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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Project Milwaukee
10:34 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Private-Public Partnerships Key to Future of Clean Energy

This map shows the percentage of clean energy jobs among states' overall economies.
Credit Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009

Abdur Chowdhury speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

What will determine which forms of clean energy - if any - take off in the future economy, and which will be relegated to the dust bin of once-promising ideas?

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Camping Out With Some Imagined Friends

Cartoonist Tim Decker's latest creation is a cartooning adventure camp for kids.
Credit courtesy Tim Decker

Listen to Bonnie North's interview with Tim Decker.

School is out - or just about out - for thousands of Milwaukee-area students.  What will they do with their summers?  One local illustrator suggests a camp experience.

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Film
4:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Film Offers Glimpse of a Man Who Preserved Circus History

"A Circus Life" will screen at the Oriental Theater on Tuesday evening.
Credit Repertoire Films

Gene Gamache speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Of all the states, Wisconsin has perhaps the greatest connection to the history of the American circus movement.  

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Regional
1:08 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Night Life in Milwaukee: Murphy Explores Milwaukee in the Middle of the Night

Milwaukee's Old World Third Street at night.
Credit computerjeramy, flickr

New York City is known as “The City that Never Sleeps.” Could Milwaukee be one in the same?

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Arts & Culture
7:05 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Chef Curtis Stone Mixes Busy Life with a Dollop of Home Cooking

Chef Curtis Stone
Credit (Curtis Stone)

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Chef Curtis Stone.

Many cookbooks claim to speak to our busy lives and the need to simplify cooking without compromising quality and flavor.

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Arts & Culture
6:53 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Five Milwaukee Activities for All Hours of the Day...and Night

Need an idea for a daytime activity? Try a walk in Forest Home Cemetery.
Credit (Brian Zalewski/Flickr)

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Milwaukee Magazine writer Dan Murphy about local activities for any time of day.

While Milwaukee may never gain the reputation of being a city that never sleeps, there is a lot more going on during a full 24 hour day than many of us might expect.

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Arts & Culture
1:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

"Bollywood is not real cinema": Gopalakrishnan and Indian Cinema

Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Indian film writer, producer, and director.
Credit University of Wiscosnin-Milwaukee

The Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee just established a new film archive and research fund for their nationally-known film department.

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Health & Science
12:49 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A Botanist Walked into a Bar: Stewart Reveals What is Really in Alcoholic Beverages

Most alcoholic beverages are made from distilled plants.
Credit zagatbuzz, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Amy Stewart.

The next time a bartender asks you what you’re having, you could say you’re in the mood for that heady combination of juniper, grains of paradise, wormwood, and olive.

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Health & Science
11:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Does a Full Moon Control Us? Creighton has Answers

Is the full moon the reason why so many crazy things happen?
Credit penguinbush, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Jean Creighton.

The moon is an essential part of our lives, being found in song, stories, science, history, mythology, and elsewhere.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Thu May 30, 2013

LEGO as an Educational Tool for Arts and Creativity

Andrew Johnson, one of the ten Lego Master Model Builders in the world.
Credit DePaul University

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews LEGO Master Model Builder Andrew Johnson.

LEGO has been a part of childhood for many of us, but for some, it is also their career. Andrew Johnson is a LEGO Master Model Builder in Chicago.

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