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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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Miami Herald's New Food Editor Evan Benn

NUTTY BAKED SHRIMP WITH ROMAN SPINACH AND ORZO
Credit www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

04/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Evan Benn, the new Miami Herald Food Editor.  He talks about his plans for the food section and how readers can interact with it.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Founding Of Save The Chimps Sanctuary

www.primatesanctuaries.org

04/24/14 - On Thursday's Topical Currentswe’ll learn about the founding of Save the Chimps Sanctuary from its director, Jen Feuerstein.  She is also one of the preeminent authorities on chimpanzee welfare.  We’ll discuss the controversy over lab use of chimps for biomedical research, and new chimp legislation. And more, Linda Gassenheimer visits with the new food editor of the Miami Herald, Evan Benn.  We’ll hear about his plans for the food section.  Fred Tasker offers his wine suggestions. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm. 

  • SAVE THE CHIMPS Sanctuary Director Jen Feuerstein discusses OPENING DOORS ~ Carole Noon and Her Dream to Save the Chimps Saturday, April 26th at 3 pm at Vero Beach Book Center.

 

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Elder Care of Florida Founder Jackie Chiodo: Senior Financial Issues

Jacqueline Harris Chiodo
www.elderservicesofflorida.com

04/23/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast from 02/05/14/ with Elder Care of Florida founder Jacqueline Harris Chiodo. Over a 30-year career, she’s been a senior trust officer for numerous Florida banks.  She’s founded Elder Care of Florida, which provides “fiduciary” safety to Florida seniors. One in five seniors in the state who lost investment money have been defrauded.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Writer Gary Shteyngart's "Little Failure"

Little Failure
www.garyshteyngart.com

04/22/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features an Ariel Gonzalez interview with writer Gary Shteyngart.  The author of three highly acclaimed novels, including his recent bestseller, "Super Sad True Love Story,"  Shteyngart is recognized as a brilliant satirist with an unfailing eye for the foibles of modern life.  His latest work is a memoir whose title comes from his mother’s nickname for him, "Little Failure." Join us for Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives

Personal Intelligence: : The power of personality and how it shapes our lives
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04/21/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents features a conversation with psychologist John D. Mayer. Mayer, who developed the groundbreaking theory of “emotional intelligence”  now suggests that our ability to “read” the faces, emotions, and desires of those around us can greatly enhance our life experience…and better understand our own feelings. Join us for a discussion of John D.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Sustainable vs. Organic Farming

Herb Crusted Lamb Steak with Wild Mushroom Rice Pilaf
Credit www.dinnerinminutes.com/recipe.php

04/17/14- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview John Hillard co-owner of Hillard Bruce Winemakers; he believes that certified sustainable farming through Sustainable In Practice (SIP) is better than organic farming.  Marty Mesh is the Executive Director of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (Florida Organic Growers); he gives the organic side of farming. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Life And Legacy Of David Fairchild

04/17/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents looks at the life and legacy of David Fairchild.  We’ll visit with  Dr. David W.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning
www.americanafterlifebook.com

04/16/14 - Someone dies…what happens next? Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at America’s relationship with death today with NPR  award winning reporter and producer Kate Sweeney. She’s written American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Evolutionary Origins Of The Depression Epidemic

Jonathan Rottenberg
https://twitter.com/JonRottenberg

04/15/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents looks at the epidemic of depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorder affects 6.7% of American adults, yet it’s root cause is little understood by scientists and the general population. We’ll speak with University of South Florida Professor and Psychologist, Jonathan Rottenberg who offers a bold new account of why depression endures. He’s written THE DEPTHS: THE EVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS OF THE DEPRESSION EPIDEMICThat’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

War Correspondent: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life

Brad Willis
www.bhavaram.com

04/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with former NBC war correspondent Brad Willis. He’s suffered severe illness, failed surgery, addiction and a crippling illness, then turned around his life by rejecting Western medical approaches, and embracing yoga. Today, he’s a renowned teacher and motivator. Willis has written WARRIOR POSE:  HOW YOGA (LITERALLY) SAVED MY LIFE

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Topical Currents
2:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Tax Filing Tips And Food And Dining

Today's Dish
Credit Linda Gassenheimer

4/10/14 - Topical Currents begins with an at your service edition on tax preparation.  There are new rules and new deductions for 2013.  The tax laws are composed of some 70,000 pages, so it’s easy to make mistakes.  We’ll speak with tax expert Keith Hall.

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Topical Currents
2:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A Nation In Pain: Healing Our Biggest Heath Problem

4/8/2014 - Topical Currents addresses chronic pain. One-hundred million adults in America live with it.
 
We’ll speak with science writer Judy Foreman, the author of "A NATION IN PAIN:  Healing Our Biggest Health Problem".
 
Most medical schools don’t even require students to take a course on the subject.  The NIH only allots one percent of its budget for pain research.

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Topical Currents
5:12 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

How to Care for Aging Parents

4/7/2014 - Topical Currents looks at what many people face:  caring for aging parents.

When does one get involved, and have that “difficult” conversation? What if a parent won’t budge? And working with siblings can be a vexing situation.

We’ll speak with expert Virginia Morris.

CAREFORAGINGPARENTS.COM
eldercare.gov   Phone: 800-677-1116

Topical Currents
2:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

“Drunk Tank Pink:” Unexpected Forces Which Influence Lives; Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining.

4/03/14 - Topical Currents begins with NYU marketing professor Adam Alter.  His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing and psychology. Most of us think we act independently from the world around us.  Alter refutes the notion in his book, DRUNK TANK PINK: AND OTHER UNEXPECTED FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK, FEEL, AND BEHAVE. It’s been found that pink surroundings make people more passive, and less prone to violence. ADAMALTERAUTHOR.COM

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Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.

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Topical Currents
2:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

LOVE ILLUMINATED: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject

Topical Currents is with New York Times “Modern Love” columnist Daniel Jones. No subject in human history has been more thoroughly examined, yet it’s still as little understood since the time of Shakespeare.

Columnist Jones has had some 50,000 letters cross his desk:  deluged with scheming cheaters, hopeless romantics and fierce devotees. He’s written, LOVE ILLUMINATED:  Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject.

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