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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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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The Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."

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Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong

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I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

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