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David Michael Miller

The exploding opioid epidemic is being exacerbated by the growing shortage of attorneys. The crisis is most evident in the courtrooms of rural Wisconsin. One solution: raise the pay for public defenders. more

Jan 18, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


James Heimer

Research has shown that students of color do much better when some of their teachers look like them. But only 13 percent of Madison’s teachers are of color, while 57 percent of its students are. What is the district doing to improve the ratio? more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Paulius Musteikis

You can’t tell from the outside, but the interior of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is a sprawling and breathtaking work of Byzantine iconography. It’s all the work of one artist, David Giffey, who’s been painting it since 1979. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


Art by David Michael Miller

President Trump manages to suck the oxygen from the room, elbowing aside other news. Stuff happens that nobody notices. But 2017 was a banner year for Cheap Shots, Isthmus’ annual tradition of delivering low blows to worthy recipients. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Susan B. Anderson

Famous knitters are famous only among other knitters. Among knitters, Madison’s Susan B. Anderson is a rock star. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments

Otis Redding was on the cusp of superstardom when his private plane plunged into the icy waters of Lake Monona. He was just 26 when he died. Fifty years later, his music endures — as do questions about the crash. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


Madison Fire Department

A worker was stuck under a train car following an explosion at a corn processing plant in Cambria. It was a seemingly hopeless situation. Luckily, the Madison Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team trains for exactly these types of catastrophe. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


Wallace West

You can go home again! Just be prepared. Our advice columnist offers sneaky strategies for a stress-free holiday. more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Stephanie Hofmann

Meaningful gifts often do not come wrapped. But they touch the heart in profound, long-lasting ways. more

Nov 16, 2017 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving


David Michael Miller

For Wisconsin’s 600,000 hunters, hunting deer has become increasingly worrisome because of chronic wasting disease. In May, Canadian researchers released a preliminary study showing that macaques can contract CWD from eating CWD-positive deer. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


Chiara Lanzieri

The most socially aware demographic in history now has a chance to reinvent old age. Here are four suggestions on how to grow older with a social conscience. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


Tyler Gross

Wisconsin Book Festival director Conor Moran is upbeat and hopeful about the present and future of book publishing. We talk to him about the upcoming Nov. 2-5 festival and the year-round celebration of literary culture. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

Linda Falkenstein takes a peek at the 711-page “America, The Cookbook,” which attempts to wrangle recipes from all 50 states into a digestible form. Author Gabrielle Langholtz is in town for the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 2. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Tyler Gross

Clear that calendar: The 15th anniversary Wisconsin Book Festival has something for everyone. Isthmus helps you pick out some highlights from the more than 70 events taking place Nov. 2-5. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM , Isthmus Cover Stories

Mark O’Connell, author of “The Close Encounters Man” talks with Isthmus about his biography of ufologist J. Allen Hynek. O’Connell is at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 4. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin’s recovery from the Great Recession has been hopelessly incomplete. Dane County is flourishing while rural communities and Milwaukee languish. However, there are other ideas for jump starting the economy besides a $3 billion bet on Foxconn. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

Call it “the two Wisconsins.” While Dane County booms and the bigger cities in the Fox River Valley and western Wisconsin prosper, the rest of the state is largely mired in a downturn that is a recession in all but name. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments

For some, booze is enough. But if you’re like me, you want a nosh too. Here are some happy hours that offer discounted food as well as drinks. more

Oct 5, 2017 10:00 AM Isthmus Drinks


Mark Anunson

Madison’s east side is home to a growing distillery district. Two of the newest players talk about the industry, which is gearing up for a boom. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Drinks

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Dylan Brogan

Jason Altwies with Gorst Valley Hops is determined to start a new chapter in Wisconsin’s brewing heritage. But first he has to convince local craft breweries and farmers to join the cause. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Drinks