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."
Arts, Culture & Media
The unrest this month in Ferguson, Mo., has many Americans thinking about where we are as a country when it comes to race. One Ethiopian-American writer is urging her fellow African immigrants to be "Ferguson strong" and identify closely with African Americans.
An unusual protest in took place 32 stories above Moscow on Wednesday. There, attached to the iconic Soviet star atop a famous apartment building, an unnamed protester unfurled the Ukrainian flag and gave a shot in the arm to Russians opposed to intervention in Ukraine.
Conflict & Justice
Heavily armed men pulled off a dramatic heist near Paris on Sunday. The attackers hit a Saudi prince's motorcade and made off with cash and sensitive documents — but no one has figured out why.
Health & Medicine
The medical relief agency Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is like fighting a war, and the battle has now reached Nigeria. With huge, tightly-packed cities, the country could be in serious trouble if cases aren't contained.
Lifestyle & Belief
Fighting in eastern Ukraine is putting a serious dent in tourism in Crimea — unless you're Russian. While Ukrainians and Europeans are staying away from the newly-annexed peninsula, Russians are making their usual beach trips there, and say the region is rightfully theirs.