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
3:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Milwaukee Rep Strikes Chord with "Ragtime"

Gavin Gregory plays the role of Coalhouse Walker in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of “Ragtime."
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Mark Clements and Gavin Gregory of the Milwaukee Rep.

Government shutdowns and debt ceiling debates aside, attaining the “American dream” remains a goal for people of all political stripes in this country.

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Writing Workshop for Victims of Sexual Violence & Human Trafficking

This intensive testimonial writing workshop takes place October 5 and 6.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Rachel Monaco-Wilcox and Ann Angel.

Writing as healing comes first and then participants can move to writing as testimony, Mount Mary professor Ann Angel explains.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Live Music by Altos Accompanies Silent Film

The members of Altos
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Recent incarnations of the Milwaukee Film Festival have included screenings of some classic silent films. On the heels of 2010’s showing of Metropolis and last year’s showing of Blackmail, the festival will feature a 1930 classic agrarian tale made by Soviet director Alexander Dovzhenko on Friday.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Revisualizing Nature in a Short Film

Cecelia Condit’s three-channel video and photography installation, "Within a Stone's Throw."
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Cecelia Condit.

The Milwaukee Film Festival continues this week and showcases both feature films and shorts, internationally renowned filmmakers and local ones.

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Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

DearMKE Highlights What We Love About Milwaukee

Hoan silhouette featured on DearMKE
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North chats with filmmaker Jack Turner.

A little over a year ago, we spoke with filmmaker – and Milwaukee native Jack Turner, who had been tapped to produce a series of films to promote the city and tell some remarkable stories.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Milwaukee Filmmaker Guides Child Stars to Rave Reviews in 'Mister and Pete'

“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” from director/producer George Tillman, Jr., will appear Saturday evening at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews filmmaker George Tillman, Jr.

While known for its array of films, the Milwaukee Film Festival also pays tribute to people who have made significant contributions to film culture as a whole.

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Health & Science
3:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

What Happened to All Those Moon Rocks?

The crater Daedelus is on the far side of the Earth's moon. This image was taken by Apollo 11.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews astronomy contributor Jean Creighton.

The Apollo moon missions (11 through 17, minus the infamous 13) collected more than 800 pounds of moon rock. But whatever happened to those samples?

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

'The Dissolve' Keeps Film Criticism Professional, Even Online

The Dissolve is an online film criticism site based in Chicago.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews editorial director Keith Phipps and editor Scott Tobias, of the film "The Dissolve."

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off tonight, offering a representative mix of films produced these days, from the shorts and animation to the full-length blockbusters in their 35mm glory.

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12:25 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Form and Function Are the Winners In New MIAD-Marquette Partnership

Marquette University's College of Engineering will collaborate with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to co-train the next generation of Industrial Designers.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Marquette's Robert Bishop and MIAD's Neil Hoffman about the schools' collaborative efforts.

Industrial designers and engineers work very closely together to create the products we use: from toothbrushes to jumbo jets. 

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Brit Singer Billy Bragg: Protest Music is 'Not an Agent' of Change

Billy Bragg performing his unique blend of folk, punk and protest music.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews acclaimed singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

Over the past 30 years, one of the enduring voices of protest to emerge from Britain has been singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. In turns angry, reflective, and funny, Bragg has developed a following in the U.S., as well.

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