Chris Lay

Holiday cheer from the masters of audio storytelling. We analyze the best holiday episodes from This American Life. more

Dec 20, 2017 12:26 PM A & E

This week, we look at some podcasts that work through difficult subjects in a medium better known for true crime and comedy. more

Dec 6, 2017 3:31 PM A & E

“American Bandito,” a new podcast series that just wrapped up its first season, is a fascinating dive into the lives of artists in Madison. Much of its success is due to the boundless curiosity and enthusiasm of creator Tom Ray. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


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In which podcasts turn their eye on Star Trek, hip-hop, and even podcasts. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:08 PM A & E 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Amazon enters the branded podcasts game with Audible Originals. The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson explores the effects of the proliferation of hardcore porn. more

Aug 14, 2017 4:11 PM A & E

Peter didn’t win The Bachelorette, so he’s back on that grind. We join one of his fitness boot camps. more

Aug 14, 2017 12:31 PM TV & Video 1 Comments



Our hometown hero didn’t win. But he didn’t really lose, either. more

Aug 8, 2017 12:06 PM TV & Video 2 Comments

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Can our sweet, sweet boy pull it off? A retrospective on this season of The Bachelorette. more

Aug 3, 2017 10:41 AM TV & Video


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Peter brings Rachel to the farmers' market and doesn’t get the poor girl any curds or spicy cheese bread. And she still gives him a rose! How does this guy even do it. more

Jul 31, 2017 10:32 AM TV & Video

This week, we review some newer podcasts that are just hitting their stride. Plus, we dig into the podcast morgue. more

Jul 28, 2017 5:01 AM A & E

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