Stories from Carol Hills
Senior Producer, Reporter, and Global Cartoons Editor
Carol Hills was part of the original team that created and launched "PRI's The World" in 1996. Currently she is a producer and occasional reporter who proudly calls herself a generalist. Carol is interested in everything from US policy options in Afghanistan to the rise in pet ownership in the Middle East. She also has an interest in global humor (yes, sometimes it actually does translate) and produces a weekly narrated slideshow of political cartoons from around the globe. She is loquacious about language too and each month prattles on with colleague Patrick Cox in his podcast, "The World in Words."
Over the years, Carol has reported from Cuba, Nigeria, and Vietnam. She was a Knight Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2001-2001 and has a masters degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Carol got her journalistic start in Boston on "The Ten O’Clock News" with Christopher Lydon.
Health & Medicine
What happens when you or a family member or loved one receives a diagnosis of a life threatening illnesses? These diagnoses may come with treatment attempts and hospital stays. What they may not include are honest and open conversations about the final stages of life.
Conflict & Justice
Student protesters in Myanmar get kicked around by thugs, and overnight a Facebook page emerges with cartoons depicting the violence. It's not exactly justice, but it's a start for the country's student demonstrators.
Health & Medicine
Some parents in Pakistan so deeply mistrust the polio vaccine that they're refused over and over again to let their kids get their shots. Now one fed-up province in Pakistan, which has the most polio cases of any country on Earth, is tossing those parents in jail until they relent.
Arts, Culture & Media
The Pan-Arabia Enquirer is The Onion of the Middle East. Typical headline: "The Pan-Arabia Enquirer “not offensive enough” say disappointed jihadists"
Lifestyle & Belief
Bengali American blogger Avijit Roy, an atheist, "carried a huge target on his back" in increasingly conservative Bangladesh for his writings. His death by machete on Thursday is just the latest sign that religious dissent is under threat in Roy's native country.