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.

Ways to Connect

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.

Rich Renomeron, via Flickr

It may be the end of our calendar year, but for the Mayans', tomorrow is the last day on their calendar...period.

Little, Brown

War is hell. Even those of us who haven’t fought in one know that to be true. Communicating the experience of war in a truthful and authentic way is hard enough. Telling the story of war is even harder.

Jim Krueger

Illustrators get much of the credit for a successful comic book or graphic novel.  And certainly the visuals are what separate those works from a standard novel or short story.  But the story is the backbone of any novel, graphic or not.  And Jim Krueger is a master at coming up with those stories.

Christine Butler, Current

Fans of public radio are well acquainted with the show Radiolab. It’s too simple to call it a show about ideas, but that’s a good start. Heard around the country on more than 300 radio station, the show has tackled such topics as falling, music, color and whether exploding atomic bombs affect beer quality.

Call it a skills gap – or an employment gap – or even a training gap. The reality is there are thousands of unemployed Milwaukeeans, many of them in the central city. For whatever reason, they’re not connecting with the existing unfilled jobs available.

The presidential election is less than a week away, and foreign policy: America’s place, and role, in the world, will be a key part of the job for whichever administration takes office in January.

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook is perhaps best known for her Broadway roles: she was the original Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, Cunegonde in Candide, and Amalia in She Loves Me. And her cabaret and concert interpretations of Stephen Sondheim's songs have no peer. But now, nearing the age of 85, the legendary singer and Kennedy Center honoree has taken a far jazzier approach.

Laurence Juber never intended to a rock and roll star. The London-born guitarist, composer, arranger, and session musician had his sights set on a studio career. And he had a very nice one going in London until he got a fateful call from Sir Paul McCartney and ended up joining Sir Paul’s band Wings in 1979. But that wasn’t the first change in musical direction for Juber. He had studied classical guitar as well as music theory at college, but quickly decided the commercial possibilities were limited.

Folk Fusion

Aug 13, 2012
Bruce Molsky

Milwaukee’s Irish Fest returns for its annual run at the Festival Grounds on Thursday. And as is our habit, we’ll feature a few of the bands playing there over the course of the week. While there will be music with an obvious Irish feel, the focus of this year’s festival will also have a distinctly American sound. That’s because many of the acts will spotlight how traditional Irish music evolved into the bluegrass sound we think of as native to Appalachia.

Piano Arts

For the past week, young pianists have gathered in Milwaukee to vie for the title in the 2012 Piano Arts Competition. Since 1999, the biennial competition has launched the careers of numerous national and international performers. And it is one of the few competitions of its kind in the country.

Lake Effect

Peter Roller is an assistant professor of music at Alverno College; Matthew Schroeder is finger-style and rock guitar department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They’ll play a concert tomorrow night at the Conservatory, called A Tribute to Steel-String Guitar Icons.

There is No Dog

Mar 20, 2012

Meg Rosoff is the author of There Is No Dog, published by Penguin. She spoke with Bonnie North.  Rosoff's other novels include the multiple award winning How I Live Now, the film of which is currently in pre-production, and the Carnegie Medal in Literature winner Just in Case. There is more of their conversation about Dog below. Just click on the supplemental audio file.

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