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Zoe Sayler

Editorial Fellow, Grist

Location icon United States

please enjoy my hilarious articles

Stanford Class of 2018, BA Communication

Published in: Grist, The Seattle Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Stanford Daily, The Olympian, Peninsula Press, MINT Magazine



People who don't trust scientists might just need to Skype one

Communicating with students via video chat, obliging experts have answered all manner of questions: “Have you researched the lost city of Atlantis?” “Would you rather marry a clam or be a clam?” And this, especially burning query: “Is Jupiter made of farts?”

How can I get a job that fights climate change?

This advice goes out to all the climate-conscious teens out there. And, at least career-wise, I have some good news: There’s never been a better market for a climate-related job.

How 21 meddling kids could force a climate turnaround

Back in 2015, a pack of 21 kids sued the United States to try to force government action on climate change. Four years later, that case - Juliana v. United States, or, affectionately, Youth v. Gov - is still tangled up in the courts. And the kids are losing their patience.

Meet the guy who's farming the seas to save them

When Bren Smith first started farming kelp, he was embarrassed. He'd spent his life as a commercial fisherman, eating raw salmon he'd scooped out of the sea and exchanging harrowing, near-death tales in darkened bars.

The one sure way to convince a climate denier

Back in 2007, South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis rebelled against the Republican party and his conservative state: He told the world that climate change was real, that it was caused by humans, and that his party would "get hammered" if they didn't step up and do something about it.

Floating cities: The new future for climate refugees?

Back in 2008, the famously right-wing PayPal founder Peter Thiel threw money at the idea of a floating city - a sort of drifting Mar-a-Lago, where the rich could escape tax-free to a virtually lawless paradise.

This Latina leads the way on coastal justice - one beach day at a time

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš started her career working at a commercial fishing conglomerate, first as a receptionist, and soon taking the helm as operations manager at a bluefin tuna farm out of Mexico. But she didn't realize she was "part of the problem" - as she describes it - until she read one of those awful, devastating, doomsday climate change articles.

This Bay Area entrepreneur is out to un-scramble the food system

In 2019, we're pretty used to seeing meat substitutes that convincingly imitate the real thing. But satisfying vegan eggs are a rare bird - how could you possibly imitate the texture of an egg? The sulfuric umami? The satisfying "splat" it makes upon contact with the home of your nemesis?

Kids to teachers: We need to talk about climate change

Last week, students around the world walked out of school to take a stand against climate inaction. In Portland, Oregon, a strike at City Hall turned into a 2-mile walk, briefly shutting down traffic across two major bridges and ending at... the skatepark? Voodoo Doughnut?

7 sci-fi stories that imagine a better world

The latest news about climate change got you in an existential spiral? Did you just finish all 322 pages of David Wallace-Wells' best-selling nightmare scenario The Uninhabitable Earth ? Get out of the fetal position and read on!

How to motivate a climate couch potato

Sure, some of us were born activists. But it can take a crowbar to get the rest of us off the couch. What’s a little blue planet to do?

How sci-fi could help solve climate change

Is there science fiction out there right now, sitting on some library bookshelf, that could pave a yellow brick road to a better future? And, if there isn’t, shouldn’t there be?

The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times
Get ready to LOL with these 8 Seattle-area comedy events in fall 2019

Do you still equate stand-up comedy with old men making misogynistic jokes in dark, inexplicably smoky basements? Find relief in Seattle's tightknit scene of creative, inclusive shows (though, to be transparent, most of them are still in basements - can't win 'em all).

The Seattle Times
Big stars and local acts: Here's who to laugh at in Seattle this fall

Seattle is full of funny people, and even more have local tour stops this fall. Here are the ones worth the price of admission, from comedy royalty like Carol Burnett to the best homegrown showcases. Share story There's a certain amount of pressure that comes with sharing a name with your comedy-superstar dad.

