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Bird on a Wire

Host: LuAnn Bird

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"Bird on a Wire" is a captivating podcast series that delves into meaningful conversations centered around hope, civility, and action. Guided by the charismatic and dedicated host, LuAnn Bird, a remarkable individual hailing from Hales Corners, Wisconsin, whose husband's tragic paralyzing construction accident led to a lifetime of civic engagement. Her background includes being a former State Assembly candidate, a former school board member, and a former Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.  From her diverse experiences and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact, LuAnn engages guests and listeners alike in thought-provoking discussions that inspire and empower. Through the power of conversation, "Bird on a Wire" serves as a beacon of hope, encouraging individuals to engage actively in their communities and embrace the transformative potential of community action.

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Hear Wisconsin

November 4, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

In this heartwarming story, Liam Zamzow, age 10, shares what it is like to be born with hearing loss. According to Liam, it’s part of who he is.  He says, “I am just a normal 4th grader.”  Learn how Hear Wisconsin provided much-needed services for the whole family. Many of us at some point in our lives […]

 Raging Grannies of Madison

October 28, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

In this entertaining podcast, you can listen to creative ways the Raging Grannies highlight issues of justice and safety through song.  I could not help but join in the singing.  Activism happens in many ways and at any age. These dynamic women share how they work to make the world better for our kids and grandkids. 

Alex Lasry

October 21, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

Alex Lasry ran for US Senate because he wants to get things done for Wisconsinites. He helped build the new Milwaukee Bucks arena, helped build a championship team and helped revitalize downtown by creating the Deer District. During the Obama years he worked as a staffer at the White House. Now he plans to play […]

AG Josh Kaul

October 14, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

Attorney General Josh Kaul on Safety, Justice, and Freedom In this episode AG Kaul lays out his vision for protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe. Important issues include ending gun violence, protecting women’s rights, restoring power to voters through fair maps and more.  He promotes civic engagement and stands up for our rights every day.

Motherhood for good

October 7, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

Kate Duffy and Erin Phillips organized Moms for Mandela after the horrific shooting in Uvalde Texas. It was time to get involved if they were going to keep their children safe. Within a few months they had more than 1000 followers on Instagram.  After Mandela lost they transformed to Motherhood for Good and today they have […]

Garrett Smith

September 23, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

“Meet Garrett Smith, a remarkable US Navy Veteran who defied the odds when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) during his military service. Doctors initially gave him a grim prognosis of six to 18 months to live, but here he is, more than six years later, sharing his incredible journey. Despite losing the […]

Sarah Blonsky

September 16, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

Sarah Blonsky, mom, teacher and advocate for persons with disabilities tells her story about difficult pregnancies: losing her first child, having a child with down syndrome, losing her third child, a daughter, and having her fourth child, her second daughter. Having the choice available to have an abortion should she need it made all the […]

Quin Brunette, Whitnall School Board Member

September 9, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

  In this episode Quin Brunette talks about the challenges and triumphs of serving on the School Board. The District is in a better place than when he started twelve years ago, but the recent takeover by outside groups has him concerned.  How do we stop the efforts that might undermine public education?  How can […]

Veterans John, Phil and Joe Bird talk about their service experiences and the importance of the VA

September 2, 2023 at 03:00:00 AM UTC

All five Bird brothers served in the military at different times.  After enlisting John became ill with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Phil and Joe served in Vietnam. As is typical, they never talked much about their experiences together. In this episode, they share their stories and talk about the life-long impact of serving in the military.  Learn the […]

Tanya Atkinson

August 26, 2023 at 04:00:00 PM UTC

Tanya Atkinson is the president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, a nonprofit health care provider.  A social worker (and stand-up comedian), Tanya began her career working with youth (and in tiny comedy clubs).  She has volunteered for a number of area nonprofits, and is currently on the board of The Lesbian Fund, a […]