Author : Jay Rath

  • Seeding the arts: CSArt Madison to yield bumper crop

    Madison art may soon be acquired like vegetables, thanks to a novel new program. It’s a farm-to-table-style approach to art collecting. In a typical “community supported agriculture” arrangement, customers deal directly with farmers, buying shares of the farm’s output. Once a week or so during warm weather months, each CSA shareholder receives a box of seasonal produce. Similarly,.... Read More
  • Snowplows powered by garbage? Dane County invests in renewables

    Thanks to investments in renewables, Dane County snowplows someday will be powered by garbage. The county is preparing a set of initiatives addressing climate change. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi wants to take action because he’s tired of waiting. “State government doesn’t want to do this,” says Parisi. “I think state government is completely wrong.” The year 2014 was the hottes.... Read More
  • Public broadcasting’s birth in the Badger State

    The Badger State celebrates 100 years of public broadcasting next year, but this is no ordinary centenary, because Wisconsin invented the medium. Whether NPR, PBS or anything else, all public broadcasting began in Wisconsin, says Jack Mitchell, principal creator of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and author of Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State Tha.... Read More
  • Sixty years of Milwaukee movie censorship

    Who knew? For almost 60 years, movies in Milwaukee were censored. “Rebel without a Cause was clearly the mostly widely known movie that they censored,” says Matthew Prigge, author of a new book on the Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission. “In that one, they cut out the opening title sequence, with James Dean in the gutter. Anybody who saw that movie here would have seen it start with the se.... Read More
  • Dustin Lance Black campaigns for Clinton in Wisconsin

    The first openly-gay Oscar winner recently visited Wisconsin to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Director/writer/producer Dustin Lance Black campaigned for the Democratic nominee in Madison, Oshkosh and Stevens Point. Black won the Academy Award for writing Milk. He also penned J. Edgar — directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio — and five episodes of HBO’s Big Love..... Read More
  • National Co-op month has special meaning for Wisconsin

    During October, both Milwaukee and Madison will observe National Co-op Month, celebrating the state’s jointly owned and democratically controlled cooperative institutions. But really, any month is a good one to celebrate Wisconsin cooperatives. Wisconsin and Minnesota are the top co-op states. From the houses of latter-day hippies to board rooms of massive financial institutions, co-ops cover t.... Read More
  • Felon offers to help police with Zimmermann case but wants pardon, guns in return for testimony

    A Cross Plains man says he can help law enforcement in the investigation of the 2008 killing of college student Brittany Zimmermann, but in exchange he wants a presidential pardon and the return of 19 guns confiscated more than two years ago. Andrew J. Scoles has told authorities that David A. Kahl, a former roommate identified as a suspect in the Zimmermann case, told him details of the day the .... Read More
  • Hippie Christmas transforms trash to treasure

    Ho, ho, ho. It’s time for Hippie Christmas in the capital city. It’s the time of year when gifts are gleaned from tons of trash left by departing university students. Furniture, clothing, unopened food and more are collected from curbs before garbage trucks can intercede. Given that 33,000 of UW-Madison’s 43,400 students live off campus, student moving day is a big deal. “We’ve alway.... Read More
  • Wisconsin has produced more than 400 Olympians

    Just in time for the XXXI Olympiad, Milwaukee sportscaster and author Jessie Garcia has released her third book, Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State Olympians. Since pioneering Wisconsin hurdler Alvin Kraenzlein won four gold medals in 1900,Wisconsin has produced more than 400 Olympic athletes. They’ve competed in weightlifting, track, sailing, gymnastics, hockey, curling and of co.... Read More
  • Who killed Brittany Zimmermann, Part 2: The suspect

    Brittany Zimmermann became nationally known in the spring of 2008, after the University of Wisconsin-Madison student’s 911 call went unanswered and she was found murdered in her Doty street apartment. Perhaps overshadowed by the controversy surrounding that call is the mystery of who took her life. “Ever since somebody broke into Brittany’s house, everything has gone wrong in this investig.... Read More