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Malia Politzer is the executive editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain. She specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, she's lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India, and reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her primary beats relate to immigration, economics and international development. She has published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times. She is also a regular contributor to Devex.
Her Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. She's also won multiple awards for feature writing in India and the United States.
Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Institute For Current World Affairs, and the Global Migration Grant.
Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Have you ever wondered why people make fruitcakes for Christmas (and how they became the butt of so many holiday jokes)? Or what inspired NORAD to start tracking Santa's progress every Christmas Eve? What about the history of the Yule Log, the song "Twelve Days of Christmas" or why people started to say "Merry Christmas"?
In "Christmas Past", silicon valley-based software designer and Christmas aficionado Brian Earl dives deep into history books to bring us the true stories behind America's strangest Christmas traditions.
In "Fruitcake", we learn how fruitcakes—which originally invented by Roman soldiers as portable energy bars they could eat during conquests—came to become a Christmas tradition. Another episode explains how American companies commercialized eggnog, making it a Christmas staple. You'll learn the real history of St. Nick—and how he became the inspiration for Santa Clause—and about how certain stories and movies became iconic Christmas fare.
Each episode ranges from 10-30 minutes, so they are quick, easy and fun insights into our strangest holiday traditions, for adults and children alike.