Senior Producer, Reporter, and Global Cartoons Editor
Carol Hills was part of the original team that created and launched "PRI's The World" in 1996. Currently she is a producer and occasional reporter who proudly calls herself a generalist. Carol is interested in everything from US policy options in Afghanistan to the rise in pet ownership in the Middle East. She also has an interest in global humor (yes, sometimes it actually does translate) and produces a weekly narrated slideshow of political cartoons from around the globe. She is loquacious about language too and each month prattles on with colleague Patrick Cox in his podcast, "The World in Words."
Over the years, Carol has reported from Cuba, Nigeria, and Vietnam. She was a Knight Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2001-2001 and has a masters degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Carol got her journalistic start in Boston on "The Ten O’Clock News" with Christopher Lydon.
A Zimbabwean stand-up comic finds a ready audience in his home country and a prickly government that is so far letting it happen.
Development & Education
Some hard working, high-achieving Asian American students are being advised to "appear less Asian" in order to get into a top college. Is this some kind of joke? Apparently not.
Nepal is the only nation in the world with a flag that is not a rectangle or square. It may also be the only country that includes in its constitution precise instructions on how to draw the flag.
Arts, Culture & Media
Iran holds an anti-ISIS cartoon contest and invites satirists around the globe to participate. Sounds worthy, except it's state-sponsored and this is the same country that held a Holocaust cartoon contest just a month ago.
Over 30 years, Chuck Blazer almost single-handedly built up the stature and visibility of soccer in the United States, but along the way he bilked FIFA out of millions.