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What’s the kerfuffle over football at Edgewood High School?
Aug 13 • 15 min
It’s Lisa’s last episode! Join us as she breaks down one of the issues that’s been looming large for west-side Madisonians, the legal and neighborhood battle over Edgewood High School’s use of its athletics field.
What is Judge Doyle Square?
Jun 10 • 23 min
The Madsplainers team talks about the city’s ambitious and embattled plan to develop two blocks of downtown Madison.
What is the Local Voices Network?
Apr 6 • 22 min
The Madsplainers break down an effort by a UW- Madison political scientist and MIT technologists to create more meaningful public discourse in Madison.
A quick and dirty election recap
Apr 5 • 12 min
In which the Madsplainers — minus Abby — talk about takeaways from Tuesday’s general election.
What happened in the primary election?
Feb 22 • 23 min
The Madsplainers are joined by Cap Times news editor Jason Joyce to recap what happened in the city’s spring primaries.
A guide to City Council primaries
Feb 15 • 14 min
The Madsplainers is wrapping up its coverage of the spring primary elections with a look at who’s on the ballot for City Council.
A guide to the race for school board
Feb 5 • 18 min
The Madsplainers has wrapped up a series of interviews with the candidates running for Madison’s mayor. Now, it’s shifting focus to another major contest on this spring’s ballot: the race for Madison School Board.
Paul Soglin wants another 4 years as mayor
Feb 1 • 31 min
Paul Soglin has served as Madison’s mayor for 22 (nonconsecutive) years. He keeps coming back to the position, he says, because he’s the best-equipped of any candidate to tackle Madison’s challenges.
Toriana Pettaway
Jan 29 • 27 min
Toriana Pettaway, a write-in candidate in the race for mayor, talks with Cap Times reporter Abby Becker on her work on issues of race and equity, and her frustrations with Madison “intellectualizing” problems but not solving them.
Nick Hart
Jan 22 • 25 min
Nick Hart says he’s running for mayor to boost voter turnout, call out Madison’s record on race and progressive politics, and learn a thing or two about municipal politics along the way.
Mo Cheeks
Jan 18 • 27 min
Maurice “Mo” Cheeks says that at a time when many people are losing faith in government, he thinks it’s important for a city’s mayor to inspire.
Satya Rhodes-Conway
Jan 15 • 21 min
Satya Rhodes-Conway says her background as an alder and as the managing director of the Mayors Innovation Project make her uniquely qualified to lead Madison.
What happened at the mayoral debate?
Jan 11 • 22 min
Erik, Abby and Lisa recap the policy proposals, topics of contention and moments of comradery from Wednesday night.
The Election Edition! Featuring Raj Shukla
Jan 8 • 24 min
On the first episode of this podcast mini-series on the mayor race in Madison, we speak with Raj Shukla, the executive director of River Alliance of Wisconsin and chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee.
Idea Fest special: What should the fire department of the future look like?
Oct 20, 2018 • 60 min
Abby talks with two analysts and the head of the statewide firefighters union about the roles firefighters play today in Wisconsin communities.
Idea Fest special: How can Madison cities move Wisconsin forward?
Oct 2, 2018 • 38 min
It’s a special edition of the episode, featuring a recording of Abby’s panel with three Wisconsin Mayors at the Cap Times Idea Fest.
What’s the deal with the city budget?
Sep 17, 2018 • 25 min
The city budget is one of its most important road maps for policy and future growth. It’s also a bit confusing, but never you fear, the Madsplainers have your back.
What’s Madison doing to connect downtown to Lake Monona?
Sep 3, 2018 • 17 min
Today, Lisa and Abby break down Law Park, the John Nolen Drive “hairball intersection” and what the city is doing to better connect downtown to its waterfronts.
When pop culture and local government collide
Aug 19, 2018 • 28 min
From Parks and Recreation to SimCity, local government pops up every once in a while in pop culture.
What’s the deal with StartingBlock?
Aug 5, 2018 • 20 min
The Madsplainers take a look at the new entrepreneurship center that has opened on Madison’s near east side.
How do you build a building?
Jul 18, 2018 • 26 min
Luxury student apartments, mixed-use high-rises, hotels and brewpubs are sprouting up all over town. But long before any developers broke ground, each of those building concepts went on a circuitous journey through city hall.
Does Madison Have Festival Fatigue?
Jul 4, 2018 • 20 min
The team explains why city officials are taking a hard look at the high number of events in streets and parks on the city’s calendar.
Zoning, explained
May 29, 2018 • 23 min
Zoning is one of the building blocks of regional planning. On this episode, Abby, Lisa and Erik break down what zoning is, why cities do it, and how it affects issues from pollution and economic diversity to whether you can keep a chicken in your yard.