From left to right: Kyle Hagge (co-creator), Taylor Valencia (guest host), Benjamin Rangel (co-creator), and Deanna Singh (Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant)

From left to right: Kyle Hagge (co-creator), Taylor Valencia (guest host), Benjamin Rangel (co-creator), and Deanna Singh (Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant)

What Is Bridge the City?

Bridge the City podcast bridges together people, resources, and ideas that inspire Milwaukee to action. Benjamin Rangel and Kyle Hagge created the podcast because they believe that soundbites aren’t solutions and that knowledge without action does not change the world. Disheartened by the disempowering narratives often peddled by national media outlets, they sought to create a podcast that is empowering at the local level and that helps individuals realize they CAN make a difference in the community they live, work, and play in. The first episode of Bridge the City debuted in December 2017. Every episode ends with concrete action steps that citizens can take advantage of to create positive change in their community.

Who Started the podcast?

Ben and Kyle first met 3 years ago when they moved to Milwaukee to serve as AmeriCorps members with College Possible, a nonprofit helping low income students get to and through college. Ben served two years at Pulaski High School while Kyle served two years at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Prior to this, Ben grew up in Racine, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Kyle grew up in Eden Prairie, MN and graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Currently, both Ben and Kyle are Trinity Fellows at Marquette University. The Trinity Fellowship is a graduate fellowship that focuses on social and economic justice and allows students to earn their Masters degree while simultaneously working at a nonprofit organization. Ben is the Corps Member Development Coordinator at City Year Milwaukee and Kyle works for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee on their Choice Neighborhood Initiative.