Tara Isabella Burton, National Geographic

Tara Isabella Burton

National Geographic

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Past articles by Tara:

Four seasons of culture in Georgia

From the gregarious hospitality underpinning the Georgian supra feast to the passionate artistry of local music and dance, Georgian culture is a year-round proposition. → Read More

From the mountains to the sea in Georgia

From river rafting to mountain trekking, Georgia’s diverse ecosystems make for a wealth of adventuring options. → Read More


What does dying — and mourning — look like in a secular age?

Twenty-nine percent of Americans anticipate a secular funeral. → Read More


Why Hanukkah’s message of Jewish resilience matters so much after Pittsburgh

Rabbis and faith leaders say the story of survival is one many Jews need right now. → Read More


How faith leaders respond to tragedies like the California wildfires

"You have two ears and one mouth, so you’ve got to be listening twice as much as you’re talking." → Read More


Several white evangelical leaders reject anti-immigrant rhetoric. Why do their flocks embrace it?

The theology — and the politics — behind white evangelicals’ ambivalence towards migrants. → Read More


Facebook’s been accused of peddling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to promote its brand.

The social media network hired a right-wing PR firm to cast doubt on critics’ credibility. → Read More


Facebook has been accused of peddling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to promote its brand

The social media network is accused of hiring a right-wing PR firm to smear its critics. → Read More


Donald Trump left out Hindus when tweeting about a mainly Hindu holiday

Trump’s Diwali tweet referenced Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains — but not Hindus. → Read More


What a "spiritual" beauty subscription box says about religion today

Moonbox sells makeup to use at different stages of the lunar cycle. → Read More


US bishops had a plan to combat clerical sex abuse. The Vatican just hit pause.

The Vatican asked the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay votes on proposals to fight child abuse. → Read More


Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. They’re also so much more.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are two powerful political forces to be reckoned with. → Read More


The GOP can’t rely on white evangelicals forever

White evangelicals are still Trump’s base. But they’re in decline. → Read More


Jeff Sessions helped create Trump’s brand of evangelical patriotism. It will outlast him.

The ousted attorney general was an architect of Christian nationalist propaganda in America. → Read More


Why (white) evangelicals still support Trump

Fea on Trump’s "court evangelicals" and the long history of Christian nationalism. → Read More


Mainline Protestantism, the shrinking religious group that might be America’s last “swing voters”

White mainline Protestants are the only religious group to have shifted on Trump. → Read More


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette honors the Tree of Life fallen with a traditional Jewish prayer

The paper printed the opening words of the Mourners’ Kaddish on its front page. → Read More


Pittsburgh shooter suspect thought George Soros was puppet-mastering the world economy

The alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter thought George Soros was controlling the world economy. Here’s the anti-Semitic history of that far-right narrative. → Read More


Messianic Jews and Jews for Jesus, explained

Mike Pence brought a controversial Messianic rabbi onstage at a rally to pray for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims. → Read More


The Bible says to welcome immigrants. So why don’t white evangelicals?

The Bible urges care for "strangers." But white evangelicals overwhelmingly report anti-refugee sentiments. → Read More