| Apr 6, 2014
| 8:50 PM
In interviews, Peter Matthiessen always had to answer, in his correct, patrician tones, a question seldom put to other writers: Just what kind of writer, exactly, are you?
The confusion was understandable. Matthiessen, the only writer to win the...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Pierre Odier will share his insights on Papua New Guinea, one of the last places where primitive man can still be seen in his natural Stone Age environment.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 6:00 PM
QUITO, Ecuador — As the four-car train rolls through the clouds and begins its descent of the Andes, Bette Bleeker has a practical concern.
"I hope someone checked the brakes," the Chicago resident asks.
It's a fair question, given the 1,755-...
| Apr 4, 2014
Two men, from two of America's pre-eminent families — the Rockefellers and the Roosevelts — are at the center of two new books set in exotic locales, one a novel, the other nonfiction.
In "Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism,...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Dr. Travis Stork
AKA: 'The Host'
Stork's trek to TV was an unlikely one.
The Emmy-nominated host is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Duke and the U. of Virginia, but his TV break came when the easy-on-the-eyes doc was...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:10 PM
After tangling with snakes and dodging gunfire while venturing into remote and dangerous regions, he's become known as the British Indiana Jones.
But instead of trying to find the Holy Grail, Tudor Parfitt's passion is tracing the ancestral history of...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea as West Africa braces against the spread of Ebola virus disease.
The World Health Organization, which says the outbreak is presenting the toughest public health challenge in four years, has not recommended...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:57 AM
We have five pets, but I wish we didn't.
Our in-home zoo includes two guinea pigs, two cats and a bird.
The guinea pigs often smell, and we feel bad for them because they sit in cages most of the day, and one is getting so big he doesn't even fit...
| Jan 19, 2014
For tourist information about foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. Several no longer list phone numbers, so information is available only through their websites. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Inspired by a Yale economist’s annual Halloween experiment that uses trick-or-treaters as guinea pigs, one Angeleno decided to try an experiment of her own. Nancy Levitt, 64, had the hundreds who came for candy choose between three options –...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Apparently it's not a nice day for a white wedding.
The Baltimore Humane Society was hoping Chico and TeTe — an adoptable dog and cat — and Aladdin and Jasmine — two adoptable guinea pigs — would be "married" Friday for its...