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From Issue #38 March 13, 2014

Editor’s Note

Don’t be buffaloed by the wood bison.

By Glenn Fleishman Twitter icon 

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Alex Trebek’s favorite animal is the musk ox, we learned on a recent episode of the long-running game show Jeopardy! when the beast came up as the question (not answer) to a clue on the board. Alex’s response revealed the strange fascination some of us have with large, hairy mammals.

In this issue, we track the surprising return of one of them to Alaska. The wood bison, a sub-species of bison you likely have never heard of, has been brought back to robust enough standing for the next step: reintroducing them into Alaska. The work is hard, and the up-to-2,000-pound behemoths have their own ideas about whether to move or not.

Jenna Schnuer was onsite in her home state of Alaska for a rare look at How to Move a Wood Bison. It’s a complicated series of chutes and ramps, animal psychology, and physical endurance. Let’s hope the wood bison, in some small way, enjoy the attention.

From bison to Blade Runner, Cara Parks, a one-time cook, takes a sharp look at knives: how high-end cutlery stays on the cutting edge.

Did you know that Playing Sick can be a job? Carren Jao looks into the role of standardized patients (SPs), who through serious preparation and acting, help doctors play their parts. Our faithful managing editor, Brittany Shoot, who worked as an SP for several years during college, and has written for this and other publications about her own medical history, says SPs don’t just teach physicians: the exercise can help the actors become better patients, too.

A clock repairman knows that the ticks he has left are numbered, because he’s Winding Down. Tom Bentley visits Allison Rider, a man who left a career in apple juicing for the intricacies of Swiss movements.

Can memorials to crime victims help public and private healing in the same space? Jessica L.H. Doyle looks into Mourning by Stone and Fountain, as monuments and remembrances both general and specific, nearly forgotten and freshly minted, dot the landscape.

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Glenn Fleishman is the editor and publisher of The Magazine, and contributes reguarly to the Economist, Boing Boing, TidBITS, and Macworld. The father of two, Glenn won two episodes of Jeopardy! in 2012, and he won't let you forget it.

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