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27 minutes | 16 days ago
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin's Patti Habeck
During the pandemic, non-profits like Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin have provided lifesaving food and resources for more and more people in need. The person coordinating the efforts to tackle hunger is President and CEO Patti Habeck. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh sits down with Patti to talk about the road to solving food insecurity. You'll also learn how an interest in Game Theory helped Patti prepare for the pandemic and the increasing number of people getting help for the first time. Plus, Patti tells us about a magical childhood experience at the MECCA and how she ended up in a car with Johnny Cash.
40 minutes | a month ago
Bucks Sideline Reporter Zora Stephenson
It certainly was a wild year for the Milwaukee Bucks -- from life in 'The Bubble,' to one of the greatest moments in Bucks history when Giannis Antetokounmpo committed to Milwaukee long-term. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Bucks sideline reporter, Zora Stephenson. Zora shares why she wasn't surprised the Greek Freak signed that huge contract and her favorite personal story from covering the two-time MVP. She introduces us to some new faces on this year's roster and explains how strange it is to cover games in a mostly-empty Fiserv Forum. Plus, you'll learn about Zora's background as a baller and growing up in a world of DC politics.
32 minutes | a month ago
Agricycle Global's Josh Shefner
Picture this: You're working with tens of thousands of farmers around the world who rely on your company for their livelihoods. Imagine handling all that at the ripe age of 23. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Josh Shefner, founder and CEO of Agricycle Global, a Milwaukee-based group that helps women in Africa and the Caribbean produce dried fruit that's sold here in the U.S. While you may not recognize the name, Shefner has an incredible story. You'll learn how a college project at MSOE turned into his life's work.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Hunger Task Force's Sherrie Tussler
It's a problem that's plagued southeast Wisconsin for a while and this year's pandemic has only inflated the number of people in our community who are hungry. Ever since Sherrie Tussler became Executive Director of Hunger Task Force in 1997, she's never experienced a year like this. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh sits down with Tussler to talk about how COVID-19 has affected Hunger Task Force. Tussler explains how her small crew has risen to the challenge and one of the good things she hopes comes out of this pandemic. You'll also learn what hot pepper-loving gorillas have to do with the Hunger Task Force Farm.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Light the Hoan's Ian Abston
A bright light in the dark. There have been plenty of challenges in 2020, but one dream in particular, became reality for one of Milwaukee's most influential voices. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Ian Abston. Ian and his partners completed a four-year journey to light the entire Hoan Bridge with thousands of state-of-the-art LEDs that put on a show each and every night. But a beautiful sight isn't all this bridge offers -- Carl and Ian talk about the impact this project could have on attracting people to Milwaukee. You'll also learn about how Ian first got involved in the city and shares a few great stories about a New Year's Eve party that didn't quite go as planned at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the one time he picked up a hitchhiker in the rain, only to find out if was one of Milwaukee's biggest names. Plus, you'll hear how the pandemic could make Brew City the next 'it' destination.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Sprecher Brewing's Sharad Chadha
He's a grad student from India who fell in love with Milwaukee. Sharad Chadha went all in when he bought Sprecher Brewing back in January, becoming the President and CEO. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Chadha about buying the company from the founder of Milwaukee's first craft brewery. Chadha walks us through the ways COVID-19 changed business almost immediately. Another topic in the episode: hard seltzers. Chadha explains why those hard seltzers are here to stay and the lifeline they've given Sprecher Brewing. You'll also learn about the efforts to make Sprecher a national name.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Milwaukee Bucks DJ Shawna Nicols
In an effort to keep players, staff, and fans safe and healthy as they finish up its interrupted season, the NBA has created the Bubble. While the rest of us watch from hundreds of miles away DJ Shawna is right in the middle of the most fascinating sports experiment of 2020. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Shawna Nicols. Nicols grew up in Milwaukee and played basketball in high school, at Wisconsin for college, and went on to play professionally overseas. She has also become one of the top entertainers in Brew City, as the Official DJ for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Wisconsin Badgers, and more. You'll learn what life is actually like in the Bubble, how it felt to open for Lizzo at Summerfest and the inspiration behind her #DareToBe brand.
