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
Tue December 18, 2012

Conversation Transformation: Overcoming Destructive Communication Patterns

Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D
http://www.conversationtransformation.com

12/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at how we can improve communication skills.  Verbal expert Dr. Ben Benjamin , co-author of CONVERSATION TRANSFORMATION, says there are red flags to notice when conversations take the wrong course.  Complaints and leading questions can start a downhill path.  And “Yes, buts” usually put another person on the defensive.  More information at www.conversationtransformation.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Temple University Professor Joan Mellen & OUR MAN IN HAITI

Joan Mellen
http://www.temple.edu/

12/17/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Temple University Professor Joan Mellen, whose latest book is OUR MAN IN HAITI:  George de Mohrenschildt & the CIA in the Nightmare Republic.  It tracks the role of the U.S. military and CIA in the internal life of Haiti, particularly during the despotic reign of Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier.  Mellen cites ties to the U-S Mafia, drug traffic, and even the Kennedy assassination.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer & Acclaimed Chef Norman Van Aken

Chef Norman Van Aken
http://www.facebook.com/ChefNormanVanAken

12/13/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.   Guest is acclaimed Chef Norman Van Aken.  His food career began in Key West . . . before his mega-star tenure in the South Florida dining scene.  He’s written MY KEY WEST KITCHEN, along with his son, Justin Van Aken.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.  *Today's program is an abbreviated fundraising edition.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

David Lawrence & The Children’s Movement of Florida; Heather Klinker & Grubstake Good Works

David Lawrence
http://childrensmovementflorida.org/

12/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents begins with the Chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, David Lawrence.  He’ll update the issues and progress of efforts to better prepare Florida kids to learn . . . and thrive.  One in four Florida high school students are dropouts.  A half-million kids have no health insurance.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Cultural Competency For the Health Professional; Novelist Junot Diaz

Patti Rose, Ed.D.
http://www.as.miami.edu/africanastudies/faculty

12/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with University of Miami professor Dr. Patti Rose, who specializes in cultural diversity issues which face health professionals -- and interactions with patients and families.  And more.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez interviews award-winning novelist Junot Diaz.  Recently awarded a sizeable “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.  His latest book is a collection of themed short-stories called, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

“Members Only” Call-In

12/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” pledge program with hosts Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman . . . and faithful listeners.  We’ll “turn the table,” and have WLRN members give on-air testimonials, and relate public radio experiences.  When was your first financial pledge offered? How about revealing one of those riveting “driveway moments?”

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Annual Holiday Kitchen Gadgets

Linda with her gadgets in the studio.

12/06/12 - Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents and Linda Gassenheimer’s Annual Holiday Kitchen Gadget extravaganza with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  How about a battery-operated vacuum chip and cracker storage container?  Contents stay crisp for months.  Linda demonstrates the ultimate double-edged bread knife, as well as a unique flippable omelet pan.  Fred has gadgets for the wine devotee.

Short video behind the scenes from today's program.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Socio-biologist Rebecca Costa Addresses Global Gridlock in The Watchman’s Rattle

The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse
http://www.rebeccacosta.com/

12/04/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with socio-biologist Rebecca Costa.  She offers a “genetic” explanation for currents events . . . emerging trends . . . and individual behavior.   Costa retired at the zenith of her Silicon Valley career to write her book, THE WATCHMAN’S RATTLE:  A Radical New Theory of Collapse.  She says the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock.

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You

Unaccountable
http://www.facebook.com/UnaccountableBook

12/03/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with whistle-blower surgeon and Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Marty Makary.  He’s an international expert on patient safety, who laments the corporatized hospital culture.   25% of all hospital patients are harmed by medical mistakes.  He says these blunders are due to blind focus on the proverbial “bottom line.”  He’s written UNACCOUNTABLE:  What Hospitals Won’t Tell You.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food

The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food
http://www.thetasteoftomorrow.com/

Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow:  Dispatches from the Future of Food.  What will we be eating, say, in 2035: test tube meat, stem cell burgers, blue bananas? 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Naturopathic Physician Michael Murray

Michael T. Murray, N.D
http://doctormurray.com

11/29/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with naturopathic physician Michael Murray author of WHAT DRUG COMPANIES WON’T TELL YOU And your Doctor Doesn’t Know.   He discusses alternative treatments for the drugs which may be in our home medicine cabinets.   Murray says headache remedies can worsen symptoms . . . and that antacids can create digestive problems.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow:  Dispatches from the Future of Food.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

South Florida Post-Election Issues

11/28/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with regular contributor and Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  We’ll follow up with South Florida election ramifications . . . and of course, take your calls.  Is the large Miami-Dade Cuban-American vote now swinging to Democrats?  And what effect will charter-enacted County Commission term limits foretell?  We’ll also check up on post-election Broward County politics and government.   http://www.watchdogreport.net/

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

“At Your Service” Pet Care Call-In Show

Dr Ian Kupkee
http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

11/26/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of  Kendall’s  Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors.  We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls.   Also a report on how the Miami-Dade Pet Trust straw ballot approval will play-out.  It calls for low-cost spay and neuter services and a no-kill animal shelter.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Education Pioneer Salman Kahn and The One World Schoolhouse

Sal Founder & Executive Director Khan Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/

11/20/12 -  Tuesday's  Topical Currents is with education innovator Salman Kahn.  He says today’s schools and colleges are built upon a model developed by Prussians in the 1700-hundreds . . . and that modern technology should make classrooms more human and teachers more important.  He recommends a pay scale for teachers to match other professions.   Salman Kahn has written, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE:  Education Reimagined.

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Topical Currents
4:36 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Oxford University Professor Kevin Dutton and The Wisdom Of Psychopaths

Kevin Dutton
http://www.wisdomofpsychopaths.com

11/19/12 - Monday’s  Topical Currents looks at the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behavior.  Psychopaths are usually fearless, confident, charismatic and ruthless . . . but most people aren’t aware that they aren’t necessarily violent.  In fact, some psychopathic behavior is exhibited by leaders of business and government.  We’ll speak with research psychologist Kevin Dutton about his book, THE WISDOM OF PSYCHOPATHS:  What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.  

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