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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This summer, the northern hemisphere sees some pretty spectacular astronomical events. The Perseid meteor showers will peak in mid August and about a week after that, parts of the United States will witness the first total solar eclipse since 1979. It’s also the first one visible from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic since 1918.

 

From canning, to fermenting, to dehydrating, Christina Ward is an expert in teaching Milwaukeeans how to conserve food. Her new book, Preservation, and she says that among the many professional hats she wears, there is one she’s particularly proud of.

“I’m the master food preserver, which means I’m a volunteer in my community charged with giving people the latest and greatest science,” says Ward.

 

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There are many animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo you wouldn't normally see in the wilds of Wisconsin.  Camels, for example, or bonobos or giraffes. But an exhibit there on display through Labor Day allows visitors to see those animals and many others in a unique way.

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Susan Silver may have left Milwaukee to follow her dreams in Los Angeles, but she says she's back in full force to discuss her years as a TV comedy writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her escapades in love. Her new memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms details her encounters with people like Jim Morrison and Elvis in addition to dishing out advice for women pursuing their dreams. 

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A new exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art showcases the clothes of six generations of an upper-middle class, Marshfield family -- The Roddis family.

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From physical ailments to post-traumatic stress disorder - the health issues facing veterans are getting much more attention than they used to. In the Milwaukee area, most of the care veterans of all ages receive happens through the Veterans Administration and the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center. But the VA doesn’t always go it alone.

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Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen the artwork of Peter Max. Max is one of the world’s most famous living pop artists. His bright, bold color palette has applied to depict everyone from rock stars to the Statue of Liberty. 

This weekend, Max will be at Gallery 505 in Whitefish Bay to kick off an exhibition of his collected works, which will feature some of his most iconic pieces.

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Along with many Lincoln Memorial Drive commuters, architecture critic Tom Bamberger has noticed the near-completion of the Northwestern Mutual Tower. Although apprehensive about previous projects in Milwaukee, Bamberger told Lake Effect's Bonnie North why he thinks this one is a "thoughtful" and "rigorous" stunner. 

"It's really a visual statement," says Bamberger.

In discussing the intentional nature of Milwaukee's newest skyscraper, Bamberger highlights the importance of planning for function and symbolism. 

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Like most major metropolitan areas, there was a time when most of southeastern Wisconsin was farmland.  And while the area that surrounds the city of Milwaukee is today home to suburbs and exurbs, there is still much evidence of our agricultural heritage - in many cases, a living heritage.

This summer, Lake Effect is exploring what agriculture means to our region in a series called Full Plate. Help us shape this series, what questions do you have about food and its production?

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On That Note contributor Robert Cohen often joins Lake Effect from remote locations around the world. But this month, the professional cellist was back in Milwaukee for a concert with the Fine Arts Quartet. 

This was a particularly noteworthy concert for Cohen, because he had a chance to play with a former student. Musicians often inhabit a unique world in which they're both students and teachers at the same time, so it isn't unusual for him to have an opportunity to work with his former students. 

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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the facility that is known today as the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. It was established in the wake of the Civil War and was one of the first in the country to serve convalescing veterans.

"Folks in this country have always been very patriotic and very supportive of those who, candidly, we put in harms way to protect our freedoms," says Dr. Dan Zomcheck, the medical director of the Zablocki VA Medical Center. 

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Wisconsin Avenue has become a temporary sculpture garden courtesy of galleries, artists, and curator Russell Bowman. 'Sculpture Milwaukee' is an installation of 22 pieces that line Wisconsin Avenue from Sixth Street all the way to the lakefront. After their time in the limelight, Bowman hopes the pieces will be sold to support annual 'Sculpture Milwaukee' projects.  

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For most of us in the US, Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the holiday itself is one of solemnity. 

Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, a day in May was designated as Decoration Day: a day to honor and remember those who died in service to our country. After the first World War, the holiday has been known as Memorial Day. 

Although nearly a century has passed since the end of World War I, there are still some people who died in battle who haven't been identified. Waterford resident, Robert Laplander, is hoping to change that.

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Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel sponsors a unique residency program for area artists. For 12 months, the selected artist sets up shop in a space off the lobby by the elevators on the first floor.

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The question cinema has tried to answer time and time again, with the most recent attempt by the movie Arrival, may finally have an answer as astronomer Jean Creighton provides promising new hope for whether life can exist beyond earth. “There could be life right now in the solar system unbeknownst to us,” says Creighton.

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