Stories from Traci Tong
Traci Tong was part of the original team that created and launched "PRI's The World" in 1996. Currently she is a producer and director of the daily live show. Her job is to find that perfect person to tell the story and then translate it for the American audience.
Over the years, Traci has worked from Honolulu to Dallas to Boston ... from London to Nairobi ... from Sierra Leone to the Philippines ... and throughout Oceania.
She has sat for interviews with deposed dictators, future US presidents, the Dalai Lama and the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Traci also serves as the managing editor with NPR's multimedia professional development program for a new generation of multimedia journalists.
Although, truth be told, she would rather be on the water with her standup paddle board or on a Dragonboat.
Arts, Culture & Media
A song calling on Chinese Muslims to "awaken" and "die fighting on the battlefield" has been released by the terrorist group ISIS. The song is sung in Mandarin and is a direct attempt to recruit Chinese Muslims to the terrorist group's cause.
Less than a month after the Paris attacks, France's hard-right Front National party has triumphed in the first round of regional elections. Could it herald a far-right future for French politics?
Science, Tech & Environment
Beijing is experiencing its worst air pollution yet as heavy smog chokes the capital city for the fifth day. Schools are closed and residents are being told to stay indoors. All of this while President Xi Jinping is in Paris for the UN Global Conference on Climate Change.
Conflict & Justice
How is it that tiny Belgium, the seat of the European Union, has become a hotbed for Islamic extremism? A lot of it has to do with country's own fractured nature.
Conflict & Justice
President Obama recently announced that some 6,000 inmates in US jails would be getting released early. It's part of the administration's drive to adjust federal drug penalties, and ease prison overcrowding. But more than 750 of these prisoners aren't US citizens, and that puts them at risk of deportation.