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Story Lab: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

John Hartsock on the lasting power of narrative journalism

John Hartsock long ago got out of the rough and tumble of daily newspaper journalism and has spent the greater part of his life as a scholar at the State University of New York at Cortland, studying, thinking and...

By Brigid Schulte  | April 23, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Journalism  | Tags:  In Cold Blood, Journalism, Lafcadio Hearn, Stephen Crane, john hartsock, literary journalism, narrative journalism  
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Story pick: Appleseeders, shooting for America

Anger, frustration and a sense that things have gone deeply wrong are once again rising in the land. The unhappiness is a good thing, of course--anytime people in a democracy come together to conclude that the powerful have steered...

By Marc Fisher  | April 23, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Appleseed Project, Dan Zak, Democracy, Journalism, Washington Post, tea parties, tea party  
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Safe travels, Mr. Thue

William Thue at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel, where he spent a week waiting for flights to resume to London. Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post There will always be those stories that compel readers to act, to want...

By Theresa Vargas  | April 22, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Blowback  | Tags:  Dulles airport, Hotel, Travel and Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, ash cloud, travel delays, volcano  
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How crucial is it for food critics to be anonymous?

I first learned about the disguises when I was in seventh grade and a guy in my class clued me in, telling me about the wigs, makeup and costumes his mother wore when she went out to dinner. His...

By Marc Fisher  | April 22, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Story Picks, The inside story  | Tags:  Chowhound, Columbia Journalism Review, Restaurant, Robert Sietsema, Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, Yelp, food bloggers, food blogs, restaurant reviews  
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Terrorism and torture: A mother's journey to Pakistan

Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte follows up on her exclusive story in which parents of the five northern Virginia men being held in Pakistan on terrorism charges spoke out for the first time. Now the mother of another of...

By Brigid Schulte  | April 21, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  More on the story, The inside story  | Tags:  Ramy Zamzam  
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Caps gameday special: Best hockey stories ever

"...the players mixed like hornets--swift, padded, yellow, black, red, rushing, slashing, whirling over the ice. Above the rink the tobacco smoke lay like a cloud of flash powder, explosive." That would be Mr. Saul Bellow, hockey writer. The smoke...

By Marc Fisher  | April 21, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Caps hockey, E.M. Swift, George Plimpton, Hockey, Montreal Canadiens, NHL playoffs, National Hockey League, Washington Capitals, William Faulkner, hockey stories, hockey writing  
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Pick of the day: Visible wounds, invisible wars

Montgomery County and the military don't exactly go hand in glove, at least not in the popular stereotype of the affluent, highly educated suburb. But MoCo is a far more varied place than the stereotype allows for, and at...

By Marc Fisher  | April 20, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Military service, Montgomery County Maryland, September 11 attacks, War in Afghanistan, afghanistan war, christian davenport, impact of war, iraq war, magruder high school, rockville  
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Finding out--at 19--that you were a crack baby

Jeff and Debbie Anzelone share laughs during dinner at their home in Beltsville. Jeff, now 19, spent the first 5 1/2 months of his life in the "boarder baby" nursery at D.C. General at the height of the city's...

By Theresa Vargas  | April 19, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  More on the story  
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Pick of the day: 30 years of D.C. rock

When your target audience is people in their teens and 20s, it's a tall order to create an institution that endures for decades. But the District's 9:30 Club has managed to stay edgy and accessible enough for 30 years...

By Marc Fisher  | April 19, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  9:30 Club, Music, Music critic, Oral history, Post Magazine, Seth Hurwitz, j. Freedom duLac  
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