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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.

Latest Episodes

What's the kerfuffle over football at Edgewood High School?

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.

15 MINAUG 13
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What's the kerfuffle over football at Edgewood High School?

What is Judge Doyle Square?

The Madsplainers team talks about the city's ambitious and embattled plan to develop two blocks of downtown Madison.

23 MINJUN 11
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What is Judge Doyle Square?

What is the Local Voices Network?

The Madsplainers break down an effort by a UW- Madison political scientist and MIT technologists to create more meaningful public discourse in Madison.

22 MINAPR 6
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What is the Local Voices Network?

A quick and dirty election recap

In which the Madsplainers -- minus Abby -- talk about takeaways from Tuesday's general election.

12 MINAPR 6
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A quick and dirty election recap

What happened in the primary election?

The Madsplainers are joined by Cap Times news editor Jason Joyce to recap what happened in the city's spring primaries.

23 MINFEB 23
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What happened in the primary election?

A guide to City Council primaries

The Madsplainers is wrapping up its coverage of the spring primary elections with a look at who's on the ballot for City Council.

14 MINFEB 16
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A guide to City Council primaries

A guide to the race for school board

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.

18 MINFEB 6
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A guide to the race for school board

Paul Soglin wants another 4 years as mayor

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.

31 MINFEB 2
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Paul Soglin wants another 4 years as mayor

Toriana Pettaway

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.

27 MINJAN 30
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Toriana Pettaway

Nick Hart

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.

25 MINJAN 23
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Nick Hart

Latest Episodes

What's the kerfuffle over football at Edgewood High School?

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.

15 MINAUG 13
Comments
What's the kerfuffle over football at Edgewood High School?

What is Judge Doyle Square?

The Madsplainers team talks about the city's ambitious and embattled plan to develop two blocks of downtown Madison.

23 MINJUN 11
Comments
What is Judge Doyle Square?

What is the Local Voices Network?

The Madsplainers break down an effort by a UW- Madison political scientist and MIT technologists to create more meaningful public discourse in Madison.

22 MINAPR 6
Comments
What is the Local Voices Network?

A quick and dirty election recap

In which the Madsplainers -- minus Abby -- talk about takeaways from Tuesday's general election.

12 MINAPR 6
Comments
A quick and dirty election recap

What happened in the primary election?

The Madsplainers are joined by Cap Times news editor Jason Joyce to recap what happened in the city's spring primaries.

23 MINFEB 23
Comments
What happened in the primary election?

A guide to City Council primaries

The Madsplainers is wrapping up its coverage of the spring primary elections with a look at who's on the ballot for City Council.

14 MINFEB 16
Comments
A guide to City Council primaries

A guide to the race for school board

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.

18 MINFEB 6
Comments
A guide to the race for school board

Paul Soglin wants another 4 years as mayor

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.

31 MINFEB 2
Comments
Paul Soglin wants another 4 years as mayor

Toriana Pettaway

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.

27 MINJAN 30
Comments
Toriana Pettaway

Nick Hart

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.

25 MINJAN 23
Comments
Nick Hart