Stories from Nina Porzucki
When I was a kid my favorite record was a collection of sounds of the city: sirens, cooing pigeons, jack hammers, bicycle bells, dogs barking, horns honking, etc. I would play this record, much to the sheer agony of my parents, ad nauseum, making up a story for each sound. I like to think that was the first hint of a career in public radio. I joined The World's newsroom in 2013 after working as an independent producer/reporter. Prior to that I had a penchant for joining corps; first the Peace Corps in Romania and then traveling around the U.S. in an Airstream trailer as a facilitator for StoryCorps. When I'm not enlisting in yet another corps, you may find me baking pie, eating pie, and pretty much thinking about pie.
Arts, Culture & Media
Longtime war photographer David Guttenfelder has been working on a war-related project closer to home. Mission 22 is an advocacy campaign to raise awareness about alarming suicide rates among returning veterans by showing where those who killed themselves spent their lives.
Development & Education
Days after the earthquake hit Nepal, Shrochis Karki says some rural villages have still seen few signs of help. And while he's been working from his home in England to coordinate relief efforts, he says part of the blame lies with the world's fixation on dramatic human interest stories and not real problems.
Business, Finance & Economics
Journalist John Dennehy is obsessed with $2 bills — and so, it seems, are Ecuadoreans. While living in Ecuador, which officially uses the US dollar as its currency, Dennehy discovered that the bill is even rarer there than it is in the US, and it's a prized good-luck charm to boot.
Conflict & Justice
While the US Supreme Court debated the constitutionality of same-sex marriages Tuesday, the Mexican Supreme Court has long recognized the legality of same-sex unions. And that ruling has stirred far less controversy there than similar rulings have in the US.
Science, Tech & Environment
An earthquake in Kathmandu isn’t surprising: Many experts in the region have long expected a big quake. And while Nepali NGOs have worked on educating the public about what to do, it’s hard to prepare for the unknown when the daily pressures of poverty take priority.