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 23, 2014

Delivering Calorie Counted, Portion Controlled Meals

Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean.
http://deliverlean.com/

01/23/14 - 1:30 Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Scott Harris, CEO of DeliverLean, a diet meal delivery service.  It's mid-January and many of us are still trying to drop the Holiday pounds – DeliverLean delivers calorie counted, portion controlled meals in many categories. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

Roman Krznaric
http://www.romankrznaric.com/

01/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British sociologist and writer Roman Krznaric, author of HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?  Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.  He says people should embrace past wisdom and escape what he terms “status anxiety.”  He’ll join us from London.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  She’ll tell us about a new diet meal delivery service.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Television Anchor Jane Pauley: Reimagnining the Rest of Your Life

Jane Pauley
lifereimagined.aarp.org/

01/22/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with one of America’s most beloved TV anchors, Jane Pauley.  She hosted NBC’s Today Show for 13 years, and then anchored the Dateline program for 11 years.  She was always fresh-faced, plainspoken and funny.  In 2001, Pauley was diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder.  She’s written a memoir, YOUR LIFE CALLING:  Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons

Front page of the Miami Herald this past weekend.
MIAMI HERALD

01/21/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Miami-Dade Schools English teacher David Menache. He’s 40 years old, and has been an inspiration to some 3,000 students.  He’s also battling stage-four brain cancer . . . and is traveling to reconnect with former students before his death.  David has written, THE PRIORITY LIST:  A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fear of A Hip-Hop Planet

Miami Law Professor Donald Jones
http://www.law.miami.edu/

01/20/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones.  He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, are stereotypes, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture. He's written FEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET:  America’s New Dilemma.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Possible Links Between Cancer And Diet

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

01/16/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Alice Pereira, Baptist Health South Florida Diet and Nutrition specialist. She talks about the links between cancer and diet, what are the power foods and how we all can eat smart rather than diet.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

An Experiment in Ageless Living

The Ageless Experiment
http://theagelessexperiment.com/

01/16/14 Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with South Florida attorney Paul Lipton.  We all contemplate the passage of time, and have regrets about our usage of it. Lipton has written HOUR OF THE WOLF:  An Experiment in Ageless Living.   He describes the late-night “witching hour,” which is when our lives are examined.  How can we live more meaningfully?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties

https://www.facebook.com/normanrosenthal

01/14/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the benefits of . . . adversity.  It can make us better, stronger and more resilient.  Adversity is a boon to creativity.  And when life is hardest, there are meanings and gifts to be found.  We’ll speak with Georgetown University Medical Center psychiatrist and researcher Norman Rosenthal.

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Topical Currents
1:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Legendary Poet & Author Maya Angelou

01/13/14 - In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr. Maya Angelou.  She’s had a vast career in dance, screenplays, television, and novels.  She’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with an appearance at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton next week.  Dr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

A Religion of One’s Own

A Religion of One’s Own
http://careofthesoul.net/

01/13/14- Monday’s Topical Currents begins with Thomas Moore, author of A Religion of One’s Own.  He was a Catholic monk for 12 years, is a theology professor . . . and a psychotherapist.  In the second half of the program, Bonnie Berman interviews legendary poet Dr.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Master Class in Indian Cooking

Raghavan Iyer
http://www.raghavaniyer.com/

01/09/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Raghavan Iyer award-winning cooking teacher and cookbook author.  His latest book is Indian Cooking Unfolded: A Master Class in Indian Cooking.  He teaches us how to create Indian-style dishes with ease.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Take Stock In Children Miami

From Take Stock in Children's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/TSIChildren

01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization.  It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . .  from entrance to middle school through high school.  College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Making Healthcare Reform Work for You

Dr. Melissa Clarke
http://www.drmelissaclarke.com/

01/08/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with patient advocate and author Dr. Melissa Clarke.  She gives tips on how one can become more proactive in treatment of serious conditions.  She’s written EXCUSE ME DOCTOR!  I’ve Got What?  Studies show that patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive – and may save money, as well. Of course, we’ll take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

IN MEAT WE TRUST
maureenogle.com

01/07/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with historian and author Maureen Ogle who’s documented the long history of the livestock and meat debate.  It dates back to Colonial times.  In her book, IN MEAT WE TRUST,  Ogle doesn’t take sides . . . but explains how meat winds up on plates.  The factory-farm system first evolved because a labor shortage . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era

Michael Kimmel
www.michaelkimmel.com

01/06/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents addresses “Angry White Men,” a study of the extreme right, White Supremacists and neo-Nazis in the US, Germany and Scandinavia. Sociologist Michael Kimmel of New York’s Stony Brook University says young white men are distraught that society no longer belongs exclusively to them.

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