Judith Davidoff

Judith Davidoff is the editor of Isthmus. 






African Americans started putting down roots in Madison in the 1800s. A new collection of oral histories from the descendants of these pioneers capture what life was like for these early settlers. Read more

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After being sworn in as governor, Tony Evers called for Wisconsinites to put “people before politics.” But first, time to polka. Read more

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Running for public office in Madison can be a lonely affair if you are a person of color. Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli have each other’s back in their second attempts for Madison school board seats. Read more

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It’s never too late to train your old pup. The key is to build on already learned skills. Read more

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We love dogs. And we love watching dogs — in real life and onscreen. Here are some of Isthmus’ favorite movies (and one TV episode) featuring canines and their humans. Read more

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As part of a multi-state effort to elect pro-equality candidates, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights groups, has established a presence in Madison. Read more


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Justice Shirley Abrahamson discussed her life, career and challenges as a woman attorney with longtime friend, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. Read more



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Why haul beer on foot to that tailgate when you can pack it into a custom-made “Kooler Kart” and enjoy the ride? That was the thought bubble of engineer Adam Jablonski. Read more

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Camille Manansala

Martha Davis Kipcak stopped making her pimento cheese, a small-batch spreadable cheese with roots in the South, in late 2017. But the recipe will live on. Read more



James Heimer

Many efforts over the years to repeal Wisconsin’s strict abortion ban failed — even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law unenforceable in Roe v. Wade. With Trump’s latest nomination to the Court, the old law still is scaring a lot of people. Read more

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Just as Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is stirring up fears about the future of Roe v. Wade, so did a Supreme Court review of a Missouri law that, in 1989, prompted this piece in Isthmus. Read more

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Alisa Sleep

Ella’s Deli closed in January. It has still not found a buyer but its carousel has. Epic, the medical software giant, purchased it for an undisclosed amount. Read more


Documents obtained through an open records request from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection show that Gov. Scott Walker’s office recommended a young, inexperienced lawyer for a top state post. Read more


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Chuck Henrikson is an avid birder. He’s also a citizen scientist, reporting all of the birds he sees and hears to an international database. It’s one of the many ways citizen science happens at the UW Arboretum. Read more

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The UW Arboretum is a 1,200- acre swath of prairie, woods and wetland smack dab in the city of Madison. It is a recreation destination, a refuge for people seeking solace in nature and a world-class research facility. Read more

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Dumplings, hot pot, beef roll, noodles and more. A tour of Madison’s Chinese restaurants shows a new variety of dishes and regional cuisines. Read more

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Sean Brown graduated from law school in May 2017. He landed a staff attorney position at the state and is now getting a big promotion to administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. Read more

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For Cher Mandel Diamond, running a fine chocolate shop married her interest in science and art. But after 25 years, she is ready to close the beloved Monroe Street store. Read more

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An effort is underway to landmark a house connected to a historic piece of legislation. Former lawmaker David Clarenbach lived there while pushing through the Wisconsin Legislature what would become the nation’s first gay rights bill. Read more



Stephanie Hofmann

It might be counter-intuitive, but a UW business professor says people appreciate gifts more when they know you own the same thing. It’s called “companionizing.” Read more

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    Members and supporters of Voces de la Frontera rallied at the Capitol in support of Gov. Evers' plan to include the restoration of driver licenses and in-state college tuition for Wisconsin immigrant residents.

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    Screens were set up around the Capitol to provide better viewing of the inauguration of Gov. Tony Evers (right), who was sworn in by Chief Justice Patience Roggensack (far left). Evers' wife, Kathy, is with him.

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    After Griffin's pep talk, volunteers called targeted voters seeking support for Tammy Baldwin, Mark Pocan and other candidates.

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    Regional organizer Davette Baker (left) had a cake waiting for Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, who told volunteers their work had the power to make change.

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    Motivated by “today’s political climate,” Sam Million-Weaver phone banks weekly with HRC.