Stories from Michael Skoler
General manager, PRI.org
After an early career mistake of leaving Paris and the French wine trade, I recovered by becoming a reporter.
I've written for magazines like Glamour (where I was the only male on staff for a brief time), reported on science and tech for WGBH-TV, covered Somalia, Rwanda and South Africa as NPR's Africa correspondent, created online games like BudgetHero, and started the Public Insight Network of citizen sources that many newsrooms use today.
Along the way, I earned an MBA and have lived in France, Kenya and Mexico. That winding path has finally led me here, running PRI.org as its general manager.
It's not easy to be dictator, what with the threat of coups and all. Now US and Canadian researchers are helping with a sort of Dummies' guide to dictatorship. Meanwhile, Russians are hearing that the Malaysia Airlines tragedy is a Western plot. And Iran has decided to boost its population by banning vasectomies. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
The drama has been intense on the field during the World Cup... and then there have been the games. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the theatrical moments of feigned injuries — and Brazil is the clear winner. At least in Brazil, women can attend the matches. Not so in Iran. And the US warns travelers away from visiting much of Africa, all in today's Global Scan.
Arts, Culture & Media
More than a year ago, PRI's The World decided to bring the stories and voices of US immigrants more deeply into national media coverage. Today, we were honored for our work covering diversity in the United States.
When someone takes an oath of office, the idea has been to take a vow on something with permanence, not something you upgrade every few years. Not anymore. And Indian women are flocking to a new film with a feminist message, while Japanese workers are being pressed to take vacations, in today's Global Scan.
Arts, Culture & Media
Today, we introduce SoundWorks, PRI's new podcasting network. It features a set of PRI personalities who will expose and explore issues that are shaping both daily life and global trends.