42 minutes | 6 months ago
88Nine Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody
He transitioned from a career in architecture to making things happen with a microphone. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh chats with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody. Moody who left Minnesota for Milwaukee, talks about the risk he took on a new station in a new city. The pair talk about how the radio station adapted amid the coronavirus pandemic while still serving the community. Moody also shares his thoughts on the ongoing protests in Milwaukee and cities across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd. You'll also hear some of Moody's favorite foods, video games, best building in Milwaukee, and new music artists you need to know.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Milwaukee Brewers Reporter Sophia Minnaert
It's time to (finally) talk baseball! Like everyone else in 2020, the Milwaukee Brewers had to press pause when MLB suspended its season in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh checks in with Sophia Minnaert to find out what we should expect from a 60-game slate that comes with plenty of rule changes and new faces on the roster. Minnaert has been part of the broadcast team on Fox Sports Wisconsin since 2013. She also has an interesting background -- growing up as the daughter of a high school football coach in Madison and fluent in Spanish thanks to her Costa Rican mom. She also has plenty of good stories about Christian Yelich, Bob Uecker and more.
43 minutes | 7 months ago
MPS Foundation's Wendell Willis
Just three months ago, COVID-19 forced schools across Wisconsin to shut down and shift to distance learning. How do you make the move to online schooling when many of your 78,000 students don't have access to the internet and 80% are economically disadvantaged? That was the challenge facing Milwaukee Public Schools amid the pandemic and it's something Wendell Willis is still focusing on. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with the Executive Director of the MPS Foundation. As the former Chief Operating Officer for the district, Willis explains the way MPS got food, materials, and technology to students most in need. The pair also talk about the #ConnectMilwaukee program that aims to level the playing field by providing high-speed WiFi to students, and training and support to teachers. Plus, in the midst of protests over racial injustice, Willis shares his message for young demonstrators and his own experiences as a black man coaching soccer in the suburbs.
42 minutes | 7 months ago
USAF Thunderbirds Pilot Maj. Michelle Curran
A symbol of strength and hope roaring through America's skies. Proud Wisconsin native, Maj. Michelle Curran, went into pilot training with no flight experience. Now, she breaks the mold as just the fifth female pilot in the history of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Maj. Curran from her home base in Las Vegas. Hear how COVID-19 shifted the team's mission, what it's actually like to withstand that wild gravitational force while pulling off harrowing maneuvers, and how she hopes to be an inspiration to the next generation of young pilots. And yes, there's a 'Top Gun' question or two.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
Milwaukee Bucks Senior VP Alex Lasry
Back in March, Alex Lasry found out the COVID-19 pandemic had not only canceled his wedding but also put his team's pursuit of a championship on hold. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh chats with the Bucks Senior VP about what it will take for the NBA season to resume and how, even if the Democratic National Convention goes virtual, it can still turn Milwaukee into a major player on the national and global stage. You'll also hear about Lasry's time working in the Obama White House and his favorite restaurant takeout during this time of social distancing.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
SURG Restaurant Group's Omar Shaikh
When you're a man with big ideas, it helps to have an MVP or two on speed dial. A self-described 'people person,' Omar Shaikh is one of the most connected people in Milwaukee. Partner in SURG Restaurant Group, the new 3rd Street Market Hall, Chairman of the Board for VISIT Milwaukee, and the list goes on and on. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Shaikh talks about all those things, plus how amid a pandemic, he reached out to two big Milwaukee sports stars who stepped up in a big way to help front line workers. Shaikh also opens up about the very sobering numbers for not only his restaurant, Carnevor, but the industry as a whole.
