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 January 8, 2013

HAITI: The Aftershocks of History

Historian/author Laurent Dubois
http://duboisl2.wordpress.com/

01/08/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian Laurent Dubois, author of HAITI:  The Aftershocks of History.  Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption.  Dubois says Haiti can only be understood by its complex past and inception as the only successful slave revolt in world history.  Can a new Haiti emerge from its legacy?

Video:  Laurent Dubois talks about What We Must Know in Order to Help Haiti:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 01/07/13

HistoryMiami Walking Tour
http://www.historymiami.org/

01/07/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College.  We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture . . . listeners are invited to give answers.  A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.  Don’t miss the South Florida History Quiz on Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Linda Gassenheimer with Sheila Bowman of Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch
http://www.facebook.com/seafoodwatch

01/03/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Sheila Bowman, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the home of Seafood Watch.  She is the Manager of culinary and Strategic Initiatives for Seafood Watch.  We’ll talk about Seafood Smarts – susta

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Interview with Novelist Sandra Cisneros

Sandra at San Miguel Allende Mexico
© Copyright 2011 Alan Goldfarb

01/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez and writer Sandra Cisneros.  For decades, she’s inspired young Latino authors. Her latest work is a departure:  an illustrated children’s book which takes place in San Antonio.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer discusses how consumers can avoid endangered seafood species with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment
http://craigrwhitney.com/

01/02/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with former New York Times reporter and editor, Craig Whitney.  He reviews the long history of American gun control in his recent book, LIVING WITH GUNS: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.  Though his book was published before the Connecticut school massacre, Whitney says the rights of Americans to own and use guns can be preserved while also giving the public the right to live in safety. Over 30,000 die from gunshots every year.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Language Expert Constance Hale: Let Verbs Power Your Writing

Constance Hale
http://sinandsyntax.com

12/27/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with journalist and language expert Constance Hale.  Her latest book concentrates on the “pivot points” of our sentences:  verbs.  In her book, VEX, HEX, SMASH, SMOOCH, she examines both heavenly and headache verbs.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker with end of year drinks and food.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia

Chef Angelo Elia
Alissa Dragun

12/20/12 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Body Language Expert Patti Wood

Patti Wood
http://www.snapfirstimpressions.com/

12/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with first impressions.  Just a fraction of a second can influence a relationship . . . and those first takes tend to be remarkably accurate.  We’ll speak with expert Patti Wood, author of SNAP:  Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma.   And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Chef Angelo Elia, the owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Casa d’Angelo.  Also, wine columnist Fred Tasker.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

South Florida Author Les Standiford Examines the American Revolution in DESPERATE SONS.

Les Standiford
http://www.les-standiford.com/

12/19/12 -  Topical Currents is with South Florida-based author Les Standiford.  His latest work is DESPERATE SONS:  Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War.  The leaders of the Sons of Revolution were colonial merchants, whose businesses suffered greatly from British tax and trade structures.

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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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