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
Thu May 8, 2014

Augusten Burroughs: Surviving What You Think You Can’t

Augusten Burroughs
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05/08/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Augusten Burroughs, who’s written the best-seller THIS IS HOW:  Surviving What You Think You Can’t.  There aren’t any quick fixes, but somehow, we get by. And more.  Why has food blogging become so popular?  Linda

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Food and Dining
10:54 am
Thu May 8, 2014

BlogHer Food Conference Miami

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05/08/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Elisa Camahort, co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc.  This is the largest community network of people who blog and are social media influencers.  The BlogHer/Food conference is in Miami, May 16-17, 2014.  She discusses food blogging, why it has become so popular and what it means to the media community.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox Of Modern Parenthood

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05/06/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with New York Magazine contributing editor and award-winning journalist, Jennifer Senior. Based on scientific research and studies, she says that parents are more unhappy than their childless peers – although she adds that the high price of raising children comes with high rewards. Senior - the mother of a six year old has written- ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD. Join us for Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Watchdog Report Publisher, Dan Ricker; A Call To Serve: Florida Jews And The U.S. Military

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05/05/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the 2014 Florida Legislative Session with Watchdog Report Publisher, Dan Ricker.  What was accomplished and what wasn’t? And more, a new WLRN original television documentary pays tribute to Florida Jews who served in military campaigns from the Seminole Wars through Afghanistan.  We’ll discuss “A Call to Serve: Florida Jews and the U.S.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters
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05/01/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at creativity through hands-on work.  We’ll visit with woodworker Peter Korn, author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters.  Korn explores the nature and rewards of the creative practice. And more, Linda Gassenheimer speaks with Chef Richard Ingraham, the personal chef of Miami Heat star, Dwayne Wade.  What keeps him going in their race for another championship?  Fred Tasker offers his wine suggestions. Join us for Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
12:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Dwyane Wade's Personal Chef Richard Ingraham

CHEF RICHARD INGRAHAM
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05/01/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Richard Ingraham, personal chef to Dwyane Wade.  He talks about what he makes for the Heat star to keep in shape especially for these championship games and we taste Wade’s favorite dish on air.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Neuroscientist’s Journey Of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs & Society

HIGH PRICE: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.
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This program is a rebroadcast from June 2013.

04/30/14- Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast of a program with Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart. A native Miamian, Hart has written  HIGH PRICE:  A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. After 22 years of research, he challenges the way we think about poverty, race and addiction. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at one 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A History Of The World At The Time Of Jesus

And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus
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04/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with author and radio producer, Selina O’Grady. At the time of Jesus’ birth, there were thousands of gods worshiped across the world. So how was Christianity able to survive to become one of the world’s dominant religions?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America.

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America
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04/28/14 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with award-winning author, Kevin Cook.  His latest book uncovers the truth about a grizzly murder that occurred 50 years ago. Using newly discovered documents and original interviews, Cook provides a new perspective on the life of Kitty Genovese, the background of her killer, and the riveting hunt for justice. Join us for a discussion of Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Byst

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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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