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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Arts & Culture
4:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bubbly Isn't Just for Celebrations, It's a Great Palate Cleanser

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Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is next week. If you’re like most of us at this time of year, you’re awash in holiday parties of all kinds. 

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Education
3:43 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Marquette Law School Dean Has Big Plans For The Future

Joseph Kearney
Credit Marquette University

If you follow the news closely in Milwaukee, you’ll often hear expert analysis from people such as political scientist and pollster Charles Franklin, and education policy expert Alan Borsuk. What they have in common is that they’re both employed at the city’s only law school.

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Arts & Culture
10:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

2014 'Games to Gift' List

King of New York

A favorite Lake Effect tradition at this time of year is our annual "Games to Gift" segment, helping you to find the perfect present for the board game enthusiast and casual player on your list.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Milwaukee's British Brass Band Tradition

Credit Milwaukee Festival Brass

British Brass Band is a particular type of sound that was born in the mining towns of England in the early 19th century. 

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

BBC Documentary on Stolen (and Recovered) Stradivarius Violin in Milwaukee

The Lipinski Stradivarius
Credit A Violin's Life

This Sunday at 7:30 a.m. CT, BBC Radio 4 in London will broadcast a documentary called The Lipinski. 

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Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

UWM Poll: Majority Say State Headed In Right Direction, Split on Kenosha Casino

Credit UWM Center for Urban Initiatives & Research

This morning, the latest Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll was released. Not surprisingly, the mid-term elections last month had some effect on the numbers.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Musicians Peter Mulvey And Willy Porter Ad Lib In The Spirit of Lamplighter Sessions

Willy Porter (left) and Peter Mulvey (right)

Milwaukee based singer songwriters, and terrific guitarists, Peter Mulvey and Willy Porter are no strangers to Lake Effect

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Author Bret Anthony Johnston Finds The Answers In Writing

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Bret Anthony Johnston makes his home in Boston these days, but his artistic feet are firmly planted in his real home town of Corpus Christi, Texas; the setting of his best-selling novel, Remember Me Like This.

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Health & Science
3:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Actor Michael York Embraces His Role As RENEWAL Project Ambassador

Since being diagnosed with amyloidosis, Michael York has served as an ambassador for raising awareness of the rare and destructive disease.
Credit michaelyork.net

Actor Michael York is known for heralded roles in films as diverse as Cabaret, Logan’s Run, and the Austin Powers movies.  But today, the actor hopes to stand in a spotlight of a different kind.

York suffers from a condition called amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in your organs. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can be life threatening. Unfortunately there is not yet a cure for the disease, but there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms.

The RENEWAL Project seeks to raise awareness and research dollars for the condition. It is based at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where Doctor Parameswaran Hari is a leading researcher into the disease.

York was in Milwaukee this morning to launch the RENEWAL project, and he recently joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the studio along with RENEWAL Project coordinator Paul McComas over the phone.

"It's primed at a time when significant things are happening all over the world. It's so rare, it's 150,000 people in the United States and Europe combined," says York. "So I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had - finally - the correct diagnosis."

Health & Science
11:20 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Science is Everywhere! A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Credit Patrick Queen for Columbia Magazine

There aren’t many scientists who are out and out celebrities.

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