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 September 30, 2014

Sexual Assault, The Role That Technology Sometimes Plays, And The Lack Of Legislation

Actor Christina Ricci Joins RAINN as National Spokesperson

09/30/14 - According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, every two minutes an American is sexually assaulted.  80% of the victims are under the age of 30, and 44% are under 18. Tuesday’s Topical Currents tackles the subject of sexual assault and the role that technology sometimes plays.We visit with  Laura Finley, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University and Chair of the Board of Directors, No More Tears along with  Somy Ali, founder and President of No More Tears.

Also with us, Holly Jacobs, founder of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Campaign to End Revenge Porn along with Bianca Rudge, a victim of sexual assault. That’s Topical Currents . . . today at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

The Multi-Billion Dollar Surgery Industry And The Cost of Cutting

Courtesy of Berkley Trade Paperback

09/29/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with practicing surgeon Dr. Paul Ruggieri, who’s written THE COST OF CUTTING:  A Surgeon Reveals the Truth Behind a Multibillion Dollar Industry.  Operating rooms are a main source of hospital revenues.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

The Personal Finance Industry's Dark Side

Helaine Olen
helaineolen.com

09/25/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast that 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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Topical Currents
2:53 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

We want to know: Should Joseph Cooper Continue The History Calendar?

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman in the studio.
Paul Leary WLRN

At the close of every Topical Currents, since its inception in 1999, Joseph Cooper incorporates historical and fun facts over the ending theme music.   We want to know from you, should Joseph continue to end the program with the calendar?  Please comment below, or on the TC Facebook page or Twitter.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transormation Of American Community

Marc Dunkelman and President Bill Clinton
twitter.com/MarcDunkelman

09/24/14 - Without much notice, America’s basic community building blocks have dissolved.  Wednesday’s  Topical Currents looks at the epochal shift in the structure of American life with journalist and author, Marc Dunkelman.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WLRN-TV Documentary, “Deep City: The Birth Of The Miami Sound”

09/23/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents recalls the early days of soul music . . . in Miami. The first black-owned music label was created by Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall.  They learned their trade on the streets of Overtown and at Johnny’s Record Store. Numerous Miami artists charted music during the period, including singers Betty Wright and Helene Smith.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Unparalleled Beauty And Biodiversity Of The Greater Everglades Area

www.facebook.com/southfloridawild

09/22/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents considers the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the greater Everglades area. The lands surrounding the ‘Glades is the most populous urban area in the southeastern U-S . . .  the seventh largest in the nation. We speak with the Executive Director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, which monitors factors which affect the delicate the ecosystem.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Is The Era Of Truly Fine Dining Over?

John Mariani
www.johnmariani.com

09/18/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with John Mariani, restaurant and travel columnist for Esquire Magazine and the Huffington Post.  He has been called “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.   We discuss the state of the restaurant industry in the US. He wrote a scathing article “What is Bon Appetit Magazine trying to sell us?” referring to their 50 nominees for the best restaurants of 2014.  He questions their assumption that fine dining is dead. We talk about their concept of hipster restaurants; the overpriced food and what America wants when dining out. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovations and Sell Our Greatest Ideas

John Pollack
twitter.com/jdpollack

09/18/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with former Presidential speech writer John Pollack, whose latest book is SHORTCUT:  How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovations and Sell Our Greatest Ideas.Wordsmiths have shaped world history by simplifying complex ideas into easily understood ideas. And more:  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with Esquire Magazine’s restaurant and travel columnist John Mariani.Tune in for Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

“All In A Day’s Work” With Waste Management Sanitation Workers

www.wm.com

09/17/14 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents, we continue our series “All in a Day’s Work”, with Waste Management Sanitation workers, Tonya Williams, Richard Gillyard and Dave Allison.  Ms. Williams drives a residential sanitation truck, Mr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Discussion Of Weight Management And Eating Disorders

Linda Spangle
www.weightlossjoy.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Power Of Positive Confrontation

09/15/14 - Have you ever wished you knew exactly how to confront someone in order to solve a problem while saving the relationship? Then, join us for Monday’s Topical Currents when we visit with author and professor, Barbara Pachter.

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Topical Currents
2:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Joseph Cooper Talks About His Medical Ordeal/Return To Hosting Topical Currents

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman in the studio today.
Paul Leary/WLRN

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

BLOCKBUSTERS: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Harvard University Professor Anita Elberse.  She specializes in today’s entertainment culture, and has written BLOCKBUSTERS:  Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

How The New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Pet

catsensebook.com

09/09/14 - Join us for Tuesday’s Topical Currents when take another look at the most popular pet in the world—the elusive and inscrutable cat.  The past two decades have seen an explosion in research leading to some astounding findings.

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