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What's zoning? A TIF district? An RFP? Three reporters in Madison, WI team up to break down the jargon of city politics.

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What's zoning? A TIF district? An RFP? Three reporters in Madison, WI team up to break down the jargon of city politics.

    On the Cover: The Belmore chronicles

    On the Cover: The Belmore chronicles

    Jane Belmore retired in 2005 after nearly three decades as a Madison teacher and principal. But, it turned out, that wasn't the end of her career with the Madison Metropolitan School District: She's since been asked twice to lead when the district has found itself between superintendents, and both turned out to be pivotal moments for the district. Cap Times K-12 education reporter Scott Girard got an exclusive interview with Belmore just as she was wrapping up her most recent year as interim superintendent. Today on the podcast, he talks about the expected and unexpected challenges this year brought, and why Belmore was willing to take them on. 

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    • 16 min
    On the Cover: With this mask, I thee wed

    On the Cover: With this mask, I thee wed

    COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in Wisconsin weddings. This summer, brides and grooms mask up, move outside and juggle dates while vendors struggle to survive. This week on the podcast, we hear from Lindsay Christians, Cap Times' food editor and arts writer, who talked to couples who have postponed and downsized their celebrations, venue owners adapting big spaces for microweddings, and photographers who must weigh making a living with their own safety. 

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    • 21 min
    On the cover: Voices of protest

    On the cover: Voices of protest

    The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are only the more recent high-profile examples of a long history of Black American death and mistreatment at the hands of police. Their deaths and others set off a protest movement across the country, and right here in Madison, with activists taking to the streets daily to call for an overhaul of policing and an end to persistent racial disparities. Seeking to capture the motivations, fears and hopes powering the local movement, the Cap Times spoke to nine activists. This week on the podcast, we hear from six of them. 

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    • 16 min
    On the Cover: Hungry city

    On the Cover: Hungry city

    The coronavirus pandemic has triggered record unemployment and financial strain, and with those challenges comes hunger. Across the country, Americans who've never visited food pantries are seeking help. Here in Dane County, food banks and pantries faced a spike in demand just as grocery shortages made many basics hard to come by. On today's show, we talk to the Cap Times' David Maraniss Fellow Emily Shetler, who spent months visiting food distribution sites to understand how the pandemic has reshaped hunger in Dane County and how these agencies are teaming up with restaurants and farmers to ensure no one goes without. 

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    • 15 min
    Is it safe for kids to go back to school?

    Is it safe for kids to go back to school?

    On Friday, the Madison Metropolitan School District announced that the school year would begin with only virtual instruction ﹘ a decision that eased some worries and prompted others. Scott Girard, the Cap Times K-12 education reporter and a Madsplainers regular, noticed that another Madsplainers regular, local epidemiologist Malia Jones, once again had a Facebook post that had gone viral, this time about what she thought schools should do. In this episode, he takes over as Madsplainers host, talking with Malia about her perspective as both a scientist and a parent.

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    • 19 min
    On the Cover: Back to school

    On the Cover: Back to school

    Back in March, colleges and universities across the country uniformly decided to shutdown in-person instruction. But as the fall semester approaches and coronavirus case counts rise in much of the U.S., there's been far less agreement about what higher education should look like in this phase of the pandemic. This week on the podcast, Cap Times higher education reporter Yvonne Kim explains what the University of Wisconsin-Madison has planned, what's still unknown, and why this semester is guaranteed to be a very unusual UW experience.

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    • 15 min

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