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
7:02 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Milwaukee Native's One-Man Show Takes Comedic Look at Me Generation

Will Durst in his new one-man show "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG"
Credit Will Durst

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews comedian Will Durst.

Political satirist, stand up comedian and Milwaukee native Will Durst is back in town with a brand new one-man show.

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Health & Science
5:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

NASA's Chandra X-Ray Telescope Explores Universe's Hot Spots

Labeled illustration of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

In 2005, Marquette University established the George Coyne lecture series on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Each year since then, the University invites a distinguished speaker to campus to deliver a talk. And every year, Lake Effect has interviewed those speakers, beginning with Father Coyne himself in 2006.

In September 2013, that speaker was Harvey Tananbaum.  Dr. Tananbaum is the director of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston.

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Health & Science
3:48 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Milwaukee Astronomer Will Fly High into Stratosphere Aboard NASA Aircraft

NASA's SOFIA aircraft will take two Milwaukee educators and others into the stratosphere to collect data on the universe using a special infrared telescope.
Credit NASA/Carla Thomas

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews astronomy contributor Jean Creighton.

A Milwaukee astronomer is about to take the trip of a lifetime, traveling 45,000 feet into the sky aboard a NASA aircraft.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

PHOTOS: Judy Garland's Final Years Get Spotlight in 'End of the Rainbow'

Thomas J. Cox (background) and Hollis Resnik (foreground) in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2013/14 Quadracci Powerhouse production of End of the Rainbow.
Michael Brosilow

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews star Hollis Resnik, writer Peter Quilter and director Mark Clements of the Milwaukee Rep's production of "End of the Rainbow."

The word “icon” is tossed around pretty freely, but it’s pretty safe to say that Judy Garland was, and is, one.

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Cast Members Bring WWI - and Horses - Alive in 'Warhorse'

The relationship between character Albert (left) and Joey, his horse who is pressed into service in WWI, is at the heart of "Warhorse."

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews actor Andy Truschinski and electrician and technician Kristi Ross-Clausen from the touring company of Warhorse.

As we begin the centennial anniversary year of the start of WWI, the war's horrors and impact - from trench warfare to gas weapons - are being resurrected onstage in Milwaukee.

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4:56 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

LISTEN: Pulitzer Winner Paul Harding Reads from Latest Book, 'Enon'

Paul Harding follows up his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with a story of a man facing the ultimate devastation.
Credit Paul Harding

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Paul Harding.

Writer Paul Harding gave himself a tough act to follow. His first novel, Tinkers, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. 

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Arts & Culture
4:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Art Gallery Becomes Dance Space in New Performance

Galleries become dance spaces in "Sight Readings," a new work featuring Wild Space Dance Company.
Credit UWM Peck School of the Arts

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Debra Loewen, director of Wild Space Dance Company.

Living up to its name, Wild Space Dance Company has been making site-specific dances that exist in both our exterior, and interior, wild places for almost three decades.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Greendale Native Stars in National Tour of 'Ghost the Musical'

Greendale native Katie Postotnik, with Steven Grant Douglas, stars in the national tour of "Ghost the Musical."
Credit Joan Marcus

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Katie Postotnik, who has the lead role in "Ghost the Musical."

The classic movie “Ghost” grossed over $505 million at the box office in the '90s, launched countless crushes on Patrick Swayze, made a hit out of "Unchained Melody," and, most recently, spawned a musical version.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Have These Food Trends Become Stale?

What's wrong with having cake?
Credit Lamantin, Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie.

Even though Festivus is over, Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek still has some food-related grievances to air.

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12:28 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Photos: Inside Milwaukee's Vacant Homes

Vacant House in Milwaukee
Adam Morris, Milwaukee Magazine

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Milwaukee Magazine's Matt Hrodey and Adam Ryan Morris.

The number of vacant structures in Milwaukee is estimated at around 4,000, with more than 1,000 “distressed” homes on the books as well.

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