Doug Moe’s Madison

UW-Madison professor seizes a virtual teaching opportunity

Design studies professor Wei Dong turns home basement into a teaching studio.

Wei Dong is a distinguished professor of design studies in the School of Human Ecology and a global ambassador who annually leads UW-Madison student groups on trips to China.

Trivia contest lands Madison man in favorite author’s next novel

Jason Horowitz also wins chat with novelist David Mitchell

Jason Horowitz’s prize for winning the trivia contest is having his name given to a character in English author David Mitchell’s next novel. But the real prize was getting 10 minutes to chat by Zoom one-on-one with Mitchell.

West High sign hopes to honor past, inspire future

Student Oakland Steingass is raising money for a new school sign.

By last week Oak Steingass had raised $2,600 of the $3,500 needed for a new Madison West High School sign and established a GoFundMe page to help him cross the finish line.

Singer-songwriter Sam Ness on the road again

Sauk City native nominated for eight MAMA Awards.

Sam Ness chose the road over college musical theater scholarship offers. He travels with a guitar and little else, and has accrued a deep well of colorful stories.

Saved by the Laurel Tavern’s fish fry

A decades-old tradition the author looks forward to all week.

Anyone with a sense of Madison and Wisconsin history should appreciate both fish fries and the Laurel Tavern.

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.”

Jonathan Little, Madison’s music missionary

Longtime WISM figure now promoting Americana music

Jonathan Little currently manages a handful of musicians and programs three channels for the online music streaming service Accuradio and for 22 years has worked as an executive for TroyResearch.

Madison’s Isaac Scott is a photographer now

Current issue of The New Yorker features protest photos taken by West High School graduate.

Seven of Isaac Scott's breathtaking black and white images taken at protests in Philadelphia are spread across 14 pages in the June 22 issue of The New Yorker magazine, which includes other stories related to George Floyd and social justice.

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.

A fond farewell to Bill and Bobbie Malone

The much admired authors and musicians are returning to their home state of Texas.

Bill and Bobbie Malone are basically inseparable. They play music together and after her 2011 retirement from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Bobbie helped with “Back to the Country,” Bill's Wednesday morning program on WORT-FM.

Cycling with America’s first black sports hero

Marshall “Major” Taylor become a champion despite facing prejudice.

Michael Kranish’s book “The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero" is about cycling and about race relations at an earlier time in the United States.

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.

City Attorney Mike May's last day nears

Free spirit was a good fit for Madison

For more than a decade, Mike May’s distinguished run as Madison’s city attorney coincided with my somewhat less distinguished run as a daily newspaper columnist in the city.

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.