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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If you were around in the 1970s, the music of John Denver was around you.

Even though Denver died almost 20 years ago, his songs remain iconic – from Leavin’ on a Jet Plane to Thank God I’m a Country Boy to Rocky Mountain High, and many more.  To many, Denver still epitomizes a distinctly American singer-songwriter style, transcending folk, pop, and country to sell millions and millions of records and win many awards. 

Kobie van Rensburg

Chicago native and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour has busy schedule. He splits his time between the Midwest and France, he gives numerous solo performances around the world and is also in demand as an accompanist for solo singers as well as in the opera pit. He’s a two time Grammy award nominee and is recognized as one of the great musicians of his generation.

Starving Artists' Show of Mount Mary University /

This weekend, Mount Mary University’s enormous front lawn is transformed into an art gallery.  The 46th annual Starving Artists show features art work from more than 200 local and national artists, all selected via jury.

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Despite Miller’s merger with Coors and the subsequent move of its headquarters to Chicago, Milwaukee remains, solidly, a beer town.  But the difference today is that the beer landscape is no longer populated by monoliths.

In fact, it might be more like the early days of brewing here, when scores of smaller breweries competed to make the best brew.  This month, Milwaukee Magazine taps into the ever-expanding barrel that is beer in Milwaukee.

A new album from Jack Grassel is a pretty common occurrence.  The latest one is his 20th.  But what makes the new one, titled 2015 Jack, different is that he plays and sings every note you hear on the album.

"I'm no great big star, so I have no record company telling me what to record. I can play exactly what I want to play so one hundred percent of my soul is in all this music," Grassel says.

Before playwright Tracy Letts won the Pulitzer for August, Osage County in 2008, he had already written three plays and was an accomplished stage and screen actor.

Bug, Letts' second play published in the mid 1990s, opens the third season of the Splinter Group theatre company. 

Christine Lalla

Cellist Robert Cohen has been on tour over the summer with the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet. While many people may think the life of a touring musician must be incredibly entertaining and adventurous...being constantly on the move can also have its downsides.

"I suppose not too many people would realize that here you are coming off the platform and it's all very exciting, and the next thing you're washing a shirt in the sink hoping it's going to be okay the next morning," says Cohen.

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It’s not often you hear banjos playing duets.  The distinctive instrument is usually fronting a folk or bluegrass band. 

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We’re in that transitional period of time when schools are starting, the weather will soon start to get cooler, baseball will be supplanted by football, and summer blockbuster movies will be replaced in theaters by some of the films that will compete for Oscars come award season.

In fact, some of those films are already opening in an effort to be at the forefront of viewers' minds come Oscars season. Film contributor Dave Luhrssen notices a trend of strong female leads or storylines and "based on a true story" films for this upcoming season.

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Common Core standards have been a political flash point since they were introduced and implemented.  Some believe they’re an unwanted government intrusion into local control of schools, while others say nationwide standards are necessary to ensure a quality education across the country.

Jordan Ellenberg, a math professor at UW-Madison, falls under the latter category.