Stories from Julia Barton
Senior editor, Across Women's Lives
Julia is a long-time public media editor and reporter. She started freelancing for PRI’s The World in 1999, and has reported from Russia, Ukraine and the US/Mexico border. Her work has appeared on Radiolab, NPR News, Marketplace, PRI's Studio 360, and the podcast 99% Invisible, among other shows.
Julia is in charge of editorial planning for Across Women’s Lives, PRI's special coverage of gender equity and the role of women in society. She commutes between the Boston newsroom of PRI's The World and Brooklyn, New York, where her two sons are finishing fifth and first grades.
Julia has been an editor for APM’s Weekend America and the podcast Life of the Law, as well as editorial coordinator for PRX's Radiotopia podcast network. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and got her start in radio as a board-op at WSUI in Iowa City, where she cut reel-to-reel tape with razor blades in the world before digital audio took over.
Arts, Culture & Media
The absurdity of Russia's lumbering mascot as an airport logo is irresistible. Stay weird, Khabarovsk.
Lifestyle & Belief
Even with car ownership on the rise in Russia, the country has been able to drastically cuts its traffic deaths. The designer of its road safety program stopped trying to scare Russians into safety, and now tries to make them proud to be safe drivers.
Health & Medicine
In Russia, pregnant women are often confined to stark maternity hospitals with little privacy, and where medical practices may be outdated. But the government has plans to make maternity care more modern.
Americans didn't see the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the US boycott; but no matter for those in the Soviet Union. The games went on, and they left a beautiful memory.
Russians are getting ready to show off Sochi for the 2014 Olympics, but not everyone is excited. Some residents have paid a hefty price in order for the games to be played here.