40 minutes | 9 months ago
Bartolotta Restaurant Group's Paul Bartolotta
In his long career, Paul Bartolotta has never seen anything affect the restaurant industry like the coronavirus. Many of his peers are offering takeout and curbside pickup, but in the episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Bartolotta explains why Bartolotta Restaurant Group decided to close all its locations. He also goes into the changes patrons may see when things eventually open up again. You'll also hear stories from Bartolotta who has spent time in kitchens around the world, including the legacy his late brother Joe leaves behind in Milwaukee. Plus, you'll learn the one thing Paul Bartolotta won't eat.
35 minutes | 9 months ago
Discover Wisconsin's Mariah Haberman
For more than 30 years, Discover Wisconsin has shown off the best our state has to offer: The people, the places, the things that make Wisconsin special. And for seven years, Mariah Haberman has served as one of the show’s hosts. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, The Evansville native and UW-Oshkosh product join the podcast to discuss what drew her back to her home state, some of her wildest experiences over the years and why she’s a huge proponent of traveling abroad all by yourself at least once in life. One note: We did tape this before the coronavirus pandemic, so no mention of that – but we do have all kinds of great recommendations for where you should go and what you should do when we can travel again.
24 minutes | 10 months ago
Advocate Aurora Health's Cristy Garcia-Thomas
Advocate Aurora is not just part of the fabric of Wisconsin, it’s one of the biggest health systems in the U.S. – with hospitals and hundreds of care sites serving millions of patients. One of the people advancing health and wellness far beyond an exam room is Cristy Garcia-Thomas. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh sits down with the company's Chief External Affairs Officer at her headquarters in Walker’s Point. She explains the ways Advocate Aurora is trying to lessen economic and racial disparities in our community and the larger effect that has on health. And as a proud member of Milwaukee’s Hispanic population and a powerful female executive in the city, they talk about how she’s creating more opportunities for those groups. It's important to mention, this podcast was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic.
41 minutes | 10 months ago
Colectivo Coffee's Co-founder Lincoln Fowler
Milwaukee is about more than just beer. And Colectivo is the cream that’s risen to the top of the coffee scene. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh heads to their Humboldt Avenue roasting facility to sit down with co-founder Lincoln Fowler. They talk about how a failed speaker business became a caffeinated institution. Also, how the company’s gamble in switching from Alterra to Colectivo paid off with the thriving, expanding business we know today. Plus, from Central and South America to Rwanda and Sumatra – amazing stories from trips that connect Milwaukee to the world.
35 minutes | a year ago
Milwaukee County Zoo's Director, Chuck Wikenhauser
For more than 125 years, the Milwaukee County Zoo has taken guests all around the world without ever leaving Wisconsin -- with animals and experiences you won’t find anywhere else in the Midwest. And for the past 30 years, the man guiding the zoo’s efforts has been Director Chuck Wikenhauser. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with Chuck about the changes he’s seen across the country, and the Zoo’s focus on conservation. They also get into some amazing trips he’s taken to Africa, Iceland and other places, some of the underrated exhibits right here in Milwaukee and more.
23 minutes | a year ago
Milwaukee Brewers: Brent Suter and Eric Sogard
The Boys of Summer are back! The Brewers are celebrating the team's 50th anniversary in Milwaukee this season, hoping to make it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl catches up with a couple of the players at the recent Brewers on Deck event, pitcher Brent Suter and infielder Eric Sogard.
34 minutes | a year ago
VISIT Milwaukee's Peggy Williams-Smith
2020 is shaping up to be a huge year for the city of Milwaukee. VISIT Milwaukee's role will be to maximize this moment in the spotlight. In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh sits down with the woman leading the charge for the tourism organization, CEO Peggy Williams-Smith. They talk about the lasting impact she hopes the DNC, the Ryder Cup, and other events will have on Milwaukee. Plus, they talk about the balance of growth and expansion while not losing what makes Milwaukee special.
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