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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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Listen: Canadian Rockers The Trews Play In Our Studio Ahead of Summerfest Gig

(l-r) John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek, Sean Dalton, and Colin MacDonald are The Trews
Credit Bonnie North

Canadian rock band The Trews play their first Summerfest gig tonight at 8pm on the Uline Stage. They came in to talk with us beforehand and gave us a first listen to three of their new songs, including this one, Age of Miracles. We'll air the full interview at a later date.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Smitten with Smithing: A Modern Milwaukee Blacksmith

Milwaukee Blacksmith Kent Knapp in his forge.
Credit Bonnie North

Audio profile of Milwaukee Blacksmith Kent Knapp

Blacksmithing brings to mind a lot of images, most of them out history or myth.

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Arts & Culture
2:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Woodwind Quintet, Avec le Bois, Shares Their Beautiful Music

Avec le Bois is made up of five musicians from Milwaukee: Christina Beaupre on clarinet, Elsa Knysak-Wolfe on bassoon, Angela Krainz on flute, Rita Mitchell on oboe, and Allison Schweitzer on French horn.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

A woodwind quintet graced our studios this week to perform two pieces, one by Adrien Barthe and another by Darius Milhaud. 

Despite the name “woodwind quintet,” the ensemble is actually made up of four woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon; and one brass instrument, the French horn.

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Health & Science
1:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Marking the Summer Solstice with Astronomy Contributor Jean Creighton

Saturday the 21st of June marks this years Summer Solstice.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with contributor Jean Creighton.

After a long winter of what felt like Wisconsin’s own “Polar Vortex,” it’s time to escape from under our roofs and enjoy the longest day of the year. 

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Health & Science
10:23 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Dr. Michio Kaku Focuses on the Future of the Mind

Dr. Michio Kaku will speak on Thursday night in Milwaukee.
Credit Courtesy of the author

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Dr. Michio Kaku.

Phenomena like telepathy, video-taping our dreams, implanting new memories into our brains, or performing telekinesis have long been the province of science fiction.

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Arts & Culture
10:26 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Drummer and Bad Boy Ginger Baker is Still Making Music

Ginger Baker album cover for "Why?"

Ginger Baker talks with Bonnie North ahead of his Milwaukee concert.

When most people think of drummer Ginger Baker, they think of his work in Cream.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

What Is It Like to Grow Up Living in a Work of Art?

Carousel, 2011 Courtesy of the Artist
Credit Leo Saul Berk

Artist Leo Saul Berk, INOVA Director Sara Krajewski, and Third Coast Percussion member Robert Dillon talk with Bonnie North.

“Can a house make you who you are?” That’s the central question of The Uncertainty of Enclosure, the newest exhibit from Seattle-based artist Leo Saul Berk. 

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Young Pianists Vie for Top Prizes at Milwaukee Competition

Pianist Lydia Artymiw is a judge for this year's PianoArts competition for young musicians.
Credit Erik Petersons, PCMS Concerts

Pianist and PianoArts juror Lydia Artymiw talks with, and plays for, Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Piano Arts is bringing together the cream of the crop of young pianists this week for its biennial North American Piano Competition, one of the most prominent competitions for these musicians.

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Politics & Government
6:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

PHOTOS: Remembering Milwaukee's General MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur visits Milwaukee in 1951.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Chas Mulcahy, Deanna Alexander, and David Black about the General MacArthur Statue rededication ceremony.

While today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 2014 also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of another World War II icon – with strong ties to Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Dentist Goes into Deep Thought, Inspired by the Problems his Patients Face

Do you ever overthink? Paul, a dentist, thinks about life's simplest and deepest questions while working on his patients.
Credit Boswell Books

There are a lot of human inventions, like philosophy and religion  that attempt to answer the big questions: Why are we here?  Do we have a purpose?  Why are we so unhappy so much of the time?  What does it mean to be a Boston Red Sox fan when they actually win the World Series?  And do we have the capacity to change?

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