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
Tue September 17, 2013

Watchdog Report: Dade County Budget Hardball

www.watchdogreport.net

09/17/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features regular contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly “Watchdog Report.”  Topics include the budget hardball being played out in Miami-Dade County.  Funding for libraries has been restored, but there are still battles with union workers, who look for benefits to be restored.  Coconut Grove residents say more police officers are needed to curb crime in their village.  Learn more . . . and call in with concerns . . .

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Leftover Angst About The Vietnam War

Tim O'Brien
wikipedia.org

09/16/13 - Ariel Gonzalez interviews Tim O’Brien, about his book "JULY, JULY," which deals with leftover angst about the Vietnam War.  Mr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Trauma of Everyday Life

Dr Mark Epstein
www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Epstein-MD/201450013207216

09/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein.  He’s written THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE.  Most of us have a limited – and limiting – understanding of trauma.   Epstein says trauma is more than death, chronic illness or cataclysmic life events in the news . . . that it isn’t a rare event . . . but is central to our psychological makeup.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Tasty Tailgate Treats from Chef Howie Kleinberg

Chef Howie Kleinberg
www.bulldog-bbq.com

09/12/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bulldog Barbecue restaurant chef/owner Howie Kleinberg.  Football season is in full swing.  Howie gives us tips for tailgate parties and we taste some tailgate treats.  In the second half of Topical Currents, Thursday at 1:30 on WLRN-HD1.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

I Don't Know: Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)
www.leahhagercohen.com

09/12/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the notion that it’s OK to say “I Don’t Know.”   Is it human nature to pretend we do even when we don’t?  Parents seldom want kids to know they don’t have an answer:  “Daddy, why is the sky blue?”  Perhaps politicians would be better off to admit they don’t know either.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Path to a Better Way of Death

Knocking On Heaven's Door
katybutler.com

09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist  Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85.  They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority  hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

40 Years Of Bee Gees Hits

The Bee Gees at their Middle Ear Studios in Miami.
courtesy of Dick Ashb

09/10/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 40 year hit parade ride of the Bee Gees, with rock biographer David Meyer (The Bee Gees: The Biography).  The brothers Gibb began their unique harmonic careers in Australia.  They moved back to England and international stardom. They sold some 250 million records, were the darlings of the disco era, and of course, had strong South Florida ties. Who can’t hum a Bee Gees pop classic? Tune in for Topical Currents and a Bee Gees retrospective Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

Heidi Boghosian
https://twitter.com/HeidiBoghosian

 

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cook Like A Rock Star

Anne Burrell of Food Network
www.foodnetwork.com

09/05/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview TV celebrity Anne Burrell host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cook in America. Anne gives us tips from her books "Cook Like a Rock Star" and "Own Your Kitchen."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children

"ALL I DID WAS TURN 18" via Florida's Children First Facebook
www.facebook.com/FloridasChildrenFirst

09/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with attorney Howard Talenfeld.  He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of Florida’s Children First, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.” That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Immigration, Civilization and America

GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America
www.independent.org/globalcrossings/

09/04/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with policy expert and Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa, author of GLOBAL CROSSINGS:  Immigration, Civilization, and America.  He’s been an op-ed page editor and Miami Herald columnist as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  He ponders how America has gone from a “nation of immigrants,” to become skeptical, even critical of receiving others on our shores and borders.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Ultimate Grilling For Your Labor Day BBQ

Editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine
https://twitter.com/rapo4

08/29/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Adam Rapoport, Editor-in-Chief Bon Appetite magazine and editor of The Grilling Book: the Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit.  He gives us tips for our Labor Day Barbecues.  It's Food and Dining in the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

How to Find Fulfilling Work

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

08/29/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British philosopher Roman Krznaric, author of HOW TO FIND FULFILLING WORK.  Is one’s fulfillment in a great dream and meaning . . . or money?  Job satisfaction in the U.S. is at all-time low of 45%.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer with Bon Appetit Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport.  He’s written THE GRILLING BOOK.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving

Marina Palms website
http://marinapalms.com/

08/28/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the status of the South Florida housing market and mortgage rates.  After the meltdown of 2008, banks say they’re issuing loans to only experienced and well-capitalized developers.  The South Florida condo market is thriving, and residential properties have increased in value.  Most property sells for close to asking prices.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
http://www.gayvictorybook.com/

08/27/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and author Linda Hirshman, who documents the  gay rights movement in her book, VICTORY:  The Triumphant Gay RevolutionOver the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:  from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011. Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for Topical Currents

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