Tara is a multimedia storyteller and freelance writer of culture, science, travels, soul-sucking books, movies/TV and great eats. In addition to HowStuffWorks, Tara has been published in The New York Times 360, PBS NewsHour, Paste, Bedford + Bowery, Hyperallergic and The New Food Economy. She’s also worked as a fact-checker for The New York Times. Before subsisting on instant ramen as a freelance journalist, Tara received an M.A. in Literary Reportage from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a B.A in Political Science/South & Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California – Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter @TaraYarla, for writing-related musings and check out her website here: tarayarlagadda.com.
When the "killing stone," or "Sesshō seki," split March 5, 2022, on the plains of Mount Nasu in Japan, was the devious spirit Tamamo-no-Mae released into the world to wreak havoc?
Asian Americans continue to challenge injustice and a rising tide of hate crimes directed at them, while mainstream narratives fail to address their bravery, history and struggles.
You've probably seen Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, but what do they symbolize and who should hang them?
Papa Legba is a figure that stands as a mysterious link between the human and spirit worlds in the religion of Vodou, but who is he and what's his story?
At 91, Dolores Huerta, the activist who inspired Barack Obama's "Yes, we can" campaign, continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and children.
There are some 50 Chinatowns in America and hundreds more in other countries. What led to their creation and will they survive into the next century?
There are two types of huskies and they both look an awful lot like malamutes, so it's no wonder people can't tell them apart.
Many scientists say that the response to climate change will require planting new trees. A whole lot of them.
By studying these geological formations here on Earth, we may be able to learn how to live on other planets.
Taro is a starchy root tuber that looks a lot like a potato, but it's rich in polyphenols, giving it a bigger bang as a healthy alternative.
The word "hibachi" has its origins in Japan, where it translates to "fire pot."
Heart of palm, with a similar taste and texture to artichoke heart, is a staple in Central and South America and a healthy addition to almost any menu.
Set over Bear Run, a tributary of the Youghiogheny River in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, Fallingwater is perhaps the architect's best-known work.
If you're a gamer, you've got Jerry Lawson to thank for inventing the first commercial home video game console with interchangeable game cartridges.