Marc Eisen


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

Marc Eisen has wide-ranging musical tastes. From opera to country, experimental jazz to neo soul, he shares his yearly reflection on the music scene in Madison — and beyond. more

Dec 30, 2017 5:01 AM MUSIC


David Michael Miller

Troy Vosseller, Madison’s startup wunderkind, argues two things would unleash entrepreneurs in Wisconsin: getting rid of non-compete clauses and beefing up the UW-Madison’s computer science program. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM News


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


Kelly Avenson

He’s only had one monster hit, but that hardly matters to pat mAcdonald. The prolific singer/songwriter is working on his legacy, building a community of artists and songwriters in Sturgeon Bay and beyond. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Quincy Bioscience has made a fortune on its brain enhancement supplement, Prevagen. Now, the FDA and New York State claim it’s defrauded customers of millions by making bogus claims. Will the company survive the lawsuit? more

Jan 18, 2017 12:43 PM News


Carolyn Fath

Former Isthmus editor Marc Eisen has seen approximately 500 concerts in the past ten years. He looks back at the music that transfixed and transported him at concerts in Madison...and beyond. more

Dec 29, 2016 10:44 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

Marc Eisen saw more than 80 live music performances in 2016. He presents his top 16, ranging from ambient to punk. more

Dec 28, 2016 2:23 PM MUSIC


J. Shimon & J. Lindemann

David Medaris began writing for Isthmus when he was still in high school at West. He went on to spend almost three decades at the paper, exploring the profound as well as the mundane. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM News 8 Comments


Tim Anderson/Madison Design Professionals Workgroup

Madison has one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country. But the disconnect between the Capitol Square and the shores of Lake Monona has long been a major disappointment. Will the city’s leaders seize the moment to fix that? more

Oct 13, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Jennifer Leaver

On May 13, UW-Madison will grant Gov. Tommy Thompson an honorary degree for meritorious activity. He’ll speak and probably tell a classic story of education’s liberating power. His own. more

Apr 14, 2016 6:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Jeff Miller/UW Madison

The best way for the state to nurture the economy is to help young companies grow, report two UW experts. While this is common sense to most local officials, it’s a lesson ignored in the Capitol. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Jennifer Leaver

When Tommy Thompson was governor, he sang the praises of the UW, welcomed its experts to the Capitol and spearheaded a massive university expansion. Those days are long gone. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 5 Comments


David Michael Miller

This is the 10th time I’ve written this yearly roundup of favorite concerts. I saw more than 70 performances and searched for musical extremes in 2015. more

Jan 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


David Michael Miller

Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2013 to make it easier to open an iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. But there is still no mine. It was a costly mistake at a time the state needed to take real action to spur the economy. more

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

UW-Madison is figuring out new ways to commercialize its research. more

Oct 8, 2015 11:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Eric Tadsen

David Krakauer took over as head of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in 2011, hoping to shake up the UW-Madison. Now he’s leaving for a new job in Santa Fe, but offers some parting shots about what’s wrong with higher education. more

Jun 26, 2015 10:20 AM News


Eric Tadsen

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery director had hoped the multi-disciplinary institute could bring about systemic change at the UW-Madison. But now he’s giving up. more

Jun 26, 2015 9:00 AM News


Mike Vande Ven Jr. photo

It's a good bet that Madison-area software writers, many of them bright Epic expats, jumped up pumping their fists when they read that Epic would shortly launch the "App Exchange" and "open the floodgates" to developers, as pioneer Madison tech entrepreneur Mark Bakken told the "Wisconsin State Journal". more

Mar 5, 2015 2:00 PM News