Jon Mooallem

16 articles
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You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?

Life on the outside is full of unpleasant surprises for longtime inmates.

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American Hippopotamus

A hundred years ago, in the midst of an American food crisis, two spies who had once sworn to kill each other came together with a plan to feed America: hippo meat.

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Death, Redesigned

A few Silicon Valley executives are experimenting with mortality. “I don’t want death to be such a downer,” says one.

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Birdman

A man’s love of pigeons leads him to build a Ponzi scheme out of birds.

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Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?

How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.

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Lest Ye Be Judged

On a preacher who counsels and ministers Major League umpires.

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A Journey to the Center of the World

Why 85-year-old Jacques-André Istel established a town (population: 2) on 2,600 acres in the middle of the Arizona desert (but not before becoming a sky diving legend, among other things).

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There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

A battle against an invasive breed of ants has begun in Texas. It also might be over already.

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When Hollywood Wants Good, Clean Fun, It Goes to Mormon Country

Inside Brigham Young University’s successful animation program.

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Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?

An endangered-species murder mystery in Hawaii.

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Raiders of the Lost R2

Digging for Return of the Jedi set remnants in the desert.