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Laura Zastrow

On shoestring budgets and often working solo, DIY pioneer Wendy Schneider has run a video production and recording studio, released two full-length documentaries and retired one rock band and launched another. more

Mar 15, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments

Officer Stephen Heimsness harassed a female officer a month before he fatally shot Paul Heenan. Madison Police launched an investigation but initially, only Heimsness’ victim was scrutinized. more

Mar 8, 2018 5:01 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 16 Comments

Between 2005 and 2016, $5.14 billion worth of electric transmission line projects were built or approved in Wisconsin. Opponents say the lines are not needed, are too expensive, and there’s a better way. more

Mar 1, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments

For years, news outlets have been trying to use Facebook to drive readers to their websites. But with fake news hoaxes running rampant, Facebook says it’s now de-emphasizing news stories. Will newspapers survive the breakup? more

Feb 22, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Todd Hubler

The rise of local distilleries is hard to miss, across the east side of Madison — and statewide. While deregulation made it possible, it’s word of mouth that’s making the scene thrive. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Clasen's European Bakery

Madison’s chocolate scene is exploding right now. Where should you go for which kinds of chocolates? Our guide breaks it all down into digestible pieces. more

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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Adam Matthew Hinterthuer

When the lakes are frozen, Madison is a winter wonderland. But reliable ice and deep snow are becoming the anomaly. We’re losing something magical. more

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 9 Comments


James Heimer

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country. In Wisconsin, there is no formal safety net to help the children who are separated from their parents. more

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


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

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