Are y’all’s dogs watching TV?

Morning Update: Friday, April 1

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Are y’all’s dogs watching TV?

Hi everybody!

Madison is getting a new local podcast this summer.

City Cast, a startup that’s active in multiple cities, is planning an expansion to Madison. Right now, they’re looking for a lead producer who will build out a small team of producers, hosts and contributors in town, with hopes of publishing the first episode later this summer.

We’ve had a few conversations with their leadership team, and we look forward to collaborating once they make it to town.

Have a great weekend!

- Sam

🗳️ Tell all your friends: don’t use drop boxes for the Spring election!

  • Election officials across the state are working to make sure voters don’t try to use drop boxes for the April 5 election. In past elections, drop boxes were a convenient way to submit absentee ballots, but their use in Wisconsin elections has recently been banned.
  • More from the Wisconsin Examiner: “The use of drop boxes, which has been common in the state for years, was banned in January after a judge in Waukesha County sided with the right-wing lawyers for two voters who sought to end the practice. An appeals court allowed their use in the February primary, but they aren’t allowed for the April 5 election as the state Supreme Court weighs a final decision.”

⚖️ Police have arrested two men in connection with Madison's first homicide of 2022.

  • The victim had just left the Dane County Jail when he was targeted in a "pre-planned" attack, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said.
  • “I won’t mince words, it is very brazen,” Barnes said of the attack, which happened steps away from the headquarters of both MPD and the Dane County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday.

🍲 Say “hello” to Mishqui Peruvian Cuisine.

  • Mishqui Peruvian Cuisine has opened on Monona Drive in the space previously occupied by Rosie’s Coffee Bar and Bakery.
  • The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving up dishes that include empanadas and stir-fried dishes like pollo saltado and lomo saltado. Mmmm.

🎤 Like karaoke? There’s now a remarkably detailed spreadsheet for that.

“Also, I'm trying to do karaoke every night, so help me out if you know of any spots that aren't listed" — our hero, Reddit user ArtSorr0w

🚧 South Blair Street will be closed starting Monday.

  • Northbound lanes will be completely closed, and southbound traffic will be closed except a single lane open during the weekday morning rush. Signs will be set up on John Nolen Drive and East Washington to redirect traffic.
  • The closures are expected to last until at least June.

Credit: Wisconsin DOT. Click here to expand the map.

🐶 What is your dog watching on TV?

  • UW researcher Freya Mowat is surveying dog owners to see what kind of videos their pups enjoy, and she needs more responses!
  • The responses will be used to help experts design more effective eye exams for dogs, and could be useful to understanding human eye conditions, too, the Cap Times reports.
“It’s a fun thing to think about as a concept … What do our dogs watch when we watch TV? Are they watching it too? But it also tells us what we can do with that information in terms of developing health testing for our pets that's actually meaningful.” — UW researcher Freya Mowat

🗺️ Your lunchtime read: “Mapping Dejope” project seeks to bring indigenous history at UW to the forefront

  • From Channel 3000: “The project called ‘Mapping Dejope,’ after the name given to the Madison area by the Ho-chunk people to mean four lakes, will highlight sites on the UW campus especially linked to indigenous history via an app or website.”

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.7%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.5%


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