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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Pierre Bensusan

For a virtuosic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan almost ended up a piano player. He started his formal music study in piano at the age of seven, not long after his family moved from his native Algeria to Paris.

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John Rebus is one of the most famous detectives in crime fiction. The creation of Scottish writer Ian Rankin, the hard-drinking, hard-smoking Inspector Rebus has been solving crimes in his own, not quite by the book, way for 25 years. He’s also earned Rankin a slew of international literary and academic honors, as well as an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

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Najda Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Her solo performances are electrifying: she combines supreme artistry and musicality with both precision and fearlessness. She dives deeply into the music and takes her audiences along with her on that journey.

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At some point, all music is new. Bach was new in his day as was Beethoven. However, their “new” seems old and traditional to us. Throughout the 20th Century, classical music took a different turn; composers began writing atonal music and began using nontraditional instruments, such as wine glasses and radios. American-Israeli composer and performer, Yehuda Yannay, was well into his career in the late 20th Century, making him a contemporary of John Cage and Phillip Glass.

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Have you ever kept an overdue library book for an extended period of time? How about 113 years?

In Glen Berger’s play Underneath the Lintel, currently being performed by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, one Dutch librarian is out to catch the family that had that book checked out for much longer than the standard three weeks.

Why Do We Love the Racket of Garage Bands?

Feb 19, 2013
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Starting at adolescence, kids start looking at popular icons for inspiration. They want to grow up; they want to have independence and control. One popular way, especially among boys, is by forming garage bands. Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College and the author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock, delved into the garage bands that made so much noise in Milwaukee.

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Stephen Foster is perhaps one of the most beloved American composers of all time. Though they were written in the 19th century, Foster's impressive catalog of tunes including “Camptown Races” and “O! Susanna," are still popular today.

Gérard Janot

Normally, we hear classical piano music played on a modern instrument. But back at the height of classical composition, everyone from Mozart and Mendelssohn to Beethoven and Brahms played and composed upon the “forte piano."

Fondy's Food Market

The Fondy Market at 22nd and Fond du Lac is one of the Near North Side’s success stories. There had been a farmer’s market in the area for decades, but about 10 years ago the market really took off in its present form, thanks in great part to Young Kim.

Kyle Cherek

Tucked away above the Starbucks on Water Street is the Sensorium Gallery. It’s an art gallery and the workspace of designers and artists Neille Hoffman and Ken Kornacki.

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