Marc Eisen


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Although UW-Madison spends more than $1 billion on research a year, many complain that bureaucracy is hampering research. However, the med school is striving to stay true to The Wisconsin Idea, by bringing its research to the people. more

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A simple blood test might help diagnose autism in children as young as 18 months. But why did UW-Madison's Waisman Center, internationally known for its studies of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, choose not to participate? more

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David Michael Miller

UW-Madison pioneered partnerships with American industry, collecting billions in research funds and helping to bring groundbreaking technology to market. But is the campus bureaucracy now holding the school back? more

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Lucas Endres

The cocktail that changed their lives. Boozy revelations from high doses of bitters to fat-washed martinis. more

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David Michael Miller

There are serious issues facing the state, not the least of which is Wisconsin’s growing economic chasm. Let’s see how the Democratic candidates for governor would create broad-based well-being. more



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

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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



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



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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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