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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Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

Last week, the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) announced it was granted an anonymous gift of $3 million. It's a lot of money, and it has the board of directors and staff feeling celebratory. Plans are already in motion to find a street-level home for the group that would serve as offices, a gallery, and a program space. 

Dmitry Bocharov

If the only thing he was known for was the TV show Mad About You, Paul Reiser could still hold his head high. That 90s hit, recently rebooted as a sequel starring the same cast, put the comedian, actor, and writer firmly in the cultural spotlight. Reiser's career has continued to grow, recently landing him a role on the second season of Stranger Things.


Every month, Lake Effect contributor and astronomer Jean Creighton joins us to talk about the universe and our solar system within it. This time, she talks about the resources, effort, and partnerships that made sending Apollo 11 to the moon possible.

LISTEN: Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

Creighton says NASA had to work with 20,000 companies to make the mission possible.

Janet McMillan

There are many books and articles out there that tell you the best places you should visit in Milwaukee. So it was with a bit of trepidation that Lake Effect agreed to look at one more. While 111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss offers up some of the expected — think The Pfister Hotel or The Harley Museum — it also offers up some lesser known places, like the Morris Pratt Institute, Al Capone's rural hideout or visiting Grebe's Bakery for some crullers.

Penguin Press

"A man sees a whale struck by lightning, and knows that everything about his life has to change." So reads the flap of Chuck Klosterman's latest bookRaised in Captivity. 

Benjamin Slane / Milwaukee VA

Prescription painkillers have a notorious reputation in the veteran community. In response to an opioid scandal in 2016, Wisconsin's Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center has reformed the way they treat pain.  

"We were in the middle of a crisis," says U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie, who recently visited the Tomah VA and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (Milwaukee VA Medical Center). "Traditionally [people use] pain medicine and go off on their own, into the shadows. Tomah broke the mold on how we think about that."

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When a disaster strikes, we want emergency services to be there as fast as humanly possible. We want to know the people who arrive on scene are properly trained to the highest standard and that they can quickly communicate and coordinate with other city and county departments and agencies.

Kenny Yoo

Pets are an important part of many people’s lives. From cats and dogs to reptiles and insects, humans and other creatures often share their lives with each other — to the benefit of both the pet and the human.

July’s Milwaukee Magazine has a multi-page spread on all thing pets. It was edited by Lindsey Anderson,  the magazine’s culture editor. She joined Lake Effect to share some of the cool pets they met, some shelters and pet stores doing good work, and the winner of their cutest dog contest.

Jay Lawrence

Every month, contributor Robert Cohen offers insight about the life and work of a touring classical musician for our On That Note series. This month, Cohen spoke with Lake Effect's Bonnie North about what aging means for a professional performer.

As people age, they naturally need to adapt their bodies. Cohen says that as a musician, he has always been precisely aware of how his body is positioned and moving. But that these days, carrying his cello is not getting any easier.

NASA History Office and the NASA JSC Media Services Center / NASA

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission was the pinnacle of NASA’s decade long efforts to conquer space flight. It occurred just eight years after President John F. Kennedy announced a national goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.

Lesley Bohm

You probably don’t know who Rob Paulsen is. But you probably know at least one or two of his animated characters. The award-winning Paulsen is the voice of, among others, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Yakko from Animaniacs and Raphael (and later Donatello) from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Courtesy Rahr-West Art Museum, City of Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened its "Chagall’s Le Cirque" exhibit. It’s the first time the complete collection of Marc Chagall’s 23 color and 15 black-and-white circus themed lithographs has been shown here. The collection is also showcasing objects from Wisconsin's circus history.

READ: Wisconsin: Home of 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

Mark Danielson / Flickr

Since 1884, the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) has been giving Wisconsinites and the state’s many visitors a passport into the natural world. Many people who grew up here have memories of school field trips and sleep overs, and now bring their own kids and grandkids to experience it.

Audrey Nowakowski

For the latest Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to Cedarburg ahead of the city's annual Strawberry Festival.

Image courtesy of Mario Quadracci

Mario Quadracci studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. And for years, whenever he had the chance, the guitarist was found in his basement studio, experimenting. The goal always was to try to replicate what he heard in his head.