Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Bonnie spent over twenty years working as a director, technician and stage manager in professional, educational, and community theaters. She comes from a family of musicians and artists and grew up playing all kinds of music. But her interest in and love of the arts is not limited to performance. She enjoys other art expressions as well, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and writing.

Bonnie's introduction to Public Broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in 1992. She spent 7 years there in various positions, including hosting classical and jazz shows and as a production associate and operations manager.

Just prior to joining WUWM, Bonnie worked in the defense industry. She spent two years in the Balkans, first in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where she managed a group of linguists that provided Serbo-Croatian interpreting and translation services for the US and NATO stabilization forces. She then went to Kosovo to manage the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Bonnie holds a bachelors degree in English Literature/Drama Studies from Purchase College-State University of New York.

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Health & Science
4:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Another Galaxy is Visible This Time of Year

Dr. Jean Creighton describes what we can see in the night sky this time of year.
Credit Ryan Wick, flickr

Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton joined us to talk about what stars and constellations are visible to us in the night sky this month. 

"It’s going too fast and the isotope ratios are different; this one came from elsewhere," says Creighton. "That means that you can look up at a really bright star. Arcturus is really bright, and pretty, and you’re looking at a piece of another galaxy."

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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Canadian Band, The Trews, Stops at WUWM on Their Way to Summerfest

Canadian rock group, The Trews, performed in WUWM's Studio C1 before Summerfest.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Canadian rock band, The Trews.

The last time the award winning Canadian rock band The Trews were in Milwaukee it was January and there was a blizzard. 

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Arts & Culture
1:49 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Say Cheese!: Wisconsin is a Subject for Photography Project, 'Postcards from America'

Dana Packaging Sausages, Johnsonville, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin 2013
Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

For the past year and a half, a group of photographers from the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos has fanned out across America.  The project, Postcards from America, aims to capture the essence of specific places across the country from multiple points of view.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Journal 'Great Lakes Review' Gathers Local Authors, Editors

Whether authors prefer writing on computer, by hand, or by typewriter, the editors and readers of the Great Lakes Review are interested in what creative writing is out there.
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Even in an increasingly digital world, there is still a place for the printed page.  Two years ago, a group of writers and editors from around the Great Lakes region pooled their resources to found a new literary journal. 

The Great Lakes Review began in Ohio, through the efforts of Rob Jackson, but the magazine, which comes out twice a year, now encompasses editors and writers from the United States and Canada.

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Economy & Business
12:41 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Report: How Healthy is Milwaukee's Non-Profit Sector?

While philanthropist giving has increased with the number of charities, charities still split funds.
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Last week, Milwaukee’s non-partisan Public Policy Forum released its newest report. Under the microscope this time was the health of the area’s non-profit sector. The report looked at levels of growth, both in terms of numbers of not for profit organizations, as well as trends in contributions and revenue.

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Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Wisconsin Native Relishes Touring with 'The Phantom'

Wisconsin native Linda Balgord is touring as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera.'
Credit Marcus Center


Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the home venue for many local performing arts organizations, from Milwaukee Symphony to the ballet and the Florentine Opera. 

But it also hosts performances by any number of national touring companies.  Each year, the center unveils its Broadway at the Marcus Center series schedule, featuring performances of big Broadway musicals that people might not see, unless they traveled to New York or London.

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Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Italian Chef Looks to Da Vinci for Inspiration

Chef Maria Liberati in WUWM's kitchen
Bonnie North, WUWM

We are in full festival swing in Milwaukee. This weekend is the annual celebration of all things Italian, also known as Festa Italiana. And in between bocce games, gondola rides, and fast Ferraris, you can also find special guests like internationally renowned chef Maria Liberati. Liberati in an award winning author and blogger of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking series, and the newest one is called Da Vinci style.

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Arts & Culture
4:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Listening to Historic Mitchell Street on Milwaukee's South Side

The Modjeska Theatre on Mitchell Street.
Credit Listening to Mitchell

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with the artists behind "Listening to Mitchell," Adam Carr and Sonja Thomsen.

There are certain streets that reflect the changing characters of the neighborhoods which they traverse. Sherman Boulevard. Brady Street. And on Milwaukee’s South Side, historic Mitchell Street.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Milwaukee Public Museum President Returns Home

Wisconsin native Dennis Kois will take on his first assignment at a natural and culture museum as the new head of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Credit Milwaukee Public Museum

Dennis Kois spoke with Bonnie North about his plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum as he takes over as President and CEO.

A new era has begun at the Milwaukee Public Museum, with Whitefish Bay native Dennis Kois as the institution's new President and CEO.

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11:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Honey vs. Vinegar: Resolving Conflict by Showing Respect and Respecting Dignity

As the adage says, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Merens suggests that we use a little more honey when tackling conflict management.

We all have examples of when conflict resolution goes wrong, we yell at the customer service representative at the credit card company, or the cashier snaps at you for bringing 12 items into the "10 items or fewer" checkout lane.

But we know, or we should know, that unpleasant conflict can be handled more adeptly.  A former Milwaukee radio host is adapting a conflict resolution model for law enforcement to help people in other fields better manage these situations.

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