What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Sally Franson writes about what it's like to be diagnosed with cancer, at age 25.
- Watchdog: A report on how the cost of everything from parking meters to state park stickers has changed over the last 20 years.
- Jill Carlson reports on pioneering new programs that screen patients for signs of alcohol and drug abuse
- Emily Mills argues that hip-hop is getting a bad rap in Madison.
- Jennifer Smith interviews playwright Christopher Durang about Why Torture Is Wrong, And the People Who Love Them, the critically acclaimed satire that is the first multi-night production by Forward Theater Company.
- Jay Rath talks to the director of Random Harvest, the StageQ play about a dramatist who, on the eve of winning a major award, worries about success.
- Jessica Steinhoff reports that WORT, the Madison community-radio station, offers what online music options can't: Actual community.
- Rich Albertoni previews the upcoming performance by Dead Man's Carnival, the Milwaukee group that is helping keep the circus arts alive.
- Dean Robbins learns about the science of happiness from This Emotional Life on PBS.
- Scott Renshaw says Robert Downey Jr. is appealing in Sherlock Holmes, but the musical Nine isn't helped by a cast of people who, mostly, can't really sing or dance.
- Linda Falkenstein reports on the year in Madison restaurant openings and closings.
- Kids & Parents: What are the hot tickets for the younger set this spring?
- Tell All advises a reader looking for love.