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
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
twitter.com/marthafrankel

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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Breaking the Line: 1967’s Transformation Orange Blossom Classic Football Game

Samuel Freedman
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12/09/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities.  There were more implications than just a football title.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2013

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

12/05/13 -1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about Linda’s favorite kitchen gift gadgets. Drop Zone Cookie sheet makes perfectly shaped cookies and helps place the right amount of dough and prevents cookies from spreading across the pan. Hot milk frother: velvety milk for latte and cappuccino in minutes... and my favorite, the pomegranate tool, this gadget takes the mess out of seeding pomegranates and takes less than a minute to do the job, and much more. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Public Usage And Protection Of National Park Resources

Biscayne National Park
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12/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.  The park will hold hearings to consider the delicate balance between public usage and protection of national resources.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

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

A first impression of what the prologue to Blockbusters has in store for readers
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12/04/13  - Tomorrow’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.  Elberse teaches a course in Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries, which covers entertainment, media and sports.  It’s a favorite among MBA students.  What drives success in the modern media and digital world?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion

Bob Burg
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12/03/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Bob Burg, who’s written ADVERSARIES INTO ALLIES:  How to Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.  It might be as simple as getting a spouse to put out the trash, or as important as convincing your boss that you deserve a raise.  How about talking a state trooper out of giving you a ticket on I-95?  Burg says that looking at people as adversaries usually results in failure.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Background of Common Core State Education Standards

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JOHN O'CONNOR StateImpact Florida

12/02/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the controversy and background of Common Core State Education Standards. Backers say they are benchmarked to international criteria and will keep US competitive with students from other countries.  Three of four teachers feel the Core Standards will help students, particularly those who wish to be college-ready. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1 pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hanukkah: From A Simple Occasion To Something Grand

11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America.  Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.

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