Chris Lay

Hometown boy Peter weathers the storms of The Bachelorette and brings the show to Madison more

Jul 17, 2017 3:38 PM TV & Video

We’re doing podcast reviews now. First up? All of the Above with Norman Lear, hosted by the comedy giant and political activist. more

Jul 5, 2017 4:13 PM A & E


Paul Hebert

Our Madison man is doing well on The Bachelorette — mostly by being very Wisconsin. more

Jun 26, 2017 10:29 AM SCREENS 3 Comments

It’s not often that major reality television events find their way to our neck of the woods — 77 square miles surrounded by reality TV, amirite? — but it looks like that’s about to change with Season 13 of ABC’s The Bachelorette. more

May 22, 2017 5:00 AM TV & Video 3 Comments

Zack Kemmerer’s turn as an “American Ninja Warrior” is far from over. Though his face flashed on screen for just a moment in the season opener, more feats of athleticism are to come for the UW biochem student, who is advancing to the next round. more

Jun 16, 2016 3:15 PM TV & Video


Paulius Musteikis

Vinyl is enjoying a renaissance in pop culture, and it’s been quietly making its way into restaurants and bars of all stripes in Madison. more

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments



If you're reading this, it's very likely that you followed Amy DeJong and Maya Warren as they traveled from New York to Los Angeles, taking the long way around the world, in a quest to win $1 million on the 25th season of "The Amazing Race". Labeled the #SweetScientists by CBS, they visited 20 cities in eight nations over the span of about three weeks. more

Dec 23, 2014 7:07 PM TV & Video


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When I pitched recapping the 25th season of "The Amazing Race" to "Isthmus", all I wanted was to get paid to watch TV. That's the American Dream, right? I honestly hadn't thought about the possibility that contestants Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, a pair of students in UW-Madison's Food Science doctoral program, would actually make it all the way to the finale, much less come from behind to win it all. more

Dec 20, 2014 11:13 PM TV & Video



Here we are, at the penultimate leg of the 25th edition of "The Amazing Race" -- just one more week until it'll all be over. The bad news: Our gals, UW-Madison grad students Amy and Maya, the #SweetScientists, ended up in last place on this leg. The good news: No one was eliminated. more

Dec 15, 2014 6:18 PM TV & Video



This leg kicked off with one of the things that irk me about "The Amazing Race", and that's when everyone has to hustle to get to a place for no reason at all more

Dec 8, 2014 5:53 PM TV & Video

For the most part, there really haven't been any specific strategies in play during season 25 of "The Amazing Race" other than 'do well at racing.' more

Dec 1, 2014 6:10 PM TV & Video

I was sincerely worried about the #SweetScientists right from the start of the episode, when Amy mentioned a leg injury she sustained that was becoming a problem. The worry increased as I watched the team have a lot of trouble with the first challenge. more

Nov 24, 2014 6:24 PM TV & Video

Wanna know what a couple of professional wrestlers call a duo of food scientists movin' along at a steady clip? They call it the "Candy Girl Jog," and with any luck it'll be sweeping the nation -- or, at the very least, the corridors of Babcock Hall -- in no time! more

Nov 10, 2014 7:12 PM TV & Video

It's been all fun and games up until now in the 25th season of "The Amazing Race". The roadblocks and detours in the first five episodes have been more bothersome than anything, but all that changed in Morocco. more

Nov 3, 2014 6:25 PM TV & Video

This episode marked the leg of the race where the contestants started to crack. I'm an "Amazing Race" virgin, so I have no idea if there's a point in every season where folks start to go bonkers due to the stress, the pressure and the general pace of the proceedings, but if there is, this was it for Season 25. more

Oct 27, 2014 5:40 PM TV & Video

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series "The Amazing Race". Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. more

Oct 20, 2014 5:23 PM TV & Video

While others were watching Wisconsin's gubernatorial debates on Friday, I was dutifully following -- and sort of live-tweeting -- the CBS reality series "The Amazing Race". It looks like Madison's #SweetScientists, a team composed of UW food-science grad students Amy and Maya, is going to go pretty far in the competition. more

Oct 13, 2014 3:52 PM TV & Video

As of week two, Madison's #SweetScientists are still in the running on "The Amazing Race". Amy and Maya, a team of UW food science grad students, landed in eighth place, but that's more than good enough to keep the flame going for another week. more

Oct 6, 2014 4:49 PM TV & Video

Welcome to my very first recap of "The Amazing Race". You might find yourself wondering, "Why is "Isthmus" covering this particular reality show?" Well, for one thing, it's because being catty about reality TV is a whole lot of fun. more

Sep 29, 2014 5:39 PM TV & Video