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Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.

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'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Back in the days of the Space Race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.

The Zozobra, a 50-foot-tall, scowling, ghostly white marionette with flailing arms and a flowing muslin robe. Here it is, under construction. Mark Lennihan/Santa Fe New Mexican/Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives hide caption

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Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

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