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.

Ways to Connect

The story of the Holocaust is well known at this point: Six million Jews and several million Gypsies, homosexuals, and others considered undesirable by the Nazi regime were murdered from the late 1930s to the mid-'40s. The horror of concentration camps such as Auschwitz is easy to see, if not comprehend. But while the mass exterminations were going on, another camp called Terezín inflicted a different kind of terror.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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The fate of the proposed redesign of the Marcus Performing Arts Center is still undecided. The initial plan included removing the Dan Kiley-designed grove of chestnut trees, which is along the east side of the Milwaukee River adjacent to the Peck Pavilion.

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Every month, cellist Robert Cohen joins us to talk about the life of a working, touring, professional musician. Past segments range in topics from concerts and venues, taking an instrument on the road, to teaching a new generation of cellists.

But today Cohen is thinking about politics — specifically Brexit and what it might mean both for British musicians who tour in Europe and non-British musicians who want to perform in the U.K. Cohen, a native Londoner, says the worry there has reached a fever pitch.

NASA Goddard

Contributor Jean Creighton, who is the Director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium on the UW-Milwaukee campus, joins us each month to talk about all things astronomical. Today we learn about celestial motion, and when we first knew that stars move through space.

Renaissance Theaterworks

Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks current season is called She Blinded Me With Science. From a play about horticulture wars to a dramatization of the story of Rosalind Franklin, the key scientist left out of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the DNA double helix, this season has been an exploration of women and science.

Nirmal Raja and Lois Bielefeld

An exhibition currently on view at The Warehouse on west St. Paul Avenue offers some answers to the perpetual question: what does it mean to be an American? 

Bonnie North

When we think of modern opera, often names such as Puccini, Wagner and Mozart come to mind. But opera, the way we know it, can trace its lineage back to 17th century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi.

Among Monteverdi's most famous works are L'Orfeo and the Florentine Opera's newest production, The Coronation of Poppea. The opera will be at Vogel Hall this weekend and next.

Bonnie North

Thursday, March 21, at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, the consortium of musicians called Milwaukee Musaik will present an evening of chamber music. What makes this concert different is that all of the pieces on the program are composed by women - from living composers Alyssa Firsova and Milwaukee’s own Emily Cooley, to 19th Century composers Louise Ferrenc and Henriette Renié. These are works that often don’t get programmed, but that's not because the compositions aren't worthy of being heard.

Mark Frohna

If Carl Orff were still living, he would probably be a gazillionaire based on the licensing fees for O Fortuna!. The opening number from Carmina Burana, Orff's 1936 setting of medieval texts by the same name, is one of 25 short pieces that make up the cantata that deals with fate and the unpredictability of the human condition.

Bonnie North

The bandoneon is a type of accordion that has no keyboard, but buttons on both sides.  It arrived in Argentina in the mid-19th century from Germany and quickly became an integral part of music for the tango, Argentina’s de facto national dance.

"Everybody says it started on the outskirts and maybe in the brothels, but probably so. The thing is, little by little, it made it into downtown.  And when it arrived in Paris, then everything changed," says Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, artistic director of the Master Singers of Milwaukee.

Schoen Movement Company

Earlier this month, the United Performing Arts Fund kicked off its 2019 campaign to raise millions of dollars for many of the region’s largest performing arts groups. Every year, the campaign begins with a special guest who has some tie or ties to the area’s performing arts community — whether they got their start in the Milwaukee area or played a significant role in a performance here.

Kaukauna & King /

From the Vietnam War to the battle for civil rights, things were changing in the United States in the 1960s. In the spirit of integration and inclusion, a Kaukauna high school social studies teacher wanted to put on the play In White America — it depicts the history of African-Americans from slavery to civil rights — to broaden his students' view. However, Kaukauna high school was 100 percent white, so an exchange between students from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee and Kaukauna High School in Kaukauna, Wis., took place in 1966.

Maayan Silver

It’s official. Earlier this week, the Democratic National Committee chose Milwaukee as the site of its 2020 convention. According to DNC Chair Tom Perez, this is the first time the Democratic Party has held a national convention in the Midwest, outside of Chicago, since 1916.

Bonnie North

The instruments are found in your basic bluegrass band lineup: banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass. But the sound they produce in the hands of the members of Pay The Devil is far grittier than most bluegrass outfits make.

Percussionist Jeremy Ault says he tends to think of the group as getting some of its energy from early punk rock: "It’s not flashy, it just goes. You kind of hit the gas and go forward. I think that’s part of our appeal."

Bonnie North

Native American art has not often been characterized as such by the non-Native American world. From intricately-beaded clothing to ceramics to jewelry, the artworks that native peoples here created, and continue to create, are often found in the craft or perhaps the folk art areas of museum exhibitions.