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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Valerie Booth

A concert by jazz pianist, singer, and composer Patricia Barber is a rare thing these days in Milwaukee. Although Barber lives pretty near by, the Chicago-based musician carefully picks and chooses her tour stops, and will make a special appearance at the Back Room at Colectivo this Saturday

Reginald Baylor

Milwaukee artist Reggie Baylor has made a name for himself as both a painter and the creator of public art projects. He’s deeply committed to his home town of Milwaukee.

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The reverberations from the election of Donald Trump to the presidency are continuing to echo around Wisconsin, the country, and the world.  In fact, it seems people in other countries are having almost as many conversations about the historic 2016 election as in the United States. 

Claire Bolderson is a former BBC correspondent and now independent journalist who has covered numerous US elections and other momentous ballot issues, such as the Brexit vote earlier this year.  From London, she added her take on the election.

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Wednesday night at the Latino Arts Center, Milwaukee audiences have the rare opportunity to hear a musician performing in a language that is considered to be endangered.

Boys and Girls Clubs

Whether its Beyonce's Run the World (Girls) or Emma Watson's (Hermione from Harry Potter) #HeforShe campaign, young people are increasingly seeing the world through the lens of female empowerment.

When it started, more than 125 years ago, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee only served boys, but they’ve progressed over the intervening decades.  Since 1984, the organization has been open to girls as well.

Felix Schmidt

Any artist will tell you that they couldn’t have gotten where they did without the influence of mentors. For cellist and Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen, that person was the late British cellist William Pleeth.

In this month's On That Note segment, Cohen shares more about his mentor, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.

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It’s November, and the holiday juggernaut is almost upon us.  And if you drink, it’s a time you might be buying more wine than you normally would.  But if you don’t know a lot about wine, this can be a daunting task.

Wine contributor Ray Fister has the answers, and one of his recommendations includes trying out different dessert wines during the holidays.

Rineke Dijkstra

One of the things that the renovation of the Milwaukee Art Museum created is a new exhibition space for video installation and photography exhibits. Back in September, the first expansive set of video installations went on display to the public.

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There have been a lot articles written, and a lot of interviews conducted, about how millenials are shaping life in the U.S. and Milwaukee in particular.

Our discussions of real estate and residential patterns, public transit, employment, and even shopping delve into the newest generation of adults who call Milwaukee home. Gen X-er and Wisconsin Foodie host, Kyle Cherek, says we should add food and food culture to that list. 

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is the oldest fretted orchestra in the country, and possibly the world. It's perhaps no surprise then, that the group will be performing an ambitious concert which includes a first for a mondolin orchestra - the complete "Four Seasons Suite" by Antonio Vivaldi.

Mark Frohna

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton often get much of the credit for the women’s suffragist movement in this country in the 19th Century. And while they are due all the credit they get, there’s a name that is not as well-known and whose efforts have been minimized, often intentionally.

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States, in 1872, decades before women could vote in this country. She also started numerous successful business and was involved in some of the biggest scandals of the day. 

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Saturn has 62 moons. One of them is Enceladus, which on first glance doesn’t look like much – kind of like a huge galactic golf ball. But this small moon, about the size of England, is a lot more interesting that you might imagine. Enceladus provides almost all of the material that makes up Saturn's E Ring. 

"It turns out that this whole ring is material that came, ultimately, from the moon itself," says astronomy contributor, Jean Creighton. 

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At a time when only men were allowed to have adventures, some 18th century women had other ideas.

Milwaukee’s Theatre RED produces the world premiere of local playwright Liz Shipe’s Bonny Anne Bonny. It's a female pirate adventure based on real people - Anne Bonny and Mary Read. "It's highly fictionalized...we use the ideas and the spirit of these characters, but we use them to tell this really fun high seas adventure story," explains Shipe.

Niki Johnson

The feminist icon Gloria Steinem was in Milwaukee earlier this month to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the organization Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Milwaukee artist Niki Johnson was a part of the event, unveiling a new work called, “Hills and Valleys.”

The piece is constructed from signs collected from now-shuttered Planned Parenthood offices around the state, which have been defunded by the current gubernatorial administration. 

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For all the attention scientists and others have paid to climate change, the issue has hardly registered during this year’s Presidential campaign. Even when it has surfaced in American politics, the debate is often not about what to do about it but whether it exists at all.

Doctor Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and has recently begun traveling to the Juneau Icefield in Alaska to examine, first-hand, the impact of climate change. He says the science is irrefutable – climate change is happening. 

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