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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Internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman has won fifteen Grammy Awards, performed for Presidents and royalty, and for hundreds of thousands of normal people as well.

Tonight, he’ll perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong at Uhlein Hall.  We had the honor of sitting down with Itzhak Perlman ahead of that performance:

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Downsizing – no matter what the circumstances – is never an easy thing.

That’s especially true when it comes to helping loved ones who may be moving from their longtime family home into senior living or other arrangements. It’s something we have all either done, will do, or are doing right now – for our families or ourselves. 

Helping with that transition is the business of Wauwatosa native Anne Neafie. Golden Transitions specializes in estate sales – both to help downsize or to liquidate an estate.

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The atrocities committed by the Nazis in World War II are well-known today, or many of them are, anyway.  Seventy years ago, the war was ending and the horrific murders of millions in the concentration camps of Europe were coming to light.

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The Milwaukee Rep has teamed up with the Cincinnati Playhouse to produce the prequel to Peter Pan.

The Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, opens Friday. The story features Peter Pan's backstory, answering such questions as: Why didn't Peter want to grow up and where did the lost boys come from?

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Brian Miller, guitarist for the band Bua, was in the Lake Effect studio not too long ago to support his wife, Minnesota singer Norah Rendell. But in Bua, he's one of four equal partners in playing traditional Irish music.

Miller, along with Sean Gavin, Devin Shephard and UWM grad Brian Ohart, is on a rare Midwest tour.  The band will playFriday evening at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, but first they visit the Lake Effect studio with a set of jigs:

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For those of us old enough to remember him, Sid Caesar was the king of live television in the 1950s. In Your Show of Shows Caesar all but defined the sketch comedy TV show. He also surrounded himself with a bevy of equally brilliant writers, many of whom who would go on to great things on their own: people like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and Neil Simon.

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The Milwaukee-based organization, Youthaiti, has spent years working to improve sanitation and living conditions in Haiti.  They’ve done ecological projects, built sanitary toilets, and taken on other work in an effort to help the people of the impoverished island nation.

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Quincy Troupe’s best-known book doesn’t even carry his name.  He co-wrote the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, with Milwaukee native Chris Gardner.  The book was made into a major movie, starring Will Smith.

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From The Botany of Desire to The Joy of Cooking to Kitchen Confidential, books about food fill our bookshelves - if not literally our stomachs.

Listen To Your Mother

Five years go, a Madison woman created a spoken word event to celebrate motherhood. That event, called Listen To Your Mother, drew such interest that it spawned events in cities around the country, and has also resulted in a book, bringing together some of the most compelling essays from the series.  

"We look for the beautiful unifying thread of motherhood. Under the umbrella of motherhood, we can all understand each other so much better," says coordinator Alexandra Rosas.

Timothy Westbrook

For most people, their first exposure to Timothy Westbrook was his short-lived run on the Lifetime TV show Project Runway.  But before that, Westbrook was the artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel. 

For a second consecutive year, Marquette University’s English Department, and its friends and alumni group, are throwing a birthday party. The honoree isn’t technically a Marquette alum, but it’s hard to fathom that there’s an English major who isn’t intimately familiar with him.

The party honors Shakespeare, and like last year, some famous people from around Milwaukee will each do a reading. English professor and event organizer C.J. Hribal says this year the readings will extend to other works of literature that mean a lot to the readers. 

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You may not be aware of it, but it’s Young Professionals Week in Milwaukee. It’s also Young Professionals Week in seven other cities across the state.

The event’s website describes it as a “weeklong platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin.”

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It’s not often that the wheels of military justice turn outside of military courts. And it’s even less often that the public can watch the proceedings. But thanks to the judicial outreach program of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, their courtroom is open to any interested party tomorrow in Milwaukee.

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Professional wrestling is nothing if not theatrical. There are good guys to cheer and bad guys to boo, and good and evil fight it out in the ring every night. When you talk about the Mexican tradition of lucha libre, in which the wrestlers wear colorful masks that they seldom remove - even in their real lives, the level of theatricality jumps even higher.

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