November 2000

  • Rainbow

    Audio: Hear the author read this poem. Short storms make the best rainbows— twenty minutes of inky wet, and then, on the rinsed atmosphere's…

  • The Crescent and the Tricolor

    France today has more Muslims than practicing Catholics, and couscous has arguably become the country's national food

  • Children's Products and Risk

    The Consumer Products Safety Commission was created to ensure the safety of products for infants, among others. But it can't

    Illustration by Adam Niklewicz

  • Where Europe Vanishes

    Civilizations have collided in the Caucasus Mountains since the dawn of history, and the region's dozens of ethnic groups have been noted for "obstinacy and ferocity" since ancient times. Stalin was born in these mountains, and it was also here that the Soviet empire began to crumble. The story of the Republic of Georgia illustrates that the peoples of the Caucasus may prove as incapable of self-rule as they were resistant to rule by outsiders

  • The Fall Into Guns

    Few Americans, this cliche-upending book shows, owned guns before the Civil War. What happened?

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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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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