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The next civil rights fight: Scholar Gloria-Ladson Billings believes African American students deserve better

Gloria Ladson-Billings travels the world, speaking and teaching about racial disparities in education. A professor in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her books -- including the bestseller The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children -- are considered part of the canon for teacher educators. >More


The FDA looks into Quincy Bioscience's claims for Prevagen

Quincy Bioscience, the fast-growing Madison brain supplement maker, has all but settled its problems with the federal Food and Drug Administration, says Quincy president Mark Underwood. "To make a long story short, we're in a fine place with the FDA," says Underwood. >More
 Madison's other convention center: The Concourse Hotel (updated)

Stephen Zanoni says that if Madison subsidizes a headquarters hotel to help Monona Terrace, it is Monona Terrace that has the most to lose. Zanoni, who manages Monona Terrace's biggest competitor, the Madison Concourse Hotel, admits that his hotel also has skin in the game. >More
 Who was Judge Doyle?

Former Gov. Jim Doyle confesses that he's a bit biased on the subject of his dad, whose name is attached to what is poised to be the most expensive city project in Madison's history: Judge Doyle Square. "This is just his proud son talking, but I think you'd find universal praise of him," the former governor says of his father, who died in 1987. "He was the model of what a judge should be." >More


How Wisconsin missed out on health care

The debate in the Wisconsin Legislature over turning down millions of dollars in federal funding to expand Medicaid was painful to watch. And now Wisconsin is reaping the results of that awful decision, even as states around us benefit from fully implementing the Affordable Care Act, including the Medicaid expansion. The contrast is stark: Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites are losing their health care coverage for no reason at all. >More
 Tell All: The hell of Madison crosswalks

Dear Tell All: I'm new to town and puzzled by crosswalk etiquette in Madison. Maybe you can shine some light. When I first got here my inclination was to stop at every crosswalk, but there are so many pedestrians and crosswalks it's impractical. And because no one else stops, I worry about traffic crashing into me from behind. >More


In 20 years, John DeMain has built an electrifying Madison Symphony Orchestra

John DeMain, the Madison Symphony Orchestra's music director, is known for his skillful conducting. But what is he like off the podium? In a word, gracious. He and his wife, Barbara, and their boisterous little dog, Max, welcomed me into their west-side home recently. I came to discuss his professional achievements on the occasion of his 20th season with the symphony, but I also glimpsed his rich personal life. >More
 Madison's folk musicians serve up creativity and generosity at Wintersong

Music can nourish the soul and provide food for thought, but unfortunately, it can't be eaten when times get tough. Luckily, a group of local musicians have found a way to turn songs into sustenance: Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show at the Majestic Theatre on Dec. 6. >More
 Poliça glaze R&B grooves with icy vocals and synths

Though '80s-inspired synthpop is at the core of Poliça's sound, the Minneapolis group push the genre into modern territory with haunting vocals that give the Knife and La Roux a run for their money. >More



On its 38th anniversary, WORT considers the participatory power of community radio

WORT celebrates 38 years of community radio with a party at High Noon Saloon this Saturday, Dec. 7. Local bands the Jimmys, Earl Foss & the Brown Derby and Icarus Himself will perform, and birthday cake will be served. But the station's diverse musical offerings are just a slice of what makes it integral to Madison's media landscape. >More
 Jay Antani attracts international fans with The Leaving of Things, a novel about a local Indian American teen

Born in India and raised in Madison, Jay Antani knows a few things about coming of age cross-culturally. Using his own experiences as a guide, he wrote a novel about a local teen named Vikram, who gets sent to India after a weekend of drunken rebellion. Titled The Leaving of Things, the book has numerous references to Madison, from Monroe Street to Vitense Golfland. >More
 Bonnie and Clyde, superstars, in a new TV movie

The real Bonnie and Clyde were grotesque killers with no redeeming qualities. But the new TV movie Bonnie & Clyde swathes them in glamour. As played by Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger, they're Depression-era hotties who look fabulous while robbing banks and breaking out of jail. >More


In Out of the Furnace, two brothers face steep obstacles in a blighted steel town

The Pennsylvania town where Scott Cooper's superb Out of the Furnace is set looks ready to collapse at any moment. Its steel mill is rusted, and chain-link fences lean at precarious angles, barely protecting the weedy ground behind them. >More
 A man comes to terms with his aging father during Nebraska's long car trip

Nebraska's central character, seventysomething Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), has the headfirst, quick-step dodder of a toddler, dangerously fast and ever on the edge of a tumble. And a tumble is surely coming. Woody has fixed all his hopes on a fantasy: winning a fortune in a Publisher's Clearing House-like scam. Is Woody addled by dementia or just clinging to a desperate dream at the end of his life? >More
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Sherry, baby: The fortified wine joins pear for the season's trendy cocktails

The cocktail trend of the moment involves Sherry, the fortified wine from Spain. Sherry has been having such a passionate resurgence among bartenders in places like New York and London that one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2014 is wine and spirits writer Talia Baiocchi's Sherry, forthcoming from Ten Speed Press. This follows Peter Liem's 2012 book, Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla. >More
 Singing Rooster Coffee brings a truly good cup of joe

"Let's just blame all of this on Google," says Molly Nicaise, cofounder and president of Madison-based Singing Rooster Coffee. She's recalling her nonprofit company's founding in 2009. Nicaise and her husband and partner, Christophe, had been longtime volunteers in Haiti as well as entrepreneurs, and they observed the limitations of outside aid in the country. >More


Watching Badgers games in Manhattan

For all its charms and attractions, this city lacks a favorite college sports team. New York is definitely a pro town, but tavern keepers realize that fans move here and visit from every corner of the country, so almost all major schools are represented by local bars where the devoted can overspend for beer and wings to watch football with their own kind. UW-Madison is no exception. >More
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