politics

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.

Making It Count

Fall 2014

How can we reform the American voting process?

Social Potential

Fall 2014

Can spending time online translate into citizen action?

Practical Magic

Fall 2014

Fans of Harry Potter and other pop-culture touchstones transform into activists.

The Reach of Facebook

Fall 2014

A powerful social platform is engaging citizens in the political process.

Teaching Controversy

Fall 2014 — 1 comment

How can we prepare our kids to participate in the highly polarized world of politics?

Does Democracy Work?

Fall 2014 — 2 comments

Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.

Anna Therese Day ’10: Freelancer Advocate

Summer 2014

For Anna Therese Day ’10, going the freelance route in pursuit of a journalism career wasn’t so much a choice as it was a calling.

Quick Takes: Summer 2014

Summer 2014

UW News in Brief

Bookshelf: Winter 2013

Winter 2013

Highlighted books from the Winter 2013 issue

Sunny to Cloudy

Fall 2013

The proposed state budget takes a turn when surplus is noted.

Reporting on Rand

Fall 2013 — 1 reader letter

A student reporter jumps at the chance to hear a published writer speak in person.

Scripts and the City

Fall 2013 — 2 comments · 1 reader letter

Special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan ’77, JD’83 is leading New York's battle with the illegal trade in prescription drugs.

Ask the Experts

Summer 2013 — 3 comments · 2 reader letters

On Wisconsin dispatches a bevy of reporters to track down UW experts and ask for advice on everyday stuff.

Emily Friedman ’07: On the Campaign Trail

Summer 2012

Emily Friedman has a front-row seat to history as an ABC News digital reporter covering Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Carded

Summer 2012 — 1 reader letter

The UW sees a slow but steady demand for voter IDs.

Leading the War on Obesity

Spring 2012 — 3 comments · reader letter

Barry Popkin sees the struggle against food policies and marketing practices that promote excess weight as nothing less than a battle for human rights.

There’s a Rule for That

Winter 2011

From car seats to clean air, federal and state regulations influence our lives.

Leadership Transition

Fall 2011

David Ward named UW–Madison’s interim chancellor after Biddy Martin moves on.

Ronald Silverman ’69: Dentist to a Dictator

Fall 2011 — 1 comment

Ron Silverman ’69 stared into the jaws of death five years ago when he found himself fitting a crown molding for the mouth of Saddam Hussein.

Prison Breaks

Fall 2011 — 13 comments

His life was a downward spiral until JD Stier ’04 and a persistent teacher saw a way out.

Our Brains Made Us Do It

Summer 2011 — 1 comment

A unique program explores how science plays out in society.

Bipartisan Partners

Spring 2011 — 6 comments · 1 reader letter

Chancellor Biddy Martin believes that UW-Madison can help Wisconsin on the road to financial stability. The best path, she says, lies in greater flexibility for the university.

Chancellor Solicits Alumni Input

Winter 2010

Badger Partnership aims for revised model of state support.

Hail to the Chief

Winter 2010 — 1 reader letter

For the first time in more than sixty years, a current U.S. president visited campus when Barack Obama spoke before an estimated crowd of 17,500

Right On Schedule

Summer 2010 — 12 comments

When President Obama turns to the who, what, when, and where of his daily agenda, he has a Badger to thank.