Stories from David Leveille
David is The World’s quizmaster. Each day he decides where we’re going for the Geo Quiz, sets the clues, and unearths those little-known facts about our mystery destination.
Before The World, David was an editor and producer at Monitor Radio, and a producer for the Spider’s Web, an early WGBH radio drama series that adapted American fiction including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Red Badge of Courage for radio. Before coming to public radio, he interned for public TV in western Massachusetts, reported news for rock station WBCN in Boston, and studied philosophy at Haverford. He enjoys traveling to Russia and often plays (and occasionally scores) on The World’s undefeated soccer team.
“There’s noise and then there’s radio. I love the craft of radio, but I also enjoy hearing those moments when good storytellers – whether they’re journalists, analysts, or just plain folk – take you there,” says Leveille. “One of my favorite segments featured an interview with a leader of an expedition trekking to the South Pole. His voice crackled over a satellite phone, but listeners could hear and almost feel the bitter cold and wind outside his tent."
Great Britain's Kelly Gallagher won Paralympics gold at the Sochi Winter Games, with a victory in the visually impaired super-G. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland and her guide Charlotte Evans use a bluetooth device to communicate and stay within a ski's length of each other.
Conflict & Justice
Berkin Elvan was on an errand when he was caught in a government crackdown on widespread street protests last summer. Tuesday, he died of his injuries — and that reignited the anger of thousands in Istanbul and around the country against Turkey's prime minister and his government.
Afghanistan is mourning the loss of its vice president, Marshal Qasim Fahim, who died over the weekend. He was an ethnic Tajik and he battled the Taliban for years before helping the US oust the Islamic militants from power. Fahim was seen as one of three key powers in Afghanistan — along with President Hamid Karzai and the Americans. And his death leaves a political void.
There's a mountain you've probably never heard of that has plenty of deep powder, a few fast runs and no lines at the lifts. No lifts at all, in fact. The BBC's Kawoon Khamoosh traveled there recently to take part in the Afghan Ski Challenge.
Conflict & Justice
With all the drama over Russia's intentions in Crimea, another Russian story has been pushed to the back pages. Pussy Riot.
Now the Russian punk protest group is back in the headlines. There's a disturbing video making the rounds, that shows an apparent attack on two Pussy Riot members.