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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A common sight in tragedies such as this week’s Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps is working dogs, helping their human handlers search for human remains. Dogs are also used for bomb detection, rescuing disaster survivors, and sniffing out illegal contraband and other professional tasks. The work of these dogs is seen as equally heroic as the human effort.

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There are a number of great classic ballets that almost everyone has heard about: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake

Giselle is on that list as well. It’s a typical fairytale story: a young peasant girl falls in love with a nobleman pretending to be a peasant and dies of fright when his true identity is revealed. The second act is all about anger and revenge, and ultimately forgiveness.

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The musical “Rent” took Broadway by storm when it first premiered in 1994.  It tells the story of a young group of friends living on Manhattan’s lower east side in what might politely be described as “squalor.”  It tackled a variety of social issues such as poverty and HIV, but also age-old questions of identity.

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Last week was a great one for fans of the aurora borealis.  The Northern Lights were visible far further south than normal, thanks to increased solar activity. Ambient light made seeing them basically impossible in metro Milwaukee, but out in the country, there were lots of sightings.

So what’s responsible for the shimmering, colorful atmospheric magic?  Astronomy contributor and director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee, Jean Creighton, explained to Bonnie North exactly how they work - starting with two basic ingredients: the sun and the earth's atmosphere.

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At first glance, you wouldn’t think the subject matter covered by The Snow Dragon would make a compelling opera.

But the world premiere production at Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre takes a difficult topic - child abuse - and transforms it into a mesmerizing piece of theater.

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If you think you don’t have anything in common with someone who skied 600 miles across Antarctica pulling a sled or who is one of the few people to have scaled all seven of the world’s tallest peaks, you’d be wrong.

Alison Levine wants you to embrace the leadership skills you might not know you even have. She uses her experiences to connect people with the leader inside of themselves.

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Lake Effect’s wine contributor Ray Fister has been racking up the frequent flyer miles in the past few weeks.

Between trips to California and wine events closer to home, he made time to speak with Lake Effect's Bonnie North while in Milwaukee. 

"’13 was another great one, followed by ’14 – everybody’s sitting on the edge of their chair to see what’s gonna happen in ’15," he says. "Three in a row is pretty unusual – certainly for Napa and Sonoma, they’re very happy."

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A world premiere on a slightly less grand scale opened Friday night in a space located in the historic Third Ward.  MKE Carries is the work of a two-year-old group called Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, and it is born from the improvisation tradition.

Florentine Opera

Sinclair Lewis’s 1927 novel, Elmer Gantry, is considered one of the masterpieces of early 20th Century American literature.

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When most people think about French cuisine, multiples courses, immaculate preparation and presentation, and maybe even intimidation comes to mind.

The fine French meal is often a night out that people aspire to. Many steps above that impulsive trip out to Applebee’s, or even the night on the town at the brewpub. 

It turns out that much of what we think of as the fine French meal can trace its history back to a single source – Auguste Escoffier. 

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