Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

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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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

October, Before I Was Born: a New Play Offers a Personal Account of a Public Tragedy

Raeleen McMillion, Ken T. Williams & April Paul in "October, Before I Was Born."
Mark Frohna

Bonnie North interviews Staughton playwright Lori Matthews about "October, Before I Was Born".

In October of 1960, an explosion ripped through the Tennessee Eastman Company factory in Kingsport, Tennessee. Out of 12,000 men at the factory, 16 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. It threw Kingsport’s largest employer into disarray at the time.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Queens of Harmony Strike a Chord at The Pabst

Queens of Harmony in the Lake Effect studio.
Bonnie North, Lake Effect

Milwaukee's Queens of Harmony chat and perform in Lake Effect's Studio B

Milwaukee’s gospel quartet Queens of Harmony has been singing in Central City churches for almost half a century. They have also performed in Washington, DC and as far away as Japan.

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Arts & Culture
4:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Don't Worry, There are No Spoilers Here about In Tandem Theatre's 'Chesapeake'

Actor Matt Daniels in In Tandem Theatre's production of Lee Blessing's one-man show "Chesapeake"
Credit Ross Zentner

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews In Tandem Theatre's Matt Daniels and Chris Flieller.

There’s not a lot we can tell you about In Tandem Theatre’s next production, which opens Friday, without giving too much away.

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Ulrich Photographs American Consumerism

Cleveland, OH, 2004. Brian Ulrich (American, b. 1971). Chromogenic process color print; 101.6 x 127 in. Gift of Katherine Solender and William E. Katzin, The Cleveland Museum of Art 2007.170
Brian Ulrich

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with photographer Brian Ulrich.

Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art is host to a major exhibit of photography that makes us look at and question what it means to be a consumer.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Milwaukee Ballet 'Pushes the Boundaries' This Winter

Milwaukee Ballet's 2014 Winter Series focuses on pushing the boundaries of traditional ballet.
Credit Mayara Pineiro, Photo: Jessica Kaminski, milwaukeeballet.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with choreographers Gabrielle Lamb, Timothy O'Donnell, and Luca Veggetti.

During this dark and cold time of the year, the Milwaukee Ballet traditionally heats up the Marcus Center with its Winter Series – it’s yearly a performance of three new dance works made for the ballet.

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Arts & Culture
11:19 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Israeli TV's Influence on the American Small Screen

Israeli writer Ron Leshem was in Milwaukee in late January to talk about Israeli TV.
Credit Wiki Commons image

Ron Leshem speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Most of us in the US think that we, or possibly the Brits, make the best television in the world. 

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Exclusive Audio: A Conversation with Author Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Credit Penguin Group

Sue Monk Kidd’s latest book,  The Invention of Wings, is a novel, but it’s based on the very real lives of sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké, abolitionists and suffragists in the first half of the 19th Century. Their story is little told outside of academic circle, but Kidd would argue that it’s just as important, and just as interesting.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Beyond Fidel: Modern Cuban Art On Display at MIAD

Yaima Carrazana, Someone Who Doesn't Want to Be Alone 2, performative painting (Carrazana seated on the right)
Yaima Carrazana

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with MIAD's Lynn Tomaszewski, Associate Professor Cristin Cash, and artists Glenda León and Yaima Carranza.

An exhibition featuring four Cuban multimedia artists is on display at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

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Arts & Culture
6:57 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

PHOTOS: Photography Collective Captures Wisconsin's Extremes

A group of photographers are using their collective images to capture the essence of Wisconsin and other places in America. Here pictured is Salem, Wis.
Alessandra Sanguinetti, Postcards from America, tumblr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews MAM photography curator Lisa Sutcliffe and photographers Donovan Wylie of Northern Ireland and Jacob Sobol of Denmark.

Photography is usually thought of a solitary pursuit, but when you're trying to capture the essence of a state like Wisconsin, you might need some back-up.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

LISTEN: David Mamet's 'Race' Takes No Prisoners with Legal Drama

"Race" by David Mamet performed by Next Act Theatre. (l-r) Tiffany Renee Johnson, Jonathan Smoots, David Cecsarini, and Lee Palmer.
Credit Timothy Moder

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Next Theatre's David Cecsarini, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Lee Palmer, and Jonathan Smoots.

Of all the “isms” that are out there, racism is one of the most enduring, and in this supposedly post-racial age, the most pernicious.

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