Arts & Entertainment

Photo of Susan Zalkind's great-great-great-grandfather, Linley Sambourne (1844–1910), a cartoonist for Punch. 

Photo of Susan Zalkind's great-great-great-grandfather, Linley Sambourne (1844–1910), a cartoonist for Punch. 

Southern Africa’s Beer Boom: A Look at the Heart of Africa’s Beer Scene During a long night of tasting beers from all across the world at the Copenhagen Beer Festival last May, Dan Shelton sampled a few brews from the Namibian brewery Bierwerk Afrikan Ales. That night, Shelton left with three thoughts about Bierwerk: One, they put out good, high-quality beers. Two, he’d never had high-quality beer brewed in Africa. But most importantly, he says, “It really didn’t taste like any other beer I’ve ever had.” May 2012, BeerAdvocate

Will Prison Silence Vybz Kartel? Vybz's trial was one of the most talked-about events in Jamaica, inspiring hundreds of headlines and editorials in print, on TV, and on the internet. Now that he has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, will we hear from the Worl' Boss again?  Apr 9 2014,  VICE

Tinder, But for Getting Strangers to Shovel Out Your Car On a whim, I decided to see if I could use Tinder to get someone to shovel out my car. And it worked. March 4, 2015, Boston (See more.) 

Tinder Helps Girl Shovel Out Her Car March 6, 2015, interview on AMP RADIO

How ISIS Turned Looting Into Big Business 
ISIS’ takeover of the Syrian city of Palmyra, an ancient oasis and UNESCO world heritage site, has archeologists and national security experts holding their breath over the fate of the city’s ancient art and antiquities. June 2, 2015, Vocativ

Black Mass: the glamorization of Whitey Bulger muddles an already murky story Johnny Depp’s performance as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger has earned rave reviews – but with unreliable narrators and a penchant to place style over substance, what does the film get wrong? September 18 2015, The Guardian

Grandfather of the Selfie Susan Zalkind's shares photos of her great–great–great–grand grandfather, the Punch cartoonist, Linley Sambourne. October 2015, The Baffler

'Spotlight' Celebrates the Power of Journalism to Fight Corruption: "If this film doesn't inspire and instruct wannabe investigative reporters, perhaps it will at least educate the countless number of men who, upon hearing what I do for a living, respond, "Like Zoe Barnes from House of Cards?" I'll cheer any popular depiction of a female journalist that doesn't involve her falling in love or fucking her sources." November 11 2015, VICE