Howard Hardee

Propeller Health’s David Van Sickle focuses on a digital treatment for asthma. It’s part of a lifetime’s interest in aiding those who have difficulty breathing. Read more



Shervin Lainez

Liz Cooper & the Stampede depart Nashville for a tour with a special blend of roots-rock with tinges of psychedelia. They’re at the High Noon Saloon on March 13. Read more


There is a deep history of African American farms and cooperative living strategies. UW-Madison professor of environmental justice Monica M. White writes of its impact on farming movements of today in her new book, "Freedom Farmers." Read more

Food News

The Wisconsin chapter of Pink Boots Society is raising awareness of women in the beer industry. Erica DeAnda, a brewer at Octopi Brewing, and the group are brewing a special beer for scholarships. Read more


Madison knifemaker Isaiah Schroeder discusses the process of hand-making his Japanese-style knives. The knives are so popular, he can barely keep up with demand. Read more


Common Council candidates on the near west side see weighty issues facing Madison, including a dire need for affordable housing and pressures of development. Read more


All three candidates for the east-side Common Council seat being vacated by David Ahrens, say they want to serve their neighborhoods and fight for a more equitable city. Read more



James Heimer

Madison is trying to end homelessness with a Housing First strategy. But is the company it selected to oversee its new developments the best fit? Read more

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Shaysa Sidebottom

More women are becoming brewmasters or work brewing beer. Perception of women as beer lightweights is fading slowly but surely. Read more



The Cider Farm

Madison’s first dedicated cidery taphouse is on the verge of opening. Co-owner John Biondi wants to bring high-quality, orchard-based cider to town. Read more



Amy Stocklein

Cafe Brittoli, in the old Cafe Zoma, has a new menu but is still a work in progress. Head for the breakfast sammies and the crepes. Read more

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Sharon Vanorny, Sean Krajacic

Despite winning the governorship and holding onto a U.S. Senate seat, Democrats mostly fell short in Tuesday’s election, failing to make gains in the state Legislature or with Wisconsin’s eight Congressional districts. Read more

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With a new album in tow, Ontario punkers The Dirty Nil plan to get freaky here in Madison. They play Freakfest on Oct. 27. Read more


Ray Mawst of Sun Prairie is keeping hand-lettering techniques alive. In a digital era, there’s something appealing about doing it the old-fashioned way. Read more


Foraging is not restricted to the wilderness. Wisconsin forager extraordinaire Sam Thayer will give three workshops, on fall seasonal, urban and rural foraging as part of the upcoming Fermentation Fest. Read more



Chris Roberts

Curds are pure Wisconsin. A California transplant comes to appreciate the local dining favorite. Read more

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