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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The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

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This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

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What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

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Is Minneapolis the Best City in America?

No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well.

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