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Randee Mia Berman
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Randee Mia Berman is a writer/performer and currently hosts Mia’s World, a weekly radio show on Centanni Broadcasting. A graduate of Cornell University, Columbia, CNN, HBO, and NBC News, she was a Humor Commentator for ABC News and NPR; announcer for WQXR and WNYC-FM, and host of her own cable tv show covering NYC events (Earth Day, Midsummer Night Swing, Marathon). Other credits include VH-1, Nickelodeon, New York Times (Metropolitan Diary); Los Angeles Times, Ithaca Journal, Maine Times; Mobil Masterpiece Theater and Lifetime Cable; gigs at Caroline’s and Gotham Comedy Club. Randee Mia also appeared as a teen-age guest on Password. Her unique linguistic skill -– talking backwards -– landed her guest appearances on Regis, Arsenio, Fox, and NPR’s All Things Considered. A baroque recorder player and limerick expert, Randee Mia is working on a film and one-woman show based on the life of silent film actress/photographer Tina Modotti.

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Professor Mike Abrams: Reflections of An Illuminated Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:59 PM

I was always a 3M girl. I loved Mozart, martinis and macaroons. And then of course there's Mike.

I met Mike Abrams as a studious Cornell freshman in the Fall of 1970 -- the decade of Love Story and The Way We Were. I'd been propelled from my frenetic New...

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Celebrating Cornell's 150th: A 'Sesquicentennial'?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Cornell University s turning 150. They call it a sesquicentennial: Sesqui -- from the Latin, "once and a half." I know I'm an Ivy League grad (and a college scholar), but I mean I can barely spell the word, much less pronounce it. I know about sequiturs, sequins, sequestrums, sequels,...

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Gefilte Fish in the Dark: My Passover with Larry David

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 12:26 AM

More comedians should be like Larry David. Asking questions. And Passover is nothing if not a holiday about questions. So... L.D. & Passover? A perfect match.

It was the AHA Gefilte Fish moment. Sweet memories of Passovers Past were swirling in my head -- from Maxwell House Hagaddahs to mom's...

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A Nostalgic Glance Down Memory Lane: Remembering Joe Franklin

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:30 PM

Maybe it was because his mother's name -- like my mom's -- was Anna.

Or maybe it was because he loved the talk show format, or that he was unconventional, marching to the tune of his own sound bite. Or that he collected playbills, memorabilia (a Greta Garbo shoe and...

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Going Out on a New Year's Limb, From Amal to Zigzag

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:48 PM

Resolutions, schmezolutions. Call me a not-so-happy-New Year-camper. Okay, so I buy into the basic ABC's of Anderson Cooper, the Ball drop, and Confetti. And yes, it is a time for new beginnings, but I say spontaneity is as grand as planning.

After all, as a proponent of humor, I say...

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Mike Nichols: A Penny for His Thoughts

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Plastics. It changed our lives forever. And it wasn't about Styrofoam cups. It was about Mike Nichols, comic genius, director of The Graduate. Yup. The film that altered all of us coming-of-age-ers. It catapulted young Dustin Hoffman's career, transformed Simon & Garfunkel's, and surely changed mine.

A studious East Coast...

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Libraries: Do We Or Dewey Not Opt for Change?

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

We've come a long way from Dewey Decimals. I've always admired librarians, from stereotype bun to books. It's National Friends of Libraries Week and I've been flipping the pages of reminiscence. Actually, I always wanted to become a librarian. I believe this was due to:

a) the...

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Rooftop Pool Reflections: Still Waters Run Deep

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Who DOESN'T like a good pool? The word itself conjures up group fun, games, and togetherness, from billiards to biology.

After all, there are car pools, gene pools and pool rooms. Whirlpools, reflection pools, and pools of jello. Remember the Pool of Radiance fantasy game? Even Alice in Wonderland...

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Me and Mr. (and Mrs.) Jones -- Keeping Up the American Way

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Keeping up with the Joneses is supposedly as American as July 4 and apple pie. But it wasn't something I ever worried about, especially since:

a) I've never owned a house;
b) I'm just not the jealous-of-my-neighbors sort;
c) I was raised on enough chicken soup...

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My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Timing is everything. So the fact that I was a graduate of the Cornell Notable Class of '74 is a complete stroke of fate. After all, 1974 was the year of Jim Croce's Billboard hit Time in a Bottle.

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So...

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Historic NYC Landmarks: Rizzoli, Roseland and Renato

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 1:18 PM

Rizzoli. Roseland. Renato. The three R's of historic New York City landmarks, recognizable in one word. No prefix necessary. Kinda like Bogart and Brando.

No matter what happened in our daily, up and down lives, we could always shut out the world in Rizzoli's bookstore, browsing through coffee table books...

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Duke & Satchmo's Jazz Manual: Eat, Pray, Swing

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:30 AM

From Aristotle to Zen, man has always been searching for the meaning of life. Sorry, Pharrell "Happy" Williams, but finding true bliss is actually harder than solving the riddle of the Sphinx.

It struck me this week, while battling the doldrums, jogging to the syncopated sounds of Duke Ellington:...

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Sheila MacRae and the Sisterhood: The Password Is...

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:10 PM

I've always wondered why I loved spinach so much. As a kid, I remember my mom always nudging me to eat the green stuff on my plate. My favorite color was Forest Green in the box of 100 Crayola crayons. And I was anemic for a while, so I desperately...

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Westminster to Sochi to Oscar: Winning Gold Is Over-rated

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:17 AM

I guess I never got the memo on WINNING. The message? Contrary to Shakespeare, "All that glitters IS gold." Really? Winning may have been Charlie Sheen's mantra, but maybe we should all just take a chill pill, and try zen.

Unless you've been hibernating on a beach...

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Music, Memory and Madeleines: Crosby Still a NASH-ional Treasure

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:35 AM

For Proust, memory was all about the madeleine. If you had a bite, remembrances would rush forth faster than you could spell Marcel.

For me, it's all about the music. If I hear Carole King singing "up on the roof," it's April, 1971, and I'm in...

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The Super Bowl Fuss: Much Ado About Jersey Turf

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Okay, so what's all the fuss about football? Now that we're done with the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, we're still waiting for Super Bowl. What happened to the fruit bowl and the salad bowl? I've decided it's all just much ado about...

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Happy New Year 2014 -- Let's SELF-A-BRATE!

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:34 PM

Yup -- you'd be in complete SELF-denial if you didn't acknowledge that this is that wonderfully SELF-less time of year. That time of year when we are all trying to be more SELF-aware of those less fortunate than our SELF-important SELVES, on the subways, on the streets, and on our...

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Affordable Housing Horrors: Nightmare on 11th Street

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 2:15 PM

Let's face it. The housing issue is hot. And in Manhattan, it's a slow burn.

Bloomberg had his mini-pad apartments. Lhota's all for low-cost Housing First units. De Blasio's all about affordable housing. And even Independent candidate Carrion says Let's make it your city. Tenants, landlords, realtors and politicians unite....

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Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:41 PM

Let's face it.  We're all weary from world affairs, grim about the government, drowning in debt fret from floor to ceiling.  We're suffering from shutdown shenanigans and overcome with Obamacare overkill. Everyone's sagging and dragging, tuning OUT the news, turning OFF the lights, and turning IN by 9pm.  It's enough...

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Politics as Un-usual: My Dinner With Adolfo

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:19 PM

I'm always up for a good meal. Especially when

a) Someone else is organizing
b) Someone else is paying;
c) There's a rumor of rib-eye

This is not to say that I avoid scheduling or paying the tab. In fact I'm known amongst my friends as...

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