Doug Moe’s Madison

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.

The birth of the Brewers

Chris Zantow writes authoritative book on the return of Major League baseball to Milwaukee

The story of how the Brewers came to Milwaukee in 1970 is deserving of a book, and now we have one thanks to Chris Zantow.

Checking in with adventure author Jim Campbell

Books, a TV show and a search for a downed WWII plane

Globetrotting Lodi author Jim Campbell's writing has taken him to icy Alaska, the steamy jungles of New Guinea and many remote outposts in between.

'Rate the beef and drink the beer'

Burger Night Out group makes 150th stop over 15 years

Burger Night out, a group of Madison carnivores, recently made their 150th stop on a nearly 15-year, once-a-month excursion.

Dane County’s Field of Dreams

Meet Bill Schultz, the man looking to build a local Miracle League field

On Saturday, March 7, the Miracle League of Dane County is holding a day-long fundraiser at Oakstone Recreational in Cottage Grove for the planned Miracle League field to be built in the village.

Badger hockey’s No. 1 fan

Seven-year-old Jaxton Ernst can’t get enough

After a chance meeting in 2016, then 4-year-old Jaxton Ernst become Badgers hockey’s biggest fan.

The battle for the legitimacy of women’s sports was waged here

Current popularity of women’s intercollegiate athletics may be due to pioneers at UW–Madison

Title IX — the landmark 1972 legislation that was supposed to bring equity for women’s intercollegiate athletics — was belittled, ignored and caught up in appeals for years. But incremental gains were made.

Madison Chocolate Co. wins over a culinary legend

Alice Waters find her passion — in MCC’s Passion Fruit Caramel

The familiar face of culinary legend Alice Waters suddenly loomed in front of the owners of Madison Chocolate Co. as they exhibited the passion fruit caramel confections that won them a 2020 Good Food Award.

Ken Kopp brings a taste of the Carribean to Monroe Street

Lorraine’s Restaurant to replace New Orleans Take-Out

Ken Kopp IV is borrowing the name of his wife's Jamaican grandmother and her island culinary heritage for Lorraine’s, the Caribbean-influenced restaurant he plans to open in the New Orleans space at 1517 Monroe St. sometime in January.

The enduring jazz of Gerri DiMaggio

Singer now accompanied by her guitarist husband

The Gerri DiMaggio Trio plays the first and third Thursday of every month at the Nutty Bar in the Bandung Indonesian Restaurant — you can catch them there on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Requiem for Russell Chatham: Artist, writer, rogue

Landscape painter remembered by his Madison fans

Russell Chatham, who died in California on Nov. 10 at 80, was a talented artist, writer, fly fisherman and chef, fond of drink and better at making and spending money than managing it.

Triathlete Eric Sarno helps stroke survivors like him

A stirring story of stroke, recovery and advocacy

In the early months of 2007, Eric Sarno of Madison was training for a national triathlon that summer in Portland, Oregon, which he hoped would lead to a spot in the World Amateur Triathlon Championship. He was 36 years old.

The return of Dennis McCann's 'Wisconsin Story'

Book reprinted by Wisconsin Historical Society

Dennis McCann's first book, “The Wisconsin Story: 150 People, Places and Turning Points that Shaped the Badger State," out of print for 20 years, was republished this month by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.