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  • Beauty and the feast
    Dispatches | Aug 2013

    Beauty and the feast

    The first black Miss Israel meets the first black U.S. president

  • A Fine Mess
    Dispatches | Aug 2013

    A Fine Mess

    Putting a city’s half-eaten french fries to good use

  • Can’t get there from here
    Dispatches | Aug 2013

    Can’t get there from here

    The (sometimes) fictional world of cartography

  • Coming Clean
    Dispatches | Aug 2013

    Coming Clean

    Washing away karmic splotches in the murky waters of the Ganges

  • Age is but a number
    Dispatches | Aug 2013

    Age is but a number

    Understanding the mind of a teenager, stat by stat

  • Pi contest
    Dispatches | Aug 2013

    Pi contest

    Competitors do a number on a brainy weekend festival

  • The Tax Man Drummeth
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    The Tax Man Drummeth

    BANGALORE – Swaying in the heat of downtown Bangalore, a young man named Manu gives his fellow percussionists a look. And, as surely as if he’d hollered “faster,” the tempo rises. Hunched outside a local builder’s posh mansion, Manu, Anil, Gopal and John bang their tamate drums more and more feverishly, aiming for that moment […]

  • Fists of Funny
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Fists of Funny

    TAIPEI – On a muggy rooftop in central Taipei, pint-size octogenarian Lo Man-kam squares off against a former member of the South African Special Forces. Despite giving up about 50 years, a foot in height and at least 100 pounds, Lo doesn’t seem overly concerned by the physical disparity. He doesn’t need to be.As soon […]

  • Austin on the Beltway
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Austin on the Beltway

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Considering its cowboy-boot décor and massive Lone Star flag made from blue jeans and red bandanas, D.C.’s Hill Country BBQ cannot be accused of subtlety. And that fact, as much as anything else, speaks to its Texas roots. The 2-year-old honky-tonk joint, which ships in Texas brands like Blue Bell ice cream and […]

  • Flow Charts
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Flow Charts

    WEST VIRGINIA – Eleven judges sit in a semicircle, swirling, sniffing and sipping the contents of numbered glasses. They perform the task in silence, brows furrowed as they mull the complexities of body and bite, seeking to identify the provenance of the world’s finest tap water. “Municipal: Best in World” is just one of the categories […]

  • Sail of the Centuries
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Sail of the Centuries

    Sixty-five years ago, a swashbuckling Norwegian named Thor Heyerdahl published Kon-Tiki, the tale of his quest to re-create the presumed journey of pre-Columbian explorers by sailing a historically accurate (i.e., terrifyingly flimsy) raft from South America to Polynesia. Not only did Kon-Tiki become a global bestseller, but just this year its feature-film adaptation was up […]

  • Cold Comforts
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Cold Comforts

    BERLIN – Quentin Wartel can barely contain his joy. His iPhone has just trilled with the news that he can legally offer alfresco seating at Sucre et Sel, his café on Berlin’s Torstrasse, and he’s already scrolling through shots of tables he covets. His reverie, however, is interrupted by a crash outside—a wind-blasted chalkboard has […]

  • Crowded House
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Crowded House

    NEW YORK CITY – John Schneider ran one of America’s pioneering small businesses. Very, very small. Schneider’s Beer Saloon on the Lower East Side, one of New York’s first immigrant enclaves, was not much wider than a city bus and barely as long. It’s no surprise, then, that the people here today are experiencing rather cramped […]

  • Food Fight
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    Food Fight

    The revolution will be served with a side of honey-drizzled kibbe

  • No Errands, No Cry
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    No Errands, No Cry

    Arriving tourists may slow things to a crawl here, but no one’s complaining

  • Sell-Buy Date
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    Sell-Buy Date

    Celebrating the great, the good and the overcompensated in the ad world

  • Special Deliverance
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    Special Deliverance

    Celebrating the end of a plague with candles, balloons and a pricey bowl of peasant food

  • All in Good Funambulism
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    All in Good Funambulism

    Feats of derring-do on the high wire, past and present

  • War Games
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    War Games

    Once a training tool for budding Cold Warriors, Soviet video games are attracting a new breed of player

  • Blue Notes
    Dispatches | May 2013

    Blue Notes

    Past and present briefly reunite on a British pub’s dance floor

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