“You could spend a lot of time with Seth and never know he struggles to hear; that his left ear hears at about 30 percent below the average range and his right one, 95 percent below.”
“Asian Americans have claimed the phrase ‘not too sweet’ as a defiant shorthand and a cheeky rallying cry. But is that maxim really true?”
“For millennia Indigenous communities have relied on the far north’s caribou herds for sustenance. But as the herds dwindle, the future becomes difficult to predict.”
This week we’re showcasing stories from Mari Cohen, Brenna Ehrlich, Grace Glassman, Tad Friend, and Imogen West-Knights.
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“Why can you buy lasagne flavour snacks in Thailand but not in Italy? Which country can cope with the hottest chili? And why do Germans like paprika so much?”
“Combing through decades of meal memories, and New York’s diamond district, to find a long-lost garlic dish from childhood.”
Baby, it’s cold outside! Especially when you spend the holidays in a tent full of explosives.
“Imagine an Irish Catholic bishop telling you that you have no chill.”
“The great apes at Furuvik Zoo broke free from their enclosure last winter. This is the story of the most dramatic 72 hours of their lives.”
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