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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Stoneboat Literary Journal

There are many different ways to write a poem, if you’re so inclined. There’s the sonnet. Or, if you lean towards the bawdy, there’s the limerick. Or if you’re wordy and think of yourself in ancient Greek terms, there’s the two-volume epic.

But for Milwaukee poet Mark Zimmermann, the form that has captured his fancy for the last decade is the lipogram. It’s a form in which the poet chooses to omit certain letters – like writing a poem without the letter B, for example. Zimmermann took it one step further and wrote poems about people that used only the letters in their names.

Rafael Ben-Ari / Fotolia

The Simpsons sang about their fictitious secret society, the Stonecutters, based on the very real group known as the Freemasons.  And it was the Masons that started Americans’ love affair with secret clubs.

Rostislav Sedlacek / Fotolia

What kind of wine did you drink on New Year’s?  Or more generally, when you think of a good bottle of wine, where do you imagine it comes from?

Many would say France or Italy, while others might include Spain and South Africa. But wine contributor Ray Fister believes you can find good wines originating from every state of the union beyond the Napa Valley.

POOL PHOTO

In May of 2014, people in Milwaukee – and around the country – were shocked by a brutal knife attack on a 12-year old Waukesha girl.  Their shock deepened when it was revealed that were attackers were her school peers – ostensibly, her friends.

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The New Year is a time when many people resolve to do something different, or better, or not at all in the coming months. It could be an effort to lose weight or stop smoking or learn a new language, or even just to be kinder.

Our On That Note contributor Robert Cohen is no different – although many of his resolutions are related to his work as a professional cellist. 

Frankie Flood / frankieflood.blogspot.com

Three-dimension printing is everywhere these days - from car parts to people parts. It’s that latter category that drew in artist and UWM art professor Frankie Flood.

Flood’s background is in jewelry and metalsmithing. His previous work included treating everyday objects  as art.

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market / facebook.com

Milwaukee’s food and dining scene seems to be getting better every year, with not only new restaurants opening up but new food ventures and collaborations taking place across the city and suburbs.

Kyle Cherek, Wisconsin Foodie host, Lake Effect food contributor and essayist, says 2015 saw exponential growth for Milwaukee's food and its people who are invested in it.

Milwaukee has experienced restaurant booms, such as in Walker's Point, as well as an increase in local food production.

UW Press

James DeVita has previously appeared on Lake Effect to talk about his role in An Iliad at the Milwaukee Rep.  This time, the core member of American Players Theater in Spring Green has taken on a new role as the author of a new mystery novel, called A Winsome Murder.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center / Flickr

There were a couple of really big astronomy stories that grabbed headlines this year involving the exploration of distant worlds. Scientists discovered remnants of standing water on Mars with evidence to support flowing water on the planet.

Additionally, the first photographs of Pluto were captured and the European Space Agency landed on the comet, 67P/CG.

Randy Robertson / Flickr

Every December since 2010, Lake Effect has been joined by writer and game expert James Lowder. He suggests new and notable games to give as gifts - for nearly every age and ability level. 

James Lowder is editor of the award-winning essay anthologies Hobby Games: The 100 Best, and Family Games: The 100 Best. His next game-related project--The Munchkin Book, an official companion for the hit card game--is due for release in February.

Here are his top picks:

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