Mary Pilon


Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, and It's a Great Way to Launder Money

More and more rich people are buying art and stashing it in strange places. According to infamous scammers, it's not even close to legit.
Mary Pilon

How It Feels to Run a Marathon in the Shadow of ISIS

"Especially when you wear that USA jersey, you’re a target."
Mary Pilon
New York City Marathon

NYC Marathon Favorite Kellyn Taylor is Also Training to be a Firefighter

Fewer than five percent of firefighters in the U.S. are women. Even fewer than that are elite long distance runners.
Mary Pilon
college football

Oregon Ducks Fans are Tailgating In the Parking Lot of a Youth Jail

The University of Oregon has spent a decade as a college football powerhouse behind huge donations from Nike founder Phil Knight. Their stadium is directly across the street from a juvenile detention center.
Mary Pilon
The Restless Youth Issue

Breaking the Cycle That Keeps Girls Out of School Monthly

High school senior Maya Penn is working to get sanitary products to women and girls in developing countries.
Mary Pilon
Mr. Freeze

The Father of Cryonics Never Really Died

Robert Ettinger 'died' in 2011 and was preserved according to his beliefs, but his work and message live on with his followers.
Mary Pilon

Is Paying $80,000 to Freeze Your Head Worth Seeing What the Future Will Be?

Floating in a tank of liquid nitrogen, unable to control our destiny, is very unappealing. But it's much more appealing than being nibbled on by worms and bacteria.
Mary Pilon
Rio 2016

Community Colleges, the Overlooked Rio Olympics Pipeline

Millions of Americans enroll in community colleges each year, and among them are high-level athletes just waiting for a chance to prove themselves. Forty-four will get a chance at the Rio Games.
Mary Pilon

Can Athletes Ever Really Come Back from Doping Bans?

The return of sprinters like Justin Gatlin, LaShawn Merritt, and Tyson Gay to the Olympics raises the question, once more, of whether an athlete who has been caught doping can ever be truly clean again.
Mary Pilon

Cash-Strapped Track and Field Athletes Still Fighting to Unionize

Professional track athletes like Adam Nelson and Nick Symmonds want to protect athletes' rights during the Olympics.
Mary Pilon

From Delivery Room to Olympic Trials in Four Months Flat

Runner Sarah Brown would be the first to admit she was cutting it close in the race from delivery date to trying to make an Olympic team.
Mary Pilon

Eat, Pray, Pollute: The Unintended Consequences of Yoga Tourism in Its Sacred Hometown

As more tourists than ever make their way to Rishikesh in search of physical and spiritual cleanliness, pollution in and along the Ganges has never been worse.
Mary Pilon