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PODCAST: "Bird on a Wire" Episode Three, with Christopher Porterfield

PODCAST: "Bird on a Wire" Episode Three, with Christopher Porterfield

Porterfield is the lead singer and songwriter of the acclaimed folk band Field Report. He helped create the "Bird Songs" concert series and he is now running for his local school board.

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LuAnn Bird and Christopher Porterfield on stage at The Cooperage in Milwaukee as part of the “Bird Songs” concert series. Photo by Ty Helbach.

For Episode Three of the “Bird on a Wire” podcast series, Lu Ann Bird is joined by Christopher Porterfield. Porterfield is the lead singer and songwriter from the acclaimed band Field Report (yes, he also provided the theme music for this podcast series).

He got involved in LuAnn’s State Assembly campaign last year in a variety of ways, perhaps most notably by helping create the “Bird Songs” concert series. Porterfield has continued his journey into political action and is now a candidate running for Whitnall School Board. 

Chris and LuAnn had a lot of wonderful stories to share on the podcast. We hope you enjoy.

If you missed the first two episodes in the series, you can listen to them here (Episode One with Dan Shafer, Episode Two with Evan Goyke).

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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