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
10:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Please Please Me 'Shake a Little Harder' on New Record

The Please Please Me just released "Shake a Little Harder," their first EP. The band is Alissa McClure, Jessie Torrisi, and Agustin Frederic
Credit thepleasepleaseme.com

Take a last-minute line-up change, a Craigslist ad and three talented musicians, and you have the origin story of the band The Please Please Me.

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Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Dunwells - Live in Studio C

The Dunwells
Credit Piper Ferguson

The Dunwells came into the studio today ahead of their gig tonight at the Peck Pavilion. We've got a taste of the what you'll hear if you go to the concert. Blind Sighted Faith is the name of the tune, and of their 1st album... in the coming weeks we'll air the full interview plus two more songs recorded live in our studio today.

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Milwaukee Police Department
10:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Duplicate Data Entries Show Some Crime Stats Higher

If you were thinking of moving to a particular neighborhood in Milwaukee, you’d likely want to know a number of things: how is public transportation, say, and are there parks and libraries nearby? But perhaps most important would be the crime rates – what are they and are they going down, or up?

The Milwaukee Police Department maintains a public website for just such searches, but it turns out their data contained many duplicate records – which would obviously skew search results.

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Syrians Speak Out Through Their Art

"Transformation" by Fadia Afashe.
Credit Fadia Authentic Art, Facebook

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with artist Fadia Afashe and actor Jihad "Jay" Abdo.

As violent conflict continues in Syria, some natives are expressing their feelings on the revolution through art. The artists, however, are not free from consequence.

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Health & Science
12:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Book Details Long History of Doping in Sports

Dan Rosen says performance enhancing drugs have been a part of sports for centuries.
Credit Dan Rosen

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Dan Rosen on the history of doping in sports.

The news continues to sink in that Ryan Braun will sit out the rest of this season after being suspended by Major League Baseball for involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.

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Health & Science
1:17 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Restaurateur Joe Bartolotta's New Gig: Transplant Advocate

Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of the Bartolotta Restaurants
Credit Bartolotta Restaurants

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews restaurateur Joe Bartolotta.

For decades, Joe Bartolotta helped build up some of the area's top restaurants - only to fear he wouldn't be around to see their success.

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

The Innocence Game: A Thriller based on Northwestern University's Innocence Project

Chicago, the "other" character in Michael Harvey's novels.
Credit chenmeister, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Michael Harvey.

Michael Harvey’s newest novel, The Innocence Game, is based on Northwestern University's Innocence Project.

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

'King Lear' on a Diet: Alchemist Theatre Premieres Slimmed-Down Shakespeare

King Lear to be preformed at the Alchemist Theatre
Credit Daniel DiMarco/Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews members of The Alchemist Theatre about their new production of "King Lear."

King Lear comes to Bay View's Kadish Park.

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Arts & Culture
5:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Good Nutrition Takes Center Stage…Literally

Milwaukee Public Theatre's "Out to Lunch" will entertain and teach kids the benefits to eating their vegetables.
Credit Martin Cathrae, Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Milwaukee Public Theatre representatives about their new show.

 Milwaukee Public Theatre says "Eat Your Vegetables!"

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

As You Like It: Optimist Theatre Performs in New Space

Milwaukee's Optimist Theatre is performing As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's liveliest comedies, at Kadish Park.
Credit alluvium_journal.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Tom Reed and Kristin Hammargren of Optimist Theatre.

It's summer and time for Shakespeare in the Park. The Optimist Theatre has a new production - and a new home.

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