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Morning update: Oct. 20

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Good morning, Madison!

Remember yesterday when I said we'd have news? Well, we're ready to share.

City Cast Madison is officially going to start publishing in November.

What's City Cast Madison? City Cast is a network of daily local news podcasts in cities around the country. City Cast Madison will publish at 6 a.m. weekday mornings and will feature 15 minutes of local news, culture, and conversation.

Who's on the team? Oh, we are so glad you asked. The City Cast Madison team is led by veteran journalist Molly Stentz, who previously worked at WPR, WORT, and Isthmus. The show's host is Bianca Martin, a Wisconsin native who helped launch the nationally-syndicated public media program 1A and produced shows for NPR, WBEZ, and WORT. Rounding out the team as producer is Dylan Brogan, who you may know from his work as an Isthmus reporter and WORT contributor.

Where does Madison Minutes fit into all of this? Once the podcast officially launches, you'll see City Cast Madison episodes and updates in this newsletter. You'll also hear us as occasional guests on the show (as a digital journalist, this scares me but I'll do it for you!).

Mark your calendars: We'll be hosting a launch party with the City Cast Madison squad Dec. 1 at Cordial from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Don't worry, we'll remind you plenty of times before then, too.)

— Hayley

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🌳 Goodbye Kerr-McGee Triangle. Hello R. Richard Wagner Park.

🚒 The City of Madison is hiring firefighters and EMTs for the first time in three years.

  • The Madison Fire Department is accepting applications for full-time firefighters and EMTs for the first time since 2019.
  • This year, the city removed the citizenship requirement for the positions, meaning that anyone with a legal right to work in the U.S. is eligible to apply. No prior experience in fire or EMS is required to apply. The applications will be open through Nov. 30.
  • Check out the job listing here for more details.

🦷 Celebrate Smiles is bringing back free dental care to MMSD students.


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⚖️ ICYMI: We made a voting guide.

  • The election is Nov. 8 and we figure you might have some questions about voting in Madison. We made a guide that has all the relevant information in one convenient place.
What you need to know about voting in Madison
The election is Nov. 8 and you probably have some questions.
Are you ready to vote? The election is Nov. 8 and MyVote.wi.gov is your one-stop shop for all election information. We've also pulled a few extra links for specific questions. Happy voting!

Check your voter registration here.
Get the details on voter IDs here.
Meet the candidates here.

🍻 Three big wins for Madison breweries.

  • Working Draft, Great Dane, and Giant Jones all came out as winners at this year's Great American Beer Festival competition in Denver. According to the State Journal, the competition is the largest for commercial beers in the U.S.
  • Working Draft took home the gold in the German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock beer style category for its Klosterade. Meanwhile, Great Dane won a bronze medal in the German-style Marzen category for its Great Dane Oktoberfest. Giant Jones Brewing also came home with a bronze medal for its Doppelsticke Altbier in the Other Strong Beer category. Cheers to the winners!

🥖 Your lunchtime read: Former Madison politician makes bread to feed the racial justice movement.

  • Via Wisconsin Life: "For former Madison politician Mo Cheeks, the art of sourdough bread making started as a hobby. The pandemic provided a chance to perfect his baking skills and make a difference in the world around him. 'As I was thinking about how to process the realities of injustice in our country. I found myself with a number of sleepless nights. There was something about handmaking the dough that had now become a source of therapy for me.'"
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Morning update: Wednesday, Oct. 18