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
3:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

From Meat Packer to Cultural Ambassador, Frederick Layton Gave Art to Milwaukee

"Portrait of Frederick Layton," by Eastman Johnson, 1893
Credit Dedra Walls, Milwaukee Art Museum

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews authors and historians Eric Vogel and John Eastberg about Frederick Layton.

His name may be common on Milwaukee street signs and in neighborhoods, but many people today really don't know Frederick Layton's importance to the cultural landscape of the city.

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Arts & Culture
5:55 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Surveillance, Privacy Debate Gets Spotlight in Next Act's Season Opener

"Perfect Mendacity" explores the limits we put on personal privacy.
Credit Next Act Theatre.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews David Cecsarini of Next Act Theatre.

It turns out that the debate between governmental surveillance and individual privacy isn't just dominating our political system and news coverage lately; now it's making its way into theater.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

ACLU Rep: 'False Dichotomy' Exists Between National Security, Privacy Rights

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Alex Abdo, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project.

Earlier this week, the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court upheld the U.S. government’s program that allows it to collect all the telephone records it desires from American phone companies.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Dunwells Update English Folk

The Dunwells
Credit Piper Ferguson

The Dunwells perform in Lake Effect's Studio C1.

Earlier this summer, Milwaukee got a taste of modern English folk rock, courtesy of The Dunwells.

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Health & Science
12:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Less Sleep, More Bulge? Research Finds Link Between Zzz's, Calories

Refrigerators are the first place for many sleep-deprived people.
Credit Hope For Gorilla, flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Cecilia Hillard about the relationship between lack of sleep and eating habits.

People having a hard time sleeping often turn to munchies to deal with their insomnia. But is that healthy?

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