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
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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

South Florida History with Professor Dr. Paul George

Dr. Paul George points to a tombstone the city cemetery. Many of Miami’s original movers and shakers are buried here.
www.miamibeach411.com

03/17/14 - Today on Topical Currents we visit noted historian Dr. Paul George of History Miami.

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day at John Martin’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in Coral Gables

John Martin’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in Coral Gables
www.johnmartins.com

    

03/13/14 - On the next Topical Currents, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Martin Lynch from John Martin’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in Coral Gables.  It's all about the pub's St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with on-air food tasting, lots o'laughs, and an Irish poem you don't want to miss.  Tune in for Topical Currents special Food and Dining hour at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

MIAMI: CITY OF THE FUTURE

T.D. Allman

03/11/14 - Tuesday' s Topical Currents is with writer and journalist T.D. Allman.  Twenty-five years ago, he wrote the landmark book, MIAMI:  CITY OF THE FUTURE.  The 1980s was a period when Miami took many shots to the chin:  as “paradise lost,” and a drug-riddled pariah among urban centers.  Twenty-five years later, Allman has revised and updated the book.  And still finds Miami a harbinger of an evolving America.  His new book is Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State. That’s Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Informative and Revealing Exposé about Firemen/Paramedics in Miami

Saul Weizenthal holding one of his 3 deliveries.
www.firemenbooks.com

03/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with a 17-year veteran Miami-Dade firefighter and paramedic Saul Weizenthal.  Now retired, Weizenthal has written Oh, So You’re A Fireman!  It chronicles the days and nights of men and women who protect us 24-hours a day, risking their lives for virtual strangers.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Women’s History Month

www.timeforkids.com

03/06/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with recognition of Women’s History Month.  We’ll profile two outstanding South Florida seniors.  First, Maria Elena Torano.  She founded the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  Also, breast cancer specialist Dr. Vilma Biaggi.  She owns and operates South Beach’s historic Cadet Hotel . . .

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Food and Dining
11:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival

Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival screen shot
www.igotsprung.com

Listen to all of Linda's podcasts at: http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer
03/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview Buns and Buns Chef Reuven Sugarman and Tony Albelo organizer of Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival.  It's all about beer-friendly food and craft beer but how do we pairing food with beer?  Find out on Topical Currents and Food and Dining Thursday at 1:30pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NBC News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom, author of Suspicion Nation

Lisa Bloom
lisabloom.com

03/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a detail account of the controversial death of teenager Trayvon Martin and the ensuing trial of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman’s defense captivated the nation, his acquittal viewed by many with disbelief and dismay.  Today Show and NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered every minute of the trial, and has written Suspicion Nation:  The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

DIVINE FURY: A History of Genius

Divine Fury: A History of Genius
www.darrinmcmahon.com

03/04/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the qualities and history of “genius.” Just what is it?  Socrates, Da Vinci, Mozart and Madame Curie produced extraordinary accomplishments . . . but to what extent did their imagination and creativity account for their success?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

2014 Florida Legislative Session Preview

An empty Senate Chambers awaits all the activity that starts this week.
www.politicalcortadito.com

03/03/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the 2014 Florida Legislative session.  It begins Tuesday, in Tallahassee.  Which issues most influence South Florida?  We’ll host a panel of journalists who are tuned into the matters.  Will big-time casino resorts be given an OK from the Legislature?  The Republican leadership remains cool to the idea.  The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority will be scrutinized . . . and sweeping ethics bills considered.

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

Preventing And Reversing Heart Disease

Dr. Masley
www.hearttuneup.com

02/27/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Stephen Masley,  author of the 30-Day Heart Tune Up. He gives us advice for preventing and reversing heart disease. 

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