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"Bird on a Wire" Episode Eight: Organizing and making change in southwestern Milwaukee County

"Bird on a Wire" Episode Eight: Organizing and making change in southwestern Milwaukee County

"Bird on a Wire" is a podcast series featuring conversions on hope, civility and action. Hosted by LuAnn Bird.

The Recombobulation Area is a six-time TEN-TIME Milwaukee Press Club award-winning weekly opinion column and online publication written and published by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.

LuAnn Bird (left) with local activists Chris Baumgart (center) and Tom Sphere (right).

For Episode Eight of the “Bird on a Wire” podcast series, Lu Ann Bird is joined by Tom Spehert and Chris Baumgart. 

In this episode, LuAnn talks with Tom and Chris about organizing and making change in southwestern Milwaukee County. They also talked about the work LuAnn and Chris are doing to address accessibility concerns at the Hales Corners Library. 

If you missed the earlier episodes of this series, you can listen to them here:

This podcast series is presented by The Recombobulation Area and produced by Dan Shafer. The lead sponsor for this podcast is Civic Media, the fastest-growing hometown radio network in Wisconsin. Visit to find your local station and tune in to your community. Civic Media, hometown radio refreshed. Supporting sponsors include Marianne Lubar and Marlene Ott.

Music and logo design for the podcast is by Christopher Porterfield.

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Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 13 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.

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