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PODCAST: "Bird on a Wire" Episode One with Dan Shafer

PODCAST: "Bird on a Wire" Episode One with Dan Shafer

Bird on a Wire is a brand new podcast series featuring conversations on hope, civility and action with LuAnn Bird.

The Recombobulation Area is a six-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.

"Bird on a Wire" is a podcast series featuring conversations about hope, civility and action. LuAnn Bird has had a career in civic action and making change, from serving on school boards to working with the League of Women Voters to running for Wisconsin State Assembly, and this podcast series aims to continue many of the conversations that began during her remarkable and unconventional 2022 campaign.

If you missed our newsletter introducing this podcast series, check it out here.

The first episode of this series is with LuAnn Bird and Dan Shafer. They discuss Bird’s path to a career in public service, the tragic accident that altered the course of her family’s life, and take a look ahead at what’s to come in this 10-episode podcast series.

Listen to the podcast in the media player above, or watch it as a video podcast on YouTube 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. Video was edited by Steve Grisetti.

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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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