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Jeremy Berlin

Jeremy Berlin is a generalist, writing about everything from virtual dolphins and actual walruses to African soccer, Sicilian mummies, and Chinese mathematics. Prior to joining National Geographic he wrote and edited for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Prospect, and The Associated Press. His backhand has improved since he switched to an Eastern grip.

The Story Behind “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Pop Omnivore spoke with director Benh Zeitlin and co-producer Michael Gottwald about the myths and movie magic in their new award-winning film, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Exclusive: The Secret of the Aurochs (Those “Beasts of the Southern Wild”)

In the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, real-world villains and folkloric foes prove no match for a brave young girl, her dying father, and a ragtag bunch of bayou dwellers. But what really caught our eye was that herd—a group of animals known as aurochs. How did the moviemakers “create” these menacing beasts? In an exclusive interview with Pop Omnivore, second-unit director Ray Tintori reveals the shocking truth. (Hint: It’s cuter than you think.)

Would Real Wolves Act Like the Wolves of ‘The Grey’?

The nominal star of movie The Grey is Liam Neeson. The real stars are the CGI-enhanced hungry wolves that pursue him and his fellow plane-crash survivors through Alaska’s pristine wilderness. But is their behavior based in reality? To parse wolf fact from fiction, we caught up with Daniel MacNulty, a wildlife-ecology professor at Utah State University…

Looking Back: Steve Jobs in National Geographic

Apple co-founder and computer-age visionary Steve Jobs died this week after a long bout with cancer. It’s no overstatement to say that the 56-year-old Californian transformed how we live, from the way we communicate to the way we share and consume media. Jobs changed the world from Silicon Valley, whose fortunes and rise mirrored his…