Radio Essays: a Working Lives Collection

Listen here to a collection of original stories about people who live and work in Wisconsin. These audio shorts correspond with stories that aired on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life program, one of our Working Lives Project partners .

All stories were produced by Seth Jovaag.Wisconsin Life Banner

 



Arborist in tree.

Tree Climber

(Photo by Seth Jovaag)

Name: Shelly Wollerman

Age: 29

Job title: Certified Arborist

Location: Verona

Years on the job: 5

Fun fact: She is a four-time competitor in the International Tree Climbing Competition.

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Click here to listen to the original essay, followed by an interview about The Working Lives Project with WHC Executive Director Dena Wortzel that aired on Central Time. 


Foreman standing on the roof with the city in the background

Foreman at the Tallest Building in Wisconsin

(Photo by Seth Jovaag)

Name: Rick Rosenberg

Age: 52

Job title: General Foreman for Staff Electric at the US Bank Center

Location: Milwaukee

Years on the job: 22

Fun fact: The “US Bank” sign on the state’s tallest building is 80 feet long, 20 feet high and 3 feet deep.

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Click here for the original essay, which aired on WPR’s Wisconsin Life.


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ER Nurse

(Photo by Seth Jovaag)

Name: Rebecca Ramazini

Age: 34

Job title: Emergency Department nurse at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus

Location: Milwaukee

Years on the job: 11

What the ER has taught her: “You can make decisions on how you treat your body and how you live your life. But I realize you can’t control life as much as everyone wants to control it.” 

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Click here for the original essay, which aired on WPR’s Wisconsin Life.


Trapper in his shop.

Trapper  

 (Photo by Seth Jovaag)

Name: Tom Florin

Age: 53

Job title: Trapper and owner of Florin’s Trapping Supplies

Location: Stoughton

Years on the job: 40 years as a trapper, owned the store for 7

Motto: After slicing a tendon in his hand years ago while quickly skinning a beaver, he adopted the mantra: “You hurry, you hurt.” 

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Click here for the original essay, which aired on WPR’s Wisconsin Life.


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Mercedes Mechanic

(Photo by Albrecht Stachel)

Name: Albrecht Stachel

Age: 67

Job title: Mechanic and owner of Brooklyn Motoren Werke

Location: Brooklyn

Years on the job: 39

Favorite car: His first Mercedes-Benz, a 1952 300 Sedan, which he likes to take on leisure cruises through the Driftless region.

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Click here for the original essay, which aired on WPR’s Wisconsin Life. 


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Guitar Maker

(Photo by Seth Jovaag)

Name: Todd Cambio

Age: 43

Job title: Luthier and owner of Fraulini Guitar Co.

Location: Madison

Years on the job: 10

How he learned the blues: “Sitting in my bedroom as a kid at my folks’ house, listening to Muddy Waters records and just playing along. I wasn’t good, but I could play.”

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Click here for the original essay, which aired on WPR’s Wisconsin Life.