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.

Ways To Connect

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06/04/15 - On the next Topical Currents, it’s our At Your Service mode.  June is here, and another brutal summer looms.  Is your air conditioning OK for the brutal months ahead?  We’ll have an expert on hand.

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06/02/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we discuss women and their inclusion in the fields of technology and science.  Despite more women currently employed in these areas, women and girls are often not encouraged to pursue advanced studies in math, science and technology.  We’ll have a panel of distinguished women to give their experience & insights.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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06/01/15 - When most homeowners choose to employ a contractor for upgrades or repairs, they usually expect to hire a burly construction guy.

05/28/15 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dan Churchill, the break-out star of Master Chef Australia and author of Dude Food: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food.  He also ha

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05/28/15 - On the next Topical Currents we begin with a dip in a perfectly maintained backyard pool.  There are thousands of them in South Florida.

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05/26/15 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we explore gardening in sub-tropical South Florida.

If you’ve gardened in other areas, South Florida has its unique requirements. We’ll be “At Your Service,” with Urban Horticulture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Dr. John Pipoly and Broward County Master Gardeners President, Teri Goldsmith. Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service,” Tuesday at 1pm.

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05/21/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Evandro Caregnato, Culinary Director, Texas de Brazil, Brazilian steak house. He’ll talk about adding Brazilian flavors to our Memorial Day Barbeques and bring steak for us to taste on the air.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Smoky Chicken and Three Bean Salad – simple salad for Memorial Day Weekend

A cool salad for warm Memorial Day Weekend 

Toss chicken strips in cumin and add chipotle peppers and their sauce to your favorite oil and vinegar dressing for a quick, Southwester salad dinner. Toasted baguette with Parmesan cheese complements this delicious and unconventional chicken and three bean salad.

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be found in the grocery section of the supermarket. Chipotle Chili Pepper seasoning can be found in the spice section of the supermarket.  It can be used as an alternative to the peppers in adobo sauce. If using the spice seasoning, add 2 teaspoons to the salad dressing.

Recipes

SMOKY CHICKEN AND THREE BEAN SALAD

1/2 whole wheat baguette (6 inches)

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 chipotle pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon adobo sauce from bottle with pepper

1/4 cup reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing

3/4 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken strips

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 pound trimmed green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup canned, drained and rinsed chickpeas

1/2 cup canned drained and rinsed red kidney beans

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Slice baguette in half lengthwise and then in half horizontally to make four pieces.  Sprinkle the inside with Parmesan cheese and place in toaster oven to melt cheese, about 2 minutes.

 Add chipotle pepper and adobo sauce to dressing and set aside. Toss chicken strips with cumin and set aside. Place green beans in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 2 minutes.  Remove from microwave and add chicken, chickpeas, kidney beans and dressing.  Toss well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Toss again.  Serve with Parmesan baguette. Makes 2 servings.

 Nutrition InformationPer serving: 536 calories (15 percent from fat), 8.8 g fat, (2.1 g saturated, 2.5 g monounsaturated), 102 mg cholesterol, 55.1 g protein, 58.8 g carbohydrates, 10.1 g fiber, 972 mg sodium.Shopping List

To buy: 1 small piece Parmesan cheese, 3/4 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken strips, 1 whole wheat baguette, 1 small can chickpeas,1 small can red kidney beans, 1 bottle dried cumin, 1 jar chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and 1/4 pound trimmed green beans

Staples: Reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing, salt and black peppercorns

Helpful Hints

  • Buy trimmed green beans and cut them into 1-inch pieces.
  • Toast baguette with cheese in a toaster oven or under a broiler.
  • Use same bowl for microwaving green beans and making the salad.

Countdown:

  • Toast baguette.
  • Make salad.

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05/21/15 - Thursday on Topical Currents: You may not care to hear the news, but our hurricane season begins June 1st.  We haven’t been severely threatened by a storm in nearly ten years, so we’ll go over possibilities with meteorologist Dr. Angela Colbert, from the Frost Museum of Science.

05/20/15 - Tune in for Wednesday’s Topical Currents, when we broach the disorder of chronic pain. At least 100-million Americans suffer from it. 

That’s more than those who suffer heart disease, cancer and diabetes, combined. We’ll learn about new interventional techniques, including localized nerve blocks and fluoroscopy video images.  Our Guests: Dr. Ira Fox, M.D., founder of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants and Judy Foreman, author of “A Nation in Pain”That’s Topical Currents on chronic pain . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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