Ellen Meany

Sample and vote at five tasting events. The winning brewer at each will advance to the finals in January at Isthmus Beer & Cheese. The overall winner there will be the next Isthmus beer brewed by WBC. more

Jul 6, 2015 1:15 PM Isthmus Events


Tom Flarup / UW Athletics

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. more

Aug 28, 2014 2:00 PM , , , , , , , Sports

When Paul Ryan accepted his party's VP nomination on Aug. 29 with a prime-time performance piece at the GOP convention in Tampa, his baffling mendacity alarmed more than half of the country and much of the Twittersphere. Here's an excerpt of how it sounded, in reverse, as is the way of the Twitter scroll. more

Dec 27, 2012 3:00 PM People

Only Congressman Paul Ryan can compete with Scott Walker in the Cheap Shots medal count. The right's intellectual darling started 2011 as the new leader of the House Budget Committee and ended as a finalist for "Time"'s Person of the Year. more

Dec 29, 2011 3:00 PM People


Ellen J. Meany

Tobacco is native to the Americas, like its sister plant the potato, and most likely originated in Peru. It was considered a medicine in ancient times, and really still is, at root, a nicotine delivery device. more

Sep 23, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Ellen J. Meany

More photos of the local air-cured tobacco landscape, plus a documentary film from 1959 depicting a flue-cured tobacco harvest in Ontario, Canada. more

Sep 23, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Ellen J. Meany

Parts of Wisconsin are extremely conducive to growing tobacco, including the south-central part of the state. But it can be tough on the land, sucking micronutrients out of the soil, and it is tillage-intensive as well. more

Sep 23, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Federal price-support legislation helped farmers of all stripes who were reeling under the pressure of the Great Depression. Here's how the tobacco subsidy system worked. more

Sep 23, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Ellen J. Meany

It's a hot morning in late August. Outside of Stoughton, rolling fields of soybeans are shifting to golden yellow. The seas of feed corn are light brown, shrinking in anticipation of harvest. On a handful of farms, velvety green leaves peek from between the rows of corn and soy. It's tobacco. more

Sep 23, 2010 2:00 PM People

I have a 19-year-old Kenmore double electric wall oven I want to replace. I got all excited recently when the cash-for-clunkers stimulus chatter moved to Energy Star appliances. Could I get some of my tax dollars back if I bought a new oven? more

Sep 17, 2009 2:00 PM Isthmus Abode

What's with all the weird beards and woolly 'staches? I wander the Dane County Farmers' Market for some down-to-earth examples, and comb the virtual world for more answers. more

May 5, 2009 3:45 PM Scenes


Ellen Meany

Nothing more Wisco than a blizzard in April, but clutching a handful of festival tickets, we bundle up and get moving. We like it here, remember? The snow never materializes in any significant way, but birds and buildings do, memes that have popped up in all the movies we've seen this weekend. more

Apr 6, 2009 1:48 PM Movies

"Sixty Six" offered another poignant slice of humanity. I love a good cry at the movies, especially when humor is integral to the theme. It's 1966. Our central character is Bernie Rubens, the second son of a London grocer who anticipates the day he becomes a man as the moment when, finally, he will be the center of attention. more

Apr 7, 2008 6:00 PM Movies

It's easy to pinpoint the differences from American TV ads. For one thing, the Brits are happy to let a story build. There's more sex, more horror, more gore. More raw feeling exposed. more

Apr 16, 2007 2:32 PM Movies