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Carolyn Fath Ashby

It might seem like a miracle today, but 30 years ago Democrats and Republicans came together to protect the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Will politics ever again work so well? Read more

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Stephanie Hofmann

When Madison Circus Space reopens in October, it will reflect the growing popularity and expanded definition of the circus arts. Read more

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UW-Madison was built on land where the Ho-Chunk people lived for at least 12,000 years before white settlers forced them out. The university is trying to acknowledge this painful history with the Our Shared Future endeavor. Read more

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Sarah Decker

Madison venues, from massive to tiny, are hosting memorable concerts this winter and fall. Isthmus’ music writers teamed up to share their favorite picks. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Many come for the university of well-paid jobs in the health or tech sectors. Whatever their motivation, young adults are moving to Madison by the tens of thousands. Read more

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In the early 1960s, Madison destroyed much of the Greenbush neighborhood, dislocating 1,150 people. Now the city is eyeing redevelopment of the so-called Triangle. Will it get it right this time? Read more

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Sharon Vanorny

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is Wisconsin’s second highest state office holder. Just two years ago, his political future was uncertain. Isthmus finds out how Barnes got here and why he wants to clear the air about some bumps along the way. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

In April 2017, Joseph Jakubowski seized a small arsenal from a Janesville gun store, sent a 161-page handwritten manifesto to President Donald Trump, and set out to lead the nation in open rebellion against the government. Read more

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Tiia Öhman

House on the Rock. If you live here, you probably know it. But the futuristic home turned tawdry museum is gaining new interest from fans of American Gods. Read more

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Madison has a lot of museums but not one is devoted to its own history. Without a history museum, is the city losing the stories and artifacts that show us how we have evolved and who we are? Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Alan Robinson is a notable contrast to the stereotypical gray-haired, white hippies with ponytails who are typically associated with marijuana activism. He’s taking NORML Wisconsin into the Capitol, trying to shift the conversation. Read more

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Althea Dotzour

Women are constantly criticized for how they sound. Their voices are shrill, harsh, grating. The list goes on. Veronica Rueckert has a new book out on the phenomenon. Read more

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The Stonewall riots turn 50 this year. But gay liberation was in play years before — even in Wisconsin — as a new book by Dick Wagner chronicles. Read more

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Laura Zastrow

Three years ago, President Donald Trump suggested a “Muslim registry.” Masood Akhtar responded with the organization, We Are Many United Against Hate, to promote tolerance and preserve the country he idolized as a boy. Read more

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Iain McLennan Duffus

Wisconsin’s Driftless Region offers some of the best trout fishing in the country, thanks to decades of conservation practices promoted here. It’s boosted the rural economy in places like Viroqua. But global warming remains a threat. Read more

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Many students in Madison lag behind their peers around the country in reading skills. Behind the scenes a pedagogical debate rages over how kids should be taught to read. Read more

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A lot people in Madison are wondering what the hell is happening in our schools. Even Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham has called it a “trying year.” Isthmus talked to nearly 30 teachers to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Read more

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Wisconsin made history 100 years ago, becoming the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women voting rights. But Wisconsin is less progressive than your teachers told you — and still has a long way to go to reach gender equality. Read more

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Darrow Montgomery

In 1952 a 49-year-old undercover FBI informant testified that Elliott Maraniss was a communist. Maraniss was immediately fired from his copy editor’s job in Detroit. Five years of turmoil followed. Read more

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Nicola Ferrarese

Breweries don’t just supply a community with beer. They create jobs, provide a main street with renewed vitality and create an atmosphere where people want to be. That’s why communities are working to help small breweries open in their towns. Read more

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