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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David DeSilva / Axis Dance Company

This week one of the more innovative and inspiring modern dance companies in the country will call Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Arts Center their temporary home. Axis Dance Company is based in Oakland, California, and draws on the equal talents of able bodied and disabled dancers alike to expand on the idea of what movement can be and is for.

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Military service was long seen as, if not a prerequisite, then certainly as a desired quality for people wishing to be President of the United States.  But in more recent years that attitude has shifted, and today only a minority of the field seeking both major parties’ nominations has served in uniform.

"Only with World War II did we start on a regular basis to have military veterans serving in the White House - every president from Harry S. Truman through George H.W. Bush," explains Cyr.

The Vitrolum Republic

After four years, Milwaukee’s The Vitrolum Republic is releasing a new album tonight.  For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes is the group’s third release. 

This latest effort features more of the chamber-folk sounds of brothers Jordan and Nick Waraska, along with Chuck Lawton and Benjamin Schaefer, though it builds from earlier efforts with the addition of percussionist Schaefer.

Milwaukee Children's Choir

Next week is Veterans Day, and there are a number of commemorations scheduled, from the annual Veterans Day parade to memorials and observances. 

The Milwaukee Children’s Choir will present a special concert in honor of veterans.  “American Homeland: A Veterans Day Concert” is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.

What was originally a one-time concert last year has expanded into a tour visiting soldiers stationed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Rockford, Illinois and Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Bonnie North

For the past 40 years, the University of Milwaukee’s literary journal, Cream City Review, has been publishing stories, essays, poems, reviews and artwork from around the world. The journal is run by volunteers and receives almost 4,000 submissions a year.

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The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books runs Friday and Saturday in Waukesha. Eighty authors and presenters will be part of the event at UW-Waukesha.  And among them are a number of cookbook authors who will talk and demonstrate from the cookbook stage.

That includes a couple of frequent contributors to Lake Effect – beer writer Lucy Saunders and cheese writer Jeanette Hurt who are teaming up their expertise along with beer and cheese.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design /

When former MIAD President Neil Hoffman announced he was retiring, the school conducted a 6 month international search for his successor. But it turned out that Jeffrey Morin, the person selected for the position, wasn’t too far away. Before he began his tenure at MIAD in June, Morin had been the Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication at UW-Stevens Point.

Courtesy of Robert Cohen

Musicians have an array of influences in their lives that impact who they are as a person and as a musician. For cellist Robert Cohen, his influences range from his father to the music he performs.

"I have more that I can look at that music with," says Cohen. "I have a broader sense of what can happen inside me because of these influences."

However for Cohen, the messages in the music should be the largest influence on a musician. For him, it is essential to bring out the feelings and very essence of the composer in the pieces performed.

Field Report /

It’s been a busy couple of years for Milwaukee singer/songwriter Chris Porterfield and his band, Field Report. They released a second album, Marigolden, last year and have been touring in support of it pretty much non-stop.

Those tours were also in support of acts like Counting Crows and Aimee Mann, and their music has been praised by the likes of Richard Thompson and Blind Boys of Alabama.

NASA / Handout / Getty Images

Pluto was in the headlines a few years ago when it was demoted from official planetary status to what many now refer to as a dwarf planet.  Some still haven’t accepted that demotion.

But regardless of where you come down on the debate, the recent pictures sent back from Pluto were breathtaking.  It’s the furthest place humans have ever sent a mission with such a close pass-by. Our astronomy contributor Jean Creighton explains more about the planet and what’s next for our understanding of it: