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 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

Tax Credits/Flickr

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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Eating Less Meat; Book Jacket Designer Chip Kidd

Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States
http://www.humanesociety.org/

04/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States.  The society urges a reduction or elimination of meat-based diets, for both health and ethical reasons.  Many school districts add more fruits and veggies in lunchroom fare, and offer “Meatless Mondays.”  Miami-Dade & Broward schools are participants.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

The Science of Winning & Losing

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
https://www.facebook.com/topdogbook

04/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the science involved in why we win . . . or lose in competition.  What gives peak performance?  For some, high-pressure brings out the best.  For others, stress avoidance gives the groove.  Employees who just want to “get through the day” will never reach lofty goals, and fear of mistakes dampens ambition and success.  Our guest is Po Bronson co-author of TOP DOG:  The Science of Winning & Losing.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Celebrity Chefs with Restaurants In South Florida

Bar and Lounge at BOURBON STEAK Miami
http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/bsmi.php

04/04/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Gustavo Rech general manager of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle and David Varley, corporate executive chef for the Mina Group.  Wediscuss how they have been able to keep their brand standards when many celebrity chefs in South Florida have failed, plus the new Michael Mina restaurant opening at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Reinvent How You See The World

Sam Sommers
http://www.samsommers.com/

04/04/13 -  Thursday's Topical Currents begins with social psychologist Sam Sommers.  He’s written SITUATIONS MATTER:  Understanding How Context Transforms Your World. Context affects our behavior in inexplicable ways:  peaceful persons joining a riot . . . a sports fan who behaves like a lout . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Why Whistleblowers Stand Up To Evil

Eyal Press
www.eyalpress.com

04/03/13 - 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?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Kids Through Sports

Raising Your Game: Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Girls and Boys Through Sports
http://raisingyourgamebook.com/

04/02/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with sportswriter Ethan Skolnik and psychologist Dr. Andrea Corn.  They’ve co-written RAISING YOUR GAME:  Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Girls and Boys Through Sports.  Sports are enriching enjoyable for kids . . . usually.  If not addressed in the right manner they can be a source of pressure, self-doubt and dejection.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Why Lawmakers Choose Myths Over Evidence

Professor David Schultz
http://schultzstake.blogspot.com/

04/01/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Professor David Schultz, author of AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE AGE OF IGNORANCE.  He contends that lawmakers on all levels ignore clear evidence and prefer myths of belief when creating legislation and policies . . . and that money, special interests and simple ideology figure in recycling old policies.  That’s Topical Currents . . .

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer & Fred Tasker Discuss Fine American Wines

Shari Gherman
www.americanfinewinecompetition.org

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03/28/13 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  Shari Gherman, founder of the American Fine Wine Competition and Chef Christina Machammer, from B Cellars Napa Valley Blends and winner of the 4th season of Hell’s Kitchen.  Shari talks about the best American wines and Christina shares her thoughts on pairing food and wine.  

Dinner in Minutes:  Mint Pesto Lamb with Garlic Potatoes

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Chronically Exhausted? Stop Feeling Tired.

Dr. George Zgourides
www.linkedin.com

03/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Dr. George Zgourides, author of STOP FEELING TIRED.   Chronic exhaustion is a complaint of many . . . but coffee and energy drinks aren’t effective.   Life balance, stress reduction and equilibrium get results.    And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and Fred Taker discuss the American Fine Wine Competition . . . and how to best pair wine with food.  That’s Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tel Aviv University Professor Anita Shapira, author of Israel: A History

Prof. Anita Shapira
The Israel Democracy Institute. http://en.idi.org.il

03/27/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the turbulent history of Israel, from the origins of the Zionist movement in the late 19th Century to the present day.  There’s the backdrop of relations between Jews, Arabs and Turks, and the earliest settlements in Palestine under Ottoman rule.  We’ll visit with Tel Aviv University professor Anita Shapira, author of ISRAEL:  A HISTORY.  Don’t miss Topical Currents . . .

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