Stories from Clark Boyd
Senior Producer & Reporter
I'm currently serving a life sentence as a storyteller. In the latest incarnation, I work as Senior Producer and Reporter for the show. On the production side, I spend my days figuring out what should go on the broadcast, and then the who/when/why/where/how of making that happen. On the reporting side, I'm prone to taking a sideways glance at just about any story that comes along.
For more than 16 years, I've been been traveling the globe in search of interesting people to put on the radio, on the web, and even on television. I recently did a two-year stint for The World in Brussels, where I mostly covered Europe's ongoing financial crisis. Before that, I served as The World's technology correspondent, and also hosted a weekly technology podcast. Since returning to the Boston newsroom, I have tackled a variety of projects, including the creation of Boston Calling, a weekly program for the BBC World Service.
Away from the office, I enjoy fine Belgian beers and single malt Scotch whisky. I like books by Kurt Vonnegut, and early Miles Davis on vinyl. Occasionally, I spoil a good walk by picking up a golf club, usually to disastrous results. More occasionally, I pick up a bass guitar, and then smash it.
Arts, Culture & Media
French photographer Romain Veillon has a thing for taking pictures of abandoned places. And you can't get much more abandoned than Kolmanskop, a German diamond mining town in Namibia that became a virtual ghost town in the early 1950s. Veillon visited Kolmanskop last summer, and returned to France with 4,500 photos of a place where time, but not sand, has stood still for decades.
Arts, Culture & Media
Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.
Conflict & Justice
Photographer Shannon Jensen found a dramatic way to illustrate the plight of refugees in South Sudan - with the shoes that they wore on their arduous journey.
Adam Burns, Dave Bewick and Pete Johnston are hardcore English soccer fans. How hard core? They've decided to fly to Mendoza, Argentina and then walk more than 1,000 miles to Porto Alegre, Brazil. The idea isn't just to support England's soccer team, but also to raise awareness about the deadly drought that the region of Bahia is currently experiencing.
At the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980, an underdog US hockey team took on the Soviet Union, considered the world's hockey powerhouse at the time. US team captain Mike Eruzione scored what would be the winning goal in an upset victory dubbed the "Miracle on Ice."