There’s been a really great hashtag campaign on Twitter this week (#WeMakeNPR) as the people who work at NPR tweet about what they do and how it is they came to do it.

For many people, radio is a voice, but the reality is the heart and soul of a radio network and radio station are the staggering number of people behind the scenes.

We’re not sure what’s behind the hashtag campaign — in the past it’s had to do with stalled union contract negotiations — but we’re the beneficiaries of the emotional connection journalists have to the job.

Barton Girdwood is an NPR producer — I’ve written about those people before — whose tweet thread today is a good example.

There are other tweets just as poignant in the campaign.

Tamara Keith revealing she read bedtime stories while working.

Sarah Handel, a Weekend Edition producer, noting that something’s got to give when you make the radio stuff.

And Sam Sanders showing us how the sausage sometimes gets made.

Someday, robots will do all of the work. But for now, radio remains the voice of humanity.

In Viroqua, Wis., a woman who rescues abused horses is the latest victim of the unstoppable need of social media to shame someone, facts be damned.

The La Crosse Tribune reports that the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office had to issue a press release this week that the online attacks against Amanda Everhart need to stop.

They started, of course, with a video someone shot by the side of the road, claiming a horse was thin. He posted it online and the internet took it from there, the paper says.

Everhart allowed a veterinarian to examine the animals on her property Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. “The veterinarian reports the animals are being fed and taken care of at an appropriate level. Some of the animals are thin and look to be in poor health; however, this is not because of neglect or some other treatable disease,” Sheriff John Spears said in his statement.

Spears says that harassment of Everhart or trespassing on her property will not be tolerated.

Everhart said it’s a case of cyberbullying.

One video zooms in on a pair of horses. The person filming it is standing next to a vehicle yelling at people on the farm saying the horse is thin.

The horse they are referring to is Phoenix, who was surrendered Nov. 27. “She came in starved and was skin and bones … and she was covered in barbed-wire cuts; the halter was embedded in her face,” Everhart said. “She has a bald spot on her face that I flushed with penicillin, I cleaned her feet, Coggins tested her.” The test checks for a virus.

Everhart said that when Phoenix was surrendered, she was told the horse was 21 years old; however, Everhart’s veterinarian estimates that the horse is 30 years old. According to Everhart, Phoenix weighed between 600 and 800 pounds when she arrived, and now weighs between 900 and 1,000 pounds.

Everhart has hung no-trespassing signs on the property, the paper says. They’ll do nothing to stop Facebook’s pitchfork brigade, however.

John Tumpane, a Major League Baseball umpire, could’ve kept walking yesterday when he saw a woman climb over a railing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh.

“I just wanted to get a better look of the city from this side,” she told him.

He knew better, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

He hooked his arms around hers, and suggested they go have lunch.

“No, no, no,” she answered. “I’m better off on this side. Just let me go.”

“I’m not going to let you go,” he said. “Let’s talk this out. We’ll get you back over here.”

“No one wants to help me,” she repeated. “Just let me go.”

“No, we’re here to help you.”

“You’ll forget me tomorrow.”

“I’ll never forget you,” he said. “You can have my promise on that.”

“I was just trying to tell her it was going to be all right. There’s help,” Tumpane said. “We’re going to be better if she can get back on this side. I said, ‘All these people are here. Look at all these people who want to help you. We’re all here for the right reasons. We want to get you better.’ ”

“You never know what somebody’s day looks like,” he said. “It’s a nice day, everyone’s out for a walk, and somebody’s not having the same day you’re having. I was just glad to help.”

(h/t: Dan Murphy)

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