The Seattle Times
From Polaroids to kid-friendly art, Seattle's fall art shows have something for everyone

With art offerings incorporating such varied subject matter as artificial intelligence, brain waves, therapy and horror films, there's a Seattle exhibition to suit every taste this fall. Share story "Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film": This ongoing exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture will be here long after fall is gone.

The Seattle Times
Will the next Bachelor be a Seattleite?

The latest contestant to be eliminated from ABC's dating show "The Bachelorette" is a fan-favorite for next season's Bachelor.

The Seattle Times
How to cook with lavender, beyond sweets

Relax - cooking with lavender is easier than it sounds. Try out these savory recipes from Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Jerry Traunfeld.

MINT Magazine

MINT Magazine
Irreverent Fashion

The CafePress designs of our wildest dreams somehow made it to the real world. What's the appeal?

Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine
This DNA-Based Attack Against Cancer May Just Work

Dimas Padilla, a 44-year-old sales representative who lives near Orlando, hoped he had seen his last battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. But while driving one day, he felt his seatbelt pressing against his neck more tightly than usual.

Smithsonian VIP Newsletter

Smithsonian Newsletter
Eye in the Sky

A new series offers aerial views of the people who make America’s cities work

Smithsonian Newsletter
Life on Mars?

Researchers say they’ve found clues that might help us look for living on the red planet. But a Smithsonian scientist remains skeptical.

Smithsonian Newsletter
An Overhyped Dinosaur?

A discovery from the late Cretaceous period made for dramatic news coverage this week. Smithsonian scientists are more cautiously optimistic.

Smithsonian Newsletter
How Meteors Cause Earthquakes

As residents of Detroit discovered this week, a massive sonic boom can register on the Richter scale

The Olympian

The Olympian
Bumpy sidewalks, curbs, historic architecture all deter access in downtown Olympia

In Thurston County, about 12.5 percent of the population has a disability, with over 26,000 disabled parking permits registered to Thurston County drivers. As the population ages, the number of people with disabilities will increase, making disabled access a growing need. Meanwhile, Olympia's plan is to increase the number of people living downtown.

The Olympian
Olympia vigil for Charlottesville calls for unity, peace

More than 100 people gathered outside Olympia City Hall Tuesday night to hold a vigil in response to Saturday's violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. "You have a right to your own opinion," said Irene Lewis, a member of the National Organization for Women. "But you don't have a right to kill me for my opinion."

The Olympian
Get a shot in the arm along with school supplies this year at Little Red Schoolhouse

In an effort to get more kids in Thurston County immunized before school starts, the Little Red Schoolhouse Project will partner with Thurston County Health and the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps to provide all school-required immunizations at no cost at this year's Aug. 17 school supply distribution day.

The Olympian
No more roast beef sandwiches, as some clubs end struggle to staff Lakefair booths

Lakefair kicked off Wednesday, complete with the usual attractions - a ferris wheel, musical acts, and " gut bombs " galore. But this year, some food-row favorites are conspicuously absent. Because of changing priorities and difficulties staffing a large event like Lakefair, the Olympia Kiwanis Club, which sold crowd-favorite roast beef sandwiches, and the Tumwater Rotary Club, known for their corn dogs, didn't roll out their food carts this year.

The Olympian
Free Nisqually lecture series kicks off amid fears of refuge budget cuts

Summer visitors to the Nisqually National Wildlife refuge enjoy panoramic views of the Nisqually Delta, intimate encounters with visiting waterfowl and, for the last 30 years, the annual Summer Lecture Series, free weekly lectures by prominent guest speakers on a wide range of environmental topics.

Stanford Daily

Stanford Daily
PHEs receive pay raise for 2017-2018 school year

After concerns about unfair pay for Peer Health Educators (PHE) led some Resident Fellows (RFs) to refuse to hire PHEs last spring, funds have been secured to increase PHE pay for the 2017-2018 school year.

Stanford Daily
At long-range planning town hall, social justice takes center stage

At a town hall last Friday focused on seeking suggestions for the University's long-range planning process, students questioned Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell about the University's support of social justice initiatives.

Peninsula Press

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