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rebroadcast from 04-03-13

05/14/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast: We see and read about tragedies and evil propagated by individuals . . . but it isn’t so often we hear about the unsung persons who take chances . . . even being disobedient and risking repercussions. We’ll speak with journalist and author Eyal Press, author of BEAUTIFUL SOULS:  THE COURAGE AND CONSCIENCE OF ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES. What makes people go against the crowd, take chances, and face consequences? That’s a Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” May 2014 Edition

Linda Gassenheimer and Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein
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05/15/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critic Jen KaretnikMatt Meltzer, the Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Groupand our favorite wine columnist, Fred Tasker.  We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listener calls about favorite dining spots. Perhaps you have a new bistro to tell us about . . . or a favorite mom and pop pizza place. Listen in . . . Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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