Columns

From Waunakee, a Caribbean caper

Davin Goodwin sees publication of his first novel.

Davin Goodwin has just published his first novel, “Diver’s Paradise,” set on the Caribbean island of Bonaire.

Wisconsin true crime documentary in the works

Doug Moe recalls covering 1979 murder case for Madison Magazine.

A national video crew was in Madison last week conducting interviews for an upcoming true crime documentary series. My two-hour Skype interview with them plunged me back into a story that decades ago an investigator told me included “the most patently bizarre, absolutely incredible set of circumstances you’d ever want to see.”

A gripping first novel from Innocence Project’s Steven Wright

‘The Coyotes of Carthage’ draws on UW law professor’s experience.

Steven Wright’s first novel, “The Coyotes of Carthage,” is informed by the five years the author spent doing voting rights litigation for the United States Department of Justice.

Roach: Shelter from the storm

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

Why we're capitalizing the B in Black

National Association of Black Journalists updates its style guide, and we are, too.

National Association of Black Journalists updates its style guide, and we are, too.

Heinen: Stress unrelieved

When George Floyd was killed, the word “stress” took on new significance.

COVID-19 opened our eyes to stresses too long obscured by a distracted society.

Editor's note: blinding light of privilege

"COVID-19 turned our world upside down, but the breaking point of George Floyd’s death made it clear that the world was already upside down for many."

I often have to squint through the blinding light of my own white privilege.

Heinen: Madison media, we’re in this together

Local news gathering is a responsibility and a privilege and those of us who do it take it seriously.

Local news gathering is a responsibility and a privilege and those of us who do it take it seriously.

The end of college boxing

Two authors talk after 60th anniversary of the last UW–Madison bout

A somber anniversary was a chance for Doug Moe to reconnect with Evert Wallenfeldt, the author of a seminal book on the history of collegiate boxing.

‘Never stop singing’ says opera star Jeni Houser

Sheltering in Stoughton, she and husband/tenor David Blalock remain grateful for Madison Opera.

Jeni Houser and her husband, tenor David Blalock, were scheduled to sing the leads in the Madison Opera production of “Orpheus in the Underworld” before COVID-19 caused its cancellation.

Madison man Evan Hill wins Pulitzer Prize

West High School graduate now works at the New York Times

“When I was in [Cairo's] Tahrir Square in 2011 is still probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. But catching a Russian war plane in the act of bombing a hospital is right up there,” Evan Hill says.

Leo Burt, the Unabomber and me

As the 50th anniversary of the bombing of UW–Madison's Sterling Hall approaches, a man remains at large.

The 50th anniversary of the bombing of Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus is not an anniversary that Madison will celebrate, but it’s a significant milestone, nonetheless. And it contains some unfinished business — one of this city’s most enduring mysteries.

Clara Colby’s crusade for women

Contemporary of Susan B. Anthony among first women to graduate from the University of Wisconsin

Susan B. Anthony called Clara Colby the best writer in the women’s movement, a sentiment shared by Anthony’s famous colleague, Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Walking with memories in the Arb

Doug Moe finds an abundance of turkeys, deer and inscriptions.

"What the Arboretum walks have done for me — in addition to providing the obvious benefit of time spent in a truly beautiful natural environ right in the city — is trigger memories," Doug Moe writes.

Ben Sidran's 'love song' to a legendary producer

Musician writes Tommy LiPuma biography, hosts radio show

Tommy LiPuma's work with legends — including Miles Davis, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson — produced a deep well of stories Ben Sidran includes in the book.

Podcast traces ink in Maraniss blood

Daughter draws stories out of Pulitzer Prize-winning father

The podcast "Ink in Our Blood" is David and Sarah Maraniss in conversation, including all aspects of David's career and how writing has been the through line for several generations of their family.

Isthmus closes but memories remain

A writer for the weekly looks back, hopes for a return

"The shuttering of Isthmus hit me harder than I might have expected. Amid all the virus upheaval, it’s what I keep returning to," Doug Moe writes.

Roach: That word

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.