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Joanna Zelman
Joanna Zelman is the executive editor for The Dodo. She was previously a HuffPost front page editor and Green editor. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies. Her work has led her to various regions of the world, including Ghana, India, and Japan.

Entries by Joanna Zelman

Confessions From a Flawed Animal Advocate

(50) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:29 PM


I got into a baby powder fight with my sister when I was 5 years old, furiously shaking the plastic bottles all over her pink carpeted bedroom. Two hours later, we found our beloved goldfish floating upside-down, encased in wet white clumps. Goldie...

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Der Tag, an dem ein paar Eltern und Kinder einen Baby-Hai getötet haben - für ein Selfie

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Ein Wochenende in diesem Sommer hat sich in meine Erinnerung gebrannt. Mein Lieblingsstrand in New York war an jenem Tag schachbrettartig mit Handtüchern besetzt, als ich aus dem Bus stieg.

Ich versuchte die Sonnencreme aus meinen Nägeln zu bekommen, nachdem ich mich damit eingeschmiert hatte. Dann wurde es um...

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The Day A Dozen Parents and Children Killed a Shark for a Selfie

(305) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 12:02 PM

A recent summer weekend is smoldering in my memory. My favorite New York beach was checkered in rows of splayed out towels by the time I had caught the bus to the train and crossed the line where gravel turns to sand.

I was digging the sunblock from underneath my...

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The Day I Brought A Mouse To The Office And Fell In Love With HuffPost

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:59 PM

My apartment had a mouse infestation when my HuffPost internship began in 2010. Today is my last day with the company, and I find myself thinking about one mouse from that time in particular. 

On one of my first days in the old intern office, I was filing a story...

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The Truth Behind My Travel Photos

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 8:39 AM

easter island

Over the past year, I went tango dancing in Buenos Aires, wine-tasting in Santiago, caving in Easter Island, waterfall chasing in Japan, rickshaw riding through Delhi, clubbing in Uruguay, ice climbing in Patagonia, bushwalking along the Australian coast, trekking in New Zealand and scuba diving...

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Vegetarianism Cuts Your Dietary Carbon Footprint A Ridiculous Amount, Study Finds

(807) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 11:27 PM

As the economic, political and personal costs of doing nothing to mitigate climate change skyrocket, there's one lifestyle change that slashes dietary greenhouse gas emissions in half: Veganism.

Climate change is predicted to cost the U.S. billions of dollars by mid-century, poses a growing national...

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The One Question I Am Asked In Every Country I Visit

(2090) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:16 PM

I have been asked about Miley Cyrus a handful of times during my travels abroad. I am often asked if I know someone named "John" who also lives in New York City.

But the only question I have been asked on every coast of every country I've visited is: "Why...

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I Thought the World Would Stop Turning When I Left Home to Go Travel

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:40 AM

As I bushwhacked my bicycle over shards of glass alongside train tracks over a Tasmanian bridge, I cursed my cousin, best friend and former roommate's dog.

My cousin is graduating from law school next month, and I was rolling tires over broken bottles. Nobody warns travelers that the world doesn't...

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Feeding My Voracious Passport With a Jellyfish-Munching Turtle in the Great Barrier Reef

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 2:23 PM

My passport is like the blood-sucking, voracious plant from Little Shop Of Horrors -- the more I feed it, the hungrier it gets.

Last year, my 103-year-old grandmother "Grandma Betty" and I were slurping down cones of melting pistachio ice cream under the North...

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Football Concussions Poll Finds Many Americans Don't Want Kids Playing

(518) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:02 PM

Many Americans fear football concussions, a new poll suggests.

Forty percent of Americans would rather have their children play a sport other than football due to concussion concerns, according to a new NBC News/WSJ poll. However, 57 percent said they would be fine with their children playing organized...

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Major Newspapers Speak Out Against Iran Sanctions Bill

(1079) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 9:22 PM

The editorial boards of multiple major newspapers have spoken out this week against a controversial Iran sanctions bill.

The bill, backed by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), would penalize Iran if it violates terms of an interim nuclear deal or fails to reach...

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Climbing Patagonia's Glaciers With My Dearest Strangers and One Lone Instant Coffee Packet

(7) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Sometimes I stick in earbuds when my iPhone is dead and listen to silence just to avoid talking to strangers.

When my dearest friends had to cancel their trip to join me in Patagonia, I packed two sets of earbuds for my journey, just to be safe.


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It's 3 a.m. and I Have Surrendered to a Stumbling, Magical Tango in Buenos Aires

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 12:37 PM

With each raw tango step I take in Buenos Aires, I am intimately exposing myself. In public. To a nameless stranger.

I had a clear plan for my three months in Argentina. I was going to sip coffee in a sidewalk cafe by day and command tango dance floors in...

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The Dark Side of Traveling You Don't Write About in Postcards

(95) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 11:42 AM


Deep inside travelers lies a dark secret that you don't write about in postcards.

It presents itself innocently enough, just a twinge as you're walking a foreign street, a slight ache that's probably just a little fatigue or hunger or maybe sun poisoning?

You check...

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This Is Why I Travel -- Despite Sometimes Ending Up Lost in a Sex Shop

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 11:07 AM


As I was getting shooed out of a sex shop in Santiago, Chile, the other day, I was left wondering: Why travel??

A few hours earlier, I had been hunting for Internet after my Wi-Fi crashed, and found myself running through the stone streets of Santiago,...

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The 'Holy Sh*t' Island

(28) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Over two thousand miles both west of Chile's mainland and east of Tahiti sits one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.
The water is so clear that when swimming, I can see the chips in my toenail polish. The horses run so...

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Hillary Clinton On Climate Change, Poaching: 'We Are In A Race Against Time' (VIDEO/GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

(899) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 3:44 PM

"We are in a race against time," former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday night, in an interview with actor Harrison Ford.

"We still live in a state of denial," Clinton suggested, regarding the future impacts of climate change. "We see it, we experience it, but we...

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Life Is What Happens When You're Killing Time... Even With A Dead Camera, 120 Yen And A Lot Of Sleet

(5) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 10:37 AM

The teacher duo from Australia and the tech trio from Poland packed up their bags and hopped a train back to Tokyo when we awoke Sunday morning in the Nikko, Japan hostel to pounding, snowy rain. My new phone charger had confused its sole life purpose and sapped my phone's...

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The Trouble With Anger

(17) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:41 PM

When Eve Marie Carson was murdered five years ago today, first I was scared. Then I was angry. I got mad at the grass on the quad for continuing to grow so damn green even after our friend, the inspirational leader of our school, had been killed. I was mad...

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How to Cross the Street in a Delhi Market While Eating Jalebis and Searching for a Scarf

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 6:00 AM

The Delhi auto rickshaw driver stared at me in disbelief when I asked him to take me to Chandni Chowk. He asked, "Chandni Chowk?"

Assuming I had pronounced the name wrong, I tried, "Chand-knee Chow-kah? Chandn-eye Chalk?"

He laughed, and again asked incredulously, "Chandni Chowk?!"

Maybe the "h"'s were silent....

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