Bill Lueders

A Sun Prairie police officer, Matt McElroy, didn’t think it was fair to issue tickets for more serious violations while he was working on a grant intended for seatbelt enforcement. And so he wrote tickets for violations that didn’t occur. more

Jun 2, 2017 3:30 PM News 9 Comments


WISC Channel 3

Numerous citations were dismissed in Sun Prairie after the arresting officer was caught lying. But the city kept a lid on it. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

A new theater group in Madison launches with staged readings of “The Exonerated,” a searing documentary play about miscarriage of justice. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 AM Stage

“Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin” is a fun and revelatory new book on the quirky characters who shaped our state’s past. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Chris Roberts

Whether Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are guilty of murdering Theresa Halbach matters to millions of people, thanks to the documentary “Making a Murderer.” Four new books dig into the case reaching definitive, yet incompatible, conclusions. more

Mar 9, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

Prison inmates already struggle to afford things they must buy with the little money they get doing prison jobs and from family. But under a new law, prison officials are taking this money to settle inmate obligations. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

HBO’s documentary “Beware the Slenderman” is a horror show in every sense. As two Milwaukee-area girls face trial this year for stabbing a classmate to appease a fictional character, the doc shows the story behind the highly publicized incident. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM TV & Video


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“Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy’s Reflections on Water” is a new memoir from the prolific and insightful octogenarian Jerry Apps. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Art by David Michael Miller

Let’s face it, 2016 was a year of lows and lows. Bill Lueders identifies the characters who helped make it that way in his annual roundup of Cheap Shots. more

Dec 22, 2016 12:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


Chris Colliins

Does the presidential election still have you down? Well, right here in Madison, there’s a group of people tickled pink by the idea of President Donald Trump. They’re the rare breed known as Dane County Republicans. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot 3 Comments

Bill Lueders takes a look at some serious authors tackling some weighty topics at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Books

Charles Monroe-Kane, producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” bares all in “Lithium Jesus,” his TMI memoir of excess and mental illness. more

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Books


Bill Lueders

Mass shootings have become frighteningly common in the U.S. So you can be forgiven for wondering if, in the face of such peril, you’d save the day or poop your pants. The Madison police have been giving tutorials for how to survive the unthinkable. more

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot



Carolyn Fath

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is being challenged in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary by his staff member, Bob Jambois, who says the office “in terrible disarray.” Ozanne counters that Jambois’ criticisms are racially tinged. more

Jul 28, 2016 5:00 AM News 6 Comments

“Wisconsin on the Air” is a new book from Jack Mitchell, longtime director of Wisconsin Public Radio. He recounts the century-long experiment with building a broadcasting network to express the mission of the Wisconsin Idea. more

Jul 28, 2016 5:00 AM Books

On Friday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker selected Daniel Kelly to be the state's next Supreme Court justice. Kelly has compared affirmative action to slavery and criticized same-sex marriage. more

Jul 22, 2016 5:10 PM News 3 Comments


James Campbell

It’s as much about parenting as it is about adventure when author James Campbell leads his teenage daughter Aidan into the Alaskan wilderness. His new book, “Braving It,” tells the transformative tale. more

Jul 7, 2016 5:00 AM Books

The three finalists Gov. Scott Walker is considering for state Supreme Court are predictably conservative. But one of them, attorney Daniel Kelly, believes affirmative action is as bad as slavery and calls same-sex marriage “coerced dignity.” more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM News 1 Comments

The Madison Police Policy manual requires that police officers refrain from “overbearing, oppressive or tyrannical conduct” in their dealings with the public. The chief himself broke these rules during his public meltdown. more

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 15 Comments