Snapshots from the brief life of Janet Lee Dahl, which enchanted and haunted James Eli Shiffer, an editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. They were among 200 photos of Janet that came Shiffer's way from a flea market in California.

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A hitchhiker’s guide to a galaxy of stories

July 5, 2019

Michael Paterniti meditates on hitting the road as a way to discover the wonders of the world, and the intimacies and risks of human connections

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An investigative journalist tries his hand at a true crime series for middle schoolers

July 2, 2019

Bryan Denson recast decades as a newspaper reporter into a top-selling spy biography, and now a series on the FBI for young readers

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An amputee runs a grueling ultra-marathon in the desert; a reporting team chases along

June 25, 2019

Veteran sports reporter Jere Longman of The New York Times travels the globe to to write about the people and passion behind the games

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A literary take on a hole in the ground

June 19, 2019

A conversation with David Margolick, who takes a deep dive into a NIMBY story playing out in his Upper West Side neighborhood

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What’s in a 50-year-old photo? The lingering gutwrench of the Vietnam War

May 23, 2019

An iconic photo from the 1968 Tet Offensive is revisited, raising questions about memory, identity, and and how we honor those who served

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Grounding apocalyptic issues in reality without losing hope

March 21, 2019

Q&A with Washington Post writer Dan Zak about his daring and emotional query about climate change, and finding some calm in the controversy

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Building a museum with jars of dirt, and building stories from the ground up

February 26, 2019

A writer profiles Alabama's new memorial to slavery through the eyes of slavery's descendants — connecting then and now, "us and them"

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From a Kickstarter about avocados to conviction as an American spy

January 22, 2019

How Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian turned 544 days in an Iranian prison into a story about love, journalism and a broken homeland

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A writer Instagrams his way back to love … or something close to it

January 3, 2019

Conversation with Tyrone Beason: How a Seattle Times reporter chronicled his relationship with the streets, and learned to tell a story with his phone

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A “final” phone call from the wildfires inspires an unusual, intimate story written under the fire of deadline

December 19, 2018

A conversation with Corina Knoll of The Los Angeles Times: She broke with convention and just wrote it "how I felt it should be told"

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A conversation with Tommy Tomlinson: Getting naked in print and public

October 9, 2018

A writer who tells intimate stories of others turns his notebook on himself in a searing memoir that undresses his own and America's obesity

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Q&A: A conversation with Alexandra Petri on conjugating gender and politics

September 26, 2018

What's in a verb? That depends on whether he said or she said