Inside Story

Inside Story Summer 2015

Summer 2015

We feel your pain.

How can you not care about the past?

Spring 2015

It’s a question that Erika Janik MA’04, MA’06 has been asking since her childhood.

The Cost(s) of College

Winter 2014

Readers of On Wisconsin span the decades, so the memories of how you paid for college — and how much you paid for college — no doubt vary widely.

We’re still struggling to build a more perfect union

Fall 2014

As a nation, we are deeply polarized. And our partisan divisions will solidify with the approaching 2014 midterm elections and the horserace already under way for the 2016 presidential campaign.

Land of acronym acrobatics

Summer 2014 — 1 reader letter

The campus has an unquenchable appetite for words made up from the initials of other words.

Waisman’s Legacy

Spring 2014

Waisman’s legacy started with a different name: Kennedy.


Winter 2013 — 1 comment

Brown Swiss are divas.

The scene of the crime

Fall 2013

Before she became one of the country’s most powerful prosecutors, Bridget Brennan began her legal career oh and one.

Ask UW-Madison

Summer 2013

Our professors, scientists, and lecturers are go-to sources when reporters look for analysis of current events or need help explaining complicated issues.

George Washington had the right idea.

Spring 2013

“Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.”

Little Libraries

Winter 2012

There is something so charming about the homemade book houses that many people find them hard to resist.

What does it take to succeed as the head of a major public research university?

Fall 2012

Former UW–Madison Chancellor Donna Shalala recently told the New York Times that the job is like that of a tugboat captain: you try to get the ship aligned and pull it in the right direction.

Shadid . . . always chose to dig deeper

Spring 2012

“People want to bear witness, and they want to tell you the story”

After the clock ran out

Spring 2012 — 1 reader letter

Nobody does it better: win or lose . . . Badger fans unite.

We fall the extra mile

Winter 2011

If you want to get a lumberjill to open up, you should be willing to tumble head-over-heels into her world.

A doctorate from the University of Sarah Vaughan . . .

Fall 2011 — 1 comment

Richard Davis likes to reminisce about his life and career in music.

Decisions, decisions

Summer 2011

How do editors choose what will be on the cover of a magazine?

Sometimes a bat is just a bat

Spring 2011

Bud Selig's office decor opens a window onto its occupant's personality — or does it?

What goes on inside a prison’s fences

Winter 2010

You never know where a story might take you

Where to stage a lynching

Fall 2010 — 1 comment

There’s a theater in Lathrop Hall?

Scheduling the President

Summer 2010

It wasn’t hard getting Alyssa Mastromonaco ’98 to agree to an interview about her experiences working for Barack Obama and as director of scheduling and advance for the White House.

Go West Happy Cow

Spring 2010

Tyler Knowles ’05 headed to Hollywood after graduation to make movies, but he had to return to Wisconsin to realize the dream of directing his first film.

Nature’s Laboratory

Fall 2009

You could say that Bryce Richter took one for the team, but that would be an understatement.

The Wayfinder

Winter 2009

Meg Gaines looks serene and determined on the cover of this issue, and she is both — even when she isn’t being photographed in a boat on Lake Mendota on a chilly fall day.

This is your copilot speaking

Summer 2009

At a quarterly magazine, the term timely is relative.

We’ve had a little work done

Spring 2009

Rather than wait for you to politely ask if we’ve had a little work done, we’re coming clean right upfront.