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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Every month, Lake Effect talks with contributor Robert Cohen, the cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet , about the life of a working and touring professional musician. It can be a uniquely challenging occupation. There are a lot of variables that can either help or hurt a musician's performance. And unfortunately when things go wrong, they seem to leave a bigger impression. "It's so easy to remember all of the disasters, it's not always so easy to remember all the wonderful...

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All year, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger has joined us in the studio for a segment called The Monthly Beatdown. This month, harmonica player Steve Cohen joined Sieger in the studio to play, "The Royal Flush." Siegar notes that he has a guitar in his powder room, where he's written several songs. This song, despite being written in a bathroom is "not about what you think it is," Sieger jokes. "It's about the card hand, and I'm thinking that possibly I'll be able to sell it to Kenny...

Noel Spirandelli

In an 8 month series , WUWM looked closely at the issues surrounding mass incarceration of African American men in Milwaukee. The problem affects the community at large, but probably nowhere more so than the people who live in one particular Milwaukee zip code. "It was discovered that 53206 is the most incarcerated zip code in America, and so we said, 'Well let's start there. Let's go there and find the stories and tell this story about mass incarceration,'" says Keith McQuirter , the...

Mark Frohna

The Civil Rights era was a defining time in American history, and the reverberations are still being felt today. A contemporary musical, Violet , explores those early days of the modern civil rights era through the eyes of a young woman – Violet – traveling through 1964 America. "This production was written to reflect September 4, 1964, two months after the civil rights act was signed by Lyndon Johnson," says director Sheri Pannell. "It takes place during the time of the escalation of the...

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Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried." That sentiment that democracy is beautiful, messy and worth the fight is at the core of Lauren Gunderson’s 2013 play, The Taming . The play opens Friday at Next Act Theatre , and features an all-woman cast that travels back and forth between present day and the 1787 Continental Congress. Director David Cearini says he's a big fan of the script and Gunderson's wit. "She was...

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David Mamet is one of this country’s great playwrights. From plays such as American Buffalo to Glengarry Glenross, to Oleanna and Speed the Plow, Mamet’s is a particularly American voice. This weekend, a very early play from his canon is on stage at the Alchemist Theater. “ A Life in the Theater ” is directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and starring Jim Pickering and David Sapiro. The play includes hallmarks of Mamet's later work, such as intense characters, revealing dialouge, and a mentor/teacher...

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opened its 2016-2017 season earlier this month with a bravura performance of Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro . Tuesday night, Itzhak Perlman returned to the MSO as a soloist, and the rest of the season promises equally momentous and musically exciting performances. But among the galas, the symphony is also performing at far more modest venues, like Bliffert’s Lumber in Riverwest, and Wednesday afternoon at the Holton Youth & Family Center in the...

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Milwaukee documentarian Chip Duncan has profiled presidents, football coaches and humanitarian crises. For his latest project, he returns to another subject he's visited in the past – the English author C.S. Lewis, known especially for his Chronicles of Narnia. In 1931, Lewis had a sudden Christian conversion, and it informed his work for the rest of his life. Duncan’s newest film, Tolkien and Lewis: Myth, Imagination, and the Quest for Meaning , explores that fateful evening. "I think Lewis...

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Every year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation honors people throughout the country with a fellowship grant of $625,000, awarded over five years. The so-called "Genius Grant" was given to 23 people this year , who were honored for their originality, insight and potential. Among those esteemed recipients was Anne Basting , a professor of theater at UW-Milwaukee. She is being honored for her work with aging people, particularly those with dementia and other cognitive impairments....

Michael Brosilow

For the past 6 years, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater has kicked off their mainstage season with a large scale musical. With productions ranging in style from Cabaret to The Color Purple to Assassins to Next to Normal, area audiences have come to expect something sweeping and tuneful as the company’s season gets underway. This year is no exception. Man of La Mancha is on the Quadracci Powerhouse Stage at the Milwaukee Rep. It’s the Don Quixote story retold and gave the world "The Impossible...

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Many of the star constellations we see from the Northern Hemisphere have names that derive from Greek myths and legends. Astronomer and Greece-native, Jean Creighton, knows both the science and the myths. One such tale is the story of the Corona Borealis constellation, also known as the Northern Crown. “There was a huge battle between the Minoans and the Athenians, and the Athenians lost. So the king, Minos, said, ‘Okay. As your punishment, you’re going to be sending seven young women and...

Zablocki Veteran's Administration Medical Center

The United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides government-run benefits for veterans and their families. While the VA in its current form has only been around since 1930, the country’s history of providing for disabled veterans goes back to before the U.S. was even a country. In 1636, the European settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony were at war with the Pequot tribe. The colony passed a law then that stated it would support any disabled soldiers from that war. And we have...

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Almost two-and-a-half years ago, we first learned about a novel program that uses the characters and lines of Shakespeare to work with veterans suffering from PTSD and a range of other mental health and reintegration issues. That program, Feast of Crispian , was begun by local theater artists, led by Nancy Smith-Watson. The program has continued and will present a program called “And Comes Safe Home,” at the end of this month. The production will include scenes from Shakespeare, as well as...

Bonnie North

Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has been a working and touring musician for 25 years. But for the past ten, the work involved in touring has been extra-strenuous. Each fall, Mulvey sets out on a multi-state bike tour, where he and his companions will ride dozens of miles between performances. The latest edition of the tour starts this week, and includes a stop at Linneman’s in Riverwest . To some, the tour might sound like it would be detrimental to the actual performances. But...

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline a dozen miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Trails crisscross the center’s 185 acres and visitors can find themselves walking through wetlands, forests, restored prairie and along the undeveloped shore of the lake itself. The nature center’s acreage was formerly a farm for the Schlitz Brewery draft horses. And while the horses are no longer in residence, some of their avian brothers and sisters are, including several birds of...

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