Maggie Ginsberg

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Madison history lesson: Winter 1936

A look back at a snowy scene on State Street, during a time cars could still drive down the iconic street.

New local startup aims to remove barriers, streamline services for assault survivors

Rachel Sattler and Kim Curran hope to alleviate the overwhelming steps for survivors with their nonprofit, the Dane County Multi-Agency Center, or DaneMAC.

Gritty debut gives an insider's peek from the other side of the police interview room mirror

Q&A with Hannah Morrissey, author of 'Hello, Transcriber.'

#EndOverdose: advocates bring awareness to Dane County’s ongoing opioid overdose epidemic

Even as the crisis worsens in Dane County and overdose deaths across the country approached 100,000 in a 12-month period for the first time ever, some promising harm reduction initiatives are giving rise to something else: Hope.

Zimbrick is first at the finish line

From its first appearance on our Best of Madison list — “Best Auto Mechanic” in 1993 — to six golds in 2021 alone, Zimbrick has snagged a “best of” award 61 times.

Whose idea was that category?

The BOM winners’ archives are a certified treasure trove of retired categories, time capsule moments and community complaints.

AyrFlo team hopes to save lives with device that could predict respiratory distress

Guelay Bilen-Rosas, Humberto “Tito” Rosas and Irene Ong developed a noninvasive device to help patients before it's too late.

The Teacher: Annie Vang

Annie Vang created the HmongPhrases app to help preserve her endangered language and it also earned her the only U.S. spot in Apple’s eCamp for Female Founders and Developers in July 2021.

New Manna Cafe & Bakery cookbook is a cathartic mix of recipes, memoir, history and closure

The new book is due out Oct. 21 from Little Creek Press.

With her debut collection 'Star Things,' Madison poet explores identity through the cosmos

Poet Jess L Parker, winner of the inaugural Dynamo Verlag Book Prize, will celebrate with an Oct. 21 book launch at Old Sugar Distillery.

Early-stage biotech startups find common ground at Forward BIOLABS

At Forward BIOLABS in University Research Park, a nonprofit coworking life sciences lab founded in September 2018, members can rent space by the 6-foot bench.

Q&A with Robert Fromberg, author of 'How to Walk with Steve'

Fromberg will discuss his debut memoir, which chronicles his guardianship at only 19 of his brother, at a launch event on Sept. 26.

American Provenance experiments with success

From middle school science project to thriving e-commerce company, American Provenance sticks to the formula.

New app harnesses artificial intelligence to support fitness enthusiasts and coaches

Zihi promises to be “the world’s first adaptive and truly personalized training platform for runners.”

Q&A with Nickolas Butler, author of 'Godspeed'

The internationally best-selling Wisconsin author of 'Shotgun Lovesongs' is back with a literary thriller exploring the chasmic gap between the haves and the have-nots in a Wyoming mountain town.

2021 Best of Madison Editors' Picks

Our editorial team picked some businesses, initiatives and people that have stood out over the past year.

Q&A with Christina Clancy, author of 'Shoulder Season'

Set at the former Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva in 1981, the Madison author's second novel gives a rare glimpse into an unexamined world.

Finding the wrenches, fixing the gap

Two linked startups aim to solve the skilled labor shortage by connecting automotive and diesel technicians to shops.

'Something Wild' weaves sibling dynamics and domestic violence into a powerful debut

Q&A with UW–Madison MFA graduate Hanna Halperin, author of 'Something Wild.'

Guide to Madison's paddle city

Whether you’re snaking the Yahara River, floating on Cherokee Marsh or touring Governor's Island, Madison looks better when viewed from the water.

Timothy Bauer paddles for miles upon moonlit miles

Despite growing up near the Atlantic Ocean and feeling naturally drawn to water, Timothy Bauer didn’t fall in love with paddling until five years after he moved to Madison.

5 local rivers to run

Recommendations from Timothy Bauer, author of “Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin: 60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison,” as told to Maggie Ginsberg.

Float into summer with the Yid Vicious Paddle Party

Bring your own boat and join the band as they play klezmer tunes from a pontoon for Make Music Madison day on June 21.

With expansion plans, WiscoBoxes digs into Mount Horeb for good

The four-year-old e-commerce gift box company is adding 2,000 square feet to its headquarters in time for the busy holiday season.

Local tech startup’s software offers flexibility in our new working world

Thousands of businesses and schools are already using AirDeck, which was launched in January 2020.

100 years of summer camp

YMCA of Dane County celebrates a milestone at a time when kids may need camp more than ever.

Q&A with Andrea Debbink, author of 'The Wild World Handbook'

The former American Girl editor will discuss her illustrated middle grade nonfiction guide online at the Wisconsin Book Festival on May 26.

Nurse Disrupted delivers telehealth to resource deserts with easy, all-in-one box kit

Bre Loughlin and Tracy Zvenyach have taken everything they learned while serving the homeless shelters and put it into a box.

Author in bloom

With long-awaited, back-to-back book launches, Ann Garvin says the keys to her success have always been hustle and patience.

Q&A with Ann Garvin, author of 'I Thought You Said This Would Work'

Garvin's fourth novel, due out from Lake Union Publishing on May 1, is about "broken bonds, messy histories and the power of forgiveness."

Chef's Table Morel Dinners to benefit Centro Hispano

Orange Shoe Gym's morel hunting owner and Food Fight's Cento team up for a four-night, five-course Chef's Table meal May 16-19.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren to discuss her upcoming book ‘Persist’ at Wisconsin Book Festival

More big name appearances in May include Carl Hiaasen, Cheryl Strayed, Alison Bechdel and 'Crazy Rich Asians' author Kevin Kwan.

Madison Reading Project surpasses 100,000 children served, nears 200,000 books given

Virtual grand opening celebration is announced for May 26 and new public fundraiser is underway.

Wisconsin accelerator with national reach takes food businesses to the next level

The fifth annual FaBcap Accelerator 2021 cohort includes a familiar face: Christine Ameigh of Christine’s Kitchens and Slide Gourmet Potato Chips.

'A lost year' after a car accident and the pandemic

Award-winning musician Michael Massey says there’s still ‘so much left to do.’

Q&A with Andrew J. Graff, author of 'Raft of Stars'

The author will discuss his debut novel, set in Wisconsin's north woods, in a virtual event on March 23.

Carebot Health could help schedule COVID-19 vaccines nationwide

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged on last year with no vaccine in sight, I caught up with my neighbor Tyler Marklein.

Where the grass is greener

Can growing awareness of green burials, home funerals and end-of-life doulas unearth a broader conversation about how we could better approach death and dying?

Dr. Amanda Preimesberger goes back to her roots

The new Verona direct primary care clinic opens March 1.