Allyn Gaestel & Allison Shelley

Allyn Gaestel is a freelance journalist and former United Nations correspondent who writes on global health, international politics, and human rights.  Allison Shelley is a documentary photographer who focuses on global health issues and co-director of the non-profit Women Photojournalists of Washington. She is a former staff photographer for the Washington Times and director of photography for Education Week newspaper. They are currently working on a project about maternal mortality globally for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

  • What Pregnancy Is Like in Nepal

    Nepal is seen as a success story in the maternal health, one of just a few countries to significantly lower the number of women dying in childbirth. Still, until the status of women in society improves, childbirth will remain perilous.

  • The Everyday Violence Against Pregnant Women in India

    Victims of a culture that puts their needs last, more women die from childbirth in India than anywhere else in the world.

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Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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