Mary Ellen Bell

​After Northwestern University censored an article Alice Dreger edited, she took a bold stand for academic freedom. Dreger, who will speak at UW-Madison on Friday, talks to Isthmus about her work. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:00 AM News


Lauren Justice

Veterinary care can be costly. But thanks to a clinic run by the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the poor and homeless have a place to turn. more

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments

The PATCH program trains teen educators to teach area health care providers how to provide nonjudgmental, effective communication to adolescent patients. more

Nov 25, 2015 5:00 AM News


Carolyn Fath

Cooking classes for every taste unleash the inner chef, and there are many options to choose from. more

Oct 16, 2015 11:00 AM Cooking


Christopher Klinge

Dogs on Call, a pet therapy organization, makes the rounds in Dane County, helping people relax by letting them spend quality time with a dog (or cat). more

May 15, 2015 9:00 AM Snapshot


Paulius Musteikis

Steven Salmon has some advice for aspiring writers: "Just go get it." The author of three books understands many writers struggle, but he says if he can do it, anyone can. "Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say." more

Mar 21, 2015 3:13 PM Books



The Wells Fargo Bank near East Towne Mall was robbed in February. When Madison police officers arrived at the bank, the thief had already fled the scene on foot. Witnesses described him as bearded and white. The profile matched that of a man who had more

Aug 21, 2014 2:00 PM News

Eldonna Hazen was recently installed as the senior minister at First Congregational Church, one of a growing number of mainstream churches that now welcome gay members, support marriage equality and ordain openly gay clergy. more

Apr 17, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Come Jan. 1 some 92,000 low-income Wisconsin residents stand to lose their BadgerCare Plus health insurance or, if they continue to qualify for the program, start paying a premium. more

Nov 14, 2013 3:00 PM News


Eric Tadsen

As the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Michael Johnson feels he's paying back to an organization he says probably saved his life when he was a kid growing up in the projects in Chicago. more

Jul 25, 2013 2:00 PM News


Sharon Vanorny

Chris Taylor had never planned on running for office. She loved her job as public policy director with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. And she had a new baby and a four-year-old at home. Getting into electoral politics was the last thing on her mind more

May 23, 2013 2:00 PM People


Sharon Vanorny

Dora Zúniga grew up poor in south Texas. "My parents had a third-grade education and spoke little English," says Zúniga, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. "The poverty rate in that community was 60%, and the unemployment rate was 30%." more

Feb 21, 2013 3:00 PM People


Kelly Doering

When Kevin Kennedy celebrated his 60th birthday a few months ago, his staff at the Government Accountability Board presented him with framed copies of two political cartoons. They ran in the "Wisconsin State Journal" while recall petitions were being verified last spring. In one panel, a young protester offers to give the GAB a hand with the checking. In the other, a group of older people with tea party signs makes the same offer. more

Nov 1, 2012 2:00 PM People

Remember July? High temperatures hovered around 100 in Wisconsin, and it didn't rain for weeks. Much of the rest of the Midwest experienced the same conditions. Crops failed. Livestock producers started culling their herds. Our home air conditioners, just used occasionally in a "normal" summer, ran nonstop. Or, wait. Is this the new normal? more

Aug 23, 2012 2:00 PM News


Steve Weigl

The Wisconsin law is very specific: "Drivers must yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway." But on a recent Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Monroe and Harrison streets, pedestrians attempted to cross Monroe 30 times in a half-hour, and 37 motorists did not slow down or stop for them. Nine of the people on foot held one of those little red flags or waved at oncoming cars, and 17 vehicles, including one Madison Metro bus, did not yield for them either. more

Jul 12, 2012 2:00 PM News

I built a small, raised garden bed on the terrace in front of my near-west-side house last spring. I was pretty proud of the few tomatoes, peppers, green beans and herbs I raised, but I'm a total amateur compared with the growing population of serious backyard farmers in Madison. more

Apr 5, 2012 2:00 PM Isthmus Abode


Pierre-Paul Pariseau

At the height of the Occupy protests last fall, young people held signs announcing how much they owed in student loans. While the pundits were asking each other what, exactly, the protesters wanted, a big part of the answer was on those signs: Students are leaving colleges and universities with a staggering financial burden and bleak job prospects. more

Feb 23, 2012 3:00 PM News


Narayan Mahon

Is the job market in Wisconsin getting better or worse? If you believe the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, which crowed in July about an additional 39,300 private-sector jobs added since Gov. Scott Walker took office in January, you might conclude things are getting better. But, if you look at figures from the Federal Department of Labor Statistics, you'll find a steady increase in unemployment in Wisconsin since the beginning of the year -- from 7.4% in January to 7.9% in August. more

Oct 20, 2011 2:00 PM News

If you've lived in Madison for more than 20 years or so, you may remember when the east-side neighborhood surrounding Winnebago Street and Atwood Avenue had a pretty seedy reputation. The neighborhood cinema, a 1928 Italian Renaissance-style movie palace equipped with a Kilgen theater organ, had become a disreputable porn house. Like much of the surrounding neighborhood, it had fallen into disrepair. Many Madisonians considered the area a crime magnet. more

Sep 29, 2011 2:00 PM News


Eric Tadsen

Five years into Debra Amesqua's tenure as Madison fire chief, Joe Conway, president of the local firefighters' union, publicly called for former Mayor Sue Bauman to seek her resignation "to prevent further damage to the department." His statement in May 2001 was part of the steady stream of scathing criticism that started as soon as Amesqua's selection was announced. more

Aug 11, 2011 2:00 PM News