Marc Eisen


Kelly Avenson

He’s only had one monster hit, but that hardly matters to pat mAcdonald. The prolific singer/songwriter is working on his legacy, building a community of artists and songwriters in Sturgeon Bay and beyond. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Quincy Bioscience has made a fortune on its brain enhancement supplement, Prevagen. Now, the FDA and New York State claim it’s defrauded customers of millions by making bogus claims. Will the company survive the lawsuit? more

Jan 18, 2017 12:43 PM News


Carolyn Fath

Former Isthmus editor Marc Eisen has seen approximately 500 concerts in the past ten years. He looks back at the music that transfixed and transported him at concerts in Madison...and beyond. more

Dec 29, 2016 10:44 AM MUSIC

Marc Eisen saw more than 80 live music performances in 2016. He presents his top 16, ranging from ambient to punk. more

Dec 28, 2016 2:23 PM MUSIC


J. Shimon & J. Lindemann

David Medaris began writing for Isthmus when he was still in high school at West. He went on to spend almost three decades at the paper, exploring the profound as well as the mundane. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM News 8 Comments


Tim Anderson/Madison Design Professionals Workgroup

Madison has one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country. But the disconnect between the Capitol Square and the shores of Lake Monona has long been a major disappointment. Will the city’s leaders seize the moment to fix that? more

Oct 13, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Jennifer Leaver

On May 13, UW-Madison will grant Gov. Tommy Thompson an honorary degree for meritorious activity. He’ll speak and probably tell a classic story of education’s liberating power. His own. more

Apr 14, 2016 6:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Jennifer Leaver

When Tommy Thompson was governor, he sang the praises of the UW, welcomed its experts to the Capitol and spearheaded a massive university expansion. Those days are long gone. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 5 Comments


Jeff Miller/UW Madison

The best way for the state to nurture the economy is to help young companies grow, report two UW experts. While this is common sense to most local officials, it’s a lesson ignored in the Capitol. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

This is the 10th time I’ve written this yearly roundup of favorite concerts. I saw more than 70 performances and searched for musical extremes in 2015. more

Jan 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


David Michael Miller

Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2013 to make it easier to open an iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. But there is still no mine. It was a costly mistake at a time the state needed to take real action to spur the economy. more

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

UW-Madison is figuring out new ways to commercialize its research. more

Oct 8, 2015 11:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Eric Tadsen

David Krakauer took over as head of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in 2011, hoping to shake up the UW-Madison. Now he’s leaving for a new job in Santa Fe, but offers some parting shots about what’s wrong with higher education. more

Jun 26, 2015 10:20 AM News


Eric Tadsen

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery director had hoped the multi-disciplinary institute could bring about systemic change at the UW-Madison. But now he’s giving up. more

Jun 26, 2015 9:00 AM News


Mike Vande Ven Jr. photo

It's a good bet that Madison-area software writers, many of them bright Epic expats, jumped up pumping their fists when they read that Epic would shortly launch the "App Exchange" and "open the floodgates" to developers, as pioneer Madison tech entrepreneur Mark Bakken told the "Wisconsin State Journal". more

Mar 5, 2015 2:00 PM News


David Michael Miller

Your head could explode from the cognitive dissonance caused by Wisconsin's recent economic news. It's the confluence of -- and disconnect between -- the very old and the very new. more

Mar 4, 2015 10:07 PM News


Chris Strong

Maybe it was happenstance. Maybe it was the surge line of a big trend. Either way, 2014 was the Year of the Woman for the more than 60 concerts I saw. more

Dec 29, 2014 4:43 PM MUSIC


David Michael Miller

Dane County's fledgling health IT industry has dodged a bullet, but more may be headed its way. The usual Epic paradox was at work: The Verona-based worldwide leader in electronic health records looms over Dane County as both creator/nurturer and som more

Dec 2, 2014 4:43 PM News

What do you do after you've won the gold rush? When you've claimed the richest veins of ore? That's the big question for Epic Systems, the medical software giant that has become Dane County's signature company with 8,000 or so employees at its fairyl more

Oct 29, 2014 4:33 PM News

This is a problem. The state's most powerful business voice has conspicuously little contact with Wisconsin's rising technology industry. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which claims more than 3,500 businesses as members, brags that "the success more

Sep 18, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories