Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer / Co-host

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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Juraj Tóth, via Wikimedia Commons

From how we drive our cars to how we watch TV and read the newspaper, the digital revolution has affected much in our lives. The changes have been especially profound for scientific research.

Jean Creighton, director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee, talks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North the impact this has had on astronomy research.

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As harvesting of grapes gets into full gear, it’s an exciting time of year for wine lovers, and a busy time of year for wine makers. However, some states have been dealing with great challenges this growing and harvesting season.

The state of California faces one of the most severe droughts on record, while crews struggle to keep numerous wildfires under control. The high heat index, hazy atmosphere and lack of water present huge challenges for the state's wine makers.

Palladium Print © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann / Museum of Wisconsin Art

Update: Photographer Julie Lindemann died of cancer Tuesday. 

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Pascal Miousse and twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle Leblanc – the group known as Vishten – have visited the Lake Effect performance studio in the past. They hail from Canada’s Iles de la Madeleine – of Magdalen Islands – and Prince Edward Island, respectively.

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There are significant changes planned for the delivery of mental health services in Milwaukee County. The massive reorganization comes in response to well-publicized struggles by the County’s Behavioral Health Division.

One non-profit group that has been advocating for patients and their families for some time is the Milwaukee-based Vital Voices for Mental Health.

http://katreinhert.com

When you listen to Milton, Wisconsin native Kat Reinhert, you can hear lots of influences in her music. She is a jazz singer and songwriter, but her lyrics feel more like they belong in pop songs. And, she also began her music career as a classical singer.

Screen Capture from Ramp Up Milwaukee Video

Damien Buchman's goal to give disabled people not only access but opportunity. Buchman himself suffered from childhood cancer and almost lost both legs. But he grew up to be an active, athletic adult and wanted to give others the opportunity as well.

Buchman has set his sights on making more of Milwaukee available to everyone, starting at Bradford Beach. He is the founder of The Ability Center and the organizer of RampUp Milwaukee.

Shirley Rodriguez via slvmusic.com

After an accidental collaboration at a shared practice space in Chinatown, NYC, Sandra Velasquez and Milwaukee native Sean Dixon formed the musical group SLV.

The group was recently on tour, passing through the Midwest. Before their Milwaukee show, SLV stopped by the Lake Effect studios.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Due to the construction of the Milwaukee Art Museum's new wing, almost all of the museum remains closed the summer. But that doesn’t mean isn't anything to see. In fact, some of the most significant works of art from the late 19th and 20th centuries are on display.

From Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol and lots of artists in between, the Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels exhibit that is on display through September is like a survey of some of modern art’s greatest hits.

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Over the last year, the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum has been examining how arts and culture are paid for in the Milwaukee area.  The first two reports in the group’s series focused on the public financing component.

But a great deal of business and private philanthropy support is given to arts and culture programs and institutions in Milwaukee.

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