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."
Health & Medicine
The World Health Organization has issued some strong advice as part of its global campaign to prevent HIV and AIDS. WHO wants sexually active gay men to take antiretrovirals! Even those who are not HIV-positive should know about the preventive treatment, known as PreEP or "pre exposure prophylaxis."
Arts, Culture & Media
Country music star Garth Brooks was supposed to kick-off his much anticipated worldwide comeback tour in Croke Park, Dublin. But then the Dublin City Council said no to five consecutive days of concerts. It only approved three. Brooks and his entourage responded by pulling the plug on all the Dublin gigs. Now the Irish government and Dublin City Council are scrambling to reach a compromise.
At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches have been taking a beating. Imagine how your back yard would look after all that foot traffic and slide tackling. But Brazil has a secret — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada.
Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet foreign minister and president of Georgia, died Monday at the age of 86. He was a major player in the final days of the USSR, but in the post-Soviet era, his legacy was complicated by charges of corruption in Georgia.
Lifestyle & Belief
The capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz has a big reputation for its hot chili peppers. But which was named first, the famous hot peppers, or the city?