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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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ever since quantum mechanics came on the physics scene in 1927, scientists have struggled to reconcile it with Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. They haven’t completely succeeded and Dr. Sean Carroll says that’s because they’ve failed to take into account the mysteries of quantum mechanics. Dr. Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and his newest book is Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.

Bonnie North

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the birth of hip hop. In honor of the milestone, the Marcus Center is hosting Hip Hop DNA Volume I. The performance is exploring almost five decades of music and dance, and pays special attention to Milwaukee's own hip hop scene.

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Nick Offerman is best known for his Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson. But the accomplished actor, comedian, and master woodworker, has a lot more to offer. 

Still, Offerman says the Ron Swanson character helps him connect with people, particularly as he tours with his stage show All Rise

Courtesy of Dr. Ruane Hill

A lot of things happened in 1964. In the United States, the landmark Civil Rights Act was signed into law. The U.K. exported Beatlemania to the world, and established the world's first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. And across the world, another radio station came on the air: WUWM. 

On Sep. 9, 1964, WUWM began broadcasting with Dr. Ruane Hill at the helm as the station's first general manager. The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin system had tasked Hill with creating the station.



WUWM went on the air on this day in 1964. As we celebrate our 55th birthday, we're also celebrating and looking back on the staff members who were integral to the station's content and identity.

For anyone who listened to WUWM from the early '90s until just a few years ago, Bob Bach is a familiar voice. He worked in WUWM’s newsroom from 1991 to 2015. In those 24 years, he reported on the news, hosted the precursor to Lake Effect (called At10), and finished up his career as our local Morning Edition host and anchor.

Andrej Grilc

We all say we want change. But when we’re presented with it, most of us resist it. We don’t like being outside of our comfort zones. And that is as true for professional creatives like musicians as it is for anyone else.

Bonnie North

Wednesday is Milwaukee Ballet Day. Eighty structures in 20 locations around Milwaukee are festooned with 2,500 yards of ribbon and 100 pointe shoes. It’s the beginning of the company’s 50th anniversary year, but it’s also a very big day in the history of the company.

Susan Welch

Writers are advised to write what they know. But in Susan Welch's case, it’s what she didn't know until she was 46 that compelled her to produce her first novel.

Milwaukee Short Film Festival

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival takes place Friday and Saturday. It’s the festival’s 21st anniversary. Founder and filmmaker Ross Bigley says each year the festival becomes better known, with films coming in from around the world.

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Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which he and the other co-founder, Tyler Maas, describe as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians.

In July, Lake Effect started a partnership with Milwaukee Record based on that list called Milwaukee Music Roundup. Here's Matt's Milwaukee Music Roundup for August 2019:

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People who have endured childhood abuse or battlefield conditions often suffer from PTSD. And they often find it difficult to set the trauma aside — even long after the traumatic event(s) end. "Trauma-informed care" is a newer treatment protocol that takes a patient's past trauma into account to help them feel more comfortable and in control.

Imagine MKE Dreams Big

Aug 27, 2019
Imagine MKE

Imagine MKE’s enthusiasm for its mission can be summed up by the opening sentence on its website: “Let’s Imagine Milwaukee as the world-class arts and culture city that it is.”

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The news has been full of stories on tariffs and immigration, and how both are affecting the economy. These aren’t topics our wine contributor, Ray Fister, typically talks to Lake Effect about. But he says these national and international policies will show up as higher per bottle prices for the consumer.

One of the biggest changes coming down the pike are with California labor laws that take effect next year.

Dasha Kelly Hamilton

The fourth annual Milwaukee Fringe Festival, running this Saturday and Sunday, will feature more than 25 performances. The diverse lineup of performances — theatre, art, music, and dance — will take place at the Todd Wehr Theatre, the Peck Pavilion, and Vogel Hall.

Local artists Dasha Kelly and Chad Piechocki are both taking part this year.

Ann-Elise Henzl

On Saturday Aug. 24, the last JobLines bus will cease operations. While Route 57 will still operate in Milwaukee County, it'll no longer cross the county line into Waukesha. Meanwhile, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is facing a large budget shortfall and is looking to shut down even more routes than the remaining JobLine to balance a nearly $6 million deficit for 2019.