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The Secret World of Saints

Byliner Originals, January 2012

Kateri Tekakwitha was a seventeenth-century Mohawk Indian and a Roman Catholic ascetic who slept on a bed of thorns. On December 19, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI credited her with causing a miracle. She will soon be named a saint. But what exactly does that mean? How does someone become a saint? And why is a con artist Italian friar who faked his stigmata wounds already a saint?
Edited by Laura Hohnhold.

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The Hero’s March

The Washington Post Magazine, March 23, 2014

Searching for the ghost of Russian novelist Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. Edited by David Rowell.

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Letter from Abkhazia

Harper's Magazine, March 2014

A journey through a Russian client state on the Black Sea. Edited by Christopher Cox.

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Mongolia Rising

The Washington Post Magazine, September 22, 2013

Mongolia strikes it rich on gold and coal. Edited by David Rowell.

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The Elwha River Runs Free

The Washington Post Magazine, September 22,2013

The Elwha was dammed a hundred years ago. The river’s salmon runs all but ceased. Then late in 2011, the feds began tearing down the river’s two dams, to the delight of the Lower Elwha Klallam Indians, who have fished the river for centuries. Edited by David Rowell.  

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Wheat Noir

Bloomberg Businessweek, June 24, 2013

When a few stalks of rogue, genetically modified wheat sprouted on an Oregon farm, dire secrecy ensued. The US Department of Agriculture would not disclose the whereabouts of the wheat, which had never been approved for human consumption. Monsanto, which engineered the seeds, was likewise keeping mum. So I began searching. Edited by Brad Weiners.  

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