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 January 2, 2014

Verde Café at PAMM

Verde Miami
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01/02/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview restaurateur Stephen Starr, he opened Verde Café at PAMM and is the owner of two other South Florida restaurants, 954 Steak in Ft. Lauderdale and Makoto in Bal Harbour; and Verde Chef, Nicolay Adinaquez talks about how they developed the new style cuisine at Verde.  

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Radio
1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others

Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others
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01/02/14 - Did you make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or find a more meaningful career?  Join us for Thursday’s Topical Currents.  We’ll visit University of Texas professor Dr. Art Markman. He’s written Smart Change:  Five Tools to Create  New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Author Salman Rushdie (Rebroadcast)

Salman Rushdie
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12/31/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is an interview with novelist Salman Rushdie, by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.  Rushdie, of course, authored Satanic Verses in 1988.  It enraged Muslim clerics, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Novelist Allan Gurganus

Local Souls
http://www.allangurganus.com/

12/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez visits with novelist Allan Gurganus.  He’s known for documenting southern US sentiments and the bittersweet lives of the citizens of a present-day fictional town in North Carolina.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times

“Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”
http://www.projectcensored.org/

12/30/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents, when we begin with Andy Lee Roth, coauthor of Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times.”  The book chronicles news censorship and under-reported stories from the past year.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

"Restaurant Roundabout” December 2013 Edition

Linda Gassenheimer on Chat Chow TV
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12/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critics Jen Karetnik and Jan Norris.  We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listener calls about favorite dining spots.  Perhaps you have a new bistro to tell us about . . . or a favorite steakhouse.  Listen in Topical Currents today at 1pm.
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

The Life And Times Of Jesus Of Nazareth

ZEALOT: The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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12/24/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with religious scholar Dr. Reza Aslan, who’s written ZEALOT:  The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  He says the Jesus known as Christ is not the same as the one from Nazareth.  The gospels weren’t written during his lifetime, but between 70 and 100 years after his death.  Aslan comes from a purely academic perspective.  Jesus was probably born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem.  He was a disciple of John the Baptist. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Historian John McMillian: Beatles vs. Stones?

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12/23/13 - Which group was better and more influential . . . The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?  They are the most renowned bands in rock and roll history, so we’ll take up the question with historian and diehard fan John McMillian.  The Beatles were the sensations of sensations, and created an everlasting body of work over ten years.  John Lennon was murdered in 1980.  George Harrison succumbed to cancer 12 years ago.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Marky's Fine Foods Holiday Feasts with CEO Chris Hlubb

Marky's Group President Christopher Hlubb with some caviar in the warehouse at the company headquarters
PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD

12/19/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Christopher Hlubb, Pres and CEO of Marky’s group, purveyor of fine foods.  He gives us tips on creating holiday feasts and debunk some of the mysteries in gourmet foods – caviar – smoked salmon – chocolates how to choose from the many varieties

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Topical Currents
7:05 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Emotionally Focused Therapy For Dummies

12/19/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents begins with the authors of EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY FOR DUMMIES.  Professors Brent Bradley and James Furrow say it takes daily attention to keep a meaningful, fulfilling relationship vibrant.  And more . . . Linda Gasssenheimer’s Food & Dining looks at the finer delicacies of the holidays:  caviar, smoked salmon and rich chocolates.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think

Douglas Kenrick

12/18/13 - Why do people overspend, underinvest and make poor life decisions?  Nearly two-million vehicles are repossessed each year.  $57 Billion dollars are invested in state lotteries that have a negative return rate of 80%.  Is this communal stupidity, or are other factors involved that are evolutionary smarts?  On the next Topical Currents we speak with University of Arizona professor Douglas Kenrick, co-author of THE RATIONAL ANIMAL:  How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Psychopath Inside

Fallon's brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control.
The normal scan on the left is his son's. Jim Fallon

12/17/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with neuroscientist James Fallon.  After decades of studying human brains, he found that his own scan showed psychopathic patterns. Did he have the genes of a serial killer? He’s written THE PSYCHOPATH INSIDE:  A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon
Annie Leibovitz

12/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and lecturer Andrew Solomon.  His latest book, FAR FROM THE TREE:  Parents, Children and the Search for Identity tells the stories of parents who deal with their exceptional children . . . and find profound meaning doing so.  Families cope with deafness, dwarfism, autism, schizophrenia, children conceived in rape, kids who become criminals and transgendered individuals. Solomon tells how diversity makes parents more imaginative and understanding.  Don’t miss Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

“Members Only” Call-In with Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman

Bonnie Berman and Joseph Cooper in the Topical Currents Studio
Paul Leary WLRN

12/12/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is our popular “Members Only” 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.  Also, a special guest Linda Gasssenheimer.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Celebrate Writers On Knitting And Knitters

Martha Frankel
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12/10/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the magic of knitting, which dates back to the 11th Century. Award winning author Ann Hood has edited an anthology of 27 original essays by 27 extraordinary authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Sue Grafton– all centered in one way or another...

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