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The business end of a wild elephant.

Following the trail of wildlife poachers, by way of elephant poo

“Feces is the most accessible wildlife product in nature” – how that could help stop the illegal trade of ivory. A dispatch from the project Booked and Buried. And a look at corruption at the highest levels of FIFA, with fallout that continues from 2015.

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Sam Wasser, fighting the ivory trade

How do you stop elephant poaching? Or the illegal ivory trade? University of Washington conservation biologist Sam Wasser’s method involves… poop. He tracks elephant populations using dung DNA extraction, and is having real success disrupting trafficking cartels.

Austin Jenkins, Booked and Buried

Native Americans are disproportionately likely to be in Northwest jails, and to die in Northwest jails. KUOW’s Austin Jenkins wrote about two cousins who passed away in the Whatcom County Jail, and what their stories say about this epidemic.

Ken Bensinger, Red Card

It’s the Women’s World Cup! Four years ago, the games were overshadowed by massive corruption busts of FIFA heads on counts of fraud, bribery, and elaborate extortion. Seattle-born Buzzfeed journalist Ken Bensinger wrote a book on the scandal called Red Card: How the US Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal; we spoke to him last summer.