Chris Lay


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Chris Lay reports on two fascinating podcasts exploring the cult of personality, one that exposes yoga guru Bikram Choudhury and another profiling social self-help sensation/charlatan Teal Swan. more

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The Onion left Madison almost two decades ago. But a retrospective of the company shows it owes a lot to its Madison years. more

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Chicago’s Global Menu McDonald’s starts too tame. Is it worth dropping in while near the West Loop? Sure thing. more


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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

A & E

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    If this is the McFlurry Prestígio, we must be in Brazil. Or the West Loop.

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