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Phil Ejercito

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein documented the fallout in Janesville after General Motors shuttered its factory in 2008. Goldstein’s new book shows the difficult choices faced by families whose $28-an-hour jobs vanished. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent several years in Janesville, documenting the fallout from GM's departure in 2008. This excerpt from her new book focuses on Mike Vaughn, whose family is one of three followed closely by Goldstein. more

Apr 17, 2017 7:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Carolyn Fath

For years, Sheriff Dave Mahoney has been calling on lawmakers to close the City County Building jail. Now, three former inmates are also filing lawsuits over hazardous health conditions there. So why won’t county officials act? more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Michael Hirshon

UW-Madison grad and Barneveld resident Bill Robichaud has carved out a singular career as a wildlife biologist, chasing the one of the world’s rarest mammals, the saola, through the forests of Laos. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Chiara Lanzieri

Mike Popke embeds at the UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute. He discovers how aspiring authors are polishing their prose and their pitches to find success in the publishing world. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Books 3 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Free speech defenders and social justice activists are clashing on college campuses across the country, including at UW-Madison. more

Mar 23, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

In the past several years, gray wolves have gone on and off the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, being removed automatically means the animals will be hunted. Will they survive? more

Mar 16, 2017 12:00 AM , Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments

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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

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Todd Hubler

In the past few years, Wisconsin has made it harder to receive unemployment benefits and is aggressively going after workers who make honest mistakes when filing. Is the state trying to eliminate unemployment benefits? more

Mar 2, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Zsalto

Avé Thorpe documented her dreams with crumpled pictures from magazines. Emily Auerbach had a vision to use poetry, books and philosophy to help people lead meaningful lives. They found each other and more through the Odyssey Project. more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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Nick Berard

In a new memoir, “The Education of Will,” animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell reveals how training her troubled puppy helped her confront her own past trauma and abuse. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Republicans control the state Assembly, state Senate, governor’s office and state Supreme Court, though it’s technically a nonpartisan body. How did it get this bad? Dave Cieslewicz goes looking for answers. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 7 Comments

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David Michael Miller

As Madison’s East Washington corridor shapes up as a thriving district, a new venue has gained city approval. Aaron Conklin talks to some of the players about what the introduction of the Sylvee, the new Frank Productions venue, means for the growin more

Feb 2, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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Paul Hoppe

Thanks to Union Cab, Madison has a 24-hour taxi service for people with disabilities. But after a loss of federal funding and competition from companies like Uber, the company may not be able to maintain the service for much longer. more

Jan 19, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison once boasted a thriving live entertainment scene with a number of ornate, downtown theaters. Jay Rath explores our architectural and entertainment history. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments

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Nick Berard

The no-frills east-side gym is a crucible for change. Marcelle Richards and photographer Nick Berard take a closer look at those who train and coach there. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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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

True crime was once devoted to recounting the lurid, gruesome details of murder, mayhem and more. But the purveyors of the “new true crime” — filmmakers, journalists and others — are now using it to shine light on a broken justice system. more

Dec 15, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Rataj-Berard

The dynamic Johannes Wallmann raises the profile of UW’s jazz studies program and makes connections around the state. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM ARTS & CULTURE 1 Comments

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Allison Geyer

Thousands of "water protectors" opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline have vowed to stay camped near Standing Rock Indian Reservation despite orders from state and federal officials to disband. Many say the movement is stronger than ever. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories