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 April 14, 2014

War Correspondent: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life

Brad Willis
www.bhavaram.com

04/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with former NBC war correspondent Brad Willis. He’s suffered severe illness, failed surgery, addiction and a crippling illness, then turned around his life by rejecting Western medical approaches, and embracing yoga. Today, he’s a renowned teacher and motivator. Willis has written WARRIOR POSE:  HOW YOGA (LITERALLY) SAVED MY LIFE

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Topical Currents
2:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Tax Filing Tips And Food And Dining

Today's Dish
Credit Linda Gassenheimer

4/10/14 - Topical Currents begins with an at your service edition on tax preparation.  There are new rules and new deductions for 2013.  The tax laws are composed of some 70,000 pages, so it’s easy to make mistakes.  We’ll speak with tax expert Keith Hall.

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Topical Currents
2:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A Nation In Pain: Healing Our Biggest Heath Problem

4/8/2014 - Topical Currents addresses chronic pain. One-hundred million adults in America live with it.
 
We’ll speak with science writer Judy Foreman, the author of "A NATION IN PAIN:  Healing Our Biggest Health Problem".
 
Most medical schools don’t even require students to take a course on the subject.  The NIH only allots one percent of its budget for pain research.

JUDYFOREMAN.COM »

ACPA.ORG »

Topical Currents
5:12 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

How to Care for Aging Parents

4/7/2014 - Topical Currents looks at what many people face:  caring for aging parents.

When does one get involved, and have that “difficult” conversation? What if a parent won’t budge? And working with siblings can be a vexing situation.

We’ll speak with expert Virginia Morris.

CAREFORAGINGPARENTS.COM
eldercare.gov   Phone: 800-677-1116

Topical Currents
2:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

“Drunk Tank Pink:” Unexpected Forces Which Influence Lives; Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining.

4/03/14 - Topical Currents begins with NYU marketing professor Adam Alter.  His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing and psychology. Most of us think we act independently from the world around us.  Alter refutes the notion in his book, DRUNK TANK PINK: AND OTHER UNEXPECTED FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK, FEEL, AND BEHAVE. It’s been found that pink surroundings make people more passive, and less prone to violence. ADAMALTERAUTHOR.COM

And more.

Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.

thierrycatering.com» or call 305.6356626

Topical Currents
2:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

LOVE ILLUMINATED: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject

Topical Currents is with New York Times “Modern Love” columnist Daniel Jones. No subject in human history has been more thoroughly examined, yet it’s still as little understood since the time of Shakespeare.

Columnist Jones has had some 50,000 letters cross his desk:  deluged with scheming cheaters, hopeless romantics and fierce devotees. He’s written, LOVE ILLUMINATED:  Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject.

lipservicestories.com

Topical Currents
12:27 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

"Mad As Hell," The Making Of The Movie "Network"

Topical Currents is with New York Times culture reporter David Itzkoff. He’s written a book about the making of the classic film, NETWORK. Famous for its “I’m Mad as Hell” tirade, the movie had an all-star cast:  Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty, and of course, posthumous Oscar-winner Peter Finch. Learn more about how NETWORK came to the screen.

Topical Currents
3:39 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Latest Information On Alzheimer’s Diagnosis And Treatment.

Recording from the live radio program

Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition.  We’ll share the latest information on Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment.Two South Florida-based experts will relate strides in combating this enigmatic syndrome. Will there be a vaccine to prevent Alzheimer’s?  What predispositions indicate one’s susceptibility? New techniques may catch the disease in it early, more treatable stages.

Alzheimers Care Consultants»

Miami Jewish Health Systems»  Hotline: 305.514.8710

Marc Agronin, M.D.»

Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Celebrates National Paella Day

Paul Leary/WLRN

All of Linda's programs are at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
03/27/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jorge Saury, sous chef and spokesperson at Carmen and Lola, Spanish Gourmet Food Company and Caterer. Thursday is national paella day. It’s paella 101 on today's Food and Dining Thursday beginning at 1:30 on Topical Currents.   
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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The “Original” Miami Marlins

This image originally aired on a WTVJ news program.
L. D. Mooth, Former Photographer - WTVJ-TV Miami

03/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the history of the “Triple A” minor league baseball team named the Miami Marlins. Their home was the friendly confines of the old Miami Stadium from 1956 through 1960. There were colorful characters involved . . . including maverick promoter Bill Veeck, Manager Pepper Martin, even ageless pitching wonder, Satchel Paige.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Natural Prophets: From Health Foods To Whole Foods

Joe Dobrow
naturalprophets.com

03/26/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the major phenomenon of the natural foods movement in the US.  Yearly revenues exceed $100-billion.  Natural and organic food adulation returned during the height of the “counter-culture” years, but then took hold as lucrative business.  We’ll speak with the former marketing director of Whole Foods, Joe Dobrow . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Surveillance

DRAGNET NATION: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Surveillance.
juliaangwin.com

03/25/14 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is with Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Judith Angwin.  With years of surveillance experiences, she found attempts to erase her digital footprint were impossible.  She’s written, DRAGNET NATION:  A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Surveillance.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Humorist, Journalist and Actor Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca didn't have the chance to learn his grandmother's recipes before she passed away. So he's doing the next best thing: In My Grandmother's Ravioli, he asks other people's grandparents to teach him how to cook.
Food Network/Cooking Channel

03/20/14 - On Thursday's Topical Currents it's a fundraising hour of Food & Dining, with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  We visit with humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca. You've heard him on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me . . . On CBS Sunday morning . . . For many years he was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s now the host and creator of "My Grandmother’s Ravioli" on the Cooking Channel.  Of course, Fred Tasker will joins in with his wine suggestions. And we hope you join in . . . with a pledge to support regional and local programming on the station. Mo Rocca Thursday on Topical Currents at 1pm. 

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and the Course of Civil Rights

www.samuelfreedman.com

03/19/14- Wednesday's Topical Currents: The City of Miami’s Orange Bowl stadium is gone.  The high-tech Marlins stadium is now at the sight.  But it was the venue of many, many impactful games.  Think of the many Orange Bowl classics . . . Or Joe Namath and the Jets winning the Super Bowl . . . The underdog Hurricanes outlasting Nebraska by a point in 1984 . . . Or Dan Marino & Don Shula besting the undefeated Chicago Bears in 1985. But more than 40 years ago, another landmark game was played.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Joseph Cooper Celebrates His 40th Anniversary At WLRN

Joseph Cooper circa 1977 at WLRN
WLRN

Celebrating Joseph Cooper's 40th year at WLRN.
03/18/14 - Today’s Topical Currents takes a much different approach than usual….We’re turning the tables!! An interviewer . . . becomes an interviewee. Bonnie Berman's guest for the hour is a friend, mentor and colleague: Joseph Cooper.  The Topical Currents host and executive producer celebrates his 40th anniversary at WLRN in 2014. He came to the station back when it was a low-powered, monaural education outlet.  It had just recently qualified as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee and had just joined the fledgling National Public Radio Network. He’s seen the long road of progress and excellence in public broadcasting.  That's Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.  
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