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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John McGivern is no stranger to Milwaukee audiences.

English renaissance composer, singer and virtuoso lutenist John Dowland is famous today for his refined love songs and his fiendishly difficult solo lute pieces. 

Wolfgang Gauch

Today, we launch a new series on Lake Effect, called “On That Note.”

Point and Shoot

As the Milwaukee Film Festival continues this week, a new film documents an American’s behind-the-front lines story of fighting along with the Libyan rebels who overthrew Qaddafi.

Michael Brosilow

The new play after all the terrible things i do premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater this week.

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It’s been 41 years since the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, but the effects of the prolonged conflict are still being felt.

Among the many films playing during this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, one film stands out for the sheer unlikeliness of its true subject matter.

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War planes from the U.S. and other allied countries are continuing to strike at targets in Syria and Iraq. They're part of the effort to turn back territorial gains made by members of the group known as ISIS.

Alex Clark

From the Iliad to Henry V, from All Quiet on the Western Front to War Horse, the stage is a powerful place to show what happens to men in the cauldron of war. It’s now a place to show what happens to women as well.

Sandor Kacso -

While Western medicine has become better at diagnosing, treating and even curing disease, its counterparts in other traditions often still outpace it in treating the whole patient.

Mark Frohna Photography

To properly appreciate the history of American theatre, you have to study one of its titans.  Playwright Tennessee Williams is perhaps best known for his searing drama A Streetcar Named Desire. But it was his play The Glass Menagerie that brought him fame. 

From the time it premiered in New York in 1944, it has probably never been out of production. 


There was much excitement in India yesterday when that country’s first effort to send an orbiter to Mars succeeded. 

Milwaukee Fine Arts Quartet / Fine Arts Quartet

On Sunday, the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet will play its first concert of the 2014-2015 season.

For forty years, Milwaukee Public Theatre has taken its art to the streets. And the neighborhoods. And the schools. 

Back in July, bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert spent an evening chatting with Lake Effect's Bonnie North at Boswell Book Company.