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
In terms of sheer numbers of cases, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the biggest ever recorded. But analysis shows that the disease is not spreading as quickly as some diseases have in the past, which gives some hope that it might soon be contained.
Arts, Culture & Media
The board game called Bürokratopoly isn't about getting filthy rich, though players might feel filthy after they're done playing. The popular German game was created by dissidents in communist East Germany years ago as a satire about power and corruption. Now it has become a teaching tool for German kids trying to understand what it was like to live in the Communist East.
Science, Tech & Environment
In the Pacific Ocean, west and south of Hawaii, is what was until recently one of the largest marine sanctuaries on earth. Now, however, it has been expanded — to nearly six times its original size. And scientists are thrilled.
Arts, Culture & Media
Much of the news coming out of Ukraine these days is about the ongoing war against separatists and the violence that has ruined small towns near Donetsk. Then along comes an animated music video by a Kiev-based band called Brunettes Shoot Blondes that's impressed people around the world.
After 18 months in prison, Pussy Riot members Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova promptly renewed their campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now they've added prison reform and human rights to their agenda, and they're taking their fight on the road.