Odyssey 2012: John Kass in Greece, Turkey
Read columns from Kass' two-week reporting trip to Greece, including his ancestral village, Rizes. And watch videos from the trip with Kass and Tribune photographer Chris Walker.
11:12 AM EDT, April 25, 2012
Replay the live, streaming video from our sold-out "Press Pass: Kass' Odyssey" event Wednesday, April 25th at 6 p.m. John Kass spoke with editor Mark Jacob about his recent travels with photographer Chris Walker to Greece and Turkey.
April 15, 2012
At midnight a single flame is brought forth in the darkened and ancient church of St. George and quickly it is shared, candle by candle, until all is illuminated.
April 14, 2012
Before heading home after two weeks on the road, it was clear that I needed a shave and a haircut.
April 13, 2012
IZMIR, Turkey — My grandfathers called this port city Smyrna, but the name of it came out of their mouths with regret and pain, because they remembered it as a Greek city, and the great fire and the unspeakable things that happened as the Greeks tried to run when the Turks took it in the 1920s.
April 12, 2012
— This capital city is like all other capital cities: It is about power and reach.
April 11, 2012
The kind and gracious man has many visitors waiting and piles of paperwork on his desk that require his attention, as his is a working office and ministering to millions across the world takes up so much of his time.
April 10, 2012
— I traveled to Greece to see the land of my fathers, to see its beauty and its economic crisis firsthand.
April 8, 2012
RIZES, Greece — When I mention our family's village in Greece, I usually write that Rizes is the most beautiful village in the universe.
April 6, 2012
ATHENS, Greece — It is easy to throw a rock, and there have been plenty thrown here lately, a common ritual, almost not newsworthy, with the anarchists and hooligans smashing big pieces of marble and throwing the chunks at police, at the government, at each other.
April 5, 2012
— The old man, reportedly ill with cancer and exhausted by the agony devouring Greece, just couldn't take it anymore.
4:20 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
ATHENS -- It all started Wednesday morning when a man in Constitution Square reportedly shouted that he didn't want to leave his children in debt and then fatally shot himself in the head.
April 4, 2012
At night with all but a full moon overhead, the Parthenon is lit and golden, almost a place of dreams as it sits there on that high rock over the city.
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