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Before the League

On February 7, people all over the world will gather around televisions to see the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. They will watch to see who prevails, the aging…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Alexa and the Arcade

I went to Josh and Steve Snyder-Hill’s house for one reason—the arcade game. I’ve interviewed Steve a few times, and he always mentions it. In July they moved their lives, and the arcade, into their new…

The Gamechangers

Video game developers are builders at heart. At the Independents’ Day Festival in Franklinton this September, a group of them recreated a digital version of the Columbus skyline in a shipping container using Microsoft’s RoomAlive…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

Weed Wars

Ian James entered his office in a rush, immediately issuing a string of profanity. The good-natured rant was aimed at the team of 20- and 30-somethings who have overtaken the aging manor on Broad Street…

Photos courtesy Tastemade

The Po’Boy Battle Cry

In anticipation of the 2014 matchup between Ohio State and Virginia Tech at The Horseshoe, Marcus Meacham wanted to send a message. He had been tabbed to throw down in a tailgate grilling contest held…

Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom

Catch a Rising Star

We ran an article in our September issue last year (“Adopt a Buckeye”) that pointed to five unheralded players we thought could become household names by season’s end—Cardale Jones, Corey Smith, Darron Lee, Eli Apple,…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Four Words

The End of June Every Monday morning in June, marriage equality activists blocked off their calendars and waited. They waited for the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark case that would end…

Photos by Chris Casella

The A-Ok Lady

Inside the Tim Horton’s on the corner of Broad and High on a Thursday morning, an older man sits at the counter facing the windows. He’s a Midwestern archetype—green T-shirt, navy ball cap, faded jeans,…

Photos by Chris Casella

Superheroes Among Us

They have mostly lived in our imaginations, manifested only in comic books, TV shows, and movies as mutants given extra-human abilities, or aliens exiled to Earth, or skilled warriors aided by advanced gadgetry. Lately they…

Photo by Chris Casella

Johnny Pro

He’s 50 feet high when I find him. Johnny Pro is in the treetops, jumping limb to limb, a helmet and Oakley sunglasses obscuring his face. He rises upward through a tree facing the skyline…

Photo by Mark Koenig


Home is powerful. It never leaves some people, even if they leave it. Home for Alex Chamberlain is Ohio—Columbus, and also the rolling hills to the south. That’s where her grandfather established his farm, where…

Photo by Chris Casella

Frozen Magic

When Terry and Jeremy Letzelter make ice cream, the cold hits your chest before you’ve even taken a bite. It feels like a burst of air conditioning on a hot day, a chilled cloud washing…

Photo by Chris Casella

Golfing in Paradise

I’m on the first tee at Pebble Beach. Sun and blue skies atop immaculate green fairways, the slightest touch of breeze rustling through tree branches—postcard weather. A couple practice swings and then I address the…

Photos by Chris Casella

Property of

The first tattoo was needled into the skin of her back, her boyfriend’s name “Salem” inked on a banner draped across a heart. It was a sign of love, of support, of loyalty. He chose…