A selection of some of Bonnie’s favorite interviews on WLRN’s Topical Currents in 2014. Click on the image to link to the show.
David Dow, Part 1
January 29, 2014: Author David Dow is an attorney who has defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions. He says he knows some were innocent.
David Dow, Part 2
January 31, 2014: After the broadcast on January 29, there were many unanswered questions. Bonnie Berman continues the conversation with David Dow, author of Things I've Learned From Dying.
March 25, 2014: Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Judith Angwin. She’s written Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Surveillance.
February 19, 2014: The journalist and editor examines an increase in hearing problems . . . particularly in those under the age of 55. Hearing loss is usually associated with the elderly, but statistics show more young people put themselves at risk with overloud music, sports arenas, sports bars and subways.
Dr. Maya Angelou
January 13, 2014: An interview with legendary poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou. She has received over 50 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
January 22, 2014: Author of Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma. A critique of the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form.
Divine Fury: A History of Genius
March 4, 2014: A discussion with author Darren McMahon about the nature of genius.
March 5, 2014: An interview about her new book which gives a detailed 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.
Tal Ben Shahar
February 10, 2014: Author of Choose The Life You Want: 101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness.
April 14, 2014: Brad Willis author of Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life.
The Most Popular Drug In The United States
July 22, 2014: It’s the addictive and largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, tea, cola, chocolate and even pain relievers. Why does caffeine have such a powerful effect on everything from boosting our mood to improving our athletic performance?
Dr. Paul Ruggieri
September 29, 2014: Operating rooms are a main source of hospital revenues. Unnecessary surgeries cost US patients and insurers over $150-billion per year. And why do surgery costs vary widely from hospital to hospital—even in the same locale?
January 21, 2014: He’s 40 years old, a Miami-Dade Schools English teacher and 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.
February 24, 2014: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to run—Or Ruin—An Economy.
July 3, 2014: Thriller novelist and nonfiction writer Brad Meltzer talks about his “Ordinary People Change the World” series of books for children, which continues with his latest release I am Rosa Parks.
January 16, 2014: A discussion of his book Hour of the Wolf: An Experiment in Ageless Living.
August 26, 2014: With two out of every three Americans overweight or obese, many studies are being conducted. Barely discussed is how that affects the love lives and sexuality of that population. XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America’s Love Life answers that.
April 28 2014: The award-winning author uncovers the truth about a grizzly murder that occurred 50 years ago.
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story
September 2, 2014: The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This issue is the subject of the POV documentary, 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story. It’s the story of one of those children, Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. A Supreme Court decision could set him free.
All in a Day's Work
July 21, 2014: We begin our series of worker interviews with Miami Dade Transit bus driver, Franklin Brown, who shares his eighteen years of experience.
June 16, 2014: We discuss new findings regarding social neuroscience, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience. Think you know the hows & whys of choices? Think again.
The Season in College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights
October 13, 2014: The impact of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic football game between black football powers Florida A&M and Grambling Universities extended beyond a football title.
A Love Story On Death Row
July 29, 2014: We discuss this book of love letters between falsely accused Damian Echols and Lorri Davis.
May 6, 2014: Based on scientific research and studies, Senior says that parents are more unhappy than their childless peers.