What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Rich Albertoni looks at Madison's podcast scene, which is reviving the spirit of zine culture.
- Bill Lueders asks why an uninsured patient is charged six times as much as someone on Medicare.
- Joe Tarr goes on patrol with Madison's alcohol enforcement officers.
- Joe Tarr quizzes longtime City Engineer Larry Nelson as he heads off into the sunset.
- Jay Rath chats with Onion critic Nathan Rabin, who's in town to promote his frank new memoir.
- Josh Wimmer checks in with the team working on Riot Acts, the StageQ musical look back at the Stonewall gay-rights uprising.
- Rich Albertoni interviews Madison singer-songwriter John Statz, who's couch-surfing his way around the world.
- Jessica Steinhoff talks surrealism with Black Francis, otherwise known as Frank Black of The Pixies.
- Dean Robbins likes the fresh energy of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva and wonders how George Costanza got cast as an somber scientist in NBC's Meteor.
- Sacha Baron Cohen is less than inspired in Brüno.
- Scandinavian food finally comes to Madison at Restaurant Magnus. And Raphael Kadushin reports it is good.
- Now that State Street's hot doggeries are both gone, Linda Falkenstein asks where one can find the best franks in the city?
- Urban beekeeping is catching on. David Medaris enters the hive.
- Tell All takes on beauty pageants.