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 meteor shower is always a good excuse to get outside and look into the night sky. But it’s not the only time when you can see a streak of light overhead.

Astronomy contributor and Manfred Olson Planetarium director Jean Creighton says that while people generally know shooting stars have something to do with solar system debris, many don't know its origin.

"The shooting star is what we see in our atmosphere, but it starts earlier and farther away from either the chunk of an asteroid or comet - which are called meteoroids in the void of space," she explains.

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Music historians generally agree that Western opera began around the turn of the 17th Century in Europe. However, the modern repertoire generally ignores the first 150 years in favor of the works of the mid 19th Century to early 20th Century. Works from composers like Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner get the majority of attention.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly set what was then an American endurance record when he spent more than 11 months aboard the International Space Station from 2015 to 2016. It was his third time aboard the space station, after a career that also involved flying and commanding Space Shuttle flights.

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A listener wondered if it was true that there were underground baths in Milwaukee where powerful men once met in secret to do powerful things.

To answer this Bubbler Talk question, Bonnie North met up with OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo, who tends to know this stuff, and Eric Nordeen, of the Wells Building, to find out.

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Professor Katie Watson is a classic polymath - a case of “How many hats can one person wear well?”  She’s a lawyer - having clerked in the federal judiciary and practiced public interest law; she’s an ethicist who has completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics and medical humanities; and… she’s also an adjunct faculty member at Chicago’s Second City theater’s comedy training center.

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a book many of us studied in school. You probably learned that the play is a thinly veiled allegory, whose political animals and their actions closely resembled what led to the Russian Revolution and the beginnings of the totalitarian Soviet state.

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Did you have the chance to take in any live music over the holidays? Whether it’s a performance of The Nutcracker, or holiday pops music, music is an integral part of the holiday season for many of us.

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As we just get started with 2018 we still take the time to look back on the not-so-distant 2017 and all of its “best of” lists. From best trends, to best foods, movies, events, and more – we often try to quantify a year into a compact bullet list.

One area that is often overlooked in your “best of” scrolling is the best of astronomy. 2017 was an incredibly exciting year for space – from the discovery of gravitational waves, to the solar eclipse, and capturing the most detailed photo of Earth ever taken from space.

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It seems like we've been eating non-stop since early fall, doesn't it? Between Diwali, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas, feasting has been, er, on the table for a couple of months.

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In the United States, we talk a lot about the First Amendment and freedom of the press, and it’s part of our system of governance. And for decades, we’ve taken it for granted.

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The Racine Art Museum wraps up 2017 marking a series of anniversaries. Seventy-five years ago, a Racine woman, Jennie E Wustum, bequeathed her house, some land, and a small trust fund to the city to create an art museum in her husband’s honor. That original building and grounds is still serve as the museum’s Wustum annex.

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Walking through the current modernism exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum is kind of like walking through an art history text book - except it's a lot more fun.

The exhibit, Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, features works dating from the early 1800s to around 1950 and includes both famous and lesser-known (but equally important) artists. 

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The Pewaukee-based, Americana band Rebecca and the Grey Notes has been heard from stages around the Milwaukee-area for the last five years, but this is the first time the group has joined together in the Lake Effect Performance Studio. 

The band features Rebecca Famularo on vocals, backed up by the Grey Notes - songwriter and Rebecca’s dad, Tyler, on lead guitar; Michael Juley on bass; and Jeff Franks on drums.

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For eight years (and counting), game aficionado James Lowder has joined Lake Effect, WUWM's locally-produced magazine program, to talk about the best games of the year. We are talking about classic games here, not the kind that are played on a screen.

"The thing that's amazing is how much this has become mainstream culture," Lowder says. "Everybody's watching the Marvel movies and everybody's familiar with The Lord of the Rings, so they understand the tropes and they understand the storytelling."

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Five years ago, Ben Bedroske decided to create a chamber choir for people who don’t always sing in chamber choirs: recent college graduates. Thus the Chant Claire Chamber Choir was born. Now numbering 56, the choir gives its members a chance to keep their performing skills sharp and bond with a group of their peers. 

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