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"Bird on a Wire" Episode Six: Talking with the Grandma Brigade

"Bird on a Wire" Episode Six: Talking with the Grandma Brigade

"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-winningweekly opinion column and online publication written and published by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.

For Episode Six of the “Bird on a Wire” podcast series, Lu Ann Bird is joined by the “Grandma brigade.” That would be JoAnn Stasiewicz and Jean Parulski.

Jean and Joann were the first people that LuAnn called when she decided to run for State Assembly last year, and they have been getting together to talk about politics and taking action for years. In this podcast, they talked about their paths to getting involved in politics, last year’s campaign, getting involved in school board races in Wauwatosa in the Spring Election, flipping Hales Corners for Justice-elect Janet Protasiewicz, and much more. 


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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