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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Wisconsin Rocks!

Mar 12, 2015
Anthony Auston / Flickr

In case you hadn’t noticed it for the past few months, there are things like grass and pavement under what until recently were persistent piles of Wisconsin snow.

The rocks that can be found even further underneath all of it formed over hundreds of millions of years.  All of these rocks of many different kinds can be more interesting than you might have thought.

Rob Graziano, instructor and an instructional lab manager in the Department of Geosciences at UW-Milwaukee, already knows they're interesting.

Michael Reilly / johnstatz.com

You can take John Statz out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of John Statz.

Zakir Hussain / facebook.com

At first blush, the combination of sounds in Zakir Hussain's Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections band might seem unlikely.

Express Yourself Milwaukee, exyomke.org

The arts of all kinds, whether poetry, music, painting, or acting, have been proven to help people face and even overcome the challenges in their lives. And that’s especially true for kids who are at risk.

Esai Baca

By most accounts, Jimmy Santiago Baca shouldn’t be alive, let alone an award winning poet.

Ross Zentner

What happens when you combine the loss of a loved one with a road trip? At In Tandem Theatre, you get the new play Come Back by local playwright Neil Haven.

CPS

Every month, Lake Effect talks with cellist Robert Cohen of the internationally acclaimed Fine Arts Quartet about music and musicianship.

Chris Monaghan

Michigan's Greensky Bluegrass is in town tonight to play at the Pabst Theatre. We get an exclusive preview of their tune The Four from Lake Effect's performance studio.

metauditionsmn.org

America’s fascination with singing can be seen regularly on TV screens across the country as viewers tune in to American Idol or The Voice

A musical competition will soon be taking place that showcases opera.

Scythian

Ukraine has been in the news quite a bit lately, but not necessarily for its music. Fortunately, the band Scythian is able to remedy that situation with their blend of Ukrainian and Celtic traditions.

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