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What We’re Reading: Tourism in Namibia, the Roots of Southern Cooking, and Sage-Juniper IPAs

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In Namibia, Conservation and Tourism Intersect,” The New York Times
I just returned from the Adventure Travel World Summit in Namibia and saw the success of the country’s conservancy program first-hand. This great piece in the New York Times chronicles Namibia’s ambitious community tourism project and its efforts to end poaching by restoring control over wildlife to the local people. —Jen Murphy

50 States, 50 Sandwiches,” Zagat
Exactly what it sounds like. Caution: do not read this while hungry. —Liv Combe

All Eyes on Africa,” Ozymandias
Democracy in Senegal, a potential condom plant in Liberia, and the boundless economic potential of troubled Angola—Sean Braswell and Edmund Newton take unusual probing looks in linked articles about three contemporary, and perhaps off-your-radar Africa nations. —Derk Richardson

Forget Barley and Hops: Craft Brewers Want a Taste of Place,” NPR
Until recently, terroir, the French term used to describe the way a place’s distinct geography, geology, and climate influence the character of agricultural products like wine, chocolate, and cheese, didn’t apply to beer—but now craft brewers are hopping on the bandwagon. This piece in NPR describes interesting results, such as a sage-juniper IPA and a red ale brewed with maple-scented candy cap mushrooms just down the road in Santa Cruz. —Kim Fortson 

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The Senegalese Roots of Southern Cooking,” Food & Wine
What do Senegal and South Carolina have in common? A shared culinary connection. In the November issue of Food & Wine, Charleston, South Carolina-based chef Sean Brock travels to Dakar, Senegal to trace the origin of the low-country dishes he is committed to reviving. The visionary chef spent time cooking with three local women and came home inspired to create hybrid South Carolina-meets-Senegal versions of some of his favorite Southern dishes. —Jen Murphy

Where Millennials Can Make It Now,” The Atlantic Cities
“My generation, the Millennials, are infamously the first Americans who are not necessarily expected to do better than their parents,” begins Non Willis Aronowitz. The New York-based writer recently spent six weeks traveling around the country on the lookout for places where Millennials, well, could do better than their parents, or at least break even. Over the next few weeks, she’ll be sharing her conclusions over on The Atlantic Cities, featuring nine cities broken into four categories: the Small Ponds for Big Fish, the Gems Next Door, the Towns Luring Back Their Townies, and the Budget Boom Towns. As a Millennial who just moved to one of the blacklisted cities myself, this proved to be both an interesting and unnerving read. —Liv Combe

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