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.
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.
Business, Finance & Economics
Thousands of highly skilled immigrants are admitted into US each year, but their highly skilled spouses were not allowed to work. But that's about to change.
Arts, Culture & Media
Malaysia's having a 'Je suis Charlie' moment. The government there has arrested a satirist for a tweet and a cartoon and the world is taking notice.
Imagine if Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman were asked to draw a Disney comic. Well, that's how some people describe Cairo's cutting-edge alt-zine TokTok, a millennial triumph which is prospering despite Egypt's increasingly repressive politics.
By day, Somali-American Mohamed Ahmed runs a gas station in the Twin Cities. By night, he's "Average Mohamed," a cartoon character trying to keeping young people from joining ISIS.