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
Sancocho may originally have come from the Canary Islands, the cluster of Spanish islands off the coast of West Africa. But now there are variations of sancocho throughout Latin America in Puerto Rico and Colombia for instance.
Arts, Culture & Media
The Budapest Festival Orchestra came to New York to play an all-Dvorak concert at Lincoln Center in New York. But the musicians were shocked when US Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows belonging to the orchestra's string section. New federal regulations ban the commercial import of any and all elephant ivory - including the tips of classical violin bows.
Science, Tech & Environment
The US is no longer the biggest greenhouse gas producer in the world. And Obama's aggressive new plan would only reduce global carbon levels by around one percent. So why is it being hailed? Because it could spur the rest of the world into action.
Venezuela alleges the US ambassador to Colombia plotted to destabilize and "annihilate" President Nicolas Maduro, just the latest claim in an escalating war of words between the two nations. The claim came shortly before the US House approved a measure calling for sanctions on officials in the Venezuelan government over human rights abuses.
Edward Snowden is slowly starting to emerge from self-imposed isolation in Russia — including agreeing to an exclusive interview with NBC News, set to air Wednesday night. Snowden, according to a Guardian reporter, is trying to change the perception of him, back in the US.