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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Juan Felipe Herrera is already crisscrossing the country as the current Poet Laureate of the United States. Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers in California, and he grew up bilingual. His work traverses boundaries of all kinds, from describing the immigrant experience to taking the words off the page and creating performance art.

Herrera was in Milwaukee at the end of February to speak at the University of Wisconsin, and he explained how he first developed curiosity about poetry.

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The Wisconsin primary is only days away, and the state is in national play. Sarah McCammon is covering the 2016 presidential election for  NPR. This week, she's been in Wisconsin reporting on the GOP race and attended a Ted Cruz event and a Donald Trump rally.

At the "Women for Cruz" event in Madison, McCammon explains that Cruz's wife, Heidi; his mother, Eleanor Cruz; and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina were all in attendance. 

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The Milwaukee Ballet's latest show, Kaleidoscope Eyes, features the work of three choreographers. There’s Trey McIntyre’s A Day in The Life, which features music by the Beatles; a new work by Genesis 2015 winner Garret Smith called Addendum, and a world premiere called The Sixth Sin, by Timothy O’Donnell.

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They were once called “health classes.” But for the past few decades, it’s simply been called sex education. And depending on where you live, it’s an often politically charged topic, especially when it’s part of the curriculum in K-12 schools.

But there’s a case to be made that all of us could use a refresher course, particularly as our situations change over the course of our lives. We get older. We could have a chronic illness that affects our sexual expression. And then, there are the people who don’t fall into the traditional sexual paradigm.

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Today is the third installment of the monthly music series The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

This month, his group is composed of fellow R&B Cadets Paul Cebar and Robin Pluer to play Kidnap You Baby.

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Despite the winter-like conditions to the west of us, we know that warmer weather is on its way. And with warmer weather comes a new spring sky to gaze at.

Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton notes that the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia are circumpolar, or visible in our latitude year round, but will change positions to be closer to the horizon.

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If you studied economics, you know about the “invisible hand.” Adam Smith first used the term in the 18th century to make the case that the self-interest of people in the marketplace does lead to greater benefit for everyone.

'Reading Women'

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The title of the Haggerty Museum’s current exhibit, “Reading Women,” is both literal and figurative.  The large-scale photographic prints, plus a looped video, and a detailed catalog feature women actually reading.  But the exhibition also encourages us to read the women themselves.

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One deterrent to would-be new businesses is the fear of not being prepared in the beginning stages before the company has even made a name for itself.  Scale Up Milwaukee is one local organization working to aid entrepreneurs and innovators at the early stages of their business plan. Its "Scalerator" program is a six-month, seven-session training program that aims to teach business owners how to inject growth into their ventures.

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Singer Jeannine Rivers has been serenading the Milwaukee area for years. Whether she’s at Caroline’s, the Pfister’s BLU Bar and Lounge or West Bend’s Café Soeurette, her powerful and expressive vocals, along with a mix of jazz standards and original compositions, make her an audience favorite.

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The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee celebrates the art of jazz this Friday and Saturday.  The Wisconsin Conservatory Jazz Festival features saxophonist Benny Golson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, and the conservatory’s own ensemble, We Six, headed by pianist Mark Davis

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For our Project Milwaukee: Innovation - How Do We Compete? series, the scientific community has been highlighted for its work in both research and practice.

Surgeon James Sanger is particularly noteworthy for his work as a plastic surgeon and a hand surgeon. But his patients are noteworthy, too.

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Recently, the Urban Ecology Center held its annual meet your farmer event here in Milwaukee. It featured different Community Supported Agriculture programs. CSAs allow growers to directly reach their consumers. 

CSA programs have been growing in popularity since the 1980's, and now more than 1,700 farms are involved with them. But despite their popularity, the concept of a CSA program can be a bit confusing for some consumers. 

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When the Marian Center for Non-Profits in St. Francis announced its closure last month, the three year old theatre company Splinter Group was one the organizations that will lose its home.

But that didn’t stop founders and directors Jim Farrell and Niffer Clarke from forging ahead with their final show – a rollicking boys’ own adventure story about a real 19th century person, Louis de Rougemont, portrayed in this production by T. Stacy Hicks.

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Milwaukee’s First Stage Children’s Theater is known for commissioning and producing new works by some cutting edge playwrights. But they probably went as far as they could go to find the writer for their current world premiere production, The Snowby playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